Committees & Task Forces

Find a Committee That’s Right for You

The Chamber multiplies the effectiveness of local businesses by providing structure, volunteer leadership, professional staff, and full-time office operation to implement an effective business organization that meets the needs of our growing community. By serving on a committee, business community volunteers can share new ideas and learn more about their communities.

Explore Chamber Committees & Task Forces

Utilize your connection with the Chamber and get your company associated with local events that impact your fellow community members.

Members may join a committee in the Info Hub by clicking on the plus icon next to Lists/Committees in the My Info tab.

Ambassador Committee

Chair: Greg Gilliam, KC Scholars
Staff: Lisa Frogge

Objective: Recruit new members and foster membership in the club by mentoring new members.

Meeting Schedule: Noon. Second Wednesday of the month. Location: Chamber office.

Annual Gala Task Force

Chair: Joan Vande Voort, Bank Midwest
Staff: Megan Gray

Objective: The Committee organizes the evening’s entertainment and solicits donations for the auction held at the Annual Gala in February.

Meeting Schedule: TBD (October — February). Location: TBD.

Business Development Council

Chair: Brian Hubert, EJCB-American Family Insurance
Staff: Matt Baird

Objective: Plan Recess for Success based on issues that are of interest, timely and compelling to businesses.

Meeting Schedule: 8 a.m. Second Wednesday of the month. Location: Chamber office.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Chair: Terrell Ford, Klassic Transformations Barber Academy
Staff: Matt Baird

Objective: Coming Soon.

Meeting Schedule: Coming Soon.

Education Committee

Chair: Karla Williams, Pro Deo Youth Center
Staff: Megan Gray

Objective: Promote business partnerships with the education community; select four scholarship recipients each year, host a welcome breakfast for new  teachers and the recipient for the LSR-7 Teacher of the Year award.

Meeting Schedule: 8:30 a.m. Third Wednesday of the month. Location: TBD.

Golf Task Force

Chair: Drew Reynolds, Edward Jones-Office of Drew Reynolds, Financial Advisor
Staff: Megan Gray

Objective: Organize the Chamber’s annual summer golf tournament each year.

Meeting Schedule: 4 p.m. Second Tuesday of the month (March—May). Location: Chamber office.

Governmental Relations Committee

Chair: Rick Smetana, University of Central Missouri Lee’s Summit
Staff: Matt Baird

Objective: Prepare legislation priorities for businesses by studying local, state, and federal legislative issues of interest to businesses. Plan an annual trip to Jefferson City to visit legislators, forums on special issues and elections, and local breakfast or luncheon meetings with the legislators during sessions.

Meeting Schedule: 7:30 a.m. Fourth Friday of the month. Location: Missouri Innovation Campus (Room B101).

Health & Human Services Committee

Chair: Trina Cole, Saint Luke’s Surgicenter – Lee’s Summit
Staff: Cathy Young

Objective: Research healthcare issues affecting the Lee’s Summit community and publish an online healthcare directory.

Meeting Schedule: 8 a.m. First Thursday of the month. Location: TBD.

Holiday Reception Task Force

Chair: Dina Canseco, Country Club Bank – Downtown
Staff: Linda Driskill

Objective: Organize and coordinate the Holiday Reception that takes place the first week of December.

Meeting Schedule: October—December. Location: Chamber office.

LEgislative Committee

Chair: Chip Touzinsky, Kimley-Horn and Associates
Staff: Matt Baird

Objective: Coming Soon.

Meeting Schedule: Coming Soon.

Military Affairs Committee

Chair: ElizaBeth Clayton, John Knox Village
Staff: Matt Baird

Objective: Provide information to community members regarding the economic and emotional impact of the base. Additionally, provide volunteer opportunities and interaction with the squadron.

Meeting Schedule: 3:30 p.m. Third Thursday of the month. Location: Chamber office.

Oktoberfest Committee

Chairs: Krissie Hutchins & Mindy Hall, Seventh Wave Insurance
Staff: Megan Gray

Objective: Plan the Annual Lee’s Summit Oktoberfest festival for the last weekend in September.

Meeting Schedule: 4 p.m. Second Tuesday of the month (April—September). Location: TBD.

Young Professionals Committee

Chair: Nate Tate, Nate Tate the Insurance Guy
Staff: Denise Elam

Objective: Provide networking opportunities for Chamber professionals between the ages of 21–35. The Young Professionals committee meets monthly to network, learn about the business community, and participate in community service projects.

Meeting Schedule: 11 a.m. Fourth Wednesday of the month. Location: Chamber office.

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Reasons to Join a Committee or Task Force

The best way to spread the word about your business is to make connections. Whether you’re a new entity or a veteran company that has been around for decades, you’ll grow your reputation the more you interact with the powerful people in your community.

Committees Give You Credibility


Committees Provide Exposure


Committees Provide Networking Opportunities


Members Receive an Influential Voice on Large-Scale Issues


Untapped Contacts from Other Members


Keep Up-to-Date on Local Business News


Numerous Opportunities to Engage the Community