KPM CPAs & Advisors added Human Resources Manager Krystal Ray. With 15 years’ experience in HR, previously as assistant HR director for the city of Springfield, she oversees administration of KPM’s benefits, policies, compliance, employee training and performance management. Ray holds professional designations from the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resources Management.
Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective added Jim Parsons as a building systems and CAD technician. He has 30 years’ experience in architectural, engineering and computer-aided design management.
Banking & Finance
The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. awarded Craig Wright of Strategic Financial Concepts Inc. the CFP designation. Recipients meet the educational, experience, examination and ethical requirements of the CFP Board.
Arvest Bank’s mobile app, called Arvest Go, was named to the J.D. Power Mobile App Certification Program, powered by Centric Digital. Based on a customer satisfaction index, Arvest Go was recognized for ease of navigation, range of services, appearance, speed of completing transactions and clarity of information.
CoxHealth promoted Dr. Shawn Usery to chief medical officer, Max Buetow to executive vice president and chief operating officer of hospital services, and Brock Shamel to vice president of Cox Medical Group. Usery previously worked as CMO for CoxHealth’s Community Hospital Group, and he’s been associated with the health care system since completing his residency in family medicine. Buetow joined CoxHealth in 2012 and previously held the Cox Medical Group VP role filled by Shamel. Shamel has worked for CoxHealth since 2010.
The Missouri Municipal League recognized Springfield, Ozark and Branson with 2021 Innovation Awards in their respective population categories. The SGF Yields-Pedestrian Safety Campaign was honored for educating the public about right-of-way laws and helping change local attitudes among pedestrians and drivers. The Junior Police Academy in Ozark won for creating positive interactions and education between officers and youth ages 6-17. Branson’s Parks & Recreation Department was credited for its Embracing the Change campaign that connected with residents while they couldn’t leave home during the pandemic. Five winners were selected out of 29 nominees.
Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, Missouri Inc. hired Chris Tuckness for the newly created role of chief of staff. He most recently served as a marketing director for Mercy and has 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, advertising, communications and special events. Tuckness also is certified in nonprofit management by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for which he’s served on the board of regents.
Show Me Christian County added board members Brad Jackson and Sohrab Shahandeh. Jackson is the newly elected Ozark mayor, and Shahandeh works as government affairs manager for Altice/Suddenlink.
Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Housing Collaborative and Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness worked in partnership with the Housing Options Must Expand Team to issue seven Housing Champion Awards: Becky Selle of The Kitchen Inc., Brandon Jones of Calvary Properties, the city of Springfield’s Department of Planning and Development, Hallmark Property’s Nicholas Court Apartments, Y Gardens, and landlords Crista Hogan and Nathan “Cal” Gray.
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.