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Newsmakers: July 12-18, 2021

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Accounting
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.

Architecture
Hood-Rich Inc. promoted Josh Livingston to an associate in the firm. He’s a senior project manager with 20 years of experience.

Banking
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.

Media
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.

Municipal
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.

Sales
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.

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