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Newsmakers: March 28-April 3, 2016

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Advertising
DL Media
was honored with the 2016 Better Business Bureau Principles of Trust Award certificate, recognizing three years of complaint-free operations.

Revel Advertising promoted Amanda Day to senior art director and Megan Buchbinder to marketing director. Day has three years of experience with the company, and Buchbinder has one year with Revel.

Revel Advertising won two gold awards and six silvers at the American Advertising Awards in Joplin. The golds were for the Champions Committed to Kids’ Tour de Crawdad poster and a grand opening invitation for Metropolitan National Bank.

Architecture
Butler, Rosenbury & Partners Inc. hired architect Thomas Epps. He has worked for firms in Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee, and owned his own firm for 20 years.

Krithika Penedo joined Buddy Webb & Co. Inc. as a project manager. Penedo holds a master’s in architecture from Parsons The New School for Design in New York.

Development
O’Reilly Development Co. LLC added Mark Trigg as a member of the development team and Kaylee See as an administrative assistant. With 18 years as a real estate broker, agent and investor, Trigg handles all aspects of real estate development. See, who worked at the company’s Fremont senior housing community, manages office maintenance, weekly payables and accounting.

Education
Beverly Jane Richardson received an honorary doctorate of missions from Southwest Baptist University during the annual Founders’ Day. After attending SBU 1958-60, she earned degrees from Union University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and taught English at the Ajloun Baptist School in Ajloun.

Michael McCorcle was named provost and vice president of academic affairs for Evangel University. With a doctorate in meteorology from the University of Utah, he joined Evangel’s faculty in 1996 and served as chairman of the school’s science and technology department 2001-15.

Victory Trade School hired Lou Rice as a part-time chef instructor. Rice works full time as culinary supervisor for Mercy Hospital Springfield and served six years as dean of culinary arts at Ozarks Technical Community College. He earned a master’s in family and consumer science from Ball State University and has 20 years of industry experience, including certification as a hospitality educator by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Government
The Springfield Police Department promoted Lt. Shawn Williams to captain, Sgt. Jason Laub to lieutenant, and Cpls. Brandon Cole and Steve Ramey to sergeants.

Health Care
Compassus promoted registered nurse Amanda Kelley to managing clinical director and hired Aimee Swisshelm as hospice care consultant. Kelley, who earned a degree in nursing from Southwest Baptist University, served as the company’s regional clinical director. Swisshelm, who holds a bachelor’s in communications management and business from Missouri State University, previously worked as director of sponsor relations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of CoxHealth.

Insurance
American Family Insurance agent Jeff Yoakam received the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification based on customer surveys.

Law
Marianne Banks
was named interim city attorney. She previously served as a briefing attorney for the Tenth Court of Appeals in Waco, Texas, as assistant city attorney in College Station, Texas, and for 11 years as city attorney in Georgetown, Texas, before entering private practice in 2001. She began working Springfield’s Law Department in 2002.

Media
The Ozark Press Association elected Springfield Business Journal Features Editor Emily Letterman president to fill the 2016 term of former Bolivar Herald-Free Press Editor Matthew Barba, who took a job with the Missouri Press Association.

SBJ Publishing Inc. also promoted Letterman to audience development director, charged with cultivating SBJ’s presence online and in the community. Letterman holds a bachelor’s in English literature from Missouri State University and has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade.

Nonprofit
SWI Industrial Solutions named J.W. Gibbs as general manager. He has experience in business operations and management, and financial and health services industries, including time as CEO of Springfield Trust Co. and as regional investment officer for Arvest Asset Management.

Ozark Greenways hired Mary Kromrey as development and civic engagement specialist. Kromrey has worked 15 years at the Ozarks Regional YMCA, most recently as executive director of school-age services.

Habitat for Humanity of Springfield received a $2,200 grant to help build the Key family home. The grant is part of an annual competition sponsored by Bike & Build, a national nonprofit that engages young adults ages 18-28 in service-oriented cycling trips.

Real Estate
The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce honored Duane and Kay Gerken with the Pioneer Award, recognizing 15 years of community service. The Gerkens have served as presidents of the Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors and Missouri Association of Realtors.

Technology
ACIS Computers
was among three finalists in the 2016 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics in the small-size business category. The award recognizes for-profit businesses demonstrating trustworthiness through performance and integrity in operations.

Telecommunications
Gold Mountain Communications LLC added John Dix as sales director. With 15 years of sales experience and an MBA from MSU, he is pursuing a master’s degree in project management. 

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