The mission of the Breech School Advisory Board (BAB) is to advise, promote and proactively support the interests of Drury University and the Breech School of Business Administration to improve the visibility and enhance the reputation of the Breech School of Business Administration in the regional, national, and international business community. The Board helps the School achieve its mission of providing quality undergraduate and graduate programming, resulting in graduates who possess the skills and abilities needed to excel as ethical professionals in the global business community.
Board Member Responsibilities
The BAB will function as an advocacy group for Drury University and the Breech School of Business Administration. The BAB members will actively promote the School and its programs to their respective company, industry, and business communities.
The BAB will advise the Dean, faculty and university administration on the strategic direction of the Breech School of Business Administration. The BAB members will provide feedback on missions, goals, programs, and strategic direction.
The BAB will enhance the communication of the Breech School with the business community through the professional exchange of ideas related to current and future business and academic issues. This includes keeping the School informed on current and emerging educational research needs and opportunities among the various constituencies. The BAB members should provide feedback on how the School’s curricula, programs, and other offerings are meeting the needs of these constituents.
The BAB will provide advice and feedback to the School about the perceived effectiveness of Breech School of Business programs. This includes suggesting, recommending, and reviewing additional programming opportunities.
The BAB will provide advice, guidance, and assistance in placing Breech graduates in career positions and internship opportunities. The BAB members will assist in actively recruiting students for the School. The BAB members will be resources to the business community, providing business and professional community contacts to share expertise in classrooms and at other networking events.
The BAB will work with the Dean and other members of the University faculty and administration to promote the school, build its reputation and prestige and acquire the resources necessary to support the mission and objectives of the Breech School of Business Administration. Board members will make an annual personal and/or corporate contribution to the School of Business. The suggested minimum contribution is $1,200 annually, with the greatest need being the Breech Fund.
Tamara de Wild
Assoc. General Counsel/Director Legal Service, O’Reilly
Tamara de Wild is Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal Services for O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. d/b/a O'Reilly Auto Parts and its subsidiaries and affiliated entities. O'Reilly Auto Parts (ORLY) is a retailer of aftermarket automotive parts, tools, supplies, equipment, and accessories based in Springfield, Missouri.
At O'Reilly, Ms. de Wild counsels Human Resources and management on labor and employment related issues including those regarding discrimination and harassment on the basis of race/national origin, color, age, sex, religion, age, disability, and other protected statuses; Americans with Disabilities Act; Family Medical Leave Act; wage and hour issues; equal pay issues; severance matters; non-compete and non-solicitation agreements; and other employment related matters; works with Human Resources and operations teams in investigating and responding to complaints and charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and state agencies; manages and coordinates the defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuits; wage and hour lawsuits; and other employment related litigation with outside counsel; and works with Human Resources and other departments in developing, implementing, and updating policies, procedures, and practices. She assists and advises HR and other departments related to work authorization/I-9 compliance and immigration-related issues as they relate to hiring and employment practices. Tamara also works with Human Resources and various operations teams in developing resources to educate team members and frequently provides training to supervisory and management groups within the company.
She also is involved in developing strategy regarding union avoidance and labor relations, responding to grievances and unfair labor practice charges, and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. Ms. de Wild was in private practice for 13 years prior to joining O'Reilly in December 2008, most recently at Lathrop & Gage in Springfield, Missouri. Ms. de Wild received her A.B. with Honors in business administration from Drury University in 1992 and her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1995.
Juli Pascoe has worked with BKD CPAs & Advisors for the last 15 years. She started as a Director with BKD in 2004 and still holds that position today. Juli’s exclusively works with senior living clients offering audit and consulting services. Nearly two years ago, Juli became a partner with BKD. Prior to her work with BKD CPAs & Advisors, she graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor of Arts, Accounting and Business Administration in 2004. During her time as a student, Juli was an accounting intern with City Utilities of Springfield for two years.
Vice President; Cox Medical Group and Neuroscience Service Line
Max Buetow graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in English and then came to Drury University to earn an MBA degree by 2009. For the past 10 years, Max’s career has been in operations management. Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Cox Medical Group and Neuroscience Service Line, but Max has been with Cox Health since 2012 working as the System Director of Occupational Medicine, Director of Neurological Clinics, and the Administrative Director of the Neuroscience Service Line. Meanwhile, Max serves the community as the Vice Chair of Multipli Credit Union and as a Board Member of Skyword Sports Ministries.
Vice President of Finance; Andy's Frozen Custard
Manager; Springfield Brewing Company
Father to 3 young boys, Husband to a Springfield Public Schools principal. 15 years leadership experience in Springfield Hospitality Industry. Raised in Iberia, Missouri. Hobbies include weight training, coaching youth sports, and sudoku.
