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.
SBJ survey data is used to analyze the flow of money.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.
Caleb Scott, coach and co-owner of Queen City Insane Asylum football team, says he had to sacrifice early on to make sure his team had places to play. With the business climate at the time, it wasn't easy.
Aaron York talks about the culture he fosters at Donco3 as the general superintendent. York says the key is to treat your business like family.