Springfield First Community Bank added Bryan Jones as a commercial banking officer and Andrea Gill as marketing coordinator and events planner. With 13 years of banking experience, Jones manages commercial real estate and business loans. Gill, who fills a newly created position, most recently served as marketing coordinator at Tomo Drug Testing. She’s responsible for the bank’s branding, website, social media campaigns, and public relations and event coordination.
Linda Wellborn, Evangel University’s director of institutional effectiveness and accreditation activities, was honored as a Mighty Mentor during the 2021 Higher Learning Commission national conference. She was among accreditation peer reviewers who served as team leads for the HLC and helped other members become peer reviewers. Wellborn, an Evangel faculty member since 1995, has served as a peer reviewer and consultant for the higher education accrediting organization since 2001.
Evangel Named Greg Johns vice president for student development to succeed the retiring Sheri Phillips. Johns had served as Evangel’s director of spiritual life and campus pastor since 2014 and previously was the area director of the South Africa region for Assemblies of God World Missions. Johns holds a doctorate in higher education from Nova-Southeastern University, a master’s in Christian education from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and bachelor’s in Bible from Central Bible College.
The Ozark Board of Education hired Kim Fitzpatrick as the school district’s executive director of student services beginning in the fall. She’s served as Ozark South Elementary principal for 14 years and began her teaching career in 1989. With a doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Louis University, Fitzpatrick succeeds Gerald Chambers, who is moving into the role of executive director of secondary learning.
College of the Ozarks was named to The Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2021. The 200 schools that made the listing, out of roughly 650 surveyed, were selected based on more than 40 data points, including academic offerings, student debt, career placement services and alumni salary levels.
Family nurse practitioner Stephane Counts joined the medical staff at Citizens Memorial Hospital and the Ash Grove Family Medical Center. She treats acute illnesses and injuries, as well as women’s health issues. Counts holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Cox College and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Citizens Memorial Hospital added CoxHealth vascular surgeon Dr. Grant Scott as a visiting specialist. At his Bolivar practice, he diagnoses and treats patients for vascular conditions. With a doctorate in medicine from University of Missouri, Scott completed a general surgery residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency in Arizona and a vascular surgery fellowship at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia.
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.