2013-2014 Annual Report - Columbia Chamber of Commerce

They say time flies when you are having fun. I agree. It seems hardly possible that a year has passed since I agreed
to serve as the 2013-2014 Chamber Chair. Little did I know when I accepted this challenge the depth of my
commitment. Several weeks before taking office, we learned that long time President, Don Laird would be retiring from
his post at year end. With this in mind, I knew that this program year would be one of transition. Making that transition
as smooth as possible was my first priority.
When one door closes another opens. Kee Groshong and I co-chaired a diversified committee charged with finding
a new executive to lead our association. We began by engaging the services of a consulting firm, Organizational
Dynamics, which specializes in this type effort. Their first action was a review and analysis of the current state of
our Chamber. This in-depth endeavor provided us with a complete SWOT analysis of our present position. We
used this information to first, determine the desired characteristics of our new leader and secondly, to identify areas
where we could advance the effectiveness of our organization. Over 50 potential candidates were considered, with
5 finalists being personally interview by the committee. A young man from Texas, Matt McCormick, was chosen from
this prestigious group. My role was to help him successfully integrate into our community and our organization. I feel
comfortable that this mission has been accomplished.
Our next challenge was to initiate the process of moving forward by appointing a talented team headed by Susan Hart
to conduct a complete internal audit of all chamber committees, functions and programs to determine if they continued
to be consistent with the Chamber’s mission, were productive and cost efficient. The final report from this effort is now
in the hands of our Board of Directors.
Through this transitional period, the organization and our business community continued to grow and prosper. The
quality and quantity of volunteers is truly amazing. Words fail me as I try to express my gratitude for their untold hours,
efforts and ideas. We are indeed an organization built on the strength of our members and for their benefit.
Your Chamber is in good hands. We are blessed with competent board members, intelligent and energetic leadership
and a team of hard working and dedicated employees. The future will be filled with new challenges and new
opportunities. Good luck and best wishes to an exciting and dynamic organization as we start a new era.
Bob Wagner
Chair of the Board of Directors 2013-2014
Who we are. What we stand for.
Since 1905, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce has been a voluntary,
member-supported organization of business, industrial and professional people
who are dedicated to developing, promoting and maintaining a sound and healthy
economic climate for Columbia. The Chamber is a non-profit organization with over
1,100 members working together to enhance the Columbia business community.
Strategic Plan
Strategic Issue #1: Increase Employment Opportunities in Columbia
Goal: Support recruitment and retention efforts to recruit and maintain a desirable base
of high-tech, high paying jobs for the community and the region.
Goal: Coordinate efforts with the University of Missouri to foster technical transfer and
research opportunities.
Strategic Issue #2: Improve the Economic Development Opportunities for the Columbia Area
The mission of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce is to lead our community, drive commerce
in our region and advance community and regional collaborations, thereby enhancing the
quality of where we live, learn, work and play.
Goal: Identify areas of need that might hinder our ability to grow the economy.
Strategic Issue #3: Become More Externally Focused to Increase Chamber Impact
Goal: The Chamber will further nurture an external focus in order to help the community
and the region envision and achieve a higher level of economic vitality.
Strategic Issue #4: Affect Cultures and Attitudes
Through persistent commitment to our mission, we see a future characterized by unprecedented
achievements in both public policy and economic growth. We are dedicated to nurturing and
providing leadership to ensure community aspirations become realities.
Goal: The Chamber will seek to increase the understanding that business is a driving force behind the quality of life for all citizens.
Strategic Issue #5: Identify and Nurture Future Leaders
Goal: Develop leaders to guide our community to achieve economic vitality.
2013-2014 by the numbers*
number of professionals
who graduated from
Leadership Columbia
749 Emerging Professionals in Columbia
514 Women’s Network
121 Ambassadors
Membership Totals
1,182 Chamber of Commerce
number of students who
graduated from Junior
Leadership Columbia
Number of Ribbon Cuttings
hosted by the Ambassadors
Number of guests
who attended
Chamber of
Commerce, EPIC and
Women’s Network
programs and events
Funds raised for the 2013-2014 budget
by the 2013 Total Resource Campaign
Number of employees
represented by the
Columbia Chamber of
The Chamber has been serving
its members for 109 years.
