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“We Are Collaborative”: Zimmer Communications Hosts First CEO Roundtable at KWTO Studios

Leaders from businesses and organizations across a wide variety of disciplines in the Springfield area participated Thursday in Zimmer Communications’ 1st CEO Roundtable in Springfield.

The luncheon event was held at our KWTO studios on east Chestnut Expressway in Springfield.

Presidents and CEO’s from the chamber of commerce to the banking and loan industry, home builders, education, automobile industry, entertainment and education gathered at a luncheon to talk about the future of our community and how we can make Springfield a better place to live and work.

“We are collaborative,” “I love this. I think it’s a great idea,” and “anything we can do to drive growth,” are some of the comments from the presidents and CEO’s in attendance.

From workforce and economic development, to the area housing market, to public infrastructure, to challenges in the automobile and entertainment industry and crime concerns, this special group of thought leaders talked candidly about the issues facing the Springfield community.

Our elected leaders in Springfield and Greene County will have a combined $100 million decision to make in the next year: how to allocate money from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also called the COVID-19 Stimulus Package.

Our CEO’s weighed in on the ARPA money and ideas they have on how it should be spent.

You’ll be hearing more about that topic and others that developed from the roundtable on KWTO in the coming days and weeks, including guests on Wake up Springfield, Springfield’s Happy Hour and Watching the Ozarks with Bonnie Bell.

Hosts for Thursday’s meeting included KWTO News Director Don Louzader, Operations Manager Tom Ladd, Community Relations Director Bonnie Bell, Director of Content Jeff Allen, station owners Don and John Zimmer, and Carla Leible, CEO of Zimmer Communications.

We’ll also feature news stories on topics that are addressed in this and upcoming CEO Roundtables.

Our next quarterly CEO Roundtable is coming up in September.

KWTO and Zimmer Communications would like to thank our roundtable guests, including:

Matt Morrow: President and CEO of Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Mark Harrington: President and CEO of Old Missouri Bank

Dori Grinder: Executive Officer of Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield

Judy Hadsall: President and CEO of Multipli Credit Union

Ann Marie Baker: Executive Vice President of UMB Bank

Geoff Steele: Executive Director of Gillioz Theatre

Lynn Thompson: President of Thompson Sales Company

Hal Higdon: Chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College System

Brad Farris: President of Farris Mortgage Company

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