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Faces of Columbia

2023 Faces of Columbia

When we interact with a business, we’re connecting with a person, maybe several people, who then serve as the “Face” of that local company. It’s through that face that we are able to get a personal connection between the business and the community it serves. In the following special section, you’ll learn about a variety of local businesses and the face, or faces, behind them. We hope you’ll take a moment to get better acquainted with some of the people behind these successful businesses that make our community a great place to live and work. Learn more about their stories and why they are eager to serve you.

Parks Ventures

The Face of Entrepreneurship

Helping small local businesses think big is Nic Parks’ favorite part of his newest endeavor. It’s the focus of the business incubator he founded, Parks Ventures. This new coworking space, located in downtown Columbia, offers members business consulting, access to venture capital and a cozy office space they can be proud to call their own. While

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The Face of Criminal Defense

For everything from traffic offenses to criminal defense,Robin D. Winn is ready to work hard to get the best possible result for her clients. Winn, a graduate of Southern University Law Centerin Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a St. Louis native, started the Winn Law Firm in Columbia in 2017. Since then, Winn has become known as

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The Trust Company

The Face of Your Financial Legacy

At The Trust Company, each team member works to provide clients with peace of mind, anticipating their needs and understanding their aspirations and priorities. It’s that mission of helping people that attracted Tennille Lester to the field. Now working as assistant vice president and trust officer at The Trust Company, Lester says she’s able to help

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Regeneration Salon & Spa

The Face of Beauty

Having a place for customers to relax, unwind and feel safe is a top priority for Regeneration Salon & Spa. Co-owner Samantha Woolridge says it’s important for guests to not only feel comfortable, but also confident. “You get a chance to make a difference with each guest that sits in our chair,” she says. “We never

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The Face of Just in Case

After nearly 50 years working with State Farm Insurance, Greg Hill has enjoyed working so closely with clients that many are now considered friends. It’s one of the benefits of continuing to provide personal service in the era of automation. “I see more and more clients happy to have an agent they can deal with personally,

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The Face of Family Chiropractic

Chiropractic care is healthcare that can benefit everyone.Dr. Taylor Sirois, owner of Restoration Chiropractic, says that now more than ever, people are seeking natural methods when it comes to healthcare and wellness. “As people continue to seek healthier lifestyles, chiropracticcare is going to be more sought after,” he says. “Having a healthy spine is the foundation

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Dr. Justin Kendall of Performance Eyecare

The Face of High Tech Eye Exams

Getting to help people improve their daily lives is one of the driving factors behind Dr. Justin Kendall’s passion for optometry. The combination of medicine and personal interaction is what first drew him to the field and it’s what keeps him motivated to stay up to date on new developments and processes. “Having had issues with

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CI Select

The Face of Commercial Interiors

Figuring out how to fill a commercial space can be overwhelming with so many options available. At CI Select, the goal is to help clients work through space planning and furniture selections to help create a meaningful space. Jessica Ayllon, business development manager, and Sammie Boman, interior designer, both jumped into the commercial furniture world to

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The Face of Homeowners Insurance

Being able to change people’s lives is something Phyllis Nichols is able to do on a daily basis as a State FarmInsurance agent. Whether someone is going through a tragedy or just needs a personalized quote, Nichols will give customers the support they need. To have someone that you can trust in a variety of situations

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lomardo homes

The Face of Luxury Home Building

Kari Green knows from experience how to create a pleasant home buying experience. Now the area sales manager for Lombardo Homes, Green knows that selling a new home means getting to know the clients very well. “As new home sales professionals, we have to wear so many different hats,” she says. “We are educators, good listeners,

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