BKD LLP named Jim Ashley, Eric Rogers and Ryan Sivill as partners in the firm and promoted Rachel Elsberry and Catherine Gilpin to managing directors, effective June 1. Ashley, a private client services adviser, is the national leader of the accounting outsourcing services growth initiative for cloud accounting support services, as well as a member of the national commercial services group. Rogers is a member of the national health care performance advisory services team and has 17 years of clinical and administrative experience in health care. Sivill, a member of the commercial audit team, provides financial reporting and assurance services, consults on business transactions and serves as the administrative leader of the audit department in the southern Missouri practice. As a member of BKD’s financial and private client services teams, Elsberry provides tax planning, consulting and preparation services as well as assurance services in the employee benefit plan and banking industries. Gilpin, a member of the national health care group, provides specialized consulting services to community health centers.
Guaranty Bank promoted Allison Kimes to assistant vice president and human resources operations officer. Kimes has seven years of banking experience and has worked 16 years in human resources, including stints with Commerce Bank and Redneck Trailer Supplies. Kimes joined Guaranty Bank in 2016.
The Ozark Board of Education hired Sandra Roy as the South Elementary principal for the 2021-22 school year to succeed Kim Fitzpatrick, who was promoted to executive director of student services. Roy has taught in Ozark since 2011 and taught in Verona and Aurora prior. She has a master’s in education administration from Lindenwood University, as well as a doctorate and specialist degree in educational leadership from William Woods University.
Evangel University professor Sandy Friesen received the E.M. & Estella Clark Award and professor Sarah Walters was honored with the Orville & Jewel Mills Young Faculty Award. The awards recognize excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. In the Theology & Global Church Ministries Department, Friesen coordinates intercultural studies. She’s taught at Evangel since 1996 and is credited with growing the intercultural studies and missions programs that feed into the Assemblies of God denomination, as well as leading the Crosswalk campus organization for spiritual development and service opportunities. Walters, an assistant professor of kinesiology and program coordinator for the master of organizational leadership degree, has taught at Evangel since 2011. She was recognized for turning the Kinesiology Department into a recruitment tool for the school, as well as securing accreditation for kinesiology degree programs with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
Community Foundation of the Ozarks hired former city of Springfield and Greene County leader Tim Smith to help coordinate pandemic recovery and rebuilding resources available through the federal American Rescue Plan. His role includes reviewing the stimulus bills and act approved by Congress this year; researching programs, rules and eligibility criteria for funding opportunities; coordinating communication among recipients; and cataloging funds received. Smith retired in 2014 as administrator for Greene County, where he worked since 1992. He served as deputy city manager 2014-17.
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.