The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $750,000 grant to Springfield Community Gardens to train local veterans on farming techniques. The grant, called the Enhancing Agriculture Opportunities for Military Veterans Award, will help SGC, working with CoxHealth, in hiring five veterans for the coming year to work on the Amanda Belle’s Farm community garden planned across from Cox South Hospital. The organization also will provide organic small-scale farming techniques and hands-on training through 24 workshops for 50 veteran participants.
Banking & Finance
Central Trust Co. promoted Jordan Ellis to retirement services relationship manager. He works with retirement plan sponsors on their responsibilities and helps prepare plan participants. Formerly an investment assistant, Ellis has five years of banking experience. He has a bachelor’s in personal financial planning from University of Missouri and a master’s in the field from the College for Financial Planning.
BKD LLP promoted Katie Barrett to operations manager and Meg Green, Ana Hill, Gabriele McCollum and David Schoenhoff to manager positions. A 13-year employee with BKD, Barrett manages facilities, correspondence, mail and reception. Green is a member of BKD’s long-term care team providing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement consultation. She has a bachelor’s in accounting and international business from Saint Louis University and a master’s of accountancy from Missouri State University. Hill is a member of the long-term care team providing consultation and has a bachelor’s in accounting from Grand Canyon University. McCollum primarily works with community health center clients, providing audit services. She has a bachelor’s in accounting from MSU. Schoenhoff is a member of the BKD National Financial Services Group and the retail and business teams of the Springfield office. He provides tax, accounting and consulting services and has bachelor’s degrees in accountancy and business administration, as well as a master’s of accountancy and a tax certificate from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Evangel University added four faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year: Chanda Long Clayman as an associate professor in the Department of Education; Robert Eby as an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Global Church Ministries; Meghan Musy as an assistant professor of Old Testament studies; and Cory Shipley as an assistant professor of practical theology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Clayman’s duties include supervising Evangel teacher candidates and serving as the school’s certification officer. She previously worked as director of teaching and learning for Ozark Public Schools and has a master’s in education from Missouri State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Liberty University. Eby also teaches master’s and doctoral classes at AGTS and serves as the director of the Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching. He is an ordained minister and holds a master’s in contemporary theology from Lincoln Christian Seminary and a doctorate in biblical interpretation and theology from AGTS. Eby most recently served in a pastoral position with Southwest Community Church in Shorewood, Illinois. Musy teaches undergraduate theology classes at Evangel and master’s and doctoral classes at AGTS. She has a master’s in religious studies from MSU and a doctorate in Christian theology from McMaster Divinity College. Musy was previously the assistant professor of Old Testament at Southwestern University in Lakeland, Florida. Shipley is the project coordinator for the Doctor of Ministry program at AGTS. He holds a master’s in divinity from AGTS and a doctorate in ministry from Oral Roberts University. Shipley was previously a U.S. missionary from the Assemblies of God.
CoxHealth was among the hospitals recognized in the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ 2020 Healthcare’s Most Wired program. CoxHealth received the Quality Award for achieving Digital Health Certified Acute and Ambulatory Level 8. CHIME performs annual surveys assessing how health care organizations apply advanced and core technologies in their clinical and business programs.
Springfield Victory Mission Inc. promoted Janelle Reed to advancement director. She’s responsible for creating and implementing its marketing, fundraising and branding plan. She joined Victory Mission in 2017 as a gift processor and later became its community engagement manager. Reed holds a bachelor’s in business management from Evangel University.
Mortgage lender Paddio named Ryan Kluttz as director of production. He previously worked with First Mortgage Solutions and Veterans United Home Loans, a sister brand of Paddio. Kluttz holds a bachelor’s in business management from Kansas State University.
The National Association of Realtors named Linda Brown of AMax Real Estate as one of its five 2020 Good Neighbor Awards winners. The honor recognizes real estate agents impacting their community through volunteer work. Brown co-founded Eden Village, a housing development for the homeless. The award comes with a $10,000 grant for Eden Village, and Brown will be featured in the November-December issue of Realtor Magazine.
An independent panel of judges selected the recipients for the honor of Top Doctor, and chose additional professionals in four other fields: administrator, nurse, technician and therapist.
Andrew VanZyll describes how his side-gig, Grimbeard Leather, began several years ago. He says it really started with something that he considered a spare activity and has become his side-hustle.
Oftentimes it takes a while before your sidegig starts rolling. Barak Hill gives his experience slowly seeing his business improve, and how he used his connections and reputation to gain more clients. Barak Hill is a local professional musician.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful tools and resources to use for the customer discovery phase of launching a new tech business. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Jared Rasmussen, Office Leader for Springfield and Joplin with the engineering firm Olsson, explains the vision of the Renew Jordan Creek Project. He says the city's investment demonstrates it's commitment to the community.
Both Jeramey and Julia Henson talk about their experience in PDR (paintless dent repair), and elaborate on the need for efficient time management. Sometimes you need to know when to move on to the next project. Jeramey and Julia Henson are co-owners of the HM Dentworks Academy with Chris McWhirter.
Jessica Oliva, owner of Pickles and Buns food truck and co-owner of Tinga Tacos, says not to assume you know everything. She says her time in the industry has taught her that she always has more to learn.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, explains what entrepreneurs should know about starting the customer discovery phase for launching your great tech business idea. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliot describes the trends she sees in small towns after the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. She says that people see opportunity in these rural places they might not have seen before. Elliott is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group.
Sean Thouvenot, vice president of Branco Enterprises, gives an overview of what the process looks like once you have decided to invest in a new building. This video is sponsored by Branco Enterprises.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach for Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football team, talks about team cohesion. He says that despite the fact he may not look the part of a coach, the men look past it to see how they can work together.