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Business briefcase 9/02

Saturday, September 1, 2007

SPRINGFIELD - Bradley S. Gregg, a former Sikeston resident, is now a senior accountant with BKD, LLP's Springfield office.

Gregg graduated magna cum laude in 2005 from Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau with a B.S. degree in business administration. The son of Debbie Wilburn of Sikeston, he provides tax services for nursing facility clients.

BKD, LLP (www.bkd.com) is the CPA and advisory firm for growing companies and high net-worth individuals. As one of the 10 largest such firms in the country and one of the largest in Southern Missouri, it helps clients with technical expertise, unmatched client service and disciplined delivery of solutions to their management and financial needs.

CHARLESTON - Darrell Ray has joined Focus Bank as vice president of lending at the Charleston main bank. Ray, who has more than 14 years of banking experience, previously worked as Vice President with First Midwest Bank in Sikeston. He has also been employed as a bank examiner with the Missouri Division of Finance. A graduate of the LSU School of Banking, Ray is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in finance. Ray and his wife Liz Bone Ray reside with their two children in Charleston. FOCUS Bank is headquartered in Charleston, MO, where two branches are located. Other Missouri branches are located in Cardwell, Caruthersville, East Prairie, Hornersville, and Sikeston. In Arkansas, FOCUS Bank presently operates with two branches in Paragould, and one in Marmaduke and Jonesboro.

Superintendent selected to post

JEFFERSON CITY - Scott Downing, superintendent of East Prairie R-2 School District, is serving as the Southeast representative on the executive committee for the Missouri Association of School Administrators during the 2007-08 school year. Downing was selected by his colleagues in Southeast Missouri to serve in this leadership position.

MASA is an advocate for public education in Missouri. The organization lobbies for additional education funds at the state Capitol and also provide information to its membership regarding the status of legislation and other issues of interest to school administrators.