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Newsmakers: June 6-12, 2022

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Banking & Finance
Greg DeLong, a senior vice president and financial adviser for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management office, was named to Forbes Magazine’s 2022 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors.

Assemblies of God Credit Union promoted Finance Director Jackie Lawhon to senior vice president/director of finance and operations, and added three associates: Randall Bettis as SVP/director of member experience and compliance, Kelly Beezley as member experience manager and Jordan Dowden as senior commercial credit analyst. Lawhon’s responsibilities now include overseeing information technology, security, card processing and facilities/maintenance. With 30 years of banking experience, Bettis is charged with strategizing for retail branch activity, digital banking channels, consumer lending and compliance. Beezley, who has 20 years of experience, oversees staff in the retail branches, call center and video banking department. Dowden has worked in credit and commercial lending for seven years.

Central Bank of the Ozarks promoted three associates: Kacie Joyce to assistant vice president/operations manager of business banking, Abby Glenn to bank officer/business developer and Heather McGuigan to AVP/business developer. Joyce, who’s worked at the bank since 2019, has six years of industry experience. With eight years of business development experience, Glenn is responsible for managing and cultivating business relationships and matching them with banking solutions. McGuigan has 17 years of sales experience and also is responsible for matching businesses with banking solutions.

Education
Missouri State University recognized three faculty members and two staff members with the 2022 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Public Affairs. Faculty winners were Diana Piccolo, professor of childhood education and family studies; Stephen Spates, associate professor of communication; and Shurita Thomas-Tate, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders. Staff winners were Jeffrey Grevillius, clothing and soft goods manager at the school bookstore, and Kathleen Hains, administrative specialist for theater and dance.

Kyle Moats received a four-year contract extension as MSU’s director of athletics. Moats has served in the role since 2009.

Insurance
Ollis/Akers/Arney hired Kenya Pearman as a human resources consultant. Pearman, who has worked 16 years as a human resources director, previously with Ascent Global Logistics, holds a bachelor’s in political science from Oklahoma State University and the designation as a senior professional in human resources from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Jeff Eiserman and Mindy Pippin, advisers with Ollis/Akers/Arney, were appointed as accredited cyber risk advisers by the Beyond Insurance Global Network. The accreditation covers cyber exposures, regulations and claims facing businesses.

Media
Jace Adams joined Springfield Business Journal as a business strategist in the sales department.

He most recently worked for Ollis/Akers/Arney as an insurance adviser and has 20 years of experience in sales, starting with Meek’s Lumber in the late 1990s.

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