Springfield-Greene County Health Department named Aaron Schekorra as public health information administrator. He has worked for the department as a contract public health information specialist since August 2020 and has seven years of public service and administrative experience. Schekorra previously served as development director for FosterAdopt Connect and worked for the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Drury University.
Haven Healthcare LLC CFO Angela Tummons was promoted to vice president, and the company hired Zach McDonald as executive director of home health. Tummons, a certified public accountant, oversees operations of Haven Healthcare Management LLC.
McDonald, who holds a doctorate in physical therapy from Missouri State University, has 13 years of experience in physical therapy and eight years in the home health care industry.
Entrust Property Solutions LLC hired Chelsey Bunch as director of marketing and business development. She has eight years’ experience in marketing for the solar energy and multifamily housing industries. Bunch holds a bachelor’s in public relations from MSU.
Murney Associates Realtors Marketing Director Kyle Drenon joined Supper Co. as director of digital engagement. He has a decade of experience and will focus on digital strategy, content marketing and search engine optimization for clients of the full-service agency. At Murney, Drenon created a blog that drew 200,000 visitors a year and designed the customer-facing website that grew to 8 million visits per year.
The Child Advocacy Center hired Katiina Dull as executive director to succeed Linda Saturno, who is returning to North Carolina. Dull has 15 years’ experience in nonprofit management and leadership involving the arts, education and youth services – most recently as interim CEO at The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in California. She previously worked for five years as development and outreach director for Children’s Advocacy Alliance in Conway, Arkansas.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. issued annual grants from Field-of-Interest funds established by donors: Rescue One, $1,500 to support a monthly series of low-cost pet vaccination clinics; Republic School District, $500 to purchase educational materials for deaf and hard-of-hearing students; Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, $500 to help increase capacity at the Girl Scouts’ resident camp; and Heroes Outreach Program, $2,000 to support programming for wounded veterans.
Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks named the inaugural officers for its Young Professional Board: Hannah Long, president; Tyler Jackson, president-elect; and Lauren Holder, secretary. Long, a BCFO supporter and volunteer since 2017, runs social media company Hannah McClelland Media LLC. Jackson works as a senior implementation coordinator at Jack Henry & Associates Inc. Holder is founder and owner of Social Media by Lauren.
CoxHealth Foundation President Lisa Alexander was recertified by CFRE International as a Certified Fund Raising Executive. Held by over 7,200 professionals worldwide, the designation recognizes tenure in the profession, education and demonstrated fundraising achievement, along with a written exam.
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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.
Caleb Scott, coach and co-owner of Queen City Insane Asylum football team, says he had to sacrifice early on to make sure his team had places to play. With the business climate at the time, it wasn't easy.
Aaron York talks about the culture he fosters at Donco3 as the general superintendent. York says the key is to treat your business like family.