School of Business

PSB Advisory Board Members

Picture of Roger AsayRoger Asay

 Owner and President of Asay Publishing

With a background in sales, marketing, publishing, management, and new media, Roger Asay is an entrepreneur that has built a business focused on bringing buyers and sellers of office machines and business equipment together.

Prior to starting Asay Publishing Company in 1987, Roger consulted with Missouri Southern's SmallBusiness   & TechnologyCenter. Today Asay Media Network features all digital content. In addition to his flagship publication Locator Magazine, Roger has expanded his business to include The Copier Network, The Printer Network, The Recyclers' Network, and OMBE.com. International activity is playing an increasing role.

Being a long-time member of the Plaster School of Business Advisory Board, Roger is a proponent of MSSU's Hire-a-Lion program which has resulted in 75% of his employees being Southern graduates.

Roger's career started with education at CrestonCommunity College in Creston, Iowa then University of Nebraska at Omaha. His abbreviated career history includes:

   --Hallmark Cards

        Trainee, Account Manager, and Senior Account Manager in Omaha, Kansas City, Wichita, Tampa, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa

   --Gibson Greeting Cards

       District Sales Manager in Denver

       Vice President National Accounts in Chicago

  --Regional Office Machine Dealer, Joplin

       Sales Manager

  --VR Business Brokers, Joplin

       Sales Manager

  --Asay Media Network

       Owner/President (1987-Present)

Scott BrothersScott Brothers

President and Chief Executive Officer of The Insurancenter

Scott Brothers is President and CEO of The Insurancenter, an independent agency located in Joplin, Missouri. After attaining a BA in History from Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), Scott began his career at The Insurancenter in 1974and rose to his current position as President in 1985. He is also concurrently the President of Agency Operations at Glatfelter Insurance Group. Scott has more than 39 years of insurance experience and has held the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation for more than 31 years. He attended an Executive Studies in Insurance program at the Wharton School of Business.

Scott served as the President of the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) from July 2010 to July 2011. In 2012, he was recognized as MAIA’s Insurance Person of the Year. Scott also served on the advisory boards of several insurance companies (CNA, Hartford, Cigna, Missouri Employer Mutual, et.al.) and is currently a member of several national independent insurance agent associations. He is currently the Missouri representative to the national Independent Agents and Brokers Association.

Scott has served on the Board of Directors at the MSSU School of Business since its inception. Indicating Scott’s business acumen, his independent insurance agency has been recognized as an IIAB Best Practices Agency every year since 1995, including the most recent year.

Additionally, in the local community, he serves on the Board of Directors of the following:

  • Freeman Health System
  • Arvest Bank
  • Joplin Area Catholic Schools Development

Melodee Colbert-KeanMelodee Colbert-Kean

 Mayor of Joplin

Melodee Colbert Kean is president of Prayerful Portions, LLC, a small business consulting firm. Together with her husband, William, they assist small businesses in developing and integrating growth strategies for income and sustainability. She is also a MO Licensed Realtor with Charles Burt Realtors.

As an elected official since April 2006, Melodee is committed to community and civic services. She is the Mayor of Joplin on the Joplin Missouri City Council. She has been instrumental in ensuring Joplin is represented on the federal level by being an active board member of the National League of Cities, an organization which advocates and promotes cities agendas to White House Administration and congressional reps.

Melodee is chairwoman of the Missouri Municipal Leagues Natural Resources & Urban Dev. Board and is also a Governors Appointee to the Missouri Women's Council, which assists women interested in starting a business, as well as being a resource for those already running a business.

She also serves the educational sector by being on the Missouri Southern State University Robert Plaster School of Business Advisory Board, helping to develop policy and program initiatives to grow the business school. As President of Joplin Metro Credit Union Board of Directors, and board member of the George Washington Carver Birthplace Association, she is involved in her community. In addition, Melodee is a member of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, the N.A.A.C.P Joplin Branch, the Discover Downtown Alliance and VP of the Joplin Emancipation Committee.

A graduate of Missouri Southern State University with a Marketing Degree, Melodee's work experience includes managerial and business development, negotiations, retail management, customer service, motivational speaking, leadership and budgeting experience.

Melodee and her husband William Kean Jr, have two daughters in college, a son in the Marine Corps, and a daughter in second grade. Melodee is a member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church serving as Assistant Recording Secretary.

Laurie A. DelanoLaurie A. Delano

Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer with The Empire District Electric Company

Her prior positions within Empire District include: controller, director of financial services, and director of internal auditing.

Ms. Delano previously held accounting management positions with TAMKO Building Products, Inc. and Lozier Corporation, and was an accounting lecturer at Pittsburg State University.

A native of southwest Missouri, Ms. Delano received an Associate of Arts from Crowder College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Missouri Southern State University. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State University. Ms. Delano is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants.

Ms. Delano has been active with United Way organizations and agencies, and is a past president of the board of directors of the United Way of Southwest Missouri and the Lafayette House. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Community Clinic of Joplin, Endowment Committee for the Lafayette House, Plaster School of Business Advisory Board, and is a member of the Joplin Redevelopment Corporation. She is a member of the Joplin Daybreak Rotary.

Doug DollDoug Doll

President and Chief Executive Officer of Arvest Bank

 Doug Doll is President and CEO of Arvest Bank, Joplin. Doll has been with Arvest since its inception in Southwest, MO in 1997. He has over 36 years of banking experience. Arvest Bank, Joplin has grown to 17 branches, 200 associates and over $615 million dollars in assets. As President, Doll is responsible for leading the bank's senior management team, setting guidelines and strategies to help the bank grow, and controlling bank policy established by the Board of Directors.

Doll is a graduate of the University of Nevada with a BS in Business Management.

Doll has served on the board of many organizations during his 23 years in the community. He has chaired several boards, including Ozark Center, City of Joplin Sales Tax Oversight Commission, and the Finance Committee for St. Peter's Catholic Church. Doll is an Executive Committee member for the SOBA Advisory Board for Missouri Southern State University, board member of the Tl F Commission for the City of Joplin, former board member for the Missouri Bankers Association, and a member and past President of the Rotary Club of Joplin. Doll is also Sector Co-chair on the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team (CART) as a result of Joplin's May 2011 tornado and current Treasurer of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Doll is married with four children and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include playing golf, reading and sports.

Jim Gray

MSSU Retired Dean

 

Mike GrayMike Gray

Partner at BKD, LLP

Mike is a member of BKD National Manufacturing & Distribution Group and provides tax and consulting services for individuals and companies in the manufacturing, oil and gas, transportation, wholesale and retail industries. These services include process enhancement, cost accounting, business planning, client financing, research and experimentation tax credits and employee stock ownership plans.

With more than 19 years of experience, he has earned the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) designation from APICS The Association for Operations Management.

In 2006, Mike received the employee BKD PRIDE Award for exemplifying BKD's values: passion, respect, integrity, discipline and excellence.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mike serves on the board of the Joseph Newman Innovation Center, which is committed to the development and support of entrepreneurs emphasizing innovative technology. He also service on the board of the Southwest Missouri Community Foundation.

He is a 1992 magna cum laude graduate of Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, with a B.S.B.A. degree in accounting, and a 1994 graduate of University of Missouri, Columbia, with a M.Acc. degree.

Charles KeeterCharles Keeter

President of Osborn Paper Company

 

 

Steve KoelkebeckSteve Koelkebeck

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Missouri Bank

Steve Koelkebeck is President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Missouri Bank, a locally owned community bank with 11 branches in southwest Missouri.

Steve grew up in several small towns in central Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1976 with a major in Accounting.  He joined BKD, LLP in 1977 and was named a partner in 1987.

In 1997 he came to Southwest Missouri Bank as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President and was named President in 2006.

Steve has served as Chairman of the Advisory Board since its inception.  He and his wife Debi have a son, Ben.  They all enjoy traveling together and having fun at the lake.

Susan McCoySusan McCoy

Staff  Vice President of Investor Relations, Leggett & Platt

Susan McCoy, Staff Vice President of Investor Relations, joined Leggett & Platt in 1986. Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Missouri Southern State University, and a CPA designation. Susan began in the company's accounting department, and over a 13 year period, advanced through various positions of increasing responsibility, ending as Manager of Financial Reporting in early 1999. From 1999 through early 2002, she worked with the company's M&A acquisition teams as Director of Due Diligence. Susan became Director of Investor Relations in early 2002 and Staff Vice President of Investor Relations in 2011.

She has served as a member of the PSB Advisory Board since 2006. Susan and her husband, Jon, are both life-long residents of Joplin.

Mike Moore

Excutive Vice President and President, Walmart Central, Walmart U.S.

Mike Moore is executive vice president and president of Walmart Central, leading the central geographic business unit of Walmart U.S. He is responsible for operations, real estate, supply chain and merchandising in the Mississippi River Delta, Central Plains, Texas and Midwest divisions.

Mike began his Walmart career in 1988 as an assistant manager in Carthage, Mo. Since that time, he has held many successful leadership roles as co-manager, store manager and district manager in Oklahoma and Nebraska. He led south Texas and south Florida as regional vice president and in 2004 was promoted to senior vice president of operations for the west division. He received the Sam M. Walton Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2005. In 2010, Mike assumed the role of senior vice president of merchandising and was responsible for the stationery, crafts, fabric, sporting goods, automotive, and hardware along with the paint categories. He later was promoted to lead the north business unit of Walmart U.S. as executive vice president and president, overseeing operations in 19 states.

