BKD LLP promoted Ally Jackson, Wyatt Jenkins, Trista McDaniel, Ryan O’Grady and Lindsay Owens to directors in its Springfield, Branson and Joplin offices. Jackson works in the national health care group, performing audits, as well as financial and grants management consulting. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Missouri State University. Jenkins manages corporate finance deals, including mergers, acquisitions and strategic affiliations, company sales and divestitures, recapitalizations, management buyouts and succession planning. He holds a bachelor’s in accounting and general business and a master’s in business administration from MSU. McDaniel provides tax planning, accounting and consulting services, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from University of Missouri-Columbia. O’Grady provides assurance and advisory services in the health care and nonprofit industries, and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Drury University. Working in BKD’s private client services division, Owens handles income, gift and estate tax compliance, consulting and planning. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from MSU.
BRP Architects added architectural intern Brian Vanne and student architectural intern Nick Risopoli. Vanne holds a bachelor’s in painting and a master’s in architecture from Drury University. He previously worked at Drury as a design fabrication coordinator for the Hammons School of Architecture, supervising the woodshop and digital fabrication lab, as well as serving as an adjunct instructor. Risopoli, a fifth-year architecture student at Drury, has studied abroad in Greece and served on student organizations, including the Student Government Association.
Mediacom Communications Corp. received a 2021 Social Impact Award from Content & Creativity Human Resources. The cable company was recognized for donating $100,000 to regional Feeding America food banks, including Ozarks Food Harvest. The awards program honored corporations’ responses in the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Springfield Public Schools’ Wilson’s Creek Intermediate was named a National Blue Ribbon School, one of 325 schools nationwide in 2021. The recognition is based on academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Cox Monett Hospital President Darren Bass was promoted to vice president of clinical services at CoxHealth, effective Jan. 1. In his 20 years working for the health system, Bass oversaw the recent opening of a new hospital in Monett and helped achieve a five-star rating for patient satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Bass began his health care career as a physical therapist and holds master’s and doctorate degrees in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis.
Fordland Clinic added family nurse practitioner Allie Jackson to the medical staff at its community health center in Fordland. She holds a bachelor’s in health care from Evangel University, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Cox College of Nursing.
Missouri Realtors named Brian Jared of Murney Associates Realtors as 2021 Realtor Salesperson of the Year. The award recognizes commitment to industry ethics and cooperation, association activity, advanced education and professional designations, community service and sales volume. A licensed Realtor for 20 years, Jared volunteers on numerous boards and committees, including his service as an RPAC-MO trustee, state legislative coordinator and state director for Missouri Realtors, which he served as 2020 chair of the Advocacy Committee.
Alpha Social Media looks to triple revenue on a variety of multimedia services.
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.