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Welcoming new members and officers to the Chamber Board of Directors


At its January board of directors meeting, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce will install new members, as well as its slate of officers for 2023: 

The following board members will serve on the Chamber’s Executive Committee in 2023:

  • Chair: Joselyn Baldner, Central Bank of the Ozarks
  • Chair-Elect: Brian Hammons, Hammons Products Company
  • Treasurer: Bob Helm, Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP CPAs
  • Assistant Treasurer: Christian Lewis, Simmons Bank
  • Vice Chair, Economic Development: Tom Douglas, JMARK
  • Vice Chair, Workforce Development: Dr. Hal Higdon, Ozarks Technical Community College
  • Vice Chair, Public Affairs: Sally Hargis, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company
  • Vice Chair, Membership: Stephanie O'Connor, City Utilities

New board members serving three-year terms are:

  • Max Buetow, CoxHealth
  • Linda Daugherty, Academy of Hair Design & Bevelle Barber
  • Amber Edmondson, Trailiner Corp.
  • Jessica Harmison-Olson, Maxon Fine Jewelry
  • Gregg Scholtens, Nabholz Construction Services

In addition, these board members who had served one-year terms in 2022 have been appointed to three-year terms beginning in 2023:

  • Christian Lewis, Simmons Bank
  • Carl Kicklighter, Vital Farms, Inc.

The following leaders have been newly appointed to serve one-year terms for 2023:

  • Zora Mulligan, Missouri State University (ex officio)
  • Spencer Harris, Mostly Serious, Habitat Communication & Culture
  • Elizabeth Wente, Spencer Fane, LLP
  • Bryant Young, Insurors of the Ozarks (on behalf of The Network for Young Professionals, ex officio)

“One of the biggest strengths of the Chamber is the quality of the professionals that choose to volunteer their experience and leadership on our board each year,” said Chamber President Matt Morrow. “These volunteer leaders strengthen our organization with their incredible breadth of knowledge, the diverse array of industries they represent, and their commitment to foster a strong business climate. Thanks to these dedicated volunteers, the Chamber is well-positioned to positively impact the Springfield region's economic and workforce growth in 2023.”

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