Freddie Young, an audit supervisor for KPM CPAs & Advisors, was appointed chair of the Missouri Society of CPAs Southwest Chapter. He’s serving a one-year term for the 1,000-member chapter that covers 25 counties. Young has six years of accounting experience and earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University.
KPM staff accountant Emily Hopkins completed the certified public accounting examinations and earned her license from the American Institute of CPAs. She started working at KPM as an intern and now provides audit services to clients. Hopkins holds a bachelor’s in accounting from MSU.
Carstar and Original One Parts recognized Mike Walker of Tanner’s Paint and Body as an Outstanding Parts Manager. He was one of five parts procurement team members to receive the award in the Carstar national network of independently owned and operated collision repair centers.
Banking & Finance
Guaranty Bank hired Alesia Carter as assistant vice president and retail banking group manager. She’s spent her 10-year career at Great Southern Bank, first working as a teller and most recently as an assistant regional manager. For Guaranty Bank, Carter helps lead three branches in Springfield and two branches in Nixa. She holds a bachelor’s in finance from MSU.
Central Trust Co. promoted Jamie Hickerson to trust administrator. She’s worked in the industry for 15 years, previously serving as trust assistant, and holds a bachelor’s in education from Wichita State University.
The Nixa Education Foundation honored Nixa Public Schools nurse Teresa Grigg and music teacher Blake Richter with its Kathy Whitworth Service to Education Award and district spokesperson Zac Rantz with the Educational Achievement Award. Grigg was recognized for her leadership in promoting school health during the COVID-19 pandemic, while Richter was selected for his service in the district’s back-to-school kickoff program. Rantz was honored for leadership in school safety, security and communication.
Rick Van Pelt of Van Pelt & Van Pelt PC was named a Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for family law in Springfield. He’s been listed in the peer-reviewed publication each year since 2001.
Champion Athletes of the Ozarks added Scott Zimmerman to its board of directors. He works at MSU as an associate professor of biomedical sciences.
Entrust Property Solutions LLC promoted Aimee Earl to senior director and hired Evan Williams to succeed her as operations director. Earl joined Entrust as a property manager in 2017 and now oversees employees and properties in the company’s portfolio, assists in acquisitions and handles development services for renovation projects.
Additionally, Entrust has hired Evan Williams to succeed Earl as operations director. Williams is a U.S. Air Force veteran and brings five years of property management experience to the role.
Pearson-Kelly Technology promoted Zach Efaw to a project lead. He previously managed the warehouse department for three years and is now in charge of client projects, including scheduling, interfacing and implementation.
Read the profiles of this year's honorees.