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MBA Names Finalists for 2020 Young Bankers Leadership Award

The Young Bankers Leadership Award recognizes outstanding achievement of a Missouri banker age 45 or younger who is employed by an MBA-member bank. The winner, chosen by a selection committee of bank leaders, will be honored by MBA this fall. The following nominees illustrate how both learning and leadership contribute to their growing success.

 Vice President of Human Resources

Central Bank of the  Goals have been part of Teri Cantwell’s vocabulary since she was 5 years old. Following a stairstep approach of specific actions led Cantwell to compete in the track and field events at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and she is using that same approach to achieve her career goals.

With her expertise in human resources, Cantwell has streamlined the hiring process for Central Bank


of the Ozarks. She has implemented a powerful recruiting strategy and began a diversity scholarship to retain employees. Cantwell oversees the bank’s program for leadership development. Tis program includes a day spent at the Missouri Bankers Association, where the bank’s emerging leaders learn about the association, legislative advocacy and how they can be involved with MBA.

Cantwell, a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, has set her sights on becoming SHRM-SCP certified. She is currently enrolled in preparatory courses to take the 2021 SHRM-SCP certification exam. Once completed, Cantwell will then enroll in a banking school. She earned her bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and master’s from

Williams Woods University in Fulton.

She currently volunteers as a coach for the Nixa High School track and field teams. Cantwell assists with career services at multiple high schools and colleges.

Hedgpeth, the chief financial officer for Ozark Bank, manages the bank’s financial oversight and investment portfolio. He develops long-range goals, strategies, profit forecasts, plans and policies for the bank. Before joining Ozark Bank in 2016, Hedgpeth was a bank examiner for the Missouri Division of Finance. During his tenure, he served as examiner-in-charge and operations manager of financial institutions with assets ranging from $30 million to greater than $1 billion.

JOHN HEDGPETH Executive Vice President/  Ozark Bank With nearly a decade of banking experience, John Hedgpeth continuously seeks to improve his professional skills so he can provide the best community banking service to his customers.

A graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia, Hedgpeth is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is the bank’s representative for MBA’s Strikeforce Grassroots Team.

Hedgpeth is a founding member of the Ozark Optimist Club and a board member

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