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.
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.
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.