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Just over a year ago North County,
“This grew out of the need to respond to
Tranel said the impediment for NCI was
Inc. (NCI), the regional development
the informational needs of the economic
the cost, so obtaining a grant to complete
association that promotes community
an economic profile was made part of
and economic development for North
the organization’s strategic planning
St. Louis County, called for a more
RCGA (St. Louis Regional Chamber and
process. Thankfully, NCI received grant
comprehensive portrait of the economic
Growth Association) is able to provide
funding from the U.S. Bank Foundation,
state of affairs in North St. Louis County.
information for other geographies, but
which helped make the research and
specific information for North St. Louis
Because NCI serves and promotes living
County had never been assembled in such a way.”
Luckily, nearby University of Missouri
NCI understood that, not only would
- St. Louis is home to the Public Policy
a current and complete profile of the
Research Center (PPRC), an agency
North St. Louis County economy provide
that exists to engage the University
current residents and business owners
of Missouri - St. Louis in the local
also shed light on the many positive
infrastructure and quality of life. A
and support of civic, governmental,
attributes of the region and attract
graduate research assistant, who was
nonprofit, and other endeavors. Most
new families and businesses. Rarely
provided for the project and supervised
importantly, for NCI’s purposes, one
do prospective residents and business
by Tranel, drew from federal data
of PPRC’s greatest competencies is the
sources such as the U.S. Census and the
ability to produce rigorous and unbiased
at their fingertips regarding specific
Bureau of Economic Analysis, as well
applied analysis and theoretical research.
regions. By simply making the details
as an inventory of commercial and
With their expertise, NCI could create
residential development conducted over
an accurate and thorough community
would have an advantage over other
the last year in North St. Louis County.
profile of economic activity in North St.
We will attempt here to mention some of
benefits of living and running a business
the highlights of the profile, but there is
in North St. Louis County is one of the
much more information available in the
primary goals of NCI, the organization
and working in the entire county, this project was a massive undertaking.
PPRC Director Dr. Mark Tranel, a former NCI board chair and executive board
helpful information, it would
was eager to have a profile created and
member, said there was a real need for
distributed as soon as possible.
this kind of project. 4
Economic Profile includes information
According to the report, which used 2010 federal data, North St. Louis County
by DeAnna Massie
is comprised of 46 municipalities that
Webster University. There are seven
cover about 200 square miles and are
Wide Technology, Electronics & Space
K-12 public schools and several private
and parochial schools. Access to quality
375,000 residents. The median age is 18,
Technologies, Covidien, Inc. and Gallus
education at all levels contributes to a
much lower than the national average
Biopharmaceuticals LLC. Express Scripts
higher quality of life, as does proximity
of 36, which indicates an impending
Inc. and Emerson Electric Co. even
to excellent primary healthcare offices
located their corporate headquarters in
North St. Louis County.
Christian Hospital and SSM DePaul
St. Louis in manufacturing jobs and has
industrial and warehouse space in the
more than $10,000 higher than the St.
Louis average, making for a highly
Health Center. North County is also located in the center of three major Interstate highways, maintains stops on the Metro Link and is home to Lambert
competitive labor force. This is apparent
warehouse work opportunities, several
in the home ownership rate of 65.4
other industry sectors thrive in North
Tranel said the report took six months
St. Louis County. One of the largest
unemployment rate of 7.2 percent. Data
to complete, and was designed to be
is retail. The local retail sector is
indicates these numbers are due to high
updated over time.
supported by $762.5 million in retail
expenditures that are brought from
five percent of adults in North St. Louis
outside the area and spent at North
County have earned a high school
degree or equivalent, and 28 percent
social assistance. Other well represented are
have obtained a post-secondary degree.
closely behind retail are healthcare and sectors
Proximity to so many institutions of
higher learning is considered to be a
and technical services; food services;
major factor in the high attainment rates
wholesale trade; construction; finance
of North St. Louis County. University of
and insurance; and transportation. The
Missouri – St. Louis is located in North
education sector has shown tremendous
St. Louis County, but residents are also
growth and continues to be a growth industry in North St. Louis County.