Programs & Events
Membership retention
New members
Programs & Events
Membership Dues
79% of our membership has
less than 25 employees.
*all figures as of June 11, 2014
Board of Advisors
The Board of Advisors program recognizes firms that have invested a membership level of $2,500 or greater. These firms
provide significant leadership and financial resources to advance the Chamber’s program of work.
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Chair - Bob Wagner, Columbia Insurance Group
Chair-Elect - Heather Hargrove, Holiday Inn Executive Center
Past Chair - Randy Coil, Coil Construction, Inc.
Treasurer & Finance & Administration Division Chair - Doug Callahan, Boy Scouts of America-Great Rivers Council
Membership Development Division Chair - Matt Williams, Hawthorn Bank
Community Development Division Chair - Karen Crabtree, CenturyLink
Economic Development Division Chair - Rusty Strodtman, Columbia Mall
Women’s Network Division - Heather Stewart, Services for Independent Living
Chamber President - Matt McCormick, Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Nancy Allison, Nancy Allison Agency LLC - Shelter
John Beverstein, Honey Baked Ham Co. and Café
Gina Boone, Columbia Insurance Group
Jennifer Bukowsky, Bukowsky Law Firm
Jackie Jones, University of Missouri
Kari Laudano, Logistique Studio, LLC
Alice Leeper, RE/MAX Boone Realty
Rick Means, Shelter Insurance Companies-Main Office
Ex-Officio Members
Dan Atwill, Presiding Commissioner, Boone County
Dr. Chris Belcher, Superintendent, Columbia Public Schools
Dr. Terry Smith, Interim President, Columbia College
Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, Chancellor, University of Missouri
Vicki Russell, REDI Chair, Columbia Daily Tribune /
Tribune Publishing Co.
Allan Moore, Moore & Shryock - Real Estate Appraisers
Eric Morrison, Providence Bank
Sidney Neate, Boone County National Bank
David Nivens, Midwest Computech
Steve Sowers, Commerce Bank
Michele Spry, Midway Electric, Inc.
Judy Starr, Boone County National Bank
Russell Starr, Veterans United Home Loans
Anne Williams, JobFinders Employment Services
Ameren Missouri
The Bank of Missouri
Boone County National Bank
Boone Electric Cooperative
Boone Hospital Center
The Callaway Bank
City of Columbia
City Water & Light
Columbia Board of Education
Columbia College
Columbia Insurance Group
Commerce Bank
Country Club of Missouri
First State Community Bank
The Insurance Group
Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel Boonville
JES Holdings
Joe Machens Dealerships
Landmark Bank
Missouri Credit Union
Missouri Employers Mutual
Naught-Naught Insurance Agency
The Networks of Mid-MissouriABC17/FOX22/MeTV/MyZOUTV
Shelter Insurance Companies Main Office
State Farm Insurance Columbia
Operations Center
Tigers Credit Union
UMB Bank, NA
University of Missouri
University of Missouri Health Care
Veterans United Home Loans
William Woods University
congratulations to our recipients
Agriculturalist of the Year - Tim Reinbott, MU Bradford Research Center
Ambassador of the Year - Jan Beckett
ATHENA International Award - Barbara Hodges, True North
ATHENA Young Professional Award - Jessica Macy, Boone County Council on Aging
Dr. Dianne Lynch, President, Stephens College
Mike Matthes, City Manager, City of Columbia
Dr. Bob McDavid, Mayor, City of Columbia
Dr. Bruce Walker, President, Centennial Investors
Debin Benish Outstanding Busineswoman Award - Susan Hart, Huebert Builders, Inc.
Emerging Professional of the Year - Kris Bezenek, Trabue, Hansen and Hinshaw, Inc.
