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Columbia agency recognized for work with McDonald’s®, Columbia Public Schools, A1 Party and Event Rental, and Child Development Center

Columbia, MO – The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts has awarded Visionworks Marketing Group four 2017 Communicator Awards for work on behalf of various clients across Columbia.

Visionworks received an Award of Excellence for a half-page magazine ad on behalf of McDonald’s® Restaurants of Columbia.  A1 Party and Event Rental’s radio commercial, Columbia Public Schools’ Spring Quarterly Connection, which is distributed to 68,000 homes in the Columbia school district, and a brochure for the Child Development Center also won Awards of Distinction.

The 2017 Communicator Award competition received more than 6,000 entries from across the U.S. and around the world, making it the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. In the past five years, Visionworks has won nine Communicator Awards for eight clients.

Celebrating 22 years of business, Visionworks has developed powerful and effective marketing strategies for clients across multiple platforms. The agency’s core competencies include strategic planning and consulting; creative services; audio production; and media planning and placement. Owner Lili Vianello leads a dynamic, creative team who craft engaging messages and strategic plans to make a difference for clients with local, regional, national and international interests.

For more information about Visionworks Marketing Group, visit Visionworksgroup.com or call 573.449.8567.

McDonald’s®  Corporation recognized McDonald’s® of Kingdom City general manager Dean Davis as an Outstanding Manager. Robyn Shire, the operations supervisor for the Kingdom City location, nominated Davis for the award based on his people skills, leadership and service to his restaurant and community.

The annual award commends the top 10 percent of restaurant managers across the nation in regards to sales, customer service and operations. In order to be eligible for the award, a general manager must have at least one year of experience and be a graduate of Hamburger University®, McDonald’s® global operations training and leadership development program.

“Dean is a great brand ambassador that truly cares about his customers and team,” Shire said.  “He’s a positive role model that really goes the extra mile to assure everyone feels like they’re part of a team.”

Davis became the general manager in Kingdom City in June 2014 and has been with the company for 11 years. His store’s 2016 customer-service scores ranked well above regional and national numbers, as his team has embraced table service at a busy highway location with vigor. Davis also provided a steady hand during a hectic major remodel process in December 2015.

“Dean and his team represent outstanding hospitality in taking care of their guests,” Shire said.  “He is a champion manager and it shows in his results.

McDonald’s® is the largest and best-known global foodservice retailer, with more than 30 stores in the Columbia-Jefferson City area. More than 85 percent of McDonald’s® restaurants in the United States are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women. The Kingdom City location is owned and operated by Mark and Kate Mehle. It is managed by Dean Davis and supervised by Robyn Shire.

SEDALIA, Mo. – JobFinders Employment Services recently expanded into Pettis County when it opened an office in Sedalia. Today, JobFinders is pleased to announce the hiring of Nancy Grey as District Manager, which includes Sedalia and Jefferson City.  Cathy Schlup has been hired as an Administrative Associate.  

 

Established in 1986, JobFinders Employment Services provides cost-effective staffing solutions for client businesses while affording solid career opportunities to employment candidates. Whether you seek temporary, contract-to-hire, healthcare or direct professional hiring, JobFinders is the expert source for matching the right people to the right jobs. JobFinders recruits talent for local to national job openings and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country for three consecutive years. In 2014, JobFinders was named a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Small Business of the Year.
Owned by Anne Williams, JobFinders is a Certified Women-owned Business (WBE) in Missouri, as well as a proud member of the American Staffing Association, Missouri Kansas Staffing Association, National Association Personnel Services and the Chambers of Commerce in Sedalia, Jefferson City, Mexico, Fulton and Columbia, Mo.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – If all goes well, a pair of local high-school basketball players may gladly forfeit thoughts of a warm-weather Spring Break for the lingering winter chill of Chicago.

Rock Bridge High School seniors Elle Brown and Madison Treece were nominated to be considered for the 16th annual McDonald’s All-American® Girls Game, a prestigious honor for prep basketball players around the country. The list of nominees will be pared down to a 24-person team on Sunday, Jan. 15 on ESPNU, airing at 9:30 p.m. central time.

