BusBriefsKRISTA JACQUES, FNP, joins Capital Region Physicians in Owensville. Jacques received her bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and her Master of Science from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining Capital Region, Jacques was with North Missouri Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery in Kirksville. She has 12 years of experience in family practice with a special interest in osteoarthritis.

DR. PURVI PATEL joins Capital Region Physicians – CCMA. She received her medical degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and completed her internal medicine residency at Washington University – Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She is board eligible for the American Board of Internal Medicine.

ALICIA TROESSER is promoted to art director at Caledon Virtual based in Columbia. Troesser has been serving as senior graphic designer since joining the firm in April. Previously, Troesser served as social media director at Comminiqué and graphic designer at Veterans United Home Loans.

JAIME BASNETT, MSN, FNP-BC, CIC, joins Missouri Orthopaedic Institute at Capital Region Medical Center. Basnett received her Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and she holds her certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

ERICA PEFFERMAN, president of The Business Times Company, joins owners Al Germond and Dave Baugher as a partner. Pefferman, a Joplin native, joined the company in 2013. The Business Times Company is parent company to Columbia Home, Columbia Business Times, Jefferson CITY Magazine and Business Times Interactive.

JOHN (DENNY) HAMILTON is appointed director of business development at Capital Region Medical Center. In addition, Hamilton is the director of pharmacy, a position he has held for 18 years. Previously, he was the clinical pharmacy coordinator. Hamilton received his Doctor of Pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and completed his pharmacy practice residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

KRISTEN PRINGER, RN, was recently promoted to manager of medical/surgical unit at Capital Region Medical Center. Pringer began at Capital Region as an emergency department nurse and then served as an educator for Capital Region’s Intensive Care Unit, Progressive Care Unit and Cardiac Cath Lab. Most recently, Pringer was the performance improvement facilitator. Pringer received her nursing degree from Lincoln University. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and serves as the central region chair.

RITA KEMPKER, foundation director for Capital Region Medical Center, was named the Central Missouri Philanthropy Professional of the Year by the Central Missouri Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Kempker was chosen over several other accomplished nominees for this highly competitive award. Kempker has 25 years of experience in fundraising and holds her certified fund raising executive certification from CFRE International.

KATHY STEINMEYER is the new director of patient experience and performance improvement at Capital Region Medical Center. Steinmeyer received her Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from University of Missouri in Rolla. She has worked at Capital Region as the lean six sigma specialist and most recently as the performance improvement manager.

DR. KERI LOW joins Capital Region Physicians – ENT. Dr. Low received her Doctor of Audiology from Ohio State University. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Educational Audiology Association. Before joining Capital Region, Low completed a pediatric audiology externship at the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis. Her interests include adult and pediatric diagnostic audiology, assistive listening technology, aural rehabilitation and central auditory processing disorders.

BILL PLANK joins Naught-Naught Agency’s sales team to lead business development for the firm. Plank brings more than 15 years of financial and management experience to this role. Most recently, he established and  managed a construction lending division for one of the top mortgage lenders in Missouri.

BROOKE STARK aesthetician, joins Howard Plastic Surgery. Stark performs several medical and aesthetic spa services, including Hydrafacial MD procedure, chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion, waxing, brow/lash tinting, massage and mineral makeup application.

BRIAN JACOBSON joins the Riley Auto Group as general manager for Riley Toyota Scion. Jacobson has more than 17 years of sales and management experience in the automotive dealership industry.

JASON CALL, PAUL GRAHAM, CHIP GENTRY AND BLAKE MARKUS, attorneys with Call & Gentry Law Group, attended the Clio Cloud Conference in Chicago. This year’s conference focused on latest trends and new technologies within the legal profession.