In 2012, Mike was nominated for the Chairman, SIFE USA National Advisory Board along with Member of the SIFE Worldwide Board of Directors.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri Southern State University.

Picture of Bill PeschWilliam R. (Bill) Pesch

President & CEO of Able Manufacturing & Assembly,

Bill Pesch is President & CEO of Able Manufacturing & Assembly, a "Tier One" manufacturer and assembler of commercial vehicle operator cabins and large composite fiberglass hoods and components for a variety of industries.  Key markets include agricultural, mining, construction, industrial equipment, defense, wind turbine, passenger rail, and specialty vehicles, both highway and off highway.  Founded in Joplin, MO in 1954, Able has 400 associates in three plants in Joplin, MO and Pittsburg, KS.

Bill has served on the Board of several companies and is currently a Board member of Contractor's Trust System, a SaaS start up providing productivity tools to the construction industry. Previously he served on the Advisory Boards of the University of California, Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business and the University of California, San Diego, Rady School of Management. Bill brings a unique blend of cross-industry, cross-functional, and international perspective to the Boardroom.

Before leading Able, Bill was CEO of McBride Electric, an electrical, data wiring, and commercial solar EPC contractor based in San Diego, President of Driessen Aircraft Interiors, a manufacturer of Boeing and Airbus commercial aircraft galleys, closets, cabin dividers, and in-flight video cabinets in Garden Grove, CA, President & COO of Anacomp, Inc., (NASDAQ:ANCPA) an international document management and multi vendor services company based in San Diego, President of Francotyp-Postalia, a mailing equipment company based in Chicago that competes with Pitney Bowes, Vice President/General Manager for the International Division of Presstek, an international manufacturer of printing equipment and supplies based in Chicago, Vice President, International Business Development for Maytag Corporation, and Director of Marketing and Director of Manufacturing with Siemens Building Technologies, the global HVAC building controls and energy management company based in Chicago.

Bill earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS cum laude in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of New Mexico.

Will RoderiqueWill Roderique

Partner at Baker, Davis and Roderique

 

 

Phil SlinkardPhil Slinkard

Controller at HE Williams

 

 

 Tyler Swaffar

Financial Advisor - Edward Jones

 

Picture of Clive VeriClive Veri

Executive Vice President of Commerce Bank

Clive has over 27 years experience in commercial banking and bank administration having spent most of that time working in leadership roles for community markets of regional bank holding companies.  He has served as the Regional President for Commerce Bank in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas since January of 2012.  This region which encompasses roughly $450MM in assets is comprised of four banks, two in Missouri  (Joplin and Cassville) and two in Kansas (Pittsburg and Columbus).  Prior to assuming the regional president's role,  Clive served as that same region's Senior Lender and Commercial Sales Manager, also for Commerce, starting in June of 2002.

Prior to joining Commerce, Clive worked for Bank of America in Joplin for almost 5 years where he served as their regional Commercial Banking Manager and local Market Manager.   In January of 1998, he moved to Joplin from Southern Ohio where he worked for Bank One as that region's Senior Lender for almost 7 years.  Clive started his banking career with American National Bank & Trust Company of Chicago in 1986 where he started as a Commercial Banking Trainee and finished as an Assistant Vice President - Commercial Banking.

Bryan VowelsBryan Vowels

Senior Vice President - Branch Manager of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Bryan is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University as well as the University of Arkansas, where he earned his MBA. 

Bryan holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional (CFP®).

Bryan is actively involved in the community serving on numerous Community Boards and projects.  Namely, he is past-President of the United Way of Southwest Missouri; founder of ASPIRE (Assisting Single Parents in Realizing Education) of Southwest Missouri; Vice President of Bright Futures – USA; Board member on Rebuild Joplin; and Vice Chairman of Connect2Culture. 

In his leisure time Bryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Leticia, and their three children.  He also loves fishing, golf, coaching soccer and reading.

Kevin WillaimsKevin Williams

Chief Financial Officer of Jack Henry and Associates, Inc

Kevin Williams is Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc., a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ stock exchange, with over 5,300 associates and over 40 locations across the United States.

Kevin grew up in Nevada, MO and graduated from Missouri Southern State University in May, 1987 with a major in Accounting.  He joined BKD, LLP in 1987 and was there until 1998 when he was a Senior Manager.

In July 1998 he came to Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. as their Corporate Controller and was named Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in January 2001.

Kevin has served on the MSSU Advisory Board for several years.  He was voted the MSSU “Outstanding Alumni Award” recipient in 2007.  He and his wife Toni have one daughter, Tallie.  His family enjoys traveling and just spending time together.  Kevin’s hobbies include golf, snow skiing, bicycling, watching sports and officiating at his daughter’s swim meets during the year.  He is on the board of several not-for-profit organizations ranging in size from small local organizations to an international not-for-profit. 

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