close to colleges within the St. Louis
University, Washington University and
Community College system, St. Louis
“NCI will be able to maintain current, specific report of economic activity in the region,” he said. Though the profile is concise and easy to read, there isn’t space in this publication to cover the entirety of the information presented. You may read the entire North County
Profile for North St. Louis County in its digital format at NorthStLouis.com. For more information about the Public Policy Research Center at University of Missouri – St. Louis, visit pprc.umsl.edu. OT
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Fall Sports Carry Risk of Concussion By Jacqueline Hayes, MD, Family Medicine, SSM Medical Group – Cross Keys
Kids going back to school and playing fall sports means an increase in bumps and bruises. In most cases, the damage is minor and easily remedied with a little ice and TLC. But a bump on the head requires more observation and care than a skinned knee. Bruises to arms or legs are easy to see and treat. However, a jarring blow to the head may cause the brain to hit the inside of the skull, creating an internal bruise commonly known as a concussion. According to the Medical College of Wisconsin, where researchers studied concussions in high school athletes, each year 40,000 high school football players nationwide suffer concussions, which are usually considered mild traumatic brain injuries. Symptoms of a concussion can vary and may not be immediately obvious. Loss of consciousness following a blow to the head, while unusual, is the most visible and immediate sign that a concussion may have occurred. Other common
symptoms include dizziness, confusion, headaches, lack of concentration, neck pain, fatigue, increased sensitivity to sound or light, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, memory loss, and nausea. Children, in addition, may act listless or irritable, lose interest in their favorite toys, or have difficulty balancing or walking steadily. One of the challenges in accurately diagnosing concussions is that these symptoms may occur immediately or over the course of several weeks following the injury. Teenagers who want to continue playing their sport may not report these symptoms, so coaches and parents are advised to be alert to any signs that symptoms have developed. In most cases, a concussion heals over time and there are no lasting effects. However, any time a concussion is suspected, a physician should be consulted. If the patient exhibits any of the following symptoms, immediate medical attention is required in order to rule out blood
clots or other complications: headaches that get worse, weakness, numbness or decreased coordination, repeated vomiting, ongoing unconsciousness, continual sleepiness, having one pupil larger than the other, convulsions or seizures, slurred speech, increasing confusion, restlessness or agitation. Although young athletes usually want to get back in the game as soon as possible, a player returning too early could suffer from “second impact syndrome,” which may be fatal. The American Association of Family Physicians warns that “a second blow to the head, even a minor one, can make your body lose control of blood flow to the brain. Never return to a sports activity until you are cleared by a doctor.” Enjoy fall sports, but be safe and responsible so that the game doesn’t get the best of your young athlete. Jacqueline Hayes is a board certified family medicine physician with SSM Medical Group at Cross Keys. To schedule an appointment, please call 314-839-0910.
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Brian Douglas MHCC Board Chairman
Holiday Gala Luncheon and Coat Drive
Join the Maryland Heights Chamber
Wednesday, December 12 at Harrah’s
In the spirit of the season, member
at the Holiday Gala Luncheon and
businesses will compete to create the
Coat Drive. This festive lunch is an
sponsorships are $250. Individual tickets
best and most creative wreath. The
opportunity to entertain employees, co-
are $25. Seats are limited and by pre-
winner will receive a great advertising
workers, clients and friends during the
paid reservation only. Business attire is
package from the chamber. Contestants
holiday season while supporting two
appropriate for this casual lunch. There
wonderful charitable causes.
will be a cash bar.
are encouraged to include enticing
used coats, mittens, gloves and scarves
Foundation, which provides scholarships to area high school students. Gala
gifts and branding from their business.
coats, scarves and mittens will receive
will benefit the chamber’s Education
All attendees who donate gently used
will be collected, and net proceeds
These wreaths will then be voted on and raffled off at the Gala event. For
an extra ticket for the Holiday Wreath
more information on entering a wreath,
Raffle. For more information, contact
or attending the event, contact the
email@example.com or call 314.576.6603.
chamber office at 314.576.6603.
This year’s gala is sponsored by Ranken
take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on
Jordan Pediatric Hospital.
CI Select The Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for CI Select in Maryland Heights. CI Select is a fullservice office interiors firm featuring flooring, furniture and audio visual components.
division has served the metropolitan area for more than 30 years furnishing, installing and maintaining all types of commercial flooring. Mayor Moeller from Maryland Heights and several city council members helped cut the ribbon. For more information about this ribbon
Photo by RG Insights
cutting please visit mhcc.com. 8
of Commerce and Hooters hosted a 20-year
Ribbon Cutting on Monday, October 1. Hooters has been an active member in the community.
The Holiday Gala Wednesday, December 12th 11:30 am - 1 pm Harrahâ€™s Hotel & Casino Net Proceeds Benefit the Chamberâ€™s Education Foundation providing scholarships to area high school students.
Table Sponsor (10) - $250 Individuals - $25 Reservations Only | Limited Seating | Business Attire | Cash Bar This is a pre-paid event. Being gently used coats, scarves and mittens for an extra raffle ticket. All will be donated to a charity in need. firstname.lastname@example.org | 314.576.6603
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Rebecca Zoll, NCI President & CEO Photo by Kent Miller Photography
NCI Joins in Welcoming St. Vincent Greenway-Wayne Goode Trail On September 20, Rebecca Zoll, president and CEO of North County, Inc., joined others in welcoming the new St. Vincent Greenway-Wayne Goode Trail. This newest segment of the Great Rivers Greenway trail system will provide students at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Ferguson area residents with safe passage from the heart of the UMSL campus to Old Town Ferguson. Eventually, the St. Vincent Greenway will extend from UMSL to Forest Park. The trail was undertaken with the goal of unifying the community through an interconnected system of parks, trails and neighborhoods in north St. Louis County, all while encouraging redevelopment of neighborhoods in that area. Great Rivers Greenway is a public organization developing an interconnected system of trails and greenways to make the region a better place to live. These linear green spaces link neighborhoods and communities, increase the economic vitality of the region, preserve nature, provide transportation alternatives, and improve health. Great Rivers Greenway includes St. Louis City and County and St. Charles County. For more information, visit www.grgstl.org.
