Abacus CPAs LLC selected Chris Abercrombie for its “Abe’s Golden Microphone” Communication Award Distinction, the highest honor for staff. A supervisor in the firm’s transportation tax department, he’s credited with leading in staff development, personalized training and positive influence.
Banking & Finance
Heritage Bank of the Ozarks promoted Jase Glendenning to vice president of lending and Terrie Maynor to vice president of customer service. The Lebanon-based bank also hired Lance Link to serve as a wealth manager. Glendenning has a bachelor’s in agribusiness management from University of Missouri and joined the bank in 2016 working on agricultural loans. Maynor has 17 years of banking experience, and Link previously worked as a financial representative for Edward Jones.
Central Bank of the Ozarks’ holding company Central Bancompany rated No. 4 on America’s Best Banks in 2021 by Forbes magazine. The rankings are based on five key metrics: return on equity, efficiency ratio, nonperforming assets, revenue growth and Tier 1 equity.
Financial adviser Daniel Seitz joined Edward Jones. With five years of financial services experience, he holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Tiffin University and an MBA in finance from University of Findlay in Ohio.
The Ozarks Technical Community College Foundation earned a $25,000 grant to fund scholarships for female students pursuing education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Coca-Cola Foundation Women in STEM Scholarship will give 25 students a $1,000 scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year.
Integrity Home Health Care LLC promoted Tiffany Burche to operations director in the home care division. In 10 years with the company, she’s worked as director of continuous improvement, an in-home administrative support assistant and key roles in auditing, policies and project management. Burche has a bachelor’s in child and family development from Missouri State University.
State Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield, received the Excellence in Health Care Legislation Award from the Missouri Nurses Association for his support of nursing professionals in Missouri. It’s the second time he’s received the award, and this year Burlison has sponsored legislation relating to advanced practice registered nurses and occupational therapists.
Attorneys Patrick Baird and Katherine Thompson left Baird Lightner Millsap PC to become partners at Neale & Newman LLP. Baird had worked at Baird Lightner Millsap since in 2014, and Thompson started there the year prior. With a law degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City, Baird also has experience as assistant attorney general for Missouri and assistant prosecuting attorney for Cass County. Thompson, who earned a law degree at Saint Louis University, previously worked as an intern with the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office Capital Division. Both practice in the areas of civil litigation, including insurance defense and municipal law.
Douglas, Haun and Heidemann PC partner Craig Heidemann was recognized as a Super Lawyer by the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine. This is the fourth year he has made the list that honors the top 5% of lawyers in Missouri.
Springfield Business Journal hired Emily Cole as a reporter. With a bachelor’s in journalism from Missouri State University, she previously covered city government and business for the Jefferson City News Tribune.
Company commissions locally produced pieces that highlight takeaways of the pandemic.
Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, discusses an issue she sees in how business is presented to young women. She says because social roles are different for men and women, women can be led to expect an unrealistic work-life balance as business owners.
Randy Bacon, a longtime professional photographer based in downtown Springfield, says preparation before making big decisions helped him transition between important stages in his life. He says his big decisions were ultimately a big leap of faith.
Andrea Petersberg, owner of the Local Bevy, says the appeal of a local store holds a lot of value for people in and outside of Springfield. Petersburg says being a supporting part of the local connection for artists is important for her.
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, shares his story on how he left his job in the corporate world to pursue his dream. Now 60 years old and with signature character to his photography and business, he says he still is a 15-year-old boy with a camera.
Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, gives her advice for maintaining good relationships with clients. Drawing on her experience working with customers coast to coast, Thomas says equity and fairness are some of the best ways to build trust and respect.
Don Helms, co-owner of Munchie Moe’s, says it's important to know your business and to think ahead of your supply chain. Helms says COVID-19 has changed the way he has experienced business operation. He says foresight is key.
Janet Susdorf, business consultant and founder of Brain Power for Hire, LLC, discusses the importance of adapting and learning from failure. Drawing from the struggles she has faced in her own life as a sixtime cancer survivor, Susdorf talks about when to fight and when to accept change.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.