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L E A D | IN F LUENCE | IMPACT Powerful People Skills



IN THIS ISSUE 4Maxwell LIVE2LEAD event 4Chamber Offering Australia Trip 4LRS Campus Nears Completion

February 2019 | Volume IV | No. 1



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Chamber Offering Australia Trip


Advertise On Chamber Website for Maximum Exposure


State of The City Luncheon To Be Presented May 15


Spring Job Fair Offers Prime Recruitment Opportunity



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Message From The CEO


Powerful People Skills Seminar Series in Partnership with Dale Carnegie


The John Maxwell Company LIVE2LEAD Rebroadcast

Chamber Celebrates Accomplishments and Volunteers at Annual Gala Chamber volunteers were honored at the Annual Gala held on February 1 including members of the Ambassadors Committee (standing in the photo).


Ribbon Cuttings


Welcome to our New Members



LRS Campus Nears Completion


Member listings

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce 1011 S. 2nd Street | Springfield, Illinois 62704 217.525.1173 | www.gscc.org

The Board of Directors surprised President & CEO Chris Hembrough with a special Board of Director’s Award for his leadership in 2018. Presenting the award to Chris is Chair-Elect Roger Austin of Crawford, Murpchy & Tilly, Inc.

UPDATE (USPS 0703 630) is published six times a year by The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, 1011 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL 62704. Periodical postage paid at Springfield, IL. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to UPDATE, 1011 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL 62704.





resolutions are abandoned rather quickly. Often times it is because we don’t engage the most effective resources or tools in order to cross the finish line.

series this spring, covering the following topics: Understanding Leadership, Management, and Authority including Leadership Competencies, Dealing with Difficult People, and Managing Stress. Each session will stand on its own, or you can attend all three at a discounted rate. All the details can be found on page 16.

As the calendar turns to a new year, we are offering a number of new opportunities to help you reach your personal, professional, and organizational goals in 2019. I encourage you to consider these three:

Chris Hembrough President and CEO

No matter your position or place in life, a new year is always filled with hope, promise, and resolutions. Statements like “a new year, a new me” abound. We pledge to do something new, to eat healthier, to stop procrastinating, to get in shape, to manage our time better, to be more efficient at work, to build significant relationships, to become a better leader, to reduce our stress, to get out of debt, and/ or to save more money. The list of possible resolutions of new opportunities, including those organizational resolutions, is endless. I could fill this entire page or magazine with that list and it would not be complete. However long or short that list may be, sadly for most, those well intentioned annual declarations, goals, and

LIVE2LEAD: On February 26, The Chamber, in partnership with PNC Bank, will host a rebroadcast of The John Maxwell Company LIVE2LEAD leadership event. As a business owner and organizational leader for over 25 years, I’ve found this half-day leadership development experience to be among the best of the best. You will find it to be challenging, encouraging, and motivating, while at the same time providing a wealth of real-life insights applicable to your everyday life and leadership experiences. I hope you’ll join me and other community leaders for this “can’t miss” opportunity. See page 10 for all the details. DEVELOPING POWERFUL PEOPLE SKILLS. We will offer a three part leadership and professional development

ENHANCED BENEFITS THROUGH TIERED INVESTMENT: Is one of your resolutions to gain greater exposure, recognition, and visibility for your organization? You may want to consider a new opportunity offered to Chamber members, one of our tiered investment levels. Depending on the level, investors receive various enhanced benefits, including significant opportunities for exposure and visibility. For additional information visit our website or contact me directly.

As always, we are grateful for our partnership and the privilege to serve you and your business. Thank you for your investment in membership, the work of The Chamber, and the community at-large.

Chamber Four Core Functions Advocacy

As the voice of business, we support legislative policies and practices conducive for a thriving business community and local economy, and oppose those that are not.

Business Resources & Support

We connect local businesses to resources that reduce barriers to growth and expansion.

Leadership & Professional Development

We offer opportunities for professional growth and leadership development to members and their employees.

Visibility & Connections That Matter

We provide marketing, programming and relationship-building opportunities to help members grow their businesses.





