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.

Rachel Rave of Rave Homes

The Face of Building and Designing Custom Homes

For Rachel Rave, interior design has always been in her blood. “Ever since I was a young girl, I would have my father take me to open houses so that I could check out the design details,” says Rave, now an interior designer for Rave Homes. Through her job, Rave is able to create a comfortable

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Zack Girard of Girard Homes

The Face of Custom Homes

As a third-generation home builder, Zack Girard continued his family legacy when he founded Girard Homes. Nine years later, Girard continues to bring his clients’ ideas to life. “We get to work with some really great clients to help them and figure out how to make their dream home a reality,” he says. Throughout the years,

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Girard Realty Team

The Face of Residential Realty

At Girard Realty Team, the entire focus is making each client’s dream into a reality. Joan Wilkerson spent 30 years in retail sales before finding her calling elsewhere. For more than two years now, Wilkerson has been enjoying the one-on-one relationships she builds with her clients as a real estate agent. Suzanne Kelley couldn’t agree more,

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missouri furniture

The Face of Quality Furniture

For 45 years, Missouri Furniture has been a trusted name in quality home furnishings across Missouri. This family-owned business was founded by Neil Faiferlick in 1977 inLake of the Ozarks, where his son, Dave, started working in the business at 10 years old, learning the ropes from his father and developing a passion for furniture. Dave

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Christian Chapel Academy

The Face of Private Education

At Christian Chapel Academy, it’s all about molding young minds. As Principal Rebekah Jouret says, “hopefully, they in turn would make a difference in the world they live in.” For Vice Principal Nicole Messimer and Brent Messimer, Director of Ministry Advancement, the work has always been about the well-being of children and ensuring that each child

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The Face of Healthy Pets

Dr. Travis Arndt has never imagined himself as anything other than a veterinarian. Now the medical director at My Zoo Animal Hospital, he spends his days helping solve problems that allow each pet to be healthier and live better. “There is usually more than one way to treat an illness,” he says. That’s why he’s open

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Dr. Michael Ryan of Missouri Vein Care

The Face of Vein Care

After living with his own vein condition, Dr. Michael Ryan, cardiovascular surgeon and vein care specialist at Missouri Vein Care, truly understands the relief that can be felt after receiving vein treatment. “I lived with my own vein condition for 20 years and knew how much pain and discomfort is associated with it,” he says. Ryan

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The Face of Retirement Living

Linette Beaman and Dawn Vaughn feel they’ve been fortunate to work with a great group of staff and residents, making the environment at The Terrace feel more like family. “We’ve been told many, many times from visitors what a friendly and warm feeling they get when visiting, “says Vaughn, manager at The Terrace. Beaman, director of

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The Face of Wildlife Management

For as long as he can remember, Peter Riney has wanted to work with animals. “I’ve always had an affinity for wild animals and knew from an early age I wanted todo something that would allow me to work with them,”he says Now the owner and operating manager of CritterControl of Central Missouri, Riney is pursuing

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The Face of Hearing Health Care

There’s no greater accomplishment for Michelle Hopkins, Amanda Bracken, Sarah Smith and Sarah Cary than helping people communicate better. Being audiologists at Missouri Ear, Nose, and Throat Center is a rewarding profession that makes taking care of patients all worth it when you notice the difference you’ve made in one’s life. “We wanted to help people

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