BKD LLP was recognized as a Silver LearningElite organization by Chief Learning Officer magazine. The seventh time being recognized by the publication since 2014, BKD ranked No. 32 among 59 finalists for exemplary workforce development practices.
Banking & Finance
Springfield First Community Bank added Charloute Marmouget as assistant vice president banking center manager. She has 12 years of experience in banking, finance and investments. A native of the Philippines, Marmouget is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for growth, as well as overseeing risk and operations.
SFC Bank directors elected Emily Givens and Abe McGull to join the board. Givens is executive director of Lost and Found Grief Center and is a member of the Hickory Hills Country Club Board, while McGull serves on Springfield City Council and operates The McGull Law Firm.
Arvest Bank hired Jason England as executive vice president and loan manager for the Springfield area. In his 23-year career at Arvest, he previously served as commercial loan manager in Bentonville, Arkansas. England is a graduate of the Sam Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas and holds a bachelor’s in business administration and management from U of A.
Legacy Bank added Rachel West as vice president and retail banking manager-Springfield, Christy Maupin and Sarah Smith as retail officers, Isaac Lasater as a commercial loan officer, Breann Helms as an executive loan assistant and Taylor Matney as a commercial lending assistant. Veteran bankers West, Maupin and Smith previously worked for SFC Bank. Lasater has worked in banking since 2016 and developed a niche in real estate loans, while Helms has worked at OakStar Bank since joining the field in 2010. Matney has experience at U.S. Bank and OakStar Bank, primarily in consumer lending.
The Missouri State University Board of Governors honored six staff and faculty members for excellence in public affairs: Tara Benson, director of student engagement and associate director of Plaster Student Union; David Hall, director of university safety; Travis Schilla, coordinator of leadership development and programming in residence life, housing and dining services; Judith Martinez, assistant professor of modern and classical languages; Gary Meints, associate professor of chemistry; and Caryn Saxon, senior instructor of criminology. Each receives a $1,500 internal grant for travel and/or projects related to their public affairs endeavors.
MSU ranked No. 13 out of 25 Most Affordable Master’s Programs identified by Online U. The Most Affordable Online College rankings are based on manually researched tuition rates from over 40,000 online programs at 737 colleges.
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.