KPM CPAs & Advisors appointed Sean Balisle as managing shareholder, succeeding Randall Moots. With 30 years of accounting experience, Balisle is the firm’s sixth managing shareholder. He previously served in leadership roles as the financial institutions team leader, a member of the executive committee, and as the audit and assurance department head.
Abacus CPAs announced 10 promotions: Matt Clark to supervisor of accounting services; Shuhan Gu to supervisor of the Branson office; Jill Coleman to adviser; Chris Abercrombie and Tucker Virnig to consultants; Hannah Husgen, Caleb Kubacak and Amanda Moore to senior analysts; Brooke Shepherd to coordinator; and Candice Alcantar to client support specialist.
The Vistage CEO-peer advisory group named Fritz Jacobi as chair, succeeding Bruce Nasby. Jacobi has chaired a Vistage group in Wisconsin the past 12 years and previously worked in newspaper publishing for 20 years, including a stint as Springfield News-Leader publisher in the mid-1990s. Nasby continues to serve as president of Global Advisory Associates LLC.
Banking & Finance
The Bank of Missouri added Stephen Critchfield, Kevin Hutcheson and Debbie Williams to its seven-member southwest region advisory board. Critchfield, of Branson, co-owns Commercial One Brokers and has over 45 years of experience in land development, residential construction, consulting and commercial brokerage. Originally from Atlanta, Hutcheson is a Chick-fil-A franchisee since 2011 and owns and operates the eatery in Branson. Williams, of Branson, built the Moon River Theatre with her husband, Andy, and she started the Moon River 10K run and a 501(c)(3) to help homeless dogs and cats in the Branson area.
Ozarks Technical Community College named Aaron Light as dean of health sciences, succeeding the retiring Sherry Taylor. Light has worked for OTC since 2003, most recently as director of the respiratory therapy program. He led the college’s effort to become authorized by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to offer bachelor’s degrees in the program. Light holds an associate degree in respiratory therapy from OTC, as well as bachelor’s degrees in management and respiratory therapy from Missouri State University, a master’s in respiratory care management from Northeastern University and a doctorate in health science from Nova Southeastern University-Florida.
Springfield Public Schools named Carla DeSilva-Carver director of the department of analytics, accountability and assessment. She joined SPS in 2020, previously serving as the district’s assistant director of performance analytics. Prior to that, DeSilva-Carver worked for Burrell Behavioral Health as director for recovery services, as well as in operations and analysis for both Mercy and CoxHealth hospitals in Springfield.
Good Samaritan Boys Ranch promoted Alissa Jecklin to director of the transitional living services program for youth aging out of foster care. She’s worked for Good Samaritan for eight years, most recently directing the Footsteps/Darr House transitional living home for young men. Brittani Derossett succeeds Jecklin in that post. Derossett is a licensed master-level social worker who’s served at-risk, traumatized youth, most recently at Great Circle-Springfield.
Good Samaritan also hired Mattie Dennis as medical coordinator. She’s a registered nurse who has worked in rehabilitation and long-term care.
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.