Friends of Youth Award - Harold & Wanda Cunningham
Outstanding Citizen Award - Representative Chris Kelly
Small Business of the Year - SuretyBonds.com
Membership Affairs Division
Economic Development Division
Finance & Administration Division
Junior Leadership Columbia
Agribusiness & Bioscience
Budget & Finance
Junior Leadership Columbia graduated 26 high school
juniors from seven local high schools. The class
completed ten sessions.
Agribusiness & Bioscience Committee organized the
55th Annual Agricultural Recognition Banquet. They
also hosted two Food for Thought Breakfast Seminars.
They selected a recipient for the Don Day Agribusiness
& Bioscience Scholarship.
Budget & Finance Committee worked with an accounting
firm to complete a Chamber audit. They monitored the
Chamber’s budget and are in the process of updating
the Financial Policy & Procedure Manual.
Co-Chairs: Ann Marie Quertermous, Clear Vision
Development Group & Heather Stewart, Services
for Independent Living
Leadership Columbia
Co-Chairs: Gale Blomenkamp, Boone County Fire
District & Kerrie Bloss, Boys & Girls Club of
Leadership Columbia graduated 30 business
professionals. The class completed 12 sessions.
Membership Committee
Co-Chairs: Mary Ropp, The Bank of Missouri &
Mark Mills, Cumulus Broadcasting
Membership Committee welcomed new members and
worked with existing members to increase membership
retention. They planned and hosted four New Member
Welcome events. They also administered the Return on
Investment program which had eight graduates this year.
Co-Chairs: Jerome Gerke, MFA Incorporated &
Christi Miller, Boone Electric Cooperative
Co-Chairs: Brian Hazelrigg, State Farm Insurance Brian Hazelrigg & Ana Compain-Romero,
University of Missouri
Education Committee redeveloped the Career Days
program for middle school CPS students into CareerTV,
an online resource available year-roud. They also hosted
a seminar on “The Business Case for Investing Early”
with the Alliance for Early Childhood Education. They
administered the Russell V. Thompson Scholarship.
Small Business
Co-Chairs: Kari Laudano, Logistique Studio, LLC &
Sherry Major, Columbia EDP Center, Inc.
Small Business Committee held the 8th Annual Small
Business Exhibition (formerly Micro Business Fair). They
held mini-seminars at monthly committee meetings as
well as Executive Connections meetings every month.
They hosted two Lunch & Learn Seminars as well as
Small Business Week.
Co-Chairs: Susan Hart, Huebert Builders, Inc. &
Judy Starr, Boone County National Bank
Business Showcase
Co-Chairs: Kevin Czaicki, CenturyLink & Teresa
White, City of Columbia-Water & Light
Business Showcase Committee successfully planned
and executed the 2014 Business Showcase. The
event included over 130 exhibitors, a Women’s Network
Luncheon, a mentoring program with EPIC and a mixer.
Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
Co-Chairs: Chris McCullough, GFI Digital, Inc. &
Brandon Sullivan, Mediacom
The Chamber Classic Golf Tournament Committee
successfully planned and executed the 2013 Chamber
Classic Golf Tournament. The tournament had over 110
Total Resource Campaign
Co-Chairs: Jill Cox, Boone County National Bank
& Emily Price, Bucket Media
The Total Resource Campaign included five teams
of volunteers working to meet and exceed a goal of
Community Affairs Division
Emerging Issues
Co-Chairs: Andy Waters, Columbia Daily Tribune/
Tribune Publishing Company & Tom Trabue,
Trabue Hansen & Hinshaw, Inc.
Emerging Issues met many times throughout the year
and discussed critical issues that affect the business
community. They provided a vetting process for topics to
be referred to another committee for consideration and
recommendation to the Board of Directors.
Government Affairs
Co-Chairs: Steve Spellman, Boone County National
Bank & Kim Becking, Momentum Public Strategies
Government Affairs established the Chamber’s State
Legislative Agenda. They hosted discussions with
legislative leaders and made ballot recommendations
to the Board of Directors. They planned the Mayor’s
Appreciation Breakfast and regularly monitored City
Council and Planning & Zoning Commission meetings on
behalf of the business community.
