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.
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Advance Auto Parts opened its first store in Springfield; Natural Grocers made its Springfield debut; and a business owner with experience in the insurance, financial planning and digital marketing fields entered the restaurant industry.
Marc Thornsberry, a Senior Engineer at CJW, says he joined the company after working in the public sphere. He says CJW had a ton of experience working with the community, and putting their customer's and clients.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
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.