Banking & Finance
Greg DeLong, who is a senior vice president and financial adviser in Morgan Stanley’s Springfield wealth management office, was named to Forbes magazine’s 2021 list of America’s Best-in-State Wealth Advisors.
He ranked No. 56 based on $242 million in team assets managed and typical account size of $750,000-$10 million.
Springfield First Community Bank hired Zilian Falig as an assistant banking center manager. With five years of banking, finance and investment work experience, she’s responsible for coaching and developing personal bankers and tellers on sales and service techniques.
Arvest Bank was listed in Forbes magazine’s Best-In-State Banks 2021 for Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. Across all states, 135 banks were selected in partnership with market researcher Statista and based on surveys of roughly 25,000 checking account customers.
Old Missouri Bank hired Scott Speight as a vice president and loan officer. He has 20 years of banking experience and a master’s in finance from Missouri State University.
Askinosie Chocolate LLC was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s inaugural Game Changers: 25 People and Companies Changing the Way We Eat and Drink. Those selected are “leaders in the culinary field who push their peers to dream bigger and innovate harder.”
Two students in College of the Ozarks’ mass communications department were recognized with videography awards: Verve Reposar, of Walnut Shade, first place by the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association for the video/short film “Ghostin” and Paige Steelman, of Springfield, first place by the Fault Line Film Festival for the mystery/suspense film “Invisible.”
Colleges of Distinction selected Evangel University for its 2021-22 listing. Criteria to make the list cover four areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. Evangel was highlighted for its business and education departments.
Itec Attractions Inc. promoted Tanya Bluto, a veteran of the company with nearly 20 years of experience, to president. She most recently served as vice president of operations and spearheaded the creation of the recently opened Heroes Tastes and Taps restaurant. Bluto succeeds her grandfather, Paul Bluto, who held the role for a year.
Spencer Fane LLP hired Charli Steed as an associate in its tax, trusts and estates practice group. She previously ran her own law office and has a Juris Doctor and master’s in taxation from Washington University School of Law.
Rachel Lightfoot, of Bolivar, was appointed as Polk County clerk by Gov. Mike Parson. She has 11 years of banking experience, including roles as a commercial loan assistant and assistant vice president for Bank of Missouri.
OzAir Charter Service added Brandon Busch as a first officer. He has experience with aerial survey work, and prior to becoming a pilot worked for Taney County Ambulance Service as an emergency medical technician, dispatcher and field training officer.
Andrew Maroney, operations director at OzAir Charter Service, became a certified aviation manager by the National Business Aviation Association and the CAM Governing Board. The designation indicates that he has reached an advanced level of expertise in running a corporate flight department.
SBJ analyzes economic survey data results.
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.