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Board and Staff

2022 Board Members

Officers

Carson Graff, Chair

Carson Graff, Chair

Central Bank

Kristi Johnson-Ware, Chair-Elect

Kristi Johnson-Ware, Chair-Elect

Central Bank

Kirby Asplund, Treasurer

Kirby Asplund, Treasurer

The Asplund Group, LLC

Tim Denker, Chair Emeritus

Tim Denker, Chair Emeritus

Denker Law Firm LLC

Vice Chairs

Bev Howe

Bev Howe

B & T Specialties

Jason Langston

Jason Langston

Farmers Insurance - Jason Langston Agency

Laura Maxwell

Laura Maxwell

Apricus Communications

Board Members

Nikki Beard

Nikki Beard

Saint Luke's Health System

John Beaudoin

John Beaudoin

KC Communications & Media Matters

John Coleman

John Coleman

Coleman Equipment

Jennifer Craig

Jennifer Craig

ReDiscover

Chad Dumas

Chad Dumas

ReeceNichols Lee's Summit

Rachel Dyer

Rachel Dyer

Dyer Oil Graphics

Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson

John Knox Village

John McDonald

John McDonald

Lee's Summit Medical Center

Elaine Metcalf

Elaine Metcalf

Pro Deo Youth Center

Kevin Oldham

Kevin Oldham

Diffactory

Rick Smetana

Rick Smetana

University of Central Missouri

Lauren Sobaski

Lauren Sobaski

Fisher Phillips LLP

Robin Todd

Robin Todd

Mindful Momentum

Joel Wilson

Joel Wilson

Edward Jones - Office of Joel Wilson, CFP®

Greetings from the 2022 Chair of the Board: Carson Graff

As Chair of the Lee’s Summit Chamber, I am honored to represent this great organization in 2022. Moving into the coming year, we will continue the momentum we have gained for our ongoing mission of championing the Lee’s Summit Business Community. We are dedicated to providing relevant programming and services that supply our members with exactly what they need. A few of our targeted objectives include:

  • Strengthening our local business community and workforce
  • Advocating for area business at the local, state, and national levels
  • Expanding our educational opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Improving our organization’s virtual and digital offerings

Despite the many hurdles over the past two years, Chamber leadership is working hard to ensure our members see more of what they are accustomed to in the new year. We plan to see a strong return to regular networking opportunities, a variety of in-person events, and more community engagement. We also plan to enhance the benefit offerings to our members in the areas of education, advocacy, and valuable resources. These initiatives provide our members with a variety of options to learn, enrich their community, and grow their business.

We aim to offer options for all members, no matter the industry, size, location, or need. The Chamber can connect you with the people who can help a start-up business seeking guidance. The Chamber’s many networking events provide an avenue for individuals looking to expand their network and client bases. For an established employer looking for legislative action, workforce development programs, or advertising opportunities, the Chamber will continue to be a valuable resource. The Chamber is a network of more than 1,000 businesses and individuals united to support one another.

Personally, I’d like to thank the Board of Directors, the staff, and the membership as a whole for entrusting me with the reigns this year. I believe 2022 will be a year full of significant opportunities; may we all recognize them as such, take hold of them with confidence, embracing inevitable change in the journey toward realized and shared success. If you feel compelled, I encourage you to take a step forward with me by contacting a staff, board, or committee member to learn more about one of the many opportunities the Chamber has prepared for you.

Yours Truly,

Carson Graff

Central Bank of the Midwest

2022 Chair of the Board

Meet The Chamber Team

The Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce staff is made up of a group of professionals dedicated to sharing their knowledge, vision, and goals with the business and community leaders of Eastern Jackson County.

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Matt Baird, IOM

President

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Cathy Young, IOM

Director of Operations

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Lisa Frogge

Director of Membership & Ad Sales

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Megan Gray

Director of Special Events

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Josh Lowe

Marketing Coordinator

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Linda Driskill

Member Service Coordinator

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