Welcome new member Brett Sheets

Welcome new member Brett Sheets
Jim Towery introduced Brett on March 29.  His co-sponsor is President Lori Barnes Miller.

Brett and Jim have been business partners for 20 years as co-owners of Steelman Transportation and Group One, which they sold in July 2017 but continue to manage.  Brett is president of the two companies.


Brett grew up in trucking, as his father was an independent contractor for more than 45 years. Brett began his transportation career as a truck mechanic in 1984 and was then a dump truck driver for an asphalt company.  He then took an entry level mechanic’s job with a truck dealership in Kansas City and worked his way up to a Journeyman 1 Mechanic.  He then became a sales representative and then a sales manager in a 12-year career with that company.

Brett in 1998 became co-owner and vice-president of Steelman Transportation, overseeing sales and the Oversize Division, among other duties.

Brett has served on an advisory board for the Missouri Department of Transportation for improving State Oversize Permit Regulations.  He has also worked closely with local DOT officers and the State Highway Patrol as an advisor on key issues.  He's also been involved in the Springfield Area Motor Carriers Club, Missouri Trucking Associations, Truckload Carriers Association, and Machinery Haulers Association.

Brett joined Springfield North Rotary club in 2005 and had 11 years of perfect attendance.  He is a past president of that club.  He has also been a board member for more than 10 years and a three-year chairman of the board for Rock'n Ribs Barbecue Festival.

For 16 months in recent years, Brett let his hair grow to more than 12 inches so he could donate it to Locks of Love for wigs for cancer patients.

Brett has been married to Lorri for 27 years.  They live in Pleasant Hope with two Boston terriers.  Brett is an instrument rated pilot who enjoys flying and taking trips in his RV.


 

Welcome New Member Josh Hartman

Welcome New Member Josh Hartman
David Pomerenke introduced Josh on March 1.  His co-sponsor is Bob Hammerschmidt.

Josh moved to Springfield from Chicago in 1979.  He attended Immaculate Conception Elementary and graduated from Springfield Catholic High School in 1981.

Josh attended University of Notre Dame, where he earned a BA in Communications and Philosophy.  He then attended the American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts program, where he learned with multiple artists who have gone on to win Tony, Emmy and Oscar awards.

Josh worked at Merrill Lynch’s Office of General Counsel as a document editor and at Andersen Consulting as a change management consultant.   He then worked at Springfield Remanufacturing as he worked on his MBA; he says he learned open book management and how to use an impact wrench at SRC.  Josh has been in wealth management since 2007 and now works at Commerce Trust.

Josh has volunteered for several local organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Notre Dame Club of the Ozarks, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and Springfield’s Police and Fire Retirement System board.  Josh was selected for Leadership Springfield Class 21 and SBJ’s 40 under 40.  He also volunteers time at his church and children’s schools.

Josh is married to Dawna (Baker) Hartman, a former MSU golfer and a former head coach for women’s golf at Drury University.  They have two children, Kate, 6, and Charlie, 4.

Ashley Walden

Ashley Walden
Bill Squires introduced her on Jan. 25.  Her co-sponsor is Bob Hammerschmidt.

Ashley was born and raised in Springfield.  She attended Glendale High School, where she played soccer, was a peer mediator, created artwork for the school’s art magazine, and received accolades in journalism and art.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration at Drury University, where she was active in Students in Free Enterprise and won the SIFE World Cup in 2003.  Ashley was also an Executive Committee member for two years in Pi Beta Phi fraternity.

Ashley served three years as Director of Operations for United Way of the Ozarks.  She became Executive Director of Springfield Ballet in early 2017 after former Springfield Southeast Rotary member Evan Bennett left that position for a job in another city.

Ashley enjoys volunteering for several organizations including Springfield Ballet Guild, Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Advisory Board, Sporting Springfield Soccer Club, Girl Scouts, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and Springfield Regional Arts Council.  She also was in Class 33 of Leadership Springfield.  She made her acting debut as the Maid in Springfield Ballet’s The Nutcracker in December 2016

Ashley and her husband, Amos, have three daughters and two pets.  They spend their weekends at soccer fields, a ballet studio, at home watching a movie or celebrating events with family and friends.

Meredith Bosso

Meredith Bosso
Nikki Holden introduced her on Jan. 18. Her cosponsor is Chelsey Bode.
 
Meredith is a native of Springfield who attended Glendale High School and Missouri State University. She earned a Master’s degree in accounting in 2009.
 
Meredith is a CPA and has been with KPM since 2015. She specializes in taxes as well as trusts and estates.
 
Meredith is a former member of Rotaract, where she spent seven years in various committee and board positions, including secretary and treasurer. She is on the board of Junior League of Springfield and Ozarks Counseling Center. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and playing with her dogs. She also enjoys traveling and cooking.
 

Ken Williams

Ken Williams
President Lori Barnes Miller introduced Ken on Jan. 11.  His co-sponsor is David Reid.

Ken is a financial consultant who is celebrating his 24th year of helping clients manage their accumulated wealth and meet financial goals.  Ken is a branch manager and vice president of Investments at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company.  He manages its branches in Springfield, Joplin, and Rolla.   He moved from Joplin to Springfield in April 2017 to serve in his expanded role with the company.

Ken's experience with Rotary began in 1994 as a member of Rotary Club of Odessa and continued with Daybreak Rotary Club of Joplin.   In Joplin Daybreak, he served in many capacities, including president in 2011-'12 as Joplin started its recovery from the devastating tornado in May 2011.   During that time, he helped build two Rotary Habitat for Humanity homes and Rotary Miracle Field of Joplin.  He also has been fortunate to be able to attend two Rotary International conventions in New Orleans and Bangkok.

In addition to Rotary, Ken serves the community as a board member and past president of the Children's Center of Southwest Missouri.

In his spare time, Ken enjoys spending time with his son, Connor, 20, and daughter, Anna, 17.  Ken is also a runner and tries to run three or more half-marathons each year.

Judy Bilyeu

Judy Bilyeu
Bill Squires introduced Judy on Dec. 21.  Her co-sponsor is Jason Brown.

Judy is is a prior 10-year member of Springfield Southeast Rotary Club who received our club's Lend-a-Hand Award in 2010.  She is corporate marketing director for Metro Appliances and More, an employee-owned company with nine stores in four states.  She's worked there since 2003.

Judy's hometown is Sikeston.  She studied public relations and marketing at Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU).

Judy also hosts "Dishing it Up with Judy Bilyeu," a cooking show featuring local chefs that airs on Medicacom cable channel 22.   She was honored in 2008 by Springfield Business Journal as one of the Most Influential Women of Springfield.

Judy has a special place in her heart for homeless people.  She's serving her sixth year on the Board of Directors of The Kitchen, Inc.  She's also a volunteer at The Gathering Friends, an organization that helps homeless people who may not qualify for resources offered through The Kitchen.  She previously served as president and board member for several years for the Regional Girls Shelter, which is now known as Ashley House.

Judy is a member of Springfield Design Association and serves on the church council of The Venues Church.

Judy has a son and a daughter, both married, and recently became a grandmother for the fourth time.

Tammy Young

Tammy Young
Brent Baldwin introduced her on Nov. 2.  Her co-sponsor is Gary Leonard.

Tammy was born and raised in Wayne,  Neb.  She 
received her Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting from Wayne State College in 1994.

She and her husband chose Springfield as their home because it's between Nebraska and Atlanta, where he grew up.

Tammy is a CPA and partner at RMMC (Roberts, McKenzie, Mangan & Cummings).  She has more than 20 years of experience, mostly in public accounting, but also several years as the controller of a large company. 
 She specializes in taxation, controller/CFO outsourcing, and computer consulting for small to medium sized companies.

Tammy has a passion for civic involvement.  Her volunteer service includes the American Red Cross, United Way, Relay for Life, The Summit Preparatory School, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, and the Republic Athletic Booster Club.   Her professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Austin Garrett

Austin Garrett
He was introduced on Aug. 24. His cosponsors are Adrienne McCoy and Marc Mayer.

Austin has lived in this area all his life, and in Springfield for five years. He earned a bachelor's of science degree in economics at Missouri State University and then served in the U.S. Army.

Since 2013, Austin has been a commercial lines insurance broker at Crane Agency in Springfield.

Austin was in Springfield Rotaract Club from 2014 until this year. He's also been active in other community organizations, including The Network, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, Association for I.T. Professionals, Springfield Apartment and Housing Association, and Missouri Association of Insurance Agents and Brokers.

Austin and his wife, Cassie, have three children.

Marty Goodnight

Marty Goodnight
He was introduced on July 24. His co-sponsors are Shallina Goodnight and Linda Ramey-Greiwe.

Marty Goodnight earned a degree in advertising from Kansas State University in 1998. He worked at the Kansas City Star from April 2003 to July 2008, advancing from account executive to interim vice-president of Advertising.

He moved to Nixa nine years ago and Springfield four years ago. Marty worked as the advertising director at the Springfield News-Leader for six years, then was self-employed in the advertising field for two years, worked one year for Whitaker Publishing, and in June 2016 became associate publisher of the Springfield Business Journal, where he's in charge of revenue, circulation, marketing, and events.

Marty is also an artist, and his work is featured in galleries and businesses throughout Springfield. He participated in Leadership Springfield Class 27, and is a past member of the Leadership Springfield board. He serves on the Springfield Regional Arts Council Board as president-elect and chairs Artsfest.

Marty and his wife, Shallina, have five children and live in Springfield.

Jay Guffey

Jay Guffey
Bob Hammerschmidt introduced him on July 20. His co-sponsor is Lisa Odom.

An advocate for community health for more than 35 years, Jay joined Jordan Valley Community Health Center in 2016 as vice president of administration after serving at Mercy Hospital for more than 30 years, most recently as senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Jay’s education started with certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. He then graduated from St. John’s School of Respiratory Therapy and Missouri State University. Later he obtained his Master’s in Business Administration from MSU.

Jay has an impressive list of civic service including board secretary and treasurer of the Mid-America Transplant Foundation, Ozark Technical Community College Foundation, United Way of the Ozarks board, and Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce vice president of economic development, just to mention a few.

Active in the United Methodist Church, Jay has served as a lay leader, volunteer for international missions and conference pastoral support committee. Jay and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters.