Bank and finance
Promoted Guarantee Bank Carrie Eakins to the Deputy Director of Retail Banking at his Farmers Park branch. She started her career as a bank teller in 2017 and was promoted to representative of market agency bankers in 2019 and specialist of market agency bankers in early 2021.

Central Bank of the Ozarks added Blair gann, Commercial Lending Officer, to the bank’s Marshfield Loans Team. Originally from Marshfield, she grew up in the agricultural industry and has five years of lending experience. Blair holds a BA in Agriculture from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of the School of Agricultural Lenders at the University of Missouri.

Construction
The Associate General Contractors of Missouri elected Vice President of Branco Enterprises Inc. Sean Thouvenot as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2022. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2015 and Branco has been a member since 1986. AGCMO represents nearly 550 commercial, industrial, heavy and road contractors, industrial partners and related companies in 110 counties of the state.

Education
Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals appointed Gina McBain of Ozark West Elementary School as the New Exemplary Principal of the Year for the Southwest Region. The award is open to elementary and middle school principals in their second or third year who demonstrate outstanding contributions to the community and to the education profession. McBain, who holds a PhD in Educational Leadership, Curriculum, and Teaching from Evangel University, began teaching for the Ozark School District in 2001 and was appointed Principal of West Elementary School in early 2020. C This is the second year in a row that an Ozark director has received this honor.

Energy
Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. Achieved certification from the Great Place to Work organization based on employee engagement surveys showing an 83% favorable response rate. The certification also recognized employee pride and retention, as a large number of employees, 26% of the 700 employees, have six to ten years of seniority.

Law
In the 38th Judicial Circuit, Jessica kruse de Nixa, was appointed Circuit Judge and Steven Ward, of Nixa, was appointed Associate Circuit Judge for Christian County. Kruse, who was an associate circuit judge, fills the vacant position of Jennifer Growcock’s move to the Southern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals, and Ward takes the seat from Kruse. Kruse holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa and a BA in Crime and Society / Sociology from Missouri State University. Ward is currently a lawyer with McAfee & Taft PC and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as well as a Bachelor of Education from MSU.

Marketing
Comparably.com workplace assessment site named Chic llama Best Company for Women and appointed its CEO, Kurt Theobald, as the best CEO. The e-commerce agency was ranked 26th out of 50 women’s workplaces, and Theobald was ranked 35th among CEOs of small and medium-sized businesses.

Media
Mid-West family promoted Brian tyndall to the managing director of his Springfield media group, succeeding Scott Meier, who is retiring. Tyndall has been an employee of MidWest Family for 20 years.

Former TV reporter Linda simmons joined Bott Radio Network as an account manager. She worked for KY3 News for almost 14 years of her 18-year career in broadcast journalism. Simmons holds a BA in Media from Washburn University.

Supply
Springfield Hired Sign Chad Monteith as purchasing manager. He has 20 years of experience, particularly in operations and inventory management, and previously worked at Undercover LLC and for AT&T. Monteith holds an MBA from Illinois State University.