Insurance Agent; Barker Phillips Jackson
Rob Dickerson is a commercial insurance agent with Barker, Phillips, Jackson. Dickerson graduated from Drury in 1990 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. He then went on to Southern Methodist University to earn his Masters in Business Administration in August of 1991. Prior to his current business activities, he was a large Papa Murphy's franchisee and owner/officer for Laker Fishing. Dickerson was an adjunct faculty member at Drury and a member of the Business Advisory Board for Drury SIFE. Dickerson joined the Breech Advisory Board in 2008.
Leaster Gibson Jr.
Managing Member, Foster Gibson Investments LLC
Leaster Gibson Jr. returned to Drury and received his degree in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology in 2008. In 1994, he began working with his family, Foster Hospitality Group, managing Elder Care properties. Over the next 15 years, he helped develop single family residential properties as well as commercial properties including Residential Care Centers and Hotels throughout the Midwest region. In addition, Leaster co-managed a family owned real estate company from 2001 – 2011. Since 2012, Leaster has worked as managing member of Foster Gibson Investments. His duties include portfolio management, risk management, venture capital and day trading.
Leaster is a returning member of the Breech Advisory Board. He also serves on the Arc of the Ozarks Foundation Board and the Springfield Art Museum Foundation Board along with several other community project-based committees.
Director of Accounting; Expedia Partner Solutions
Mike Gunnels graduated from Drury University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Accounting and Business Administration with a minor in Economics. While attending Drury University, he was involved with the Sigma Pi fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, the Mortar Board, and concert band and orchestra. After his time at Drury University, Mike entered the work force as a member of the audit department at BKD CPAs & Advisors in Springfield, Missouri and remained there for three years. He then spent 18 years working in the theme park industry at Herschend Family Entertainment in a number of roles including auditing, accounting operations management, and ERP system implementation. For the past 8 years, Mike has worked in financial operations for Expedia Group at their offices in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to his current position as Director of EPS Accounting, he started as an Accounting Manager, then moved to Product Manager in Financial Operations, and, just before his current position, he was the Senior Financial Operations Manager for Expedia Affiliate Network.
President/CEO; Multipli Credit Union
Ms. Judy Hadsall has been the President/Chief Executive Officer of Multipli Credit Union in Springfield, Missouri since 1997. Ms. Hadsall serves as the Manager of MFN Joint Venture, a credit union service organization that provides data processing solutions to credit unions. Prior to joining the credit union, she was a commercial lender for a large regional bank. Ms. Hadsall has served as chair of the Heartland Credit Union Association, servicing Missouri and Kansas Credit Unions. She has served as chair and vice chair of the Missouri Credit Union Association. Ms. Hadsall serves on the board of Community Partnership of the Ozarks. She works extensively with the Drew Lewis Foundation, specifically the Northwest Project.
Partner; Elliot, Robinson & Company
Amanda became a partner with Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP on January 1, 2014 after ten years with the firm. She grew up in Camdenton, MO where both of her parents were educators in the public school system. She started her college career at Central Methodist University on a volleyball and academic scholarship. After one year in Fayette, MO, she transferred to Drury University where she earned a degree in Accounting. Upon graduation in December 2003, she started with Elliott, Robinson & Company as a junior accountant. Amanda is the first female partner in the history of the firm and now shares her experience by mentoring and training staff.
Director - Risk Management; City Utilities
Sandy Meyers is the Director of Risk Management at City Utilities of Springfield. Her responsibilities include the property and casualty insurance programs, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), damage prevention, claims, and financial technology areas. She has worked at CU for the past 26 years.
Sandy received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Drury University. She is a licensed CPA and holds various certifications in the fields of IT Security, project management, insurance, and risk management.
Sandy currently instructs accounting, risk management, and insurance classes at both Drury and Missouri State universities. In 2019, she received the Excellence in Per Course Teaching from MSU. Sandy has served on the BAB for the past 4 years and is a member of the Loss Control Task Force for AEGIS Insurance Services. She is the 2020 vice-chair of the Business and Finance committee for American Public Power Association.
Vice President of Marketing; Myer Hotels
Chris Myer is the Vice President of Marketing for Myer Hotels, which includes the Best Western Music Capital Inn, Best Western Center Pointe Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills, Quality Inn West, Holiday Inn Express Green Mtn. Drive and iBranson Ticket Services in Branson, Missouri. He is also a founder and President of Tripium, LLC, a web based travel company specializing in dynamic reservation technologies and publisher of The Flavor of Branson Dining Guide, The Dish, and The Taste of Branson; Branson's largest publications dedicated 100% to dining and Bransonrestaurants.com
Chris has spent time serving the industry in which he represents. He is a National Delegate on the Choice Hotel Owners Council and serves as the Regional Director for Region 13. He recently chaired the Comfort Inn and Marketing Committee for the Choice Hotels Owners Council. Chris is also the chair of the Best Western Missouri Marketing Co-op and the Missouri Choice Hotels Marketing Co-op. Chris is a past board member and president of both the Branson/Lakes Area Lodging Assoc. and the Missouri Hotel and Lodging Association.
He recently served on the Branson/ Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB Board of Directors & Marketing Advisory Council. Myer also served as the Chairman of the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and finished serving on that board in 2013. Chris serves on the Country Bluff Property Owners Association and is also a past President.
