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.
SBJ survey data is used to analyze the flow of money.
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.
Caleb Scott, coach and co-owner of Queen City Insane Asylum football team, says he had to sacrifice early on to make sure his team had places to play. With the business climate at the time, it wasn't easy.
Aaron York talks about the culture he fosters at Donco3 as the general superintendent. York says the key is to treat your business like family.