Co-Chairs: Gene DeVore, Columbia Insurance
Group & Jason Mott, MFA Incorporated
representatives from the city, county and MoDOT
regarding updated transportation projects. They were
awarded the opportunity to host the Missouri Highways
and Transportation Commission in January 2014.
Women’s Network
The mission of Women’s Network is to connect, empower and engage members through leadership
development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach.
The purpose of the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is to promote the Columbia Chamber of
Commerce and the economic advancement of Columbia and its surrounding trade area by serving as
the goodwill group and as the “welcoming arm” of the Chamber.
Executive Committee
Chair - Kari Laudano, Logistique Studio, LLC
Chair-Elect - Nancy Allison, Nancy Allison Agency LLC - Shelter Agency
Past Chair - Tom Trabue, Trabue, Hansen & Hinshaw, Inc.
Treasurer - Cheryl Jarvis, Landmark Bank
Secretary - Kevin Czaicki, CenturyLink
Development Director - Wally Pfeffer, Mutual of Omaha
This year, the Chamber
welcomed seven new
Emerging Professionals in Columbia (EPIC)
The mission of EPIC is to engage, develop and celebrate emerging leaders through professional growth
opportunities and social interactions.
Executive Committee
President - Sidney Neate Boone County National Bank
President-Elect - Kris Bezenek, Trabue, Hansen & Hinshaw, Inc.
Molly Borgmeyer, Columbia College
Emily Clapp, Veterans United Home Loans
Kimberly Craig, Columbia College
Josh Creamer, Boone County Fire District
John Fabsits, Boy Scouts of America-Great Rivers Council
Jacob Garrett, Landmark Bank
Tim Gerding, Evans & Dixon L.L.C.
Reyhan Jamerson, Columbia College
Lyndsy Richardson, Youth Community Coalition
Orvil Savery, Veterans United Home Loans
Stephanie Turner, Flat Branch Home Loans
Holly Vogel, Boone County National Bank
Teresa White, City of Columbia-Water & Light
This year, EPIC welcomed 166 new
EPIC developed a new program
this year, “Discover EPIC... and the
World of the Chamber,” to teach its
members about all that EPIC, the
Chamber and Women’s Network
have to offer.
Steering Committee
Committee Chairs
President - Heather Hargrove, Holiday Inn Executive
President-Elect - Heather Stewart, Services for
Independent Living
Past President - Kate Grant, Fresh Ideas Food Service
Treasurer - Cheryl Edington, Baer & Edington LLC
Secretary - Jessica Macy, Boone County Council on
Nancy Allison, Nancy Allison Agency LLC - Shelter
Barbie Banks, Columbia Area Career Center
Brooke Berkey, UMB Bank, NA
Kerrie Bloss, Girls & Boys Club of Columbia
Christy Bridgman, Mike Messer Agency LLC Shelter Insurance
Shelly DeVore, Columbia Insurance Group
Kylene Richardson, College of Veterinary Medicine
Melissa Smith, The Bank of Missouri
Kate Stull, Columbia Insurance Group
Nellie Symm-Gruender, Care Navigators
Budget & Finance - Cheryl Edington, Baer &
Edington, LLC
Business Leaders Forum - Caroline Leemis, Caroline
Leemis Design & Cara Owings, MarketVolt
Changing The Odds - Paula Heath, Caledon Virtual &
Teri Cantwell, Boone County National Bank
Marketing & Communications - Bailey Calton, Stoney
Creek Hotel & Conference Center & Julie
McDermott, Shelter Insurance Companies
Membership Development - Jennifer Schenck,
Midwest Computech & Brooke Berkey, UMB
Bank, NA
Monthly Program - Linda Quinley, Columbia Board
of Education & Anna Hargis, Shelter Insurance
Special Events - Lyndsy Richardson, Youth
Community Coalition & Tennille Dorsey, Landmark
This year, Women’s Network welcomed 109 new members.