Chris attended Drury College in Springfield, MO and graduated with a double major of Business Administration and Public Relations. He was awarded the “Outstanding Senior Man” award at Drury.
Chris and his wife Sonja have three sons; Montana, Gatlin and Houston. In his spare time, Chris likes to attend kids sporting events, concerts and likes to wakeboard and snow ski. He worships at First Baptist Church of Branson. Chris has lived in Branson for over 23 years.
CEO Leadership Coach & Chair; Vistage Peer Advisory Board
Lifelong career as a CEO and C suite executive focusing on business, education, and youth based organizations. Bruce has launched international programs in over 28 countries and raised funds from business, government and high wealth individuals.
Vistage International invited Bruce to lead the formation of private peer advisory boards for CEO and business owners in the greater Springfield/Branson/Joplin area. In addition, he handles one-on-one coaching, speaking events and provides capital campaign counsel to nonprofit organizations.
Bruce has been a speaker, panelist or participant at several World Economic Forum Regional Summits, Forbes CEO Forum, Qatar Foundation's World Innovation Summit on Education, Clinton Global Initiative, and the Milken Global Conference. He has served as a board member or lecturer at numerous international institutions and universities and has been on the radio and television including the NBC Today show.
Bruce has managed staff in London, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Paris, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Accra, and Barcelona. In 2013, he received the Global Champion of Enactus award, the highest award given by the organization, for his role in leading the launch of the international branch of this organization.
Bruce serves on numerous boards including the Drury Breech School of Business, the Leadership Council for the University of Arizona Alumni Association, Leadership Springfield, and The Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Most recently he was campaign counsel for the successful $6 million capital campaign for Harmony House. He is an Advisor for Global Philanthropic based out of Hong Kong and Global Partnership Forums out of New York
President; Heifer Foundation
Ardyth Neill is President of Heifer Foundation, an international philanthropic foundation established for the primary purpose of building an endowment to generate ongoing support for the work of Heifer International; educating the public on planned charitable giving; and to serve as fiduciary for its donors.
Ardyth came to Heifer Foundation in 2001 after serving as Director of Accounting for more than four years with Heifer International. She served as CFO and Vice President of Asset Management for Heifer Foundation from 2001-2012. She started her non-profit work as a Comptroller with the Greater Ozarks Chapter, Blood and Tissue Region of the American Red Cross after beginning her professional career as an Accountant for Dillon’s Springfield Division. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with minors in accounting and economics from Drury University.
Ardyth is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Little Rock and serves as President of the board of the Rotary Club 99 Foundation. She serves on the CARTI Board of Directors and Drury University’s Breech School of Business Administration’s Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Charitable Gift Planners and the Arkansas chapter of the organization (Arkansas Charitable Gift Planning Council), the Rachel Donaldson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and The Order of Daughters of the King. Additionally, she is Heifer Foundation’s representative for the Mission Investors’ Exchange. She is an active member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church where she has previously served as treasurer and a member of the Outreach, Finance and Audit Committees.
Ardyth is married to Jerry Neill and lives in Maumelle, AR.
Vice President of Sales and Developments; Meyer Communications
Bonnie Bell graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Political Science. She moved her education from Des Moines, IA to Springfield, MO when she decided to complete Masters-level coursework in Communications at Missouri State University. In 1996, Bonnie began working at Meyer Communications in Springfield, MO. Prior to her current role as Vice President of Sales and Development for the past 10 years, she held the title of General Sales Manager for 3 years, Non-Traditional Revenue Director for 3 years, and On-Air Broadcaster/Account Executive for 7 years. During her time with Meyer Communication, Bonnie has developed concepts and achieved success with a myriad of marketing and public relations projects, events, and event management. Some of these projects and events include the KTXR Christmas Shopping Festival, Bears on Parade (an MSU athletic scholarships fundraiser), and "An Evening with Paul Harvey". Outside of work, Bonnie gives back to the community through her participation with the Ozark chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Springfield Workshop Foundation.
Chief Executive Officer; Superior Consulting, LLC
Bryan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Superior Consulting, LLC of Springfield, MO. Superior Consulting specializes in the provision of management and regulatory consulting services to federally-supervised financial institutions. Superior also performs specialized IT security and audit services for a broad array of clients in other industries in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. Bryan is also the CTO of Excubia Solutions, LLC, a start-up software development firm with offices in Springfield and Minsk, Belarus.
Bryan is a 2007 graduate of the accounting program at the Breech School of Business and a 2008 graduate of the School's MBA program. In his free time, Bryan enjoys travel and his most recent trips have included visits to central and southern Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland.
Operations Manager; Southern Missouri Containers, Inc.
Founder/CEO; Opfer Communications, Inc.
Year: Super Senior
Major: Accounting, Finance
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Major: Marketing, Management
Major: Accounting, Finance
Year: Super Senior
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Major: Accounting, Finance
Major: Economics, Finance