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Ozark Chamber announces interim president

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The Ozark Chamber of Commerce announced Jane Paul began serving as its interim president on Feb. 1. The announcement comes after the resignation of the former president Greg Williams.

“The Ozark Chamber board of directors is thankful for Jane’s willingness to step in as interim president,” said Griffin Bobbett, Ozark Chamber Board Of Directors chairperson. “Her experience serving as interim president and her long time involvement within the community of Ozark will ensure operations remain at the level our members have come to expect.”

Paul served as the Ozark Chamber of Commerce interim president briefly in 2015, and has been a member of the Ozark Chamber since 2010. As former owner of Sound of Freedom USA indoor gun range, Paul served on the Ozark Chamber board of directors from 2014-2020. She chaired the Ozark Community Awards Banquet from 2015-2019.

“I feel a very strong affinity to the Ozark Chamber and the way it supports the community,” Paul said. “I love Ozark and am excited to be serving in this role again.”

The chamber board of directors is forming a selection committee for the next chief executive, and will begin the search immediately. 

Williams was hired on May 3, 2019. He replaced Anna Evans, who left the chamber to go to work for Show Me Christian County economic development group.

Williams has worked with chamber of commerce and economic development groups for three decades. He has been the vice president of economic development for the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the president of the Lawrence, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce, and the Director of University Research Parks in the University of Missouri system, among other positions.

“We wish Mr. Williams  the utmost success in his next venture,” Bobbett said.

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