The three new directors will serve with the following thirteen other business representatives from the area:
Directors retiring from the board on December 31, 2017 include Becky Buhr (Bank of Franklin County), Jeff Hellebusch (Hellebusch Tool & Die), and Mike Marquart (Firehouse Subs).
Let's get these dates on your calendar right away so you don't miss any Chamber events in 2018!
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Three Open Chamber Board Positions
Completed ballots due Friday, December 1.
G.H. Tool & Mold
JJ Desmond was born and raised in Washington. He has worked for G.H. Tool & Mold as the IT Systems Administrator for 20 years. JJ served nine years on the Washington Town & Country Fair Board and was a board member for the Lakeside Music Festival. He lives in Washington and has two teenage sons, Brayden and Ian.
Eric Eoloff is president of Mercy Hospital Washington and lives in the Washington community with his wife, Gina. In his role, he is accountable for the safe, efficient and high-quality operations at this award-winning hospital employing nearly 1,000 area residents. Prior to accepting his leadership role here locally in September 2016, Eric was president of Mercy Labs and had executive oversight of laboratory operations at Mercy’s 33 hospital laboratories. Eric has worked for Mercy for about 12 years. He was chief operating officer and vice president of operations of Mercy Hospital St. Louis between 2006 and 2012. Eric received his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.
Hillermann Nursery & Florist
Scott Hillermann is the Vice President of Hillermann Nursery & Florist. He is a second-generation owner helping lead the family business into the next generation. Scott attended St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and studied horticulture at East Central College. He and his wife, Gail, have three children.
Scott has experience in every department that Hillermann Nursery has to offer, but his focus is as facility manager, safety manager, and the buyer for the growing landscape department. Scott has been involved in the community for many years through the Lion's Club, St. Francis Borgia Parish, and as a coach for Little League baseball. He was a member of the Chamber's Outstanding Young Professionals Class of 2014. Scott is looking forward to the direction Washington is headed and is excited for the opportunity to help lead the way through the Washington Chamber of Commerce.
Steve Strubberg was born and raised in Washington, graduating from Washington High School before earning a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. He began working for Horn Architects as a Project Manager in 1994 and became Owner/Principal in 2013.
Steve is currently the Vice-Chair of the Washington Historic Preservation Commission and a member of the Rotary Club. He previously served on the Washington Clean Energy Board and Downtown Washington Inc. Design Committee, and volunteered as a coach for Washington Soccer Association and Washington Little League Baseball & Softball. Steve and his wife, Lori, live in Washington with their three children.
Legacy Embroidery & Screen Printing
Karen Timpe was born and raised in Washington. She and her husband, Herb, have two adult sons, Phil and Andrew. Karen has worked as an Account Manager at Legacy Embroidery and Screen Printing for 12 years. She is a lifelong member of St. Francis Borgia Parish and serves on the Pastoral Council. She is a past member of the SFB Grade School Athletic Association and the SFBRHS Ladies' Golf Committee. Karen has volunteered at the Washington Town & Country Fair, SFB Fall Festival, SFBRHS Dinner Auction, and SFBRHS Project Graduation.
WEG Transformers USA
Jeff Trentmann, a Certified Public Accountant, is the Lead Accountant for the Distribution Transformer plant at WEG Transformers USA (formerly CG Power Systems USA). He is a graduate of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and a Master's in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. He is actively involved with the Washington Jaycees and will begin his term as president in December 2017. Jeff lives in Washington with his wife, Johanna, and their daughter. He enjoys volunteering and performing community service, watching and playing sports and spending time with family.
Bank of Washington is hosting a free event to educate the community on fraud, identity theft, and scams. The cybersecurity seminar will offer a business session on Tuesday, October 24th, and a consumer session on Wednesday, October 25th. Both events will be held at the Downtown Bank of Washington at 6 p.m.
For more information, please visit www.bankofwashington.com. RSVP to (636) 239-7831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROLLA, Mo., October 2, 2017 – Business owners and entrepreneurs are encouraged to complete a business needs survey from the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
“This is an opportunity for businesses to let us know what they need when it comes to growing or improving their business,” says Karen Leatherman, business development specialist with the SBTDC. “We’re really hoping to get some great participation and input from our area businesses. Their feedback is vital to helping us provide the right seminars and resources to help our area businesses succeed.”
The anonymous survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and is available online at tinyurl.com/MObizsurvey. Deadline to complete the survey is Nov. 1, 2017.
The survey is being conducted in a nine-county area served by Missouri S&T’s SBTDC. Counties covered in the survey area include Crawford, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Osage, Phelps and Pulaski.
Missouri S&T’s SBTDC provides business counseling and assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in the areas of management, new business creation, business acquisition, business sales, marketing, financial analysis, human resources, operations management, succession planning and technology commercialization. Most services are provided at no cost. It is a University of Missouri Extension partner and part of the Missouri SBTDC statewide network, which is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information about workshops, resources and programs offered by Missouri S&T’s SBTDC, visit ecodevo.mst.edu/info/sbtdc/.
Together, the School District of Washington, Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, and Washington Economic Development department have been working on strategies to enhance a vital component of the area's business success - the workforce!
Next week, you have the opportunity to interact with and recruit the future workforce of Franklin County!
The School District of Washington has been working hard to bridge the gap between education and industry. Programs have been designed to train the workforce and keep them in our community. A few examples are:
Please attend our Open House to see how the new Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) Global Business program is teaming with the existing Four Rivers Career Center and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programs to meet the economic needs of our community.
A ribbon cutting was held recently for ReBoot Computers and More. Learn more about them at their website, rebootcomputersandmore.com.
Nearly 200 people enjoyed the networking, awards presentation, and food at the 5th Annual Member Luncheon on Monday, September 25th at the Knights of Columbus Hall. After a delicious lunch from Sugarfire Smoke House, members of the Outstanding Young Professionals Class of 2017 were presented with certificates. Members attending the luncheon also received the first copies of The Missourian's special insert featuring the OYP class. Thanks to everyone who attended the event!
Special appreciation to our sponsors: Missourian Media Group, Bank of Franklin County, Bank of Washington, Citizens Bank, Eric Park & George Meyer with LPL Financial, First State Community Bank, KFAV 99.9 FM,
Rent-A-Center, US Bank, and USA Mortgage
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