Nominations were gathered from Sept. 6-Dec. 1, 2016 from approved nominators, including high school principals, athletic directors and head varsity basketball coaches. Brown and Treece represent two of the five girls from Missouri that were chosen for consideration. Brown is a 5-foot-10 shooting guard who has committed to play collegiately at the University of Missouri beginning in 2017. Treece is a 6-foot-4 post player who received many offers but ultimately chose to play college ball at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

The finalized team will participate in a game in Chicago on Wednesday, March 29, which will air nationally on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. central time.

McDonald’s® is the largest and best-known global foodservice retailer, with more than 30 stores in the Columbia-Jefferson City area. More than 85 percent of McDonald’s restaurants in the United States are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women. The Rock Bridge store in Columbia is owned and operated by Mark and Kate Mehle.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Columbia LandCare LLC continues to grow forward.

 

Mid-Missouri’s premier commercial landscape design, maintenance and installation company had already acquired or merged with four other businesses in five years before Creative Surroundings Inc. caught and held its attention. A phone call in May 2016 led to a September handshake. Columbia LandCare officially acquired Creative Surroundings and absorbed all of its full-time staff on Dec. 30, 2016.

 

“Our interest in Creative Surroundings was really three-fold,” Columbia LandCare owner Jed Taylor said of the 34-year-old company just acquired. “One, their horticulture expertise with regards to annual flowers and overall plant care is second-to-none in the industry. Two, we wanted the remarkable staff at Creative Surroundings to join our team. And finally, Creative Surroundings had great clients and it was apparent they put a lot of value in maintaining long-term relationships. It was too good to pass up.”

 

The acquisition was made possible when Creative Surroundings owner Gloria Gaus expressed interest in retiring. Gaus will remain on board for 2017 as the transition takes place, and all other full-time staff have begun working at Columbia LandCare’s headquarters, located at 7105 Henderson Road. This move adds to Columbia LandCare’s fluctuating roster of approximately 100 staff members.
Columbia LandCare has roots in mid-Missouri that trace back more than 20 years, when it was founded as Columbia Turf. Jed Taylor became majority owner in 2012, three years after his company Missouri Mowing merged with Columbia Turf. Columbia LandCare provides year-round landscape maintenance services, including snow removal, mowing, irrigation, floriculture, landscape design and installation.

Columbia agency recognized for work with First Baptist Church and Columbia Public Schools

Columbia, MO – Visionworks Marketing Group has received a 2016 Gold Marcom Award presented by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for work on behalf of First Baptist Church.

The work for First Baptist Church included five pieces in a series for a direct-mail campaign. The campaign found its success in attracting new members to the church as well as informing members of the community about First Baptist Church. 

Visionworks Marketing Group also received a 2016 Honorable Mention Marcom Award for work on behalf of Columbia Public Schools.

Visionworks assisted Columbia Public Schools in redesigning their Quarterly Report newsletter into a new Quarterly Connection newsletter. The newsletter is mailed to 68,000 homes and keeps the community informed about what is going on in Missouri’s seventh-largest school district.

The 2016 Marcom Award competition featured an incredible pool of more than 6,000 entries, making it the largest and most prominent of its kind.

Celebrating 21 years of business, Visionworks has developed powerful and effective marketing strategies for clients across multiple platforms. The agency’s core competencies include strategic planning and consulting; creative services; audio production; and media planning and placement. Owner Lili Vianello leads a dynamic, creative team who craft engaging messages and strategic plans to make a difference for clients with local, regional, national and international interests.

For more information about Visionworks Marketing Group, contact info@VisionworksGroup.com or call 573.449.8567.

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Local enterprise plans series of events to celebrate three decades and counting

COLUMBIA, Mo.—Thirty years ago, job searches were conducted on foot. Hands were shaken. Envelopes stuffed with resumes and references were handed over. Not so much anymore. Although the ways we find work have changed dramatically, one local company in particular has been able to constantly adapt to the shifting climate and help mid-Missourians establish rewarding careers.

This month, Columbia-based JobFinders Employment Services turns 30 years old. To commemorate, the company has events planned at its three central Missouri locations (Columbia, Jefferson City and Mexico) and will unveil a newly design website in conjunction with the anniversary.

“It’s a milestone we’re proud of because it speaks to the countless people who have contributed to making JobFinders a success over the years,” owner Anne Williams says. “To be able to help so many people find and establish rewarding careers—and so many businesses fill their open positions with quality candidates—has been a thrill. We look forward to many more years.”

