Abacus CPAs LLC recognized five staff members with its annual Values Awards: Shannon Terry, controller, the Integrity Award; Leslie Kelleher, consultant for McDonald’s clients, the Client Service Orientation Award; Kasey Bippert, consultant for accounting services in Branson, the Positive Attitude Award; Brooke Shepherd, coordinator for the client service transportation department, the People Focus Award; and Annette Wright, senior associate for accounts receivable-transportation, the Ownership Award. Honorees are selected at the firm’s strategic planning retreat.
Ted Dickman, the recently retired CEO for BKD LLP, received a 2021 Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award as a top CEO for the past year. The award is based on anonymous and voluntary reviews BKD employees shared with Glassdoor, and Dickman recorded a 93% approval rating by staff.
Hood-Rich Inc. promoted Josh Livingston to an associate in the firm. He’s a senior project manager with 20 years of experience.
Central Bank of the Ozarks added Julie Pierce as organizational development officer responsible for its training, coaching and development programs. She has 20 years of banking experience and most recently worked as employee engagement and learning coordinator for Central Bank in Jefferson City. Pierce holds a bachelor’s in management and adult studies, as well as an MBA, from William Woods University.
Biz 417 hired Lucie Amberg as editor. She has a decade of experience creating content, most recently as a communications manager at Great Circle. Amberg also taught strategic communications at Missouri State University.
The city of Springfield named Colten Harris superintendent of streets in the Public Works Department. A 10-year city employee, he most recently served as the principal engineer over Public Works construction inspections and had stints in stormwater engineering and sewer collection systems. Harris holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Zach Martin was named principal engineer over Springfield’s Environmental Services water quality engineering and development division. He’s worked three years in the stormwater quality division and previously served nine years as a hydrologist and professional engineer with the U.S. Geological Survey. Martin holds a master’s in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Springfield Art Museum hired Jenny Schwartzberg as museum educator to lead programming efforts, as well as volunteer docents and staff who deliver educational services to over 60,000 patrons a year. Previously serving as the education curator and coordinator at The Historic New Orleans Collection, she holds master’s degrees in modern European history and Jewish and Islamic studies from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor’s in history and anthropology from Louisiana State University.
American Business Systems Co. promoted Byron Pearson to sales manager. Overseeing a sales team in the Springfield and Joplin markets, he has 38 years’ experience in the office equipment industry as a service technician, service manager, business owner and sales executive.
Revival 98 opened a dispensary; the 101st store for Andy’s Frozen Custard Inc. debuted; and Collectomaniacs card shop consolidated two stores in a move.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful tools and resources to use for the customer discovery phase of launching a new tech business. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.
Barak Hill, a professional musician living in the Springfield area, recounts when he first realized he could take his music career seriously. He recounts his journey to the point when he realized his passion could do more than pay for itself.
Rachel Barks walks through her experience as an interior designer and a basic understanding of what she considers when looking at an interior space. Barks currently owns Artistree Pottery, a business she started in 2020 after a career in interior design.