How I arrived at the Chamber: In the banking industry for 24 years, I was in charge of growing the retail market without any marketing budget, so I sought advice from the local Chamber. I stopped by the NEJC Chamber office and left with a spot on a committee. I progressed from there to Chair of the committee, then served on the Board of Directors, then Chairman of the Board, and when the Chamber president resigned in 2009, I was offered the opportunity to take over that position.
Favorite part of my role here: Being the President of the NEJC Chamber gives me the opportunity to connect with people, businesses and the local community. I enjoy working with the Board of Directors to implement their direction for the Chamber through sponsorships, events and programs. Another important part of my job is serving as a community advocate by staying in touch with our local elected officials so we continue helping small businesses grow.
Personality type: Myers-Briggs Type: ENFJ. Strengths: Woo, Maximizer, Activator, Communicator, Positivity
First job: I was a nurse aid at Kingman Community Hospital in Kingman, Kansas. I always wanted to be a nurse until I found out I had chronic sinusitis because I was allergic to the hospital cleaning products! I decided I needed a new career path.
Business Development Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
How I arrived at the Chamber: I retired from Westlake Hardware and had opened a couple side businesses in Merriam. I went to We’re Talkin’ Tuesday one morning and afterwards Deb, a long-time friend, asked me if I would consider taking on business development for the Chamber. As a past Board member and Chairman of the Board, I was excited to get involved again as I knew how important the Chamber is to this community.
Favorite part of my role here: I like that every day is different. I especially enjoy being the first contact for new businesses to the area to welcome them to the community and invite them to get involved with the Chamber.
Personality type: Myers-Briggs Type: ESTJ. Strengths: Strategic, Learner, Belief, Responsibility, Ideation
First job: When I was 19 I had my acting debut in a television mini-series called The Blue and the Gray.
Communications Director – email@example.com
How I arrived at the Chamber: As a business major at William Jewell College, I had an internship with the Chamber starting in February of my senior year. I learned a lot in those first few months and it was a great fit for me. I joined full-time after I graduated in May 2013.
Favorite part of my role here: As my title would suggest, it’s important to me to take the great ideas and events that our staff creates and communicate them well to our members. That comes in a variety of ways including the weekly Business Brief, Chamber website and social media. I also enjoy helping members take full advantage of marketing opportunities through the Chamber such as advertising, Business Brief posts, and members’ personal profiles on our Chamber website.
Personality type: Myers-Briggs Type: ISFJ. Strengths: Harmony, Empathy, Discipline, Arranger, Responsibility
First job: Besides babysitting since I was thirteen, I worked at a local bakery for one summer in my hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. Some days I almost melted from the heat, but the perks were endless bread, cakes and cookies to take home!