19 Women’s Network members graduated from the Experience Women’s
Network (XWN) program.
Women’s Network administered the Carrie D. Francke Scholarship. They
also awarded the Ron Marley Scholarship for Leadership Columbia to Lyndsy
Richardson, Youth Community Coalition, and the Greater Missouri Leadership
Challenge Scholarship to Anne Farrow, J. Hilburn Men’s Clothing and Melissa
Smith, The Bank of Missouri.
a year of networking & development
July 2013
November 2013
March 2014
7/6 - EPIC Pub Crawl Volunteering
11/1 - Tiger Tailgate
3/4 - Quarterly Membership Breakfast
7/11 - WN New Member Welcome
11/12 - Quarterly Membership Breakfast
3/4 - Business Showcase
7/18 - WN Luncheon
11/13 - EPIC Mixing It Up!
3/4 - WN Luncheon
7/19 - Ambassador Century Club Dinner
11/14 - WN Flash Networking
3/5 - Chamber Day at the Capitol
7/23 - EPIC Lunching Outside the Box
11/19 - Education Committee Seminar
3/11 - EPIC St. Patrick’s Day Mixer
August 2013
11/20 - Chamber 101
3/13 - Ambassador Quarterly Meeting
8/3 - EPIC Putt Putt Pub Crawl
11/21 - WN Luncheon
3/17 - Welcome Reception for Chancellor Loftin
8/15 - WN Luncheon
December 2013
3/18 - Agricultural Recognition Banquet
8/28 - New Member Welcome
12/5 - WN Holiday Party
3/19 - School Board Candidate Forum
September 2013
12/12 - Mayor’s Appreciation Breakfast
April 2014
9/5 - WN Fall Mixer
12/12 - EPIC Holiday Party
4/10 - ATHENA International Awards
9/6 - Tiger Tailgate
12/18 - Ambassador Quarterly Meeting
4/12 - EPIC Color Dash Volunteering
9/12 - EPIC Catalina Wine Mixer
12/19 - Legislative Luncheon
4/17 - WN New Member Welcome
9/17 - Small Business Lunch & Learn
12/19 - EPIC Gift Wrapping Volunteering
4/21 - Education Committee Seminar
9/18 - Chamber 101
January 2014
4/21 - Junior Leadership Columbia Graduation
9/19 - Ambassador Quarterly Meeting
1/9 - WN New Member Welcome
4/22 - Discover EPIC
9/26 - Quarterly Membership Breakfast
1/9 - Legislative Reception
429 - Small Business Lunch & Learm
9/26 - WN Luncheon
1/13 - Economic Outlook Conference
May 2014
9/27 - Tiger Tailgate
1/16 - WN Luncheon
5/1 - Chamber 101
October 2013
1/21 - EPIC Lunching Outside the Box
5/5 - 5/9 - Small Business Week
10/10 - WN New Member Welcome
1/22 - New Member Welcome
5/16 - WN Luncheon
10/16 - New Member Welcome
1/28 - Quarterly Membership Breakfast
5/20 - Food for Thought Breakfast Seminar
10/17 - WN Luncheon
February 2014
5/20 - EPIC Lunching Outside the Box
10/18 - Tiger Tailgate
2/11 - City Council Candidate Forum
5/21 - New Member Welcome
10/21 - Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
2/20 - WN Luncheon
June 2014
10/22 - EPIC Lunching Outside the Box
2/20 - EPIC NASCAR Experience
6/3 - Leadership Columbia Graduation
10/22 - Small Business Exhibition
2/27 - Chamber 101
6/3 - WN Spring Mixer
10/27 - Tiger Tailgate
6/12 - Ambassador Quarterly Meeting
10/30 - Food for Thought Breakfast Seminar
6/13 - EPIC Art Program
6/18 - Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
6/19 - WN Luncheon
300 S Providence Rd PO Box 1016
Columbia, MO 65205-1016
phone: (573) 874-1132
fax: (573) 443-3986