May Member News 2021

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. If you have something to share, email the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Mary Kate Hafner, at

Veterans United Home Loans, the nation’s largest VA purchase lender, was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For® in 2021. This is the sixth consecutive year the full-service lender has been included on the list. The annual list was compiled by the international publication and global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work®. Veterans United also recently ranked No.11 on Fortune’s Top Large Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance.
Great Place to Work® surveyed more than half a million employees on issues including how trustworthy, caring, and fair the company is in times of crises; employees’ physical, emotional and financial health; and the company’s broader community impact. Seventy-one percent of winning workplaces scored better than in pre-pandemic times, increasing employees’ experiences of workplace trust an average of three percentage points.
“Our employees are the heart and soul of our company,” said Dr. Amanda Andrade, chief people officer for Veterans United. “As an organization, our success isn’t measured by the number of loans we do, but by sustaining a culture that has a sincere passion for impacting and enhancing the lives of our nation’s Veterans and service members, our families and communities, and each other. We collectively define our company’s success by directly living out our employee-created values: Be Passionate and Have Fun, Deliver Results with Integrity and Enhance Lives Every Day.”

Moberly Area Community College’s Workforce Development Center (MACC-WDC) and Spartan Light Metal Products (Spartan) are teaming up to offer a free Pre-Apprenticeship program to area residents starting April 26, 2021. The Pre-Apprenticeship program is geared for individuals seeking career advancement or wishing to gain essential manufacturing skills that meet the industry’s current demands.

Participants will receive hands on training and gain useful skills that will prepare them for the workplace. Topics covered will include safety training, metrology, measurements, hand tool identification, power tool use, and more. In addition, participants will be able tour Spartan, learn of area apprenticeship opportunities, and receive assistance with resume and application review. Upon successful completion of the program participants will be interviewed by staff from Spartan as the company seeks to fulfil several full-time apprenticeship opportunities that will include additional trainings and benefits.

The MACC-WDC Pre-Apprenticeship program will consist of two training days that will take place on April 26,2021 and May 3, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Courses will meet at MACC-Mexico, 2900 Doreli Lane, Mexico, MO 65265.

For more information, or to register, please contact Allan Sharrock, MACC-WDC Apprenticeship Coordinator, at or 573-450-5554.

Cayce Dermatology is pleased to welcome Misha Summerhays as their newest physician assistant. Misha earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Louis University, followed by a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the New York Institute of Technology.  She is a Diplomate Fellow of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) and enjoys her work in both general and cosmetic dermatology. 

Misha comes to Cayce Dermatology Center with more than 10 years of experience in dermatology and plastic surgery, including assisting in a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical cases. Misha is skilled in skin cancer screenings, biopsies and general dermatological procedures. Her credentials include the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Central Bank of Boone County Lobby Gallery, located inside the Downtown Bank at 8th and Broadway, features the works of Joel Chrisman through Friday, May 7, 2021. The Lobby Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
As both a musician and artist, Chrisman’s work highlights the often repeated patterns of sound and light. He says, “The moment of creation for me is in the visualization of a possibility, discovering that viewpoint in space where the dance of shapes and shadows falls into a rhythmic balance of light and dark.”

Mediacom Communications Corporation is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2021 US Best Managed Company. Sponsored by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal, the program recognizes outstanding U.S. private companies and the achievements of their management teams.

The 2021 designees are U.S. private companies that have demonstrated excellence in strategic planning and execution, a commitment to their people and fostering a dynamic, resilient culture, as well as strong financials, all while facing the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite major challenges and immense pressure, they continued to lead with purpose and the vision to make significant contributions to their industries, communities, workforces and the economy.

“For over a quarter of a century, the dedicated men and women of Mediacom have worked tirelessly to ensure the smaller markets we serve receive the same or better telecommunications services as America’s largest cities,” said Rocco B. Commisso, Mediacom’s founder, Chairman and CEO. “During this past year, the team at Mediacom has gone above and beyond for our communities by rapidly connecting thousands of homes with low-cost internet services, supporting local food banks and preparing our advanced broadband network to meet the demands of more people than ever before working and studying from home.  To be recognized as a 2021 US Best Managed Company in the midst of the economic and operating challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic is a testament to our employees’ steadfast commitment to the core tenets of our business, and I thank them for making this honor possible.”

Central Bank of Boone County announces eight employee promotions made in April. Joel Harrison was named The Downtown Bank safe deposit box coordinator. He will assist customers with their safe deposit needs while also consulting with other branches about their safe deposit operations. Dustin Foster was promoted to fraud and deposit operations specialist. Foster will work with the bank’s security officer to help prevent and detect fraud while also assisting other employees with issue related to customer accounts. Zach Montgomery was named assistant manager of The Motor Bank. Assistant managers oversee both the operational and sales functions of the bank branch in partnership with the branch manager. Brianne Wood has been promoted to assistant manager of credit administration at The Downtown Bank. Credit administration does support work for the lending areas of the bank and Wood will oversee the daily operations of the department in concert with the department manager. Mary Stober at The Sturgeon Bank and Audrey O’Brien at The Downtown Bank have been promoted to teller II. Employees are hired as a teller I then, once they’ve completed their training and have had six months of successful experience, they are promoted to a teller II. Quin Bartels of the retail pool which serves all the banks, and Jhameikka Nunnelly of The Motor Bank have been promoted to financial associates. Financial associates act as customer service representatives who assist customers with all aspects of daily banking, from opening accounts and making deposits to applying for loans.


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