Left to right: Patrick Dolan, St. Louis County councilman; Susan Trautman, executive director of Great Rivers Greenway; Wayne Goode, board of Curators, University of Missouri; Tom Ott, acting director of St. Louis County Parks Dept; Charlie Dooley, St. Louis County executive; Viola Murphy, mayor of Cool Valley; Monica Huddleston, Great Rivers Greenway board member and mayor of Greendale; Thomas George, chancellor of University of Missouri â€“ St. Louis; Representing Governor Nixon, Margaret Donnelly, director, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; Betty Van Uum, special assistant to the provost, UMSL; Rebecca Zoll, president/CEO of North County Incorporated; Patrick Green, mayor of Normandy; Jackie Carr, representing St. Louis County Councilwoman Hazel Erby
NCIâ€™s 2012 Class of 30 Leaders in their Thirties. Photos by Ray Rockwell.
Dr. Montize Aaron, Ed.D. has served as principal of Willow Brook Elementary in the Pattonville School District for five years. A 15-year education veteran, Aaron has worked as a teacher in Kansas City, Mo. and Rockwood School District in Eureka. He has also served as an administrative intern in Rockwood and as an assistant principal in the Webster Groves School District. Aaron was nominated for Teacher of the Year and Saint Louis Suburban Exemplary New Principal in 2011. Under his leadership, Willow Brook Elementary won a Character Education Promising Practice Award. Aaron is a member of the Saint Louis Suburban Elementary Principal’s Association, the Missouri Association of Elementary Principals, Phi Kappa Delta International, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Pattonville School District is a member of North County Inc. Elena Amirault
is the director of Early Childhood for Hazelwood School District. She has been recognized by the North County Churches United for Racial Harmony and Justice for her work with students. She helped initiate CSTAR, Community and Schools Together Achieving Results, to help ensure that all local children are exposed to high quality learning experiences before entering Kindergarten. Amirault also designed and implemented the “Love Wins: Turning Bullies into Buddies” program. She is a member of the Council Administrators for Special Education, the Council for Exceptional Children, the Division of Early Childhood, the Association Supervision Curriculum Development and the American Association of Educators. She has volunteered with Saint Louis Crisis Nursery and Caroline Mission House. Hazelwood School District is a member of North County Inc.
is a third generation Ferguson resident who has worked for Edward Jones Investments for more than 10 years. As an academic trainer, he has helped financial advisors across the country meet financial goals and develop meaningful relationships with their community members. He is a member of the Ferguson Library Board, and played an important role in the creation of the Ferguson Twilight Ramble biker ride. He has also worked with other community members in the city of Ferguson to develop a vision of a Ferguson Community Center. Appel and his family are active members of the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish where Appel volunteers with youth sports and other parish events.
Joshua Baumann is the registrar for Lutheran High School North. In addition to overseeing registration, scheduling, grades and transcripts, Baumann established online access to academic information for teachers and students. Baumann teaches history and is an assistant varsity football and assistant track coach for Lutheran North. He leads the school in the implementation of technology in the classroom and was selected to participate in the school Leadership Development Program, a national training event for Lutheran high school leadership. Baumann is an active member of Grace Lutheran Chapel. Lutheran High School North is a member of North County Inc. Wesley Bell,
attorney at law, is an instructor and the program coordinator for the Criminal Justice and the Legal Studies Programs at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. Bell volunteers as a coach and guest speaker for the St. Louis Mock Trial Institute. Each year, Bell provides legal service for several indigent North County juveniles in the Juvenile Court on a pro bono basis. Bell is a member of the Missouri Bar Association. He served on the Emerson YMCA Advisory Board in 2011. St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley is a member of North County Inc.
Donny Carver is branch manager for U.S. Bank in
Bridgeton. He is a member of the Eagles Scouts of America and volunteered with the Red Cross following the Good Friday Tornadoes of 2010. Carver led the U.S. Bank NW District to highest contributions to goal for the Heart Association’s Heart Walk Initiative. Carver has received the U.S. Bank Top Tier Award, the U.S. Bank Annual Pinnacle Award, the U.S. Bancorp President’s Club Award and 16 quarterly Pinnacle Awards. Carver was also awarded seven medals in the Air Force. U.S. Bank is a member of North County Inc.
Michael R. Crossno is regional manager for Vantage Credit Union. Crossno oversees five locations and the Vantage Credit Union Phone Center. He is a member of the North Technical High School’s Business & Financial Management Advisory Committee, which helps prepare students for job interviews. He also participates annually in the Hazelwood School District career day. Crossno graduated with honors and received the Certified Credit Union Executive designation from the University of Wisconsin’s CUNA Management School, which is a program designed specifically students who aspire to achieve seniorlevel credit union management and leadership positions. Vantage Credit Union is a member of North County, Inc. Dr. Nyron Edwards, Ed.S. has been an administrator
in Hazelwood for the past 12 years and currently serves as assistant principal at Hazelwood West Middle School. Edwards has dedicated his career to serving the Hazelwood School District. His current project is an outreach program at Hazelwood West Middle with the purpose of connecting parents, teachers and local businesses. He is an active member of his church, volunteers with local community gardens and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Hazelwood School District is a member of North County Inc.
