KPM CPAs & Advisors promoted Erin Norris, Keith Seiwert and Matthew Wallace to shareholders, and Madison Moore to supervisor. A 15-year accountant, Norris provides tax services and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Drury University. With 15 years of experience, Seiwert handles accounting and audit services, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Missouri State University. Wallace has worked 13 years in auditing and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from MSU. Moore has provided audit services for three years and has a bachelor’s in accounting from College of the Ozarks.
Esterly, Schneider & Associates Inc. added Samuel Teleki and Brendan Vanost as architectural associates, and Matthew Koboldt as an architectural intern. Teleki and Vanost recently graduated from Drury with master’s degrees in architecture, and Koboldt is scheduled to earn his master’s in architecture in 2022.
Banking and Finance
Central Bank of the Ozarks added Anthony Shavies as a mortgage loan officer. He has a bachelor’s in kinesiology from MSU, where he played basketball. Shavies has returned to the area after playing professionally overseas.
Central Bank also made four promotions: Kacie Chestnut-Joyce to operations manager of business banking, Michaele Vetsch-Floyd to vice president and senior retail sales manager, Jo Haas to assistant vice president and a banking center manager, and Erin Berendzen to loan review officer. Chestnut-Joyce has five years of banking experience and has worked for Central Bank since 2019. With 24 years’ experience, Vetsch-Floyd manages the sales, services and operations of area branches. Working 19 years in the industry, Haas manages Central Bank’s Hammons Tower branch. With 16 years of banking and lending experience, Berendzen trains loan review analysts and assists with risk assessment for the bank.
Evangel University named Brian Keyes director of public safety to oversee campus safety and emergency preparedness, as well as crime awareness and prevention. He’s retired from the U.S. military after 31 years serving in the Marine Corps and Army. Keyes holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology, and health, physical education and recreation from Evangel. He succeeds Todd Revell, who retired.
Justin Stanton was appointed as director of bands for Evangel, where he’ll also serve as an assistant professor of music. He takes over for Matt Moore, who is staying on in the music department as coordinator for its recording technology program. Stanton is responsible for the concert and marching bands, as well as the brass and woodwind ensembles.
Phoenix Home Care Inc. promoted Greg Kelley to regional operations director for the southwest Missouri region. He started with Phoenix as a health care consultant in its Colorado office and most recently ran the Joplin branch. He’s now over the Joplin, Springfield, Lebanon and Branson markets.
Habitat Communication & Culture hired Alex Greiwe as client champion for the consulting and leadership development company. She previously worked as workforce development project manager for Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. At Habitat, an offshoot of Mostly Serious LLC, Greiwe is responsible for strategic planning, organizational design initiatives, performance management solutions and research projects for clients.
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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.