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Newsmakers: July 26-Aug. 1, 2021

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Accounting
BKD LLP promoted Malissa Fields to outsourcing senior associate II and Abby Brewer, Austin Nesom and Justin Stockam to the senior associate II level. Fields works in senior living billing services, providing billing outsourcing, recovery, training and consulting. Brewer, who holds a bachelor’s in accounting and finance from Drury University, works in tax services. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University, Newsom provides audit services. Stockam handles tax and consulting services and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Evangel University and a master’s of accountancy from Missouri State University.

BKD staff members Andrea Sartin, David Taylor and Eric Lopata were recognized for leading an innovation called BKD foresight that won the firm’s 2021 Innovation of the Year Award. The predictive analytics health care financial modeling tool was selected by members of BKD’s Growth and Innovation Governance Committee.

Banking & Finance
Commerce Bank Vice Chair Bob Hammerschmidt moved to Commerce Trust Co. as chair. He’s worked 33 years for Commerce Bank, starting with the company in 1988 in the Columbia market.

Great Southern Bank appointed Community Development and Relations Manager Christi Gibson to treasury management officer and Retail Banking Regional Manager Andrea Brady to community outreach and development manager. Gibson, who began her career with Great Southern in 2003, provides banking management services and serves as liaison to corporate clients in public, government and nonprofit sectors. A 17-year employee, Brady’s responsible for growing and managing community partnerships throughout the bank’s multistate footprint.

Springfield First Community Bank promoted Stephanie Callahan to senior vice president and appointed James Reed as secretary to the board of directors. Callahan has a 25-year career in banking, with experience in lending, customer service, retail, audit, risk and operations. Reed works as the bank’s vice president of treasury management.

Communications
The Springfield chapter of the Association for Women in Communications elected new board members: President Lauren Holder, President-elect Heather McGuigan, Treasurer Jessie Hughey, Secretary Melissa Evans, Administrator Mitzie Zerr, membership chair Anjanette LaBellarte-Gilbert, marketing chair Danielle Wise, socials/community chairs Terry Baum and Leisha Baker, programs chairs Carlye Wannenmacher and Denise Dunaway, communication chair Jacqueline Post, social media chair Tara Hall, and site coordinator Carly Taft.

Promoveo LLC hired Donald Newger as contact center director and Kevin Ritter as workforce manager. Newger has 25 years of experience and previously served as director of workforce and reporting for Bullhorn Inc. and area manager for customer service and operations at AT&T Inc. Ritter, who previously worked for American National Insurance Co., is responsible for queue management and attendance management.

Promoveo became certified as a Disability-Owned Business Enterprise by Disability:IN. It enables the firm to provide diversity and inclusion benefits to its clients.

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