Breech School of Business inducts three new members into Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., February 21, 2019 — Drury University’s Breech School of Business Administration will induct three new members into its Hall of Fame during the University’s annual homecoming weekend early next month.

The Class of 2019 includes Dr. Penny Clayton ’83, Joel Romines ’68 and Jim Spangler ’61. They will join 26 other outstanding members of the Hall during a March 1 induction ceremony at the Findlay Student Center Ballroom. 

Dr. Penny Clayton is a Professor Emerita of Drury University. She earned an M.B.A. at Drury in 1983. Her tenure as a professor began in 1988 upon completion of her Ph.D. in accounting from Oklahoma State University. She earned a B.S. in Accounting from then-Southwest Missouri State University and spent several years in public accounting before pursuing a decorated career in academia. She is the founder of PRC Consulting Group, P.C. and operates Clayton Family Office, a firm which manages investments, trusts, assets and general business activities. She has been inducted into the Springfield Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the SMSU Sports Hall of Fame for her softball abilities. In May of 2018, Penny retired from her roles as Professor of Accounting and Coordinator of the Accounting Program.

Joel Romines received a B.S. in Economics and Political Science from Drury University in 1968. Starting in 1969, he worked in New York for Citibank in corporate banking. In 1972 he joined the startup Orion Bank Ltd, whose owners were six major global banks from Europe, North America and Asia. In 1982, Joel founded Knightsbridge Advisers in London to offer institutional investors the opportunity to invest in leading early and growth-stage venture capital partnerships from the U.S. and abroad. He retired in 2015, remaining involved in the older Knightsbridge funds and in special projects. In his more than three decades as a venture partnership investor, Joel developed relationships with top venture franchises and initiated commitments to emerging funds that went on to achieve top-tier status.

Jim Spangler is the CEO and President of Helping Hand Home Health Company based in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree from Drury University in 1961. He lives in Grand Blanc with his wife and their two grown children. Jim is a past board member of the Michigan Humane Society, the Detroit Institute for Children, the Drury Board of Trustees, and the Flint Institute of Music. In this last role he also acted as Chairman of the Flint Symphony Orchestra Committee and in 2018 was awarded the Mrs. Dallas J. Dort Award for years of outstanding achievement. Jim enjoys spending time at his White Fences Farm in Metamora, Michigan where, as an avid horseman, he was past Master of the Metamora Hunt Foxhounds and is a carriage driving enthusiast.

The Breech Hall of Fame was created to honor Drury alumni and faculty for outstanding professional achievement in the field of business. Inductees into the Hall must have made a significant, positive impact in the field of business through exemplary leadership, have demonstrated professional conduct consistent with the mission of the University and the Breech School of Business Administration, and have demonstrated a concern for improving their communities.

Past inductees include legendary Fortune magazine editor Carol Junge Loomis, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, Ford Motor Company CEO Ernest Breech, and O’Reilly Auto Parts executives Larry and David O’Reilly.

More information on the Breech Hall of Fame can be found online at


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