Lindsay M. Gallahue
is the vice president and bank manager of Commercial Bank, where she has worked for 10 years. She is also a member of the Commercial Bank Marketing Committee, through which she participates in the holiday “Adopt a Family” program. She serves on the board of directors for Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce, where she is active on the Membership Committee. She is currently taking classes with the Paul W. Barrett Jr. School of Banking at Christian Brothers College and will attend a graduate program in 2013. Commercial Bank is a member of North County Inc.
Andrew Harris is the school counselor for McNair Elementary in the Hazelwood School District. He helped establish a partnership with Jewish Family & Children’s Services to provide sexual abuse prevention instruction to students in Hazelwood, and leads his school in the use of technology and social media to reach out to parents and the community. He is a member of the American School Counselors Association, the Missouri School Counselors Association and the National Association of Peer Program Professionals. He recently became a Certified Peer Program Educator and was named one of the “Top 50 School Counselors.” Harris leads McNair’s behavior support team and has twice been recognized with an Award of Excellence from the Department of Secondary Education. Harris is also a member of The Crossing Church. Hazelwood School District is a member of North County Inc. Amy S. Hawkins is a RN nurse manager at BJC Christian Hospital. She oversees the 24/7 daily operations of a 54-bed medical unit and serves on the Daisy Award Committee, which aims to recognize the super human efforts nurses perform every day at Christian Hospital. Hawkins has led her employees by focusing on team moral and creating a culture of open communication. She
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is responsible for a significant increase in employee satisfaction, which ultimately results in better patient care. Christian Hospital is a member of North County Inc.
is a clinical director for SSM DePaul Health Center. She was responsible for coordinating the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Patient Satisfaction education for all employees at DePaul Health Center, which trained 100 percent of the staff in three months and led to increased patient satisfaction. She helped facilitate the launching of a new service line that nearly doubled the hospital’s monthly patient census and was selected for the 20122014 SSM Leadership Pathways Program. SSM DePaul Health Center is a member of North County Inc.
is serving in her third year as director of student relations at Incarnate Word Academy. Prior to this position, Hercules served as director of special events and advancement director at Incarnate Word and a teacher at Saint Sabina. She secured $18,000 in grant money for Incarnate Word and helped the school provide a Word2Wellness Program, which included the purchase of new fitness equipment. As Student Council Moderator, Hercules helped her students raise $10,000 for Joplin’s Catholic schools and collect 5000 canned goods. Previously, Hercules sat on the Education Committee of the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, which works to raise scholarship funds for North county students. Incarnate Word Academy is a member of North County Inc.
Larenda Hutt is the receptionist for Riverview Gardens Senior High School. She has represented parents at the Riverview Gardens School District Convocation and served as the 2011-2012 president for Inter-district Parent Advisory Council. She is the Riverview Gardens Parent Advisory president, A North County Parent Mentor and the Riverview Gardens Educational Facilities Authority president. She has been awarded Mother of the Year and recognized by the St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable. Riverview Gardens School District is a member of North County Inc. Bonita E. Jamison is currently an elementary school principal with the Jennings School District. She previously taught in the Riverview Gardens School District. Jamison was selected to participate as a principal-intern in the New Leaders Cohort II of the New Leaders Project. Jamison is a voting board member for the Hook Center for Education Leadership and District Renewal at the University of MissouriColumbia. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum. She is also a board member for Missouri St. Louis Alliance of Black School Educators. Jamison has been recognized as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Riverview Gardens School District and was awarded the Achievement in Excellence in Leadership award from St. Louis Public Schools Office of Leadership Development. Jennings School District is a member of North County Inc. Dr. Rodney S. Lewis, Ed.D.
is the principal of Griffith Elementary School in the FergusonFlorissant School District. Under his leadership, Griffith Elementary has seen a high volume of parent attendance at open houses. Lewis is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the St. Louis Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals. Lewis received his doctorate from Maryville University and has received training in Data Teams, Understanding by Design, Professional
Learning Communities and Cognitive Coaching. Ferguson-Florissant School District is a member of North County Inc.
Megan Martinez is director of recreation for the Missouri Veterans Home of St. Louis. She facilitates veteran participation in 4,000 hours of off-campus activities, and more than 120,000 of total recreation hours annually. She has received National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification and is an active member of Parker Road Elementary Parent Teacher Group. She has volunteered with the Florissant Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and assisted 20 Veterans on the STL Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Martinez has also been selected at the Missouri Veterans Home Employee of the Month. Justin Naber
is the director of business development for Fred Weber, Inc. Naber is a board member of North County Inc., and is a member of the Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce, South County Chamber of Commerce and Associated General Contractors. He has consistently led his company to increased sales, a broader customer base and high standards in construction and materials. Naber also volunteers with St. Louis Stray Rescue. Fred Weber, Inc. is a member of North County Inc.
