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Inside Track Find out who’s making news in Columbia. The city of Columbia has hired Stacey Button as its new director of economic development and president of Regional Economic Development Inc. She replaces Mike Brooks, who is stepping down to return to his home state of Indiana. Button is currently the director of economic vitality for Flagstaff, Ariz., a position she has held since 2008. In Flagstaff, she oversees the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Flagstaff Pulliam Airport and the Community Investment Division, which works to attract, retain and expand Flagstaff’s bioscience industry. She has more than 24 years’ experience in sales and marketing. Button has a Bachelor of Science degree in advertising from Northern Arizona University and is pursuing designation as a certified economic developer. She will begin working in Columbia on Jan. 15. Scott Dalrymple was inaugurated as the 17th president of Columbia College in a ceremony Oct. 17 at the college. The inauguration capped a festive week of receptions, lectures DALRYMPLE and art shows, lawn games, sand volleyball, a video game competition and the inaugural ball. Zora Mulligan has joined the University of Missouri system as chief of staff. In her new role, Mulligan will lead the university’s strategic planning process and MULLIGAN serve as a liaison between the system president and the university’s general officers and the board of curators. She comes to Columbia after a four-year stint as executive director for the Missouri Community College Association. Mulligan replaces Robert Schwartz, currently serving as interim dean of the MU College of Engineering. Columbia College has promoted Dan Gomez-Palacio to director of career services. Gomez-Palacio will provide leadership to the department, which offers career counseling and coordinates employer relations, and student and alumni assistance with job, internship and graduate school search.



Danene Beedle received the Ambassador Award at the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism last month in recognition of her service as marketing director for the Missouri BEEDLE Wine & Grape Board. The Ambassador Award acknowledges individuals who support tourism initiatives and bring publicity to attractions across the state. Beedle was lauded for her efforts to promote Missouri wineries and wine trails while showcasing the state’s tourism assets and educating visitors about the Show-Me State’s offerings. Former Columbia City Councilman Jim Loveless is the new executive director of Central Missouri Development Council and the Columbia Area Homebuilder’s LOVELESS Association. Loveless comes to the position from Job Point, where he served as president for four years. He replaces Don Stamper, who left in August to work for the AmeriCorps program with the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Sam Fleury has been promoted to assistant director of alumni and public relations at Columbia College. In his new role, Fleury will be responsible for representing the college at its nationwide

First State Community Bank recently named Neal Wilkinson assistant vice president and loan officer. The bank also tapped Larry McCoig for regional retail manager in the mid-Missouri WILKINSON region. Wilkinson has more than 20 years’ banking experience with extensive expertise in residential mortgage loans. McCoig will act as regional retail manager for the mid-Missouri region, responsible for the supervision and development of the MCCOIG deposit teams in the bank’s Boonville, Columbia, Mexico and Moberly locations. Nicole Oidtman has joined Dave Griggs’ Flooring America as an interior designer. Oidtman will be responsible for working with customers to bring their design visions to life. Oidtman has spent the past four years working OIDTMAN in the flooring and furniture industries. She recently passed certification for flooring consultant and design through Flooring America’s training program. Gov. Jay Nixon has named Robert Reed to the Comprehensive State Energy Plan steering committee. Reed, an associate research professor at the University of Missouri’s Water Resource Research Center, will work with the Division of Energy and other Missouri community leaders, business owners and residents on the steering committee to develop a comprehensive energy plan for the state. The division will submit a report to the governor by May 31, 2015.

TUCKER, COUDRON, FOSS, DOROGHAZI The Great Rivers Council has awarded three men with the Doroghazi Eagle Scout Award. This year’s recipients include Lucas

Inside Columbia Magazine November Issue  
Inside Columbia Magazine November Issue