September 2016 Member News

Member News

The City of Columbia is developing a new Water Resource Plan and would like for you to answer survey question here.

Columbia Public Schools Foundation is wanting you to join them for an evening Under the Stars as leaders celebrate 20 years of giving to Columbia Public Schools. The event will include a cocktail hour, dinner and entertainment by special musical guest Jordan Heckemeyer. As a special treat, Columbia Public Schools alum and Entertainment Tonight correspondent Nischelle Turner will serve as the emcee. You can learn more about this event here.

Bluebird Network, LLC made a video that gives an inside look at our underground data center and its newly expanded space. It can be seen here.

Tiger Family Chiropractic  is hosting the second annual Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, October 29th at the Woolridge center on I 70 Dr SE from 6 – 8 p.m. This year will feature multiple options. You may purchase a parking space for $25 and provide your own candy or purchase the package that comes with the space, advertising and 1,000 pieces of candy for $70. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah at (573) 443-1414 or at

Join hosts, local John Maxwell Team Coaches, Jack Tezak and Angela Hooper Menifield for a leader development experience designed to equip you with new perspectives, practical tools, and key takeaways. Breathe life into your leadership during this information packed event. You can find more information about this event here.

Bluebird Network, LLC announced the election of Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network, to INDATEL Services, LLC Board of Directors. Morey will serve as a board member for INDATEL.

David Isaacks began his position as the new medical center director of the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. Isaacks has served as the deputy director of the VA Sunshine Network (VISN 8) in St. Petersburg, Florida, deputy director of the VA Heartland Network (VISN 15) in Kansas City, Missouri, director of the VA Central Plains Consolidated Patient Account Center in Leavenworth, Kansas, director of Program Integrity and Informatics, VA Purchased Care and associate director of Conract Management, VA Health Resource Center in Topeka, Kanasas. A Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Isaacks served on active duty from 1998 to 2005 and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management.


Awards, Promotions and New Hires

Inc. magazine ranked Bluebird Network, LLC No. 4142 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses.

The Landrum Company and its subsidiary, Landmark Bank, placed seventh in a national ranking of 217 mid-size banks. The ranking, published by American Banker magazine and conducted by Capital Performance Group, ranked banking institutions based upon their 3-year return on average equity, where The Landrum Company posted 15.19%. Mid-size banks, as defined by the survey, are banking companies with $2 billion to $10 billion in assets.

Woodruff Sweitzer has been named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000, the publication’s 35thannual list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Woodruff Sweitzer is a newcomer to the ranks at number 2,390, recording three-year sales growth of more than 150 percent. In addition, the firm has tripled the number of staff in the same three-year period.  The list represents America’s top-performing independent entrepreneurial companies and reflects the type of business philosophy that guides Woodruff Sweitzer.

The City of Columbia welcomes a new arrival to Columbia Regional Airport (COU). On Sept. 12, Tamara Pitts will begin her duties as COU’s new airport manager. Pitts is a native of Chicago, a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in engineering and is currently a project engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Aviation section. In her capacity at MoDOT in the aviation section, Pitts served as project coordinator for 40 airports in Missouri, coordinated project execution and compliance with the FAA, reviewed and approved federal grant applications for airports, and managed and delivered construction projects on budget. It will also recognize the service of Don Elliott who will retire as airport manager on Sept. 30.

Chad Hager recently joined The Callaway Bank as Property Manager. His primary responsibility will be to manage all bank owned facilities and properties in Fulton, Mokane, Columbia and Ashland. Hager has over 20 years in management and real estate experience, and has developed organizational systems that have been adopted by national companies.

Socket is proud to announce the addition of Jacob Gipson and William Luebkeman to its business sales team.  Gipson and Luebkeman will work with Socket’s business clients across the state to provide high-speed internet, local telephone and other telecommunications services. Gipson, a graduate of St. Charles Community College, was previously a business sales advocate for AT&T. Luebkeman is a graduate of the University of Missouri and brings previous experience in marketing and finance to his new position.

Central Bank of Boone County announces five employee promotions made in July. Mahogany Thomas was promoted to assistant branch manager at the Columbia Mall Bank. Mariah McWhirter, at the Rock Bridge Bank was promoted to financial associate. Katherine Seyfert of the Woodrail Centre Bank was promoted to senior teller. Skylar Taylor at the Hallsville Bank and Lindy Hewitt at the West Broadway Bank were promoted to teller II.

Saving Sight welcomed four new people to its Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) comprised of Missouri Lions and community leaders from across the state. Joining the board as of July 1 are Missouri Lions State Council Chair Lion Joe Foster of Leslie, whose term expires June 2017; Vice-Council Chair Lion Larry Boettcher of Brookfield, whose term expires June 2017; Lion Pat Martchink of St. Louis, whose term expires June 2019; and Lion Mike Oldelehr of Jefferson City, whose term expires June 2019.Continuing board of director terms for 2016-2017 are Lion Cassidy Obermark, OD of Sikeston; Lion Sandy McCann of Columbia; Past District Governor Lion John Reese of St. Joseph; Lion Allen Lohsandt of Wellington; Past District Governor Stuart Payne of Webb City; John Bailey of Columbia; Michael Korenfeld, MD of Ballwin; Thomas Rocco of Chesterfield; and Dan Schoenleber, MD of Columbia. Elected by the board, Payne will serve as president, Lohsandt will serve as vice president, Oldelehr will serve as treasurer and Obermark will serve as secretary through June 2017.

For the seventh year in a row, Boone County earned recognition for successful outcomes through strategic use of information and communications technology. The Center for Digital Government announced the top ten counties in each of four population categories, including Boone County, which ranked fifth place among counties with a population between 150,000 and 249,999.

KOMU 8 was honored with nine awards from the Kansas City Press Club at its annual Heart of America awards ceremony on July 9 in Kansas City. KOMU 8 News anchor Brittany Pieper received a Gold Award for the documentary “Inside Infertility,” a half-hour KOMU 8 News special program. In addition, KOMU 8 News won Silver Awards in the following categories:

  • Investigative Reporting, awarded to Target 8 Chief Investigator Jamie Grey and reporter Alyssa Casares for “ICU Nursing Shortage.”
  • General Reporting, awarded to KOMU 8 News staff for coverage of the Hitt Street Garage Shooting.
  • Breaking News, awarded to KOMU 8 News staff for coverage of the Mizzou Protests.

KOMU 8 News received additional honors in the following categories:

  •  Sports Reporting (Bronze Award), awarded to Jamie Grey, Morgan Uber and Jay Wallis for “Target 8: Rams’ Future.”
  • Feature Reporting (Bronze Award), awarded to Luke Slabaugh for “Dr. Dive.”
  • Public Service (Bronze Award), awarded to KOMU 8 News anchor Jim Riek for “Joplin 4 Years Later.”
  • Sports Reporting (Honorable Mention), awarded to Jacob Kornhauser for “Father Mike.”
  • Website (Honorable Mention), awarded to KOMU 8 News Interactive Director Annie Hammock for

Shelter Insurance® received a Best of Show award and two Awards of Excellence from the Insurance Marketing & Communications Association (IMCA) at the Annual IMCA Showcase Awards in Baltimore. IMCA has given showcase awards to recognize excellence in marketing and communications work in the insurance industry for the last 58 years. As technology has progressed, categories have expanded from traditional television, print advertising, public relations and employee communications to include social media, website marketing, digital marketing, mobile marketing, blogs and more.

Central Bank of Boone County announced five employee promotions made in June. Tom Farrar was promoted to lead commercial loan assistant. Shawntez Hamilton-Wells, at the Columbia Mall Bank was promoted to financial associate. Rodney Dixon has been promoted to credit analyst. Lynn Leible at the Customer Service Center, which assists customers by phone, was promoted to customer service representative. Bethany Hadsell of South County Bank in Ashland was promoted to senior teller.


Non-Profit News

Mark your calendar for Bringing Up Business, a week-long series of events and celebrations highlighting the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of Mid-Missouri’s inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, and supporters. During the week of OCTOBER 7-16, 2016, join like-minded business professionals to learn more about the numerous organizations and initiatives that support Mid-Missouri’s innovation ecosystem and the people who are an integral part of it. You can learn more about the week here.


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