Board and Staff

2021 Board Members

Officers

Tim Denker, Chair

Tim Denker, Chair

Denker Law Firm

Carson Graff, Chair-Elect

Carson Graff, Chair-Elect

Central Bank of the Midwest

Kristi Johnson-Ware, Treasurer

Kristi Johnson-Ware, Treasurer

Central Bank of the Midwest

Trisha Goodale, Chair Emeritus

Trisha Goodale, Chair Emeritus

Midwest Property Resources

Vice Chairs

  • Kirby Asplund, Community Development, The Asplund Group, LLC
  • Candace Jennings, Membership Development, Whistle Stop Coffee & Mercantile
  • Brian King, Economic Development, Mid USA Insurance Agency, Inc

Board Members

  • Brian Barton, MC Power Companies, Inc.
  • John Beaudoin, KC Communications & Media Matters
  • Jennifer Craig, ReDiscover
  • Bev Howe, B & T Specialties
  • Laurie Johnson, John Knox Village
  • Jason Langston, Farmers Insurance – Jason Langston Agency
  • Laura Maxwell, Apricus Communications
  • John McDonald, Lee’s Summit Medical Center
  • Dr. Elaine Metcalf, Pro Deo Youth Center
  • Lauren Moxley-Johnson, Tingle Flooring
  • Kevin Oldham, Diffactory
  • Robin Todd, Mindful Momentum
  • Joel Wilson, Edward Jones – Office of Joel Wilson, Financial Advisor

Greetings from the 2021 Chair of the Board: Tim Denker

As Chair of the Lee’s Summit Chamber, I am honored to represent this great organization in 2021. We strive to be the champion of regional business by creating opportunities for success. Moving into the coming year, following such an unprecedented year, we’re 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 through these uncertain times
  • Advocating for area business at the local, state, and national levels
  • Improving our organization’s virtual and digital offerings
  • Expanding our educational opportunities for personal and professional growth
Despite the many hurdles of 2020, 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 double down on the benefits that have so greatly supported our members in the past year: advocacy, education, 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. If you’re a start-up business seeking guidance, the Chamber can connect you with the people who can guide you. If you’re an individual looking to expand your network and client base, try one of the Chamber’s many networking events. If you’re an established employer looking for legislative action, workforce development programs, or advertising opportunities, the Chamber can be a valuable resource. The Chamber is a network of more than 1,000 businesses and individuals united to support one another. I, for one, believe there is remarkable value awaiting discovery in that fact.

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 2021 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,

Tim Denker

Denker Law Firm

2021 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.

Matt Baird

Matt Baird

President

Cathy Young

Cathy Young

Director of Operations

Jordan Straits

Jordan Straits

Director of Marketing and Communications

Megan Gray, MBA

Megan Gray, MBA

Director of Special Events

Lisa Frogge

Lisa Frogge

Director of Membership & Ad Sales