SIKESTON -- Peggy Gates, major accounts executive for Manpower in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, was recently named to Manpower's first-ever Circle of Stars, a recognition that identifies top performers in sales and customer satisfaction ratings.
Circle of Stars honorees are among the top 10 percent of sales performers in Manpower's North American organization. Gates was ranked No. 2 in sales revenue in the United States was honored at Manpower's annual conference in early February.
Gates joined Manpower in 1996 and has 20 plus years of experience in the staffing and business development industry. She attended Southeast Missouri University in Cape Girardeau and currently holds the office of secretary/
treasurer of SEMO HRA, an affiliate of SHRM. Currently Gates resides in rural Sikeston with her husband, Steve, and son Christopher.
Manpower is a leader in the employment services industry, offering customers a continuum of services to meet their needs throughout the employment and business cycle. The company specializes in temporary, contract and regular, full-time recruitment; employee assessment and training. The focus of Manpower's work is on raising productivity through improved quality, efficiency and cost-reduction, enabling customers to concentrate on their core business activities.
MINER - Natausha Owens is the Miner Nursing Center's "Employee of the Month" for January.
A certified nurse's aide on the 11 to 7 shift, Owens was nominated and selected by her co-workers and supervisors due to her good work and willingness to help in anyway needed, said Dave Ellinghouse, administrator. She has worked at the Center since November 2004.
SIKESTON - Darin M. Watkins has joined the staff of Bollinger Real Estate Services.
A licensed real estate broker and salesperson, Watkins is a an appraiser trainee. In addition to his real estate work, Watkins farms with his father, Louis Watkins, and is the pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church at Diehlstadt.
Growing up in Vanduser, Watkins attended Scott Central High School. He and his wife, Paula, and their sons, Caleb and Zachary, reside in Diehlstadt.
CHARLESTON - After 30 years in business together, the owners of L&S Pharmacy recently added a new partner - a robotic one.
L&S Pharmacy installed Parata RDS (Robotic Dispensing System), the industry's leading robotic prescription-filling solution, in its Charleston pharmacy. According to co-owner Richard Logan, PharmD, the technology enables the pharmacy to perform routine dispensing functions accurately and allows the pharmacists more time to talk to patients.
Parata RDS fills a prescription in just 20 seconds, offloading more than half of a pharmacy's prescription volume, a cycle time that includes labeling, filling and capping and sorting by patient last name.
"In an effort to ensure accuracy we had a lot of duplication of effort, with our staff and checking and rechecking the same prescriptions multiple times," said Logan. "With Parata RDS we easily and accurately handle large prescription volumes with the precision of a robot."
SIKESTON - The employees of the Leggs- Hanes-Bali-Playtex will offer shoppers the opportunity to make miracles happen for sick children.
For a $1 donation to the Children's Miracle Network, customers get a paper "Miracle Balloon" to sign and add to the store's display. Customers will also receive a mystery discount card (while supplies last) when they make a donation. The discounts are for up to 50 percent off a single item purchased from May 9 through June 4.
The Miracle Balloon sale will run until May 7 at the Leggs-Hanes-Bali-Playtex Store at the Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores.