Guaranty Bank promoted Stephanie Rutledge to executive vice president and chief administrative officer. She has 25 years of banking experience and joined Guaranty in 2014 as senior VP and director of consumer sales and customer experience. Previous work includes roles for Regions Bank and Commerce Bank, and Rutledge holds a bachelor’s in finance from Missouri State University.
Interior designer Juli Russell and her team joined Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective through an acquisition of her company, Juli Russell Interior Design Group LLC. Russell came on board as a principal, along with Kayla Baldwin, Gracie Gann, Sarah Hendrix and Alexa Mercer as interior designers.
Washington Monthly ranked College of the Ozarks No. 1 for the Best Bang for the Buck in the region and No. 2 in the Bachelor’s College category in its 2021 college guide. The publication compared 1,466 colleges, using the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System to calculate the ratings.
Perimeter Healthcare appointed Robert Marsh as CEO of Perimeter Behavioral Hospital of Springfield. He now oversees the acute inpatient facility as well as two residential facilities in Arkansas. Marsh holds a bachelor’s in social service administration and master’s degrees in public administration and health care administration from Bellevue University.
Hotel Vandivort promoted Clint Rosdahl to general manager. In his six years working at the property, he started as a bartender for The Order, then moved to banquet manager, front office manager and most recently assistant GM.
Kutak Rock LLP’s national mergers and acquisitions practice group was listed among 32 firms in BTI Consulting Group’s M&A Outlook 2022. The report, which included Kutak Rock in the Deft Dealmaker category, is based on client feedback during 325 in-depth interviews.
Cassandra Vasquez joined the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau as strategic marketing manager. She previously worked for the chamber and CVB 2017-2020, leading the digital efforts, and spent the past year as an account strategist for Madden Media. Vasquez holds a bachelor’s in communication arts and public relations from College of the Ozarks.
Good Samaritan Boys Ranch hired Jayme Raynor as community development coordinator to develop partnerships in its at-risk youth foster programs. She holds a master’s in international community development from Northwest University in Washington and a bachelor’s in social work from Evangel University.
FosterAdopt Connect hired Brandi VanAntwerp as executive director of the Cheri Carter Clark Resource Center. VanAntwerp succeeds Allison Gregory, who was promoted to president of regional operations. VanAntwerp has worked with nonprofits for 13 years, including roles in fund development, operations, grant administration and strategic planning. She previously served as grant administrator for the CoxHealth Foundation.
Covenant Presbyterian Church hired Daniel Arachikavitz as pastor. He previously served as pastor of Chapel Hill Church in Washington and also worked for churches in Florida and China. Arachikavitz holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Liberty University in Virginia and a master’s in Christian thought from Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts.
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.