Banking and Finance
Regent Bank hired Jeff Killian as a commercial lender and vice president-small business administration. He is responsible for originating and closing SBA transactions through the bank’s Preferred SBA Lender status. Killian has nine years of banking experience, most recently with Simmons Bank.
Guaranty Bank promoted Katherine Dill to retail banking officer at its Carthage branch. She began working for Hometown Bank in 2016 and was named branch banker representative following Guaranty’s purchase of Hometown in 2018. Dill previously served as assistant banking center manager in Carthage.
Central Bank hired Jessica Gilmore and Heather McGuigan as business development specialists. Gilmore has 13 years of sales experience and McGuigan has 15 years; both are graduates of Missouri State University.
Missouri State University’s doctorate of defense and strategic studies program was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program teaches students such subjects as nuclear strategy, and deterrence and arms control.
The Greene County Democratic Party unanimously elected Tyler Gunlock as chair. He’s a cattleman from Ash Grove and also serves as president of the Ash Grove Area Community Foundation. Gunlock has been treasurer for the county Democrats for the past year.
Myer Hotels’ Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills and its Quality Inn West in Branson received 2020 Platinum awards from Choice Hotels International Inc. The award is given to hotels that score high in guest satisfaction, product quality, room condition, room cleanliness and staff service.
The Comfort Inn & Suites Branson Meadows, owned by Myer Hotels, received the 2020 Choice Hotels International Ring of Honor for the second time. The award is designated to the top 1% of the brand’s hotels.
Industrial equipment dealer Wiese USA promoted Ron Skopec to operations manager of its Springfield division and Rich Carlton to regional general manager in Springfield and Joplin. Skopec has 35 years of experience with Wiese and is a U.S. Navy submarine service veteran. Carlton has worked with Wiese since 2017 and has 20 years of experience in operations management.
Wampler & Passanise partner Joseph Passanise was recognized as Springfield Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense: General Practice by Best Lawyers in America, 2021 Edition. Passanise and partner Dee Wampler also received Best Lawyer designations in the peer-reviewed categories of General Practice Criminal Defense and White-collar Criminal Defense in Springfield. Passanise also was recognized for DUI/DWI Defense.
Sarah Gremminger, of Springfield, and Steve Wise, of Monett, were appointed to The Arc of the Ozarks Board of Directors. Gremminger recently resigned as The Arc’s assistant director of human resources after seven years in the position. Wise’s late wife, Alice, served on the board previously.
U.S. Cellular promoted Mark Bennett to retail store manager of the Battlefield Mall location. Bennett has worked with U.S. Cellular for four years, most recently as sales manager.
The artists of Fresh Gallery get creative to find a new home to display their works.
K. Patrick Douglas, attorney and partner with Douglas, Haun & Heidemann PC, says a healthy work life balance is difficult, but critical. He says you have to decide what you aren’t willing to give …
Cynthia Black, attorney with Cynthia R. Black, Attorney at Law, LLC, says everyone has their own specific talent. She talks about how one client’s bravery helped bring down a sex trafficking ring. …
Tim Potthoff, project manager with Nabholz, says technology has made an amazing difference in their industry. He says using augmented reality in the design phase has huge cost benefits to project …
Life coach Ann Leach says using a tool from the organization development movement can help with employee engagement and learning. She says we think in pictures, so a graphic representation helps …
Jason, John and Jeremy Chapman, owners of The Acoustic Shoppe, say they have always sought ways to continue growth, first as a band, now as a business. Updating music lessons to include online access …
Steve Kelly, senior vice president with Arvest Bank, started a real estate brokerage during the 2007 recession. His business closed and Kelly returned to banking. He says the experience helps him …
Jamie Tillman, owner of Canna Bliss says it’s more difficult to advertise CBD products than others because some social media ban ads with images of the plants. She says she’s relied on media …
Abe McGull, assistant U.S. Attorney, says you must be adaptable because life’s one constant is change. McGull says transitions are much easier if you don’t fight the change. Duration: 1:18
Chelsey Bode, President of Pearson Kelly Technology says low rural bandwidth has hampered remote work for some employees during the pandemic. She says a lighter workload on office equipment allowed …
Though remote work has been a recent trend, Rusty Worley, executive director of the Downtown Springfield Association, says his team emphasizes the value in working together in an office. He says they …