Michael Hynes, of Branson, received the Helicopter Association International’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award for his 65-year career in the aviation industry. He worked as a U.S. Air Force aircraft mechanic at the age of 17, established a flight school and charter service, and started a maintenance and parts business for Brantly helicopters, before founding Hynes Aviation Services. Hynes is now semiretired and oversees a trust fund that provides scholarships for students in aviation.
Banking & Finance
The Bank of Missouri added Jill Bomar as vice president and senior commercial loan officer and Casondra Harris as a senior commercial loan officer. Each has 17 years of banking experience. Bomar previously served as The Bank of Missouri’s community bank president in the St. Robert market, and Harris has worked at Simmons Bank and Arvest Bank.
Paula Dougherty of Achieve Private Wealth advisory was named to Ameriprise Financial Services LLC’s Circle of Success program by achieving years of consistently high performance. She is one of 69 Ameriprise Financial advisers, or less than 8%, to earn the distinction.
Springfield Public Schools named Jeremy Brown principal of Central High School, effective July 1. He’s currently serving as principal and athletic director for Scott Charter School in Scott, Arkansas, and worked as assistant principal of Jacksonville High School and as K-8 dean of students for eStem Public Charter Elementary/Middle School, both in Arkansas. Brown holds a master’s in education and an education specialist in superintendency from Arkansas State University.
Springfield Police Department made five promotions: Capt. Stacey Parton to major; Lt. Tony Vienhage to captain; Sgt. Tony D’Andrea to lieutenant; officer Jeff Burnett to sergeant; and officer Dorian Bernet to corporal.
Nonprofit consultant Tim Huddleston was named executive director of Ozark Mountain Country Cares, which was formerly known as the Stone and Taney Counties Poverty Initiative. His career experience includes stints as dean of development for College of the Ozarks, and president and CEO of Kids Across America, though he’s worked as a consultant the past five years. Huddleston has a bachelor’s in business from C of O and an MBA from Southwest Baptist University.
The Kitchen Inc. appointed its 2021 executive officers: President Jason Clough, principal of Clough Law Firm, LLC; Vice President Ellen Hammock, VP of provider services for CoxHealth; Secretary Katie Bolt-Goeke, a retired clinical social worker; Treasurer Rob Fridge, director of institutional research for Drury University; and past President Rex Hansen, a retired general manager for Summit Media. The Kitchen’s new trustees are Jean Haynes, a retired history teacher; Mike Haynes, AT&T’s regional director of external affairs; Stephanie Ireland, CEO of Ireland Architects; Briana Johnson, co-owner of Bahati Tea Co.; and Farley Lewis, an artist and muralist.
Andrea Crawford, vice president of real estate development for Prosperiti Partners LLC, was named president of Queen City Real Estate Group LLC, formerly Prosperiti Development LLC. She succeeds Titus Williams, who is minority partner in the new entity. Before joining Prosperiti, Crawford spent three years as president of the Historic River District in Ozark.
Kum & Go is adding its 35th convenience store and gas station in the city.
Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Manager of Arvest Bank Steve Kelly says now is the time to start looking at your financial situation—such as where you can cut back or prepare yourself for economic recovery.
John Lopez, managing member at Old Route 66 Dispensary, talks through the Dispensary’s decisions to manufacture and transport its own goods. Lopez says the ultimate goal is to cut the cost of their product by around 30-50%. John Lopez is a Springfield Business Journal 2020 12 People You Need to Know.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the labor force, with some businesses doing well and others taking a hit. Elizabeth Hurts, business development manager at HR Advantage, says as much as we look forward to moving on, the effects of the pandemic aren’t over.
Mackenzie Scherer, small business technology consultant and owner of Mackenzie Scherer, LLC, discusses how scheduling software can help you keep ahead of your to-do list. Technology like chatbots and email templates...
Molly McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, says she’s seen edible flowers used many ways in different areas of the country. McCleary was initially contacted by several bakers, but says …
Carley Joy, sales and marketing director of SafeSpace Company says she and her father, CEO Rick Williams, have an honest and open communication style. Williams says the key is never to take things …
Brad Noble, co-founder of Art of Everyone, says art is the one thing that remains open to expression. He says art goes beyond the activity and helps build connections between people. Springfield …
Carol Taylor, former president of Evangel University, tells features editor Christine Temple about the new challenges she faced leading students, staff and faculty through a year of learning in a …
Michelle Romero, owner of PKD Venue, says because of her busy schedule, using social media has helped her marketing efforts. Incorporating your journey, including struggles as well as victories, can …
John, Jason and Jeremy Chapman, owners of The Acoustic Shoppe, say the pandemic just accelerated retailers moving sales online. They say customers appreciate the convenience and it allows them to …