Dr. Jennifer Roper, Ed.D. is the principal at McNair Elementary School in the Hazelwood School District. She is a member of the Missouri and McNair Parent Teacher Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and Saint Norbert Catholic Church. Roper was named the Lawson Elementary School Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award winner during the 2004-2005 school year and Lawson Elementary School Teacher of the Year during the 2006-2007 school year. Under her leadership, McNair was awarded the Hazelwood Community Response Team’s Golden Heart award for its dedication to provide for needy families in the Hazelwood School District. McNair also received a bronze award from the Special School District for promoting positive behavior. Hazelwood School District is a member of North County Inc. Melissa Russell serves as director of Garden Villas North. Prior to this position, Russell was assistant director of Garden Villas of O’Fallon, where she grew occupancy to 90 percent in two years. Russell is a member of the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce and is very involved with the promotion of the Black Jack Police Department. Under Russell’s leadership, Garden Villas North hosts the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, the Parkinson’s Association Exercise Group, and Life Changes Grief Support Group. Garden Villas North also contributes to an Independence Day Celebration for the entire North County Community. Russell is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Operation Shower, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the American Diabetes Association, the Arthritis Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association. Russell has received the Most Dedicated award from the SSM Rehab Foundation. Krista Sherman is a school social worker for Special School District, North Technical High School. She helped create a therapeutic classroom at McCluer High School, which helps students with emotional and mental health challenges graduate from high school. Sherman also founded a county-wide coat drive coordinated by Special School District. Sherman is a member of the School Social Work Association of America, the School Social Work Association of Missouri and the Homeless Adolescent Task Force. At North Technical
Jason Shupp is the president of Ferguson Roofing. Shupp is a member of the Roofing and Siding Contractors Alliance, the Community Association Institute and the Better Business Bureau. In 2011 he was named a Top Young Entrepreneur by Small Business Monthly, has been a Gold Sponsor for the Foundation for Diabetes Research and was named 2011 Vendor of the Year by the Community Association Institute. An active member of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce, Shupp supports all of the chamber’s initiatives. Shupp also worked with the community groups with which he is affiliated to provide labor and resources to those in need following recent storms. Craig Szczuka is the marketing and sales manager
at Falcon Service, Inc. Through successful sales and marketing strategies, Szczuka helped lead his company to become the preferred authorized service agent in eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois. He is a member of the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, North County, Inc., and The Emergency Assistance Ministry food pantry. As a Greater North County Chamber of Commerce member, Szczuka served as cochairperson of the Ambassador Committee, treasurer and board member. Falcon Service, Inc. is a member of North County Inc.
Officer Michael Vernon
has been a police officer with the Florissant Police Department for the past three years. During this time he received two commendations for outstanding police work. Prior to joining the Florissant Police Department, Officer Vernon served two tours of duty in the Army Reserve, fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom. On May 28, 2012 – Memorial Day – Officer Vernon was shot in the line of duty while pursuing a residential burglary suspect. Three of the five shots fired struck Officer Vernon, and one landed in his spine, causing immediate paralysis of his lower body. The suspect fired an additional shot, which struck Officer Vernon in the left leg. While gravely wounded, Officer Vernon was able to provide a detailed description of the assailant and his direction of travel. In his nomination of Officer Vernon, Florissant Police Chief William Karabas said, “This information was vital to the K-9 officer who was able to track the suspect and located him several blocks away hiding in a shed. Officer Vernon is a true hero and deserving of this award.”
Elizabeth Wade is the bank manager and assistant
vice president for Pulaski Bank. She is a board member for the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce and serves on two committees for North County Inc. Wade also serves on the board of Carney’s Kids, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of children. Carney’s Kids currently supports Rainbow for Kids, Litzsinger School, Halt the Sky Foundation, Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, Delta Gamma Center, and Ranken Jordan. Wade is a member of Soroptimist, an international volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls. She volunteers with T.E.A.M. (The Emergency Assistance Ministry) food pantry and was selected this year to lead the bank in credit card sales. Pulaski Bank is a member of North County Inc.
Kari Welker is properties manager for Mills Properties. She is involved with the Spanish Lake Community Association, the Spanish Lake Youth and Family Council, and Zonta Club. She serves as president of her church council and works with local community agencies such as St. Vincent DePaul, Our Lady of the Rosary, Grace Baptist Church, Bethany-Peace United Church of Christ and St. Patrick’s Center. Welker has worked to make 13
Countryside Townhomes a registered “Safe Place.” She is responsible for creating a police substation, and installing more than 50 security cameras. She is active in the Neighborhood Watch, participates in National Night Out, and helped create a youth outreach program. Welker initiated a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis to offer summer camp and year-round opportunities to more than 1,000 children in the Countryside community. Most recently, she assisted in the “It Pays to Be Good” program for youth. Welker works with FOCUS St. Louis and the regional planning process of St. Louis County.
Melanie Wiginton is the vice president of T & L Tree Service, Inc. She co-founded and is the director for the nonprofit organization Family Factory of Florissant, an organization that encourages children by using character building and virtues while teaching them about the community and those less fortunate. In 18 months, the organization has grown from 25 children to an average of 75-100 per week with more than 100 volunteers. Wiginton is also active in fundraising and volunteering for Ronald McDonald House Charities of St Louis, The St. Louis Crisis Nursery, Charity Water, Room at the Inn, and Christian Family Services. She is also involved with the Northwest Chamber of Commerce, serving as an Ambassador and member of the Marketing Committee and the Annual Casino Night Committee. Wiginton helped her company earn accreditation from the Tree Care Industry Association and is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture. Sandy Wiley is principal at principal at Iveland Elementary in the Ritenour School District. At Iveland, Wiley facilitated the establishment of a more focused and rigorous academic environment and created more professional development opportunities for teachers and staff. Wiley serves on the Iveland Helping hands Committee, which provides financial support to families, and has received the Pettus Foundation Award for Excellence. Wiley is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Ritenour School District is a member of North County Inc. Dr. Eric Winkles is principal of Wedgwood Elementary in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Winkles provides district-wide professional development in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Data Teams implementation. Through Winkles’ leadership, Wedgwood has made a 10 percent increase in math MAP scores and a 5 percent increase in Communication Arts MAP scores. There has been a 50 percent decrease in disciplinary issues. He created a Principal’s Advisory Committee to promote parent/ community involvement in the school. Under his leadership, Wedgwood School Community holds annual canned food drives and fundraisers for the Florissant food bank. Winkles volunteers in youth sports programs and coaches baseball and flag football. He also volunteers at the Sheltered Workshop appreciation celebration and luncheon. Ferguson-Florissant School District is a member of North County Inc. Cornell Young is the founder of Both Sides of the 50, which is an organization dedicated to promote, motivate and inspire young people to do their best in sports, academics and life. Young oversees the organization’s curriculum and mentorship of young men in middle through high school. Young’s group also grants scholarships to participants upon graduation. Young serves as president for the Spanish Lake Titans Youth Organization and is a member of the Planning & Zoning Board for the city of Moline Acres. He is vice president of Metro Football League and volunteers with the Moline Acres Summer Youth Program. Young also volunteered with KABOOM to help build a playground at Meadows Elementary School. He has been honored by the city of Moline Acres for his volunteer services and the founding of Both Sides of the 50.
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High School, Sherman created the Give and Grow Program to support students with financial needs and coordinated counseling and substance abuse programs to provide service at no cost. She received the Lasting Impression Award from Special School District in 2011. Special School District – North Technical High School is a member of North County Inc.
Greater North County Chamber Welcomes 14 New Members
Greater North County Chamber to Host Holiday Nite of Stars
The Greater North County Chamber, which serves the cities of Florissant, Hazelwood,
Jennings, Bellefontaine Neighbors and Spanish Lake, and surrounding areas
Brush off your dancing shoes and
of unincorporated St. Louis County,
don your party attire! It’s time for the
recently welcomed 14 new members.
Greater North County Chamber of
Sponsor: SSM DePaul Health Center;
Commerce’s Nite of Stars, presented by
Silver Sponsor: Delmar Gardens North/
Garden Villas North; Copper Sponsors:
They are: Hot Shots Sports Bar & Grill, Johnny Londoff Chevrolet, Inc., Cornerstone
Kopy Printing; Sweet Farewell Sponsors:
American Newspaper, Salem Lutheran
staff, family, friends and community
Church and School, Provident, Inc.,
residents to join the festivities from
Firestone Complete Auto Care, Our
7 p.m. to midnight on Friday, December
Lady of Fatima Knights of Columbus,
7 at the Paul Detrick Auditorium,
Studio 411 Photography by Rick Niblett,
11133 Dunn Road, on the campus of
MDR Mobile Device Repair, American
National Payments, Travel the World,
The holiday gala will feature lavish hors
Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church
d’ oeuvres and decadent desserts served
and Early Learning Center and Eva
throughout the evening, along with an
Marie’s Transportation Services.
open bar, silent auction, live auction, a
For more information on sponsorship
The chamber offers many benefits to
DJ and dancing.
packages or to purchase tickets, call the
Lutheran Senior Services at Hidden Lake and Nimmons Wealth Management; and Mystery Gift Sponsor: White Auto Body, Inc. Tickets are $65 per person, and include a chance to win cash prizes—one of which is $2,500. Additional tickets for the cash drawings are available for $25 each.
chamber office at 314.831.3500.
opportunities at monthly membership luncheons, business after hours events, leads groups, local representation to government, a listing in the chamber’s print directory, and a listing on the chamber website and referrals. For
information North call
the of visit
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Firestone Complete Auto Care New Greater North County Chamber of Commerce member Firestone Complete Photo by Debbie Wright
Auto Care celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new location at 8400 N. Lindbergh Blvd. in Florissant. Store Manager Travis Boyer was joined by Firestone corporate officials, Florissant city officials, chamber board of directors and ambassadors.
Hot Shots Sports Bar & Grill The Greater North County Chamber welcomes new member, Hot Shots Sports Bar Photo by Debbie Wright
& Grill, 1792 N. New Florissant Road in Florissant. On hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony were Dan Volmert, company founder; Jason Durnett, director of franchise development; John Garner, franchise owner of the Florissant location; Florissant officials; and chamber ambassadors, board members and staff.
Provident, Inc. Thomas Mulhearn, president/CEO of Provident, Inc. cut the ribbon at the Photo by Debbie Wright
grand opening of the new facility at 409 S. Florissant Road in Ferguson. Joining in the festivities were Provident staff members and board members, city of Ferguson officials and Greater North County Chamber board members, ambassadors and staff. Provident is committed to the mental health needs of the community at large.
Chamber Seeks Nominations for Business Person of the Year The Greater North County Chamber
is seeking nominations for the 2013
background, business accomplishments
com. The chamber office must receive
Outstanding Business Person of the Year.
and civic and community activities.
all nominations by November 9, 2012.
Please provide as much information
This individual should embody the
best qualities of community leadership
The selection committee will determine the
through the combination of business,
Mail nominations to: Greater North
announced at the chamberâ€™s Nite of
civic and community activities. This
Stars Gala on December 7, 2012.
award is open to all Greater North
County Chamber members.
All nominations should include the 15
Commerce, Florissant, information Marty
For more information, call the chamber office at 314.401.1219.
Brian Goldman NWCC executive director
Northwest Chamber of Commerce Shatters Attendance Record by Brian Goldman I recently sat down and interviewed Brian Goldman, President/CEO of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce about the recent Business Showcase that was held at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino. It went a little something like this:
Goldman: I am glad you asked. We wanted this to be a true expo and not just a two-hour quick meet-and-greet while trying to hold our meeting. We changed everything and asked vendors to set up between 9 and 10 a.m. We opened the doors to the expo at 10 a.m. and closed the doors at 11:40 a.m. We asked all vendors and guests to head down to the Voo Doo lounge for our monthly membership meeting. The meeting went from 12-1 p.m. At 1 o’clock we reopened the expo. We closed the show at 2:30 p.m., the vendors broke down their booths and we were out by 3:30 p.m. We asked our membership to come early for the expo and stay for lunch, or come for lunch and hit the expo in the afternoon. Some did both and stayed all day.
Me: Tell us Brian, what is all of the excitement surrounding the recent Business Showcase? Goldman: I am glad you asked. We wanted to do something different this year. In the past, the greatest number of companies participating was 32, and we try to squeeze them in around the room for our luncheon. I wanted to break the old record and see how big we could make this event. I was so excited to see that we had 67 vendors this year, used every table we could put our hands on and completely filled the room.
Me: Sounds like this was a big event. Did people come out for both the expo and the lunch?
Me: 67? How did you fit them all in with the lunch meeting?
Goldman: I am glad you asked. Not only
did they come out, they came out in full force. We had the largest group for a lunch that the chamber has ever had. We ended up with 209 people for lunch. It was a great meeting and the excitement and energy were unbelievable. We had a number of visitors that were not part of our lunch meeting come through the expo because they heard about it from friends, our website, or Facebook. I would say we probably had more than 250 people go through the expo. Me: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today. What other new exciting things do you have coming up at the Northwest Chamber of Commerce? Goldman: I am glad you asked. I am so excited about our upcoming …. Brian, wake up! You fell asleep and you were talking in your sleep. Were you dreaming about being interviewed again?
Taste of the Chamber a Huge Success The Northwest Chamber of Commerce started hosting its Lunch and Learn programs on the third or fourth Friday of each month. September’s program was the chamber’s most successful event yet. The Lunch and Learn theme was a “Taste of the Chamber,” so member restaurants, hotels, and caterers were invited to bring dishes that would not only feed the attendees, but showcase each business’ menu. Members were welcome to enjoy lunch and get to know
other participants. As a bonus, members were able to learn about the many options available for planning holiday parties, catering events, entertaining clients and more. Chamber members were reminded they should always think of supporting the Northwest Chamber members first. There were 14 different food vendors and 135 NWCC members at the event. Vendors included: Lone Star Steakhouse, 16
Catering by Georgianna, Mayuri Indian Restaurant, Missouri Mercantile, Sybergs Restaurant, Crown Plaza Hotel, Holiday Inn Airport Hotel, The Cheesecake Lady Co, T.G.I. Fridays, Valenti’s Catering, Choices Catering, Papa Murphys’s Pizza, Indulgence by Mindy, and Debonaire Banquet Center & Catering. The food, the turnout and the networking were all a tremendous success, and the chamber looks forward to future Lunch and Learn events.
The Northwest Chamber of Commerce new member list continues to grow at record pace. Since May 2012, 72 companies have joined the chamber, and a large number of prospects have visited and are considering membership. It is an exciting time to be a part of this productive and active Northwest Chamber of Commerce. If you have not visited in the last few months, please feel free to drop in at any meeting or networking event. Northwest Chamber would like to thank and welcome all new members; pictured are a few from the September meeting. Members who received their NWCC plaques in September are:
100th Monkey Media, Mich Hancock A 1 Roofing, Nathan Higgs, Sr. AD Lift Truck, Gus Dodorico Breakthrough Pain Relief Clinics, Dr. Donald Kreider and Lisa Jones Brunswick Zone XL St. Peters, Meredith Neu Cards-2-Lists, Daniel Rubenstein The Cheesecake Lady Co., Angela Wadsworth Christian Care Home, Greg Porter Clarkson Eyecare, Jessica Tobin County Tire & Auto Service, Patrick Jackoway and Donnie Rulo Crown Vision Center-Ferguson, Lisamarie Monroe Karpel Solutions, Mindy Elders Merchant Relief Council, Bill Wilkinson and Robert Day Metro Apartments at 70, Kelly Stevens Microseal St. Louis, Dennis Schriever Nerium International, Patricia Beare Next Generation Electronics, Jim Kilman Payline Data, Josh Driscoll Premier Rentals, Mark Evans Protection 1 Security, Mark Berry Rotary Club of Lambert Airport, Fletcher Wells and Kathie Lawton Brown Rotary Club of Overland, Dave Robinette ServPro of Breckenridge Hills/Bridgeton, James Lee Silpada Designs, Denise Christian Smoke N Bottle, Doug and Ryan Dixon Thrift Electronics, Orion Pellegrine and Elijah Struckman Tyco Integrated Security/ADT, Ted Serve Western & Southern Financial Group, Jordan Lindsey
The Northwest Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Candidate Forum on October 11 at Sybergs Restaurant off Dorsett Rd. Approximately 180 people came to the event, making it the largest turnout ever for the candidate forum. Before beginning, all of the candidates were reminded of the diversity in the room and to aim their comments not to any particular political party, but to how they will help businesses. All but one of the candidates complied with this request, which made for a more informative and enjoyable experience for the crowd. Near the close of the event, attendees were asked to stand if they donate to a political party, tithe at church, or donate to charities. Nearly the entire room stood. In addition to being an impressive way to end a successful meeting, the exercise demonstrated to the political candidates and other guests that the Northwest Chamber members get it, and their dollars actively support the community. Northwest Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following candidates for participating:
Lou Aboussie, St. Louis speaker for U.S. Congressman Wm. ‘Lacy’ Clay from District 1
Robyn Hamlin, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives for District 1 Robb Cunningham, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives for District 1 Cynthia Davis, candidate for Lieutenant
Jason Kander, candidate for Missouri Secretary of State Cole McNary, candidate for Missouri State Treasurer
December 6 Raffle Touted as “Mother of All Raffles”
State Representative Tommie Pierson from District 66
State Representative Margo McNeil from District 69
Glen Lindemann, candidate for State
On December 6, Northwest Chamber is hosting a mega-event—the collective “Family Night,” “Honor Pat Watson Night,” and “Drawing for the Grand Prize of the BMHCAR (BiggestMostHumongousCoolest AwesomestRaffle Ever).” The description is apt, considering some of the donated raffle items that have already arrived.
Representative District 69
State Representative Mary Nichols from District 72
Patrick Brennan, candidate for State Representative District 72 Kathleen Kelly Burkett, councilperson for St. Louis County District 2 17
So far, more than $3,000 worth of prizes have been collected, including Firestone tires, computer service time, development of a QR Code, hundreds of dollars in gift card to restaurants, wine, HVAC service, etc. President/CEO Brian Goldman expects the total prize value to approach $10,000 by the date of the raffle drawing. Get your tickets now!
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Northwest Chamber Membership Continues to Grow Chamber Enjoys Largest Turnout Ever for Candidate Forum
Calendar of Events November 1 N WCC Networking Happy Hour, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Rooks Gameday
November 1 M HCC Breakfast Club, 7:30 - 9 a.m., DJ’s Deli November 2 N WCC Chili Dog Golf Tournament, 10 a.m., The Golf Club of Florissant
November 6 N WCC Lunch Networking, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Syberg’s Restaurant
November 7 N WCC Young Professionals Division, 11:30 a.m., TGI Fridays in Crown Plaza
November 8 N WCC Networking Happy Hour, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Rooks Gameday
November 11 M HCC Networking Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Location TBD
November 13 N WCC Breakfast Networking, 7:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Airport on Woodson Road
November 14 N WCC Business After Hours, 4:30 p m , Joseph A. Bank, Lindbergh Blvd.
November 15 N WCC Networking Happy Hour, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Rooks Gameday
November 15 M HCC Breakfast Club, 7:30 - 9 a.m., The Center for Head Injury Services, 11786 Westline Industrial Drive
November 16 N WCC Lunch & Learn, 12-1:30 p.m., St. Johns Bank, 11965 St. Charles Rock Rd.
November 20 N WCC Lunch Networking, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Syberg’s Restaurant
November 21 N WCC Women in Networking, 11:30 a.m., Syberg’s Restaurant
November 21 G NCC Membership Luncheon, New Member Showcase, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Yacovelli’s Restaurant & Banquet Center
November 27 N WCC Breakfast Networking, 7:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Airport on Woodson Road
November 28 M HCC Business Leader of the Year Ceremony, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., Harrah’s Casino and Hotel
November 29 N WCC Networking Happy Hour, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Rooks Gameday
N WCC Lunch Networking, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Syberg’s Restaurant
N WCC Young Professionals Division, 11:30 a.m., TGI Fridays in Crown Plaza
MHCC Breakfast Club, 7:30 - 9 a.m., DJ’s Deli
NWCC Family Night, Hazelwood Bowl
G NCC Nite of Stars Gala, 7 p.m. - midnight, Paul Detrick Auditorium, on the Campus of Christian Hospital
December 11 N WCC Breakfast Networking, 7:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Airport on Woodson Road.
December 11 M HCC Networking Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Location TBD
December 12 M HCC Holiday Gala, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Harrah’s Casino and Hotel
December 13 N WCC Networking Happy Hour, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Rooks Gameday
December 18 N WCC Lunch Networking, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Syberg’s Restaurant
December 19 NWCC Women in Networking, location and time TBD December 19 G NCC Monthly Membership Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Catering to You Banquet Center
December 20 MHCC Breakfast Club, 7:30 – 9 a.m., DJ’s Deli December 20 N WCC Holiday Happy Hour, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Rooks Gameday
December 27 N WCC Networking Happy Hour, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Rooks Gameday
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