Banking & Finance
Central Bank of the Ozarks promoted Amy Sharp to vice president-retail market manager and Breanne Schnabel to assistant vice president-corporate secretary. Sharp brings 23 years of banking experience to her role leading the retail division and branch network and operations. Schnabel has worked at Central Bank for 12 years, starting as a teller, and now assists the bank’s president and the CEO/board chairman, in addition to managing the loan assistants.
Guaranty Bank hired Kassie Pitts as retail banking officer of its Sunshine Street branch to succeed Jesse Lomax, who moved to retail banking officer of the Battlefield Road branch. The bank also promoted Leora Yates to assistant retail banking manager of the Republic Road branch. Lomax, who joined Guaranty Bank in 2019 after 13 years at Kansas-based Equity Bank, has an associate degree in business and marketing from State Fair Community College. Pitts returns to Guaranty Bank after a year stint as branch manager at Legacy Bank and Trust. She began her banking career with Guaranty Bank in 2016 and has a bachelor’s in business administration and management from Missouri State University. With an associate degree in business from Ozarks Technical Community College and several certificates and diplomas from the Center for Financial Training, Yates has worked at Guaranty Bank since 2017, when she joined as a teller.
Nixa High School English teacher Noah Murrish was named an Outstanding Beginning Teacher by the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The award recognizes teachers in their first two years of service from recommendations in teacher education programs and candidates’ school districts.
College of the Ozarks ranked No. 45 in online magazine Intelligent’s Top 50 Small Business Management Degree Programs and was recognized as the Best for General Business. With a score of 76.79 out of 100 points, College of the Ozarks was compared with a sampling of 210 universities and colleges.
Springfield-Greene County Library District received an $8,000 grant through the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office. The Summer Library Program funds will provide learning opportunities designed to motivate children and their families to read during the summer months. The Missouri State Library has approved 120 grant applications for fiscal 2021, totaling $1.45 million through the federal Library Services and Technology Act.
Robin Jackson, creative director of Jackson and Appleton video company, was elected to the board of governors for the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The board comprises 32 media professionals from six states and produces the regional Emmy awards.
The city of Springfield named Danny Perches to the new position of development project facilitator in the city manager’s office. He’s responsible to review the status of development projects, work directly with developers, designers and contractors in the development review process, and identify and recommend development process changes. Perches most recently served as project manager for economic development at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, where he worked for six years.
Victory Mission & Ministry was accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. The accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising.
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.