Missouri Business

Fybr Joins Smart Cities Council to Help Communities Transform

01 01 1970

Saint Louis, Missouri April 26, 2017 Fybr, which is launching its Smart City Platform in 30 cities worldwide this year, has joined the Smart Cities Council as a North America Associate Partner. The company’s turnkey, end-to-end platform turns raw data from thousands of sensors into insightful information that helps make communities better places to live and work. “We are delighted to have Fybr partnering with us,� said Council Chairman Jesse Berst. “Their platform enables cities to realize the full potential of the Internet of Things. That expertise will be a tremendous asset in our work with municipalities around the globe.� As a Council partner, Fybr joins a network of leading companies advised by top universities, laboratories and standards bodies that helps cities tap the transformative power of digital technologies and intelligent design. Through advocacy, action and its landmark...

Freedonia Analyst Weighs in on Trump Executive Order Lifting Restrictions on Military Equipment for Law Enforcement

01 01 1970

CLEVELAND, Sept. 1, 2017 -- Earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that local law enforcement agencies would once again have access to a broader range of surplus equipment from the military.  The change occurred via an executive order President Donald Trump signed on August 28 and will allow law enforcement agencies to once again have access to restricted items such as military grade weapons and vehicles.  This decision is a reversal of a limitation placed by the Obama Administration in May 2015, which restricted which types of military equipment could be sent to police.  The 2015 decision was influenced by national concerns regarding unnecessary use of force by police, particularly during protests following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  The program has supplied more than $5 billion in equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies since its inception in the...

Franchise growth, stylist opportunities, philanthropies and awards "Excite" at Sport Clips Haircuts National Huddle

01 01 1970

LAS VEGAS, May 5, 2017 -- "Excitement" was the message for Sport Clips Haircuts at its recent National Huddle. Founder and CEO Gordon Logan and President Mark Kartarik shared exciting news about franchise growth, stylist career opportunities and support for multiple charities across the country. Highlights include: Sport Clips opened 136 stores in 2016 with plans to open 150 in 2017. This was the first year for Sport Clips to break into the "Top 10" of the widely-recognized Entrepreneur Franchise 500 rankings. Logan was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the International Franchise Association. The company's focus on recruitment and retention of professional stylists supports more than 16,000 team members in all 50 states. Sport Clips franchise locations are contributors to local economies with system-wide same store sales increases of seven percent in 2016 over 2015. Sport Clips' "Haircuts with Heart" philanthropic outreach continues to grow through national partnerships...

Former Kansas Secretary of Commerce Joins One Heart Project as Executive Director

01 01 1970

Former Kansas Secretary of Commerce Joins One Heart Project as Executive DirectorOne Heart Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing incarcerated and at-risk youth a second chance. Overland Park, KS, August 29, 2017 --(PR.com)-- One Heart Project Expands Reach in Kansas.Antonio Soave, the former Kansas Secretary of Commerce until last month, has joined the One Heart Project as its new Executive Director for the Kansas City Mentoring Initiative, overseeing the organization’s operations in Kansas and Missouri. The One Heart Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing incarcerated and at-risk youth a second chance.In Kansas, there are over 900 teens, ages 13-18 in detention or under state/county supervision each year, with over 700 in Missouri. Nationally, nearly 70% of incarcerated juvenile males are rearrested; the vast majority within six months of initial release.The One Heart Project is a collective impact initiative that works with youth between...

Former Journey Lead Singer Steve Augeri To Rock Memphis Boat Expo

01 01 1970

Steve Augeri is best known as the lead vocalist for the rock group Journey from 1998 to 2006. Steve is known for recording the seven times Platinum "Armageddon" sound track then on to record three albums during a successful eight-year Journey tenure that brought one of the world's most accomplished melodic rock groups back to the stage for multiple world tours to millions of adorning fans. Boat Expo fans can listen to an official recording lead singer of one of America's most beloved and accomplished bands in history. For general or VIP tickets and more show information, visit: www.MemphisBoatExpo.com ABOUT THE MEMPHIS BOAT EXPO Produced by TURNBOW, the Memphis Boat Expo is on track to feature the largest display of boats, watercraft, and water fun ever displayed in Memphis. The first annual boat show of this type will cover the entire main hall of Cook...

Forefront Dermatology Expands In Iowa

01 01 1970

MANITOWOC, Wis., April 11, 2017 -- Forefront Dermatology is pleased to announce the addition of two new dermatology practices, Skin Solutions Dermatology and Associates in Dermatology, in Iowa. These new relationships expand Forefront Dermatology's presence in Iowa with the addition of three clinics located in Ames, Ankeny, and Ottumwa, Iowa.    Skin Solutions Dermatology was founded by board-certified dermatologist Kathy Cook in September 2004. Dr. Cook spent twelve years practicing dermatology with multi-specialty groups prior to founding Skin Solutions Dermatology. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and completed her dermatology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Cook and Nicolle Fischer, a certified physician assistant who joined Skin Solutions in 2012, serve patients out of two locations in Ames and Ankeny, Iowa. For the past eight years, Dr. Cook and her staff have been voted Best Dermatologist in Story County. "I...

For Niagara Bottling, Nothing Is More Important Than Family

01 01 1970

Says Andy Peykoff II, CEO of the bottler his father founded in 1963, "We've always maintained that nothing is more important than family. And we've come to define 'family' as our employees, their families and, even beyond, people in need in the communities where we operate our plants and where we do business." The $1 million relief donation is the largest since Niagara established its charitable arm, Niagara Cares, in 2014.  And the millions of bottles donated in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico are among the largest among all U.S. bottlers. In Texas, Niagara donated two million bottles of water throughout state relief agencies including Feed The Children, Convoy of Hope, the Houston Food Bank and local police and fire departments. In Florida, the company has donated over one million bottles so far and, says Peykoff, "we'll continue supplying water as long as our partner...

Five Natural Gas Utilities Unite as Spire

01 01 1970

"We're becoming Spire to serve people even better. Serving others is, and always has been, at the heart of what we do," said Spire President and CEO Suzanne Sitherwood. "To take that service to the next level, we had to unite our five natural gas utilities as one team, wearing one jersey." Now, as the fifth-largest publicly traded natural gas utility in the United States, Spire is able to manage costs more efficiently – keeping prices low while delivering safe and reliable natural gas for homes and businesses. In addition to the savings that come with a bigger company, homes and businesses served by Spire will enjoy improved technology, with the launch today of a new mobile-friendly website that makes it easy to manage accounts on the go and get in touch with Spire's customer service team. See the new website at www.SpireEnergy.com. ...

Fintech leader OppLoans Appoints Sal Hazday to COO Role

01 01 1970

    CHICAGO, IL, July 18, 2017 -- OppLoans, a leading online lending platform, has hired veteran business executive, Sal Hazday, as Chief Operating Officer. OppLoans leverages strong technology and analytics to provide liquidity with flexible payment options to non-prime consumers. Hazday will lead operational excellence while driving new product strategy and ensuring continued best-in-class customer service rankings.Hazday joins OppLoans from ADP, where he most recently led its Small Business Services division that provides Payroll, HR and Time & Attendance solutions to over 500,000 small business clients. Prior to that role, he ran ADP's Insurance Services agency, which manages over $1 billion in client premiums. Hazday obtained a bachelor's degree from Yale and an MBA from Stanford. "Sal is a well-known industry veteran who brings more than 20 years of financial services experience to OppLoans," said Jared Kaplan, CEO of OppLoans....

Fintech Leader OppLoans Appoints Andy Pruitt to Chief Technology Officer Role

01 01 1970

    CHICAGO, IL, October 19, 2017 -- OppLoans, the nation's leading socially responsible online lender, has announced the appointment of Andy Pruitt to the role of Chief Technology Officer. Pruitt is a renowned technologist and company founder. At OppLoans, Pruitt will lead the development team to improve the proprietary OppLoans technology platform to offer borrowers faster, safer, and more responsible online borrowing. Pruitt is a hands-on technologist who has helped start and grow three Chicago-area software companies. A University of Chicago graduate, Andy lives in Hyde Park with his family and volunteers his technical expertise at local schools. "Andy Pruitt is the most well-rounded technology leader in the city of Chicago," said Jared Kaplan, CEO of OppLoans. "This high-caliber addition to the team, in this critical role, is a powerful statement of our commitment to bringing safer and more advanced financial technology solutions to the underbanked...

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