Strictly Business: 1.30.19

Sunny Schaefer, longtime executive director of Operation Food Search, has retired after leading the hunger relief nonprofit for 22 years.

Kristen Wild has been selected to take over the role and brings 25 years of experience in advocacy and education environments.

Steven Rosenzweig has been named CFO of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In other news, Alan Stewart, associate principal percussion, is now full time, and musicians Michael Sanders, Tina Ward and Christian Woehr all have retired.

Kimberly Schneider is now the interim head of school at Chesterfield Montessori. Schneider, whose children attended the school, has a law degree, a master’s in counseling, and a bachelor’s in classical studies and political science. She has taught communications at Washington University for the past seven years.

4M Building Solutions recently celebrated 40 years in business. The St. Louis-based company began in 1978 with three clients and since has expanded to 15 states, 3,000 employees and $70 million in annual revenue.

Morgan Galbraith, a local Weber Shandwick manager and expert in helping organizations navigate change, had a leadership thought piece published in the Harvard Business Review titled “Don’t Just Tell Employees Organizational Changes Are Coming — Explain Why.”

Orvin Kimbrough
has been appointed CEO of Midwest BankCentre and will begin his new position Feb. 1. He currently serves as president and CEO of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and has served on the bank’s board of directors since 2015.

Jody Brehmr
, a music therapist and activities assistant at Chesterfield Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, recently was chosen as Employee of the Year for District Three by the Missouri Health Care Association. She has worked for the Delmar Gardens company for 32 years.

Black Dress Partners, a St. Louis-based coaching and consulting organization for women business owners, has opened a new office at 9666 Olive Blvd. In the past year, the firm has increased its client base by 37 percent, and it has added three new facilitated peer roundtables since 2017.

The Republic of Tea has opened an office in the Cortex Innovation Community with plans to expand its e-commerce business.

Prashanth Konatham Haribabu is the new director for oral and maxillofacial surgery at St. Louis Dental Center.