Established in 1986, JobFinders Employment Services provides cost-effective staffing solutions for client businesses while affording solid career opportunities to employment candidates. Whether you seek temporary, contract-to-hire, healthcare or direct professional hiring, JobFinders is the expert source for matching the right people to the right jobs. JobFinders recruits talent for national job openings and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country for four consecutive years. In 2014, JobFinders was named Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year by the Small Business Association’s St. Louis District Office for the Eastern Missouri district.

Owned by Anne Williams, JobFinders is a Certified Women-owned Business (WBE) in Missouri, as well as a proud member of the American Staffing Association, Missouri Association of Professional Services and the Columbia, Jefferson City, Mexico and Fulton (Mo.) Chambers of Commerce.

The McDonald’s ® Restaurant in Ashland reopened its doors Thursday, July 28 after undergoing a complete rebuild this summer to improve the customer experience.

The renovations include a number of features.

 The new restaurant no longer shares space with the gas station/convenience store and is a standalone location with its own restrooms.

 The updated lobby features modernized seating for up to 60 guests, a dramatic increase from the 25-seat limit previously in place.

 The single drive-thru lane was replaced with a dual drive-thru, which will help serve customers quicker. In the old configuration, the single drive-thru window acted as the place where customers paid for and received their orders. That single window was

replaced with three windows – one for payment, one for order pick-up and a third window for overflow traffic when orders take longer to complete, which will improve wait times.

 The restaurant features a fresh and vibrant décor, a flat-screen TV and free WiFi.

 There are new digital menu boards, which will make for an easier ordering experience for dine-in customers.

McDonald’s ® is the largest and best-known global foodservice retailer, with more than 30 stores in the Columbia-Jefferson City area. More than 85 percent of McDonald’s restaurants in the United States are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women. The Ashland location is owned and operated by Mark and Kate Mehle. It is managed by Matt Warne and supervised by Robyn Shire.

Columbia, MO – Visionworks Marketing Group has received a 2016 Communicator Award presented by The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts for work on behalf of First Baptist Church.

The work for First Baptist Church included a foldable “cross” brochure which was a part of their “Unity without Uniformity” campaign. The brochure found its success in attracting new members to the church as well as informing members of the community about First Baptist Church. 

The 2016 Communicator Award competition featured an incredible pool of more than 6,000 entries, making it the largest and most prominent award of its kind.

Celebrating 21 years of business, Visionworks has developed powerful and effective marketing strategies for clients across multiple platforms. The agency’s core competencies include strategic planning and consulting; creative services; audio production; and media planning and placement. Owner Lili Vianello leads a dynamic, creative team who craft engaging messages and strategic plans to make a difference for clients with local, regional, national and international interests.

For more information about Visionworks Marketing Group, contact info@VisionworksGroup.com or call 573.449.8567.

The McDonald’s® Restaurant at 602 E. Broadway in Ashland is excited to announce that renovations this summer will allow the restaurant to better serve the community and improve the customer experience. The store will be closed for a short period, although dates have not yet been determined.

Several updates will be incorporated into the new store, including:

  • The new restaurant will be a standalone location, no longer sharing space with the gas station/convenience store. The restaurant will now gain its own restrooms.
  • The updated lobby will feature modernized seating for up to 60 guests, a dramatic increase from the 25-seat limit currently in place.
  • The single drive-thru lane will be replaced with a dual drive-thru, which will help serve our customers quicker. The current single drive-thru window, which acts as the place where customers pay for and receive their orders, will be replaced with three windows – one for payment, one for order pick-up and a third window for overflow traffic when orders take longer to complete, which will improve wait times.
  • The restaurant will feature a fresh and vibrant décor.
  • New digital menu boards, which will make for an easier ordering experience for dine-in customers.

It’s anticipated that the new restaurant will require the hiring of 20-30 additional employees.

McDonald’s® is the largest and best-known global foodservice retailer, with more than 30 stores in the Columbia-Jefferson City area. More than 85 percent of McDonald’s restaurants in the United States are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women. The Ashland location is owned and operated by Mark and Kate Mehle. It is managed by Matt Warne and supervised by Robyn Shire.

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