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Newsmakers: August 22-28, 2022 | Springfield Business Journal

Accounting
CPA and KPM consultants hired Crystal Correll as an administrative assistant and receptionist. She has 14 years of experience, the last 10 of which in a credit union.

FORVIS LLP ranked #8 on Inside Public Accounting’s 2022 list of America’s Top Accounting Firms, while CPA and KPM advisors and Abacus CPA LLC made the annual IPA 500. FORVIS fell from 14th place last year following its merger with North Carolina-based DHG. With rankings based on revenue, KPM came in at No. 242 and Abacus at No. 344 on the list.

Bank and finance
Arvest Wealth Management hired Mary Stockton as a trusted agent. Also Senior Vice President of Arvest Bank in Springfield, she has worked in the financial industry since 2004 and has developed expertise in estate planning, trust and estate administration, and individual retirement and endowment accounts. Stockton holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and Development and Marketing/Public Relations from Drury University, as well as certifications as a Fiduciary Advisor and Fiduciary and Individual Retirement Account Services Professional through the ‘American Bankers Association.

The Institute of Business & Finance rewarded Todd Gregory, Founder and President of Gregory Financial, with the title of Certified Income Specialist. He completed a year-long educational program on fixed income instruments, retirement and financial planning, taxes, social security, retirement plans, stretched IRAs, and reverse mortgages.

Stephanie Staggs joined AGFinancial as Director of Communications and Marketing, a newly created position. She has served the past five years as the local director of the Better Business Bureau.

Government
The U.S. Department of Defense’s Guard and Reserve Employer Support Agency has recognized several local employers for supporting employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves and their families. Among the companies and organizations honored were Bass Pro Shops, Battlefield Fire Protection District, Branson Fire Rescue and Police Department, College of the Ozarks, CoxHealth, Evangel University, Missouri State University, Nature’s Image and the Neosho School District.

The Greene County Commission has approved nearly $400,000 in funding for small businesses through the American Rescue Plan Act. Of the 29 recipients, the most prestigious awards went to Civilian Kitchen, Solera Energy LLC, Sunbelt Environmental, Esterly Schneider & Associates Inc., Ozark Refuse Inc., Hines Street Pharmacy and Especially Serious LLC.

Insurance
2022 JD Power U.S. Auto Insurance Study Scored Shelter insurance with the highest customer satisfaction rate among auto insurers in the Central region. This is the fifth time Shelter has received this recognition since 2016.

Non-profit
Ozarks Community Foundation Named Lynne Meyerkord and Doug
Nickel
to its 21-member Board of Directors and elected the 2022-2023 officers. Meyerkord, the executive director of AIDS Project of the Ozarks, and Nickell, who served as an outside adviser to the chief financial officer at Carnahan Evans PC before his retirement this year, will serve three-year terms and are eligible for a second three-year term. The CFO’s Executive Committee includes the President Laurie EdmondsonVice-president Dean ThompsonTreasurer Anne E. McGregor and secretary Ron Kraettli.

Immovable
Viviane writer, a director of Prosperiti Brokers LLC, has been named president of the Missouri chapter of the US Minority Contractors Association. Previously, she was appointed second vice-president of the association’s National Council for Real Estate Investment and Economic Development.