2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Committee Jennifer Gill.............................................Chair Springfield Public School District 186 Roger Austin...................................Chair-Elect Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. Raylene DeWitte Grischow..........1st Vice Chair Lori Milosevich.................Secretary/Treasurer Estes, Bridgewater & Ogden Jim Britton.....................Immediate Past Chair Express Employment Professionals

Leadership Level

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At-Large Directors Jennifer Boyer........................Springfield Clinic, LLP Tyler Cormeny................................... O’Shea Builders Dr. Ruby Davis.......................Ruby Funeral Services & Chapel, Inc. Mark Donovan.......................... Illinois National Bank

U.S. Bank

Anna Evans.........................Memorial Health System

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Bank of Springfield Executive Level

Bunn-O-Matic Corporation Carrollton Bank Security Bank, s.b. Warren-Boynton State Bank Tiered Investors receive enhanced benefits for an additional investment. To learn more, contact Chris Hembrough at (217) 525-1173 x205 or chembrough@gscc.org.

Dr. Susan J. Koch.......................University of Illinois Springfield Mike Murphy ............... Illinois State Representative 99th District Brady Smith..................Zara’s Collision Center, Inc. Adam Solomon.........................Solomon Colors, Inc. John Staff.............................................Staff Carpet Paul Wappel..........The Horace Mann Companies

Appointed Members Mylas Copeland.....................................Green Toyota Sara Wojcicki Jimenez ..........HSHS Central Illinois Division

GSCC STAFF Chris Hembrough............... ...President and CEO Lisa Schafer.............Vice President - Operations David Earhart...............Vice President - Member

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Services Bri Coons..................................Director of Events Teri Hill.....................Advertising Representative Tom Owen............... Membership Representative




The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is offering an exciting, “Taste of Australia” trip at an excellent price for members and their families. Departure is October 15, 2019 from Chicago.


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This is a small group tour designed for those interested in seeing Australia’s 2 iconic cities – Sydney and Melbourne. This vacation begins with Sydney, the capital city of new South Wales, where you’ll embark on a city tour to see points of interest including the Rocks and Sydney Opera House. You will have the opportunity to take in the sights on the Captain Cook Harbour Cruise, and then continue on to Melbourne known as the culture capital of Australia. This city is filled with hidden gems of underground art, unique restaurants, great shopping and a vibe different from other major cities.

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An information session where you can find out more about the “Taste of Australia” trip is being held Tuesday, March 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Chamber office. The session will provide information about the trip and include a Q&A at the end. Attending the information session does not obligate you to sign up for the trip.


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To RSVP for the information session and/ or to see full trip itinerary and details, go to www.gscc.org/events or contact Lisa Schafer at lschafer@gscc.org or (217) 525-1173 ext. 203.


1039 Junction Circle (217) 679-6489 Information Session Tuesday, March 5, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Chamber Office 1011 S. Second St., Springfield, IL




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ABC Supply Company, Inc. Adams Heating & Cooling Autism Support of Central Illinois (ASCI) Bourn Vision Wellness Insight Carrollton Bank (Ginster) Carrollton Bank (Hamlin) Carrollton Bank (Kincaid) Carrollton Bank (Margeson) Carrollton Bank (Murphy) Carrollton Bank (Vance) Casa Real Cedarhurst Assisted Living of Springfield Dance Arts Studio, Inc. DexYP Evan Lloyd Associates, Inc. Architects (Dupont) Evan Lloyd Associates, Inc. Architects (Stephens) Farmers Insurance Group - Noah M. Sisson Agency Glassworks The Gold Center, Inc. HDR Howard Johnson Inn & Suites Springfield Memorial Choice Memorial ExpressCare (Chatham) Memorial ExpressCare (Dirksen) Memorial ExpressCare (Koke Mill) Memorial ExpressCare (Sixth) Memorial Heart and Vascular Services Memorial Home Health Memorial Home Medical Equipment and Supplies Memorial Medical Center Memorial Physician Services Memorial Rehab Services Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center Office Depot Office Essentials Phoenix Collision Simplete Simply CBD Sky Lounge Springfield Area Home Builders Association (1st Vice President) Springfield Area Home Builders Association (President) Venue 1929


ADVERTISE ON CHAMBER WEBSITE FOR MAXIMUM EXPOSURE The Chamber’s website is a reliable and trusted source of business information. People on our website have already made an important business decision; they are looking for a business in our area. Each month, our site is visited by an average of 4,300 users during 5,800 sessions, with more than 17,000 page views. Your Chamber website is a powerful and cost-effective advertising tool to help new customers find your business. For advertisers, members are both a business to business audience and business to consumer audience. Membership in The Chamber creates a strategic partnership that links your business with the proven chamber of commerce brand and that affiliation enhances your business credibility. Through our various business-to-business marketing opportunities, you can cost-effectively sell your products or services to a targeted audience of Chamber members or even to the greater Springfield community at large. Members are encouraged to ‘Buy Chamber’ whenever possible.

Website marketing options include: Website Banner Ads Website banner locations are available on various popular pages such as our home, event calendar, business directory search or business categories. Enhanced Listings Upgrade opportunities are available that includes the ability to increase your listing’s visibility by adding unlimited search keywords, adding your company logo in our Online Business Directory, making it easier for people to click on your own website link and other enhancements that give a professional first impression. Members can make their directory listing also stand out by adding photos, a video, and an expanded business description to further promote their business. The more information you include in your listing, the more you enhance your search engine optimization. To upgrade your online directory listing, contact Teri Hill at (217) 525-1173 x208 or thill@gscc.org.

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STATE OF THE CITY LUNCHEON TO BE PRESENTED MAY 15 Join your peers and local leaders for a status report on the City of Springfield at The Chamber’s annual State of the City Luncheon. The administration will review accomplishments and challenges from the past year, and outline future priorities.

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“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” John C. Maxwell Chamber offers Live2Lead rebroadcast For the third year in a row, The Chamber is bringing back the John Maxwell Live2Lead rebroadcast. Learn from world-class leadership experts, and return to your office ready to implement your new action plan. This is a rebroadcast of the October 2018 John Maxwell Company Live2Lead leadership event and features: John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. in 2014. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP—have trained over 6 million leaders worldwide. Carly Fiorina, named the “Most Powerful Woman in Business” by FORTUNE Magazine and was the first woman to lead a FORTUNE 20 company as the CEO of HewlettPackard. Fiorina has also headed the External Advisory Board for the CIA under President George W. Bush and was a 2016 U.S. presidential candidate. Daniel Pink, one of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade. His books on work, business, and behavior have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He is a New York Times bestselling author and his TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views.

worldwide to over 1000 companies, including clients such as IBM and Microsoft, as well as speaking at events such as TEDx. Tyler Perry, a world-renowned producer, director, actor, screenwriter, playwright, author, songwriter, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. The mastermind behind 20 feature films, 20 stage plays, 8 television shows, and two New York Times bestselling books, Tyler has built an empire that has attracted audiences and built communities, from the Tyler Perry Studios home base in Atlanta, Georgia, throughout the world. Celebrated “among the pantheon of today’s greatest cinematic innovators,” his unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor continues to shape his inspiring life story, connecting with fans across the globe and always leaving space to dream. This Live2Lead event, in partnership with presenting sponsor PNC Bank, will take place Tuesday, February 26 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (a hot breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m.) Register now and pay $64 per person. To register, visit gscc.org or contact Heather Woomer at (217) 525-1173 x201 or hwoomer@gscc.org.

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Hours changed to accommodate those currently employed The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce along with Presenting Sponsor Lincoln Land Community College is offering employers an opportunity to seek out quality candidates for openings in their businesses or organizations. The Greater Springfield Job Fair will be held Tuesday, April 9 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield Convention Center. This year’s job fair will run from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., which will provide currently employed job seekers more time to attend after their regular job ends for the day, while providing employers more candidates to interview.

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The event is promoted via print, radio and social media extensively to bring quality candidates in front of employers. Hundreds of job seekers of all ages, including high school students, college students, professionals, and newcomers to the area, attend the Chamber job fairs each year. Companies frequently report high satisfaction with their results from Chamber job fair events, including strengthening their talent pool and/or hiring new employees. Members registering by March 12 can secure a booth for $125. The booth fee increases to $150 after that date. Register online at www.gscc.org/events. For more information, contact Lisa Schafer at lschafer@gscc.org or (217) 525-1173 ext. 203.


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LRS CAMPUS NEARS COMPLETION O’Shea Builders is wrapping up Levi, Ray and Shoup, Inc.’s campus expansion project along Monroe Street in Springfield. The project, which took about 18 months, included the demolition of several buildings to make way for a large office complex with parking. Designed by Steckel Parker Architects, the new structure consists of two levels of office space totaling 58,000 square feet. The new building includes 185 offices and work stations, an 84seat auditorium, two computer laboratories, an A/V studio, nine meeting/conference rooms, and support spaces designed to encourage collaboration. Below the office space is a parking garage that accommodates 237 cars. TheCHAMBERUPDATE |


The new building connects to LRS’s existing building via a skywalk over Mountcastle Road. The southeast portion of the site will be landscaped open space for LRS employees to reflect, walk or jog. With the new office complex, the LRS Springfield campus now consists of five structures comprising a total of 164,000 square feet of office space and 174,000 square feet of parking garages. O’Shea Builders worked alongside other Springfieldbased companies on the project, with EL Pruitt Co. serving as mechanical contractor, and B&B Electric serving as electrical contractor. Resource One provided furnishings.

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REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION MEMBER LISTINGS BY CATEGORY Architects Allied Design Consultants, Inc. BLDD Architects, Inc. BSA LifeStructures Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (Cain) Evan Lloyd Associates, Inc. Architects Evan Lloyd Associates, Inc. Architects (Dupont) Evan Lloyd Associates, Inc. Architects (Stephens) FWAI Architects Inc. Graham & Hyde Architects, Inc. Graham & Hyde Architects, Inc. (Cosgriff) Graham & Hyde Architects, Inc. (Handy) Graham & Hyde Architects, Inc. (Zellers) Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Hollahan) John Shafer & Associates, Inc. Quenette Development LLC Steckel-Parker Architects, Inc.

Concrete - Contractors Capitol Ready-Mix, Inc. Halverson Construction Co., Inc. Otto Baum Company, Inc.

Contractors - Commercial Construction

Engineers - Civil & Structural Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (Dixon) Cummins Engineering Corporation Fehr Graham Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick, Inc. Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Tatarek) Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Wilkinson) MECO Engineering Company, Inc.

Engineers - Consulting Andrews Engineering, Inc. Frank & West Environmental Engineers, Inc. Hanson Professional Services Inc. Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Becker) Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Biggs) Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Comerio) Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Folkerts) Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Hausman) Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Heyen) Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Schroeder) Kuhn & Trello Consulting Engineers LLC

Engineers - Environmental Fehr Graham

Engineers - Geotechnical & Materials Testing

Evans Construction Company Halverson Construction Co., Inc. Jones-Blythe Construction Co. Joyner Construction Services, Inc. Mid-Illinois Companies O’Shea Builders R. D. Lawrence Construction Co., Ltd. Ryan Homes and Development

Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Wilkinson) Professional Service Industries, Inc.

Contractors - Masonry

Real Estate - Commercial Sales or Leasing

Galassi Masonry Contractors, Inc.

Contractors - Residential Construction Buraski Builders, Inc. Creasey Construction of Illinois, Inc. Landgrebe Interior Construction Michael von Behren Builder, Inc. Ryan Homes and Development Spectrum Services Corporation Stites Development, Inc. Lynn Wilson Construction, Inc. Windsor Homes, Inc.

Engineers - Civil Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (Besalke) Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (Hansen) Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Ball) Martin Engineering Company

Excavating Contractors Halverson Construction Co., Inc.

Real Estate - Appraisers RKB Appraisal Service

Albanese Realty Corp. Capital Area Real Estate Central Realty LLC Charles E. Robbins Real Estate, Inc. Charles E. Robbins Real Estate, Inc. (Kent) Coldwell Banker Springfield Commercial Real Estate Network (CREN) Garrison Group, Inc. Hurwitz Enterprises, LLC Myers Commercial Real Estate, Inc. Myers Family Properties RE/MAX Professionals (Mahoney) Todd P. Smith Commercial Real Estate True Commercial Real Estate Services

Real Estate - Developers Charles W. Adams Developer Charles E. Robbins Real Estate, Inc. Charles E. Robbins Real Estate, Inc. (Kent) Garrison Group, Inc. Klemm Development Co. MGR Springfield Partners, LLC


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Real Estate - Property Management Albanese Realty Corp. Capital City Property Management Core 3 Property Management Denmar Builders, Inc. Garrison Group, Inc. Morrison Properties LLC Myers Commercial Real Estate, Inc. Myers Family Properties Pacific Management, Inc. Springfield Mechanical Corporation

Real Estate - Relocation Specialists Albanese Realty Corp. Charles E. Robbins Real Estate, Inc. Coldwell Banker Springfield RE/MAX Professionals (Collins)

Real Estate - Residential Sales Albanese Realty Corp. Capital Area Real Estate Capital City Property Management Charles E. Robbins Real Estate, Inc. Coldwell Banker Springfield Keller Williams Capital MTM Enterprises, Inc. RE/MAX Professionals RE/MAX Professionals (Collins) RE/MAX Professionals (Dowson Vorreyer) The Real Estate Group, Inc. The Real Estate Group, Inc. (Coker) The Real Estate Group, Inc. (Hendricks) The Real Estate Group, Inc. (Miller) Yates Team - Clay Yates & Caron Yates

Remodeling Creasey Construction of Illinois, Inc. Michael von Behren Builder, Inc. Safeguard General Contracting, Inc. Lynn Wilson Construction, Inc.

For more information about these members, please visit our Business Directory at www.gscc.org.




The Chamber and Dale Carnegie Training are partnering to offer members “Powerful People Skills”, a 3-part series of leadership development seminars. Steve Garland will present this series at the Chamber office. All seminars will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and lunch will be included (lunch available at 11:00 a.m.). Space is limited. Members can register for any seminar for $49 per person, per seminar. The registration fee for all three is $120. Register online at www.gscc.org. Seminar 1 Leadership, Management, & Authority Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Lunch sponsored by Chick-fil-A

Seminar 2 Dealing with Difficult Team Members Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Seminar 3 Managing Stress Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Objectives: • Differentiate the difference between Organizational Leadership, Management and Authority • Discuss communication skills that build trust • Examine human relations skills that build engagement

Objectives: • Identify disruptive behaviors • Discuss the impact of team dysfunction • Focus on maintaining productive team realtionships • Follow a process for influencing the behavior change of difficult team members

Objectives: • Assess our individual perspectives on stress and worry • Commit to principles for keeping stress in perspective • Plan to keep stress in perspective on an ongoing basis

This interactive 90 minute workshop helps participants understand what leaders do for their organizations. We will discuss the four primary tasks of leadership and understand how they drive the critical organizational factor of employee engagement. This workshop will improve a leader’s situational awareness, discipline and courage. We will discuss leadership competencies that help increase employee engagement and motivation. Leaders looking to improve team dynamics, organizational culture, and employee morale should attend.

Dealing with difficult team members comes with the territory in any culture that relies on collaboration. Yet regardless of the attitudes and behaviors of the individual players, teams still have to produce. When team members share the same vision, work ethic and commitment, they can put ideas into action and handle any situation. While this is the work dynamic most teams want, not all team members are equally cooperative. This workshop enables participants to identify disruptive behaviors, and apply principles and techniques to keep things moving in a positive direction. Participants learn principles and skills to move through challenging moments proactively rather than defensively.




Many of us have had the experience of feeling very stressed out and worried about a situation on one day, then calmer and more positive a day or two later. Assuming that the situation itself remains worrisome, the only thing that has changed is our perspective. Many factors impact our stress perspective on a day-to-day basis, both factors within and outside of our control. Keeping stress in perspective impacts every area of our professional life, from self-discipline to relationships. In this workshop, we examine ways that we lose our perspective on stress and worry in our lives, and develop ways of getting our perspective back on track. We develop stress management strategies based on three pillars of perspective: physical, mental, and social.

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CHAMBER CELEBRATES ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND VOLUNTEERS AT ANNUAL GALA At its 150th Annual Gala, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce celebrated the successes of 2018 and revealed crucial priorities in 2019. As part of the celebration, The Chamber recognized those who have helped lead our business sector and the community at large. The Class of 2019 Leadership Springfield graduates were also recognized at the event. Three awards were given to Chamber leaders who went above and beyond their positions to help enhance our members’ success and advocate on their behalf.

• Ambassador of the Year Award – presented to Jeff Dillman,

MASCO Packaging & Industrial Supply. The Ambassadors Committee is comprised of local Chamber member professionals that advocate on behalf of The Chamber in a variety of ways, including member contacts, identifying member leads, and attending events such as ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours and committee meetings. A point system is utilized to recognize the accomplishments of its members, and the Award recognizes the hard work and dedication of the individual that earned the most points for the various responsibilities of an Ambassador.

• President’s Award – presented to Dean Graven, Safeguard

General Contracting, Inc. for his commitment of serving as the Chair on the Development Policy Council for 12 consecu-

tive years. Under his leadership this council worked for 7 years to streamline the land subdivision ordinance, advocated for 2 rounds of infrastructure funding which came to fruition, provided significant amendments to the City’s new comprehensive plan, and for years, especially the last year, he has led this group’s efforts negotiating and working with the City to replace what’s known as the Developer’s Agreement with one that is better for all parties involved. With his leadership, we believe a new agreement will be reached before too long.

• Board of Director’s Award - presented to Chamber

President & CEO Chris Hembrