Banking & Finance
Central Trust Co. hired Jason Flores as a senior portfolio manager. He has nine years of experience in investments and finance, particularly working with high net worth clients, and most recently as chief investment officer for Pension Consultants Inc. Flores holds an MBA from Webster University and a bachelor’s in communications from University of Arkansas.
Stiles Roofing Inc. foreman Arturo Lopez received the Roofing Alliance’s Best of the Best Award, recognizing contributions to the roofing industry and community. A native of Veracruz, Mexico, he’s worked his way up in the Lebanon company over a 26-year career. Part of the alliance’s Most Valuable Player Awards program, the award is chosen by an MVP Task Force.
Missouri State University assistant sociology professor Kyler Sherman-Wilkins was selected as one of 11 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders for 2021 by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. In recognizing junior faculty members’ research on contemporary American history, politics, culture and society, the honor highlighted Sherman-Wilkins’ work titled, “Social Determinants of Cognitive Functioning Among Diverse Older Adults in the United States.” He received a $17,500 stipend toward additional research projects.
The MSU Board of Governors inducted five former faculty and staff members to its Wall of Fame: Anson Elliott, Mike Jungers, James Moyer, Thomas Plymate and Mark Stillwell. With a combined 195 years of full-time service on campus, the group joins 124 other individuals honored. Elliott built the school’s agriculture program and oversaw the acquisition of several facilities; Jungers was responsible for revising and enforcing student disciplinary actions and mentored student leaders; Moyer, a professor and student adviser, was an accomplished biblical scholar; Plymate, who worked in geological studies, is credited with helping to secure gifts to the university for scholarships and new instruments; and Stillwell worked with student athletes and sports programs and helped in the planning for six campus athletics facilities.
Date Lady Inc. won gold in the barbecue and hot sauce category of the Specialty Food Association’s 2021 Sofi Awards. Date Lady Barbecue Sauce was one of 130 winners selected from nearly 1,500 entries across 49 product categories – judged in an anonymous sampling for taste, ingredient quality and innovation.
CoxHealth was chosen among the 2021 Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare. Based on employee surveys, the selections are made in partnership with the Best Companies Group to recognize companies for improvements in work environment, and employee engagement, satisfaction and retention.
CBS affiliate KOLR10 hired Steve Savard as news desk anchor. He previously worked as news anchor and sports director for KMOV in St. Louis and did radio play-by-play for the St. Louis Rams for 15 years. Savard holds six Emmy awards as a journalist.
Pearson-Kelly Technology added Amanda Nevill as field sales manager and Bobby Overstreet as virtual chief information officer. Nevill has 15 years’ experience in technology industry sales, including software solutions and managed information technology services. Overstreet has worked for managed service providers and as an internal IT specialist during his 15-years tech career. He’s responsible for the technical infrastructure and overall environment for clients in southwest Missouri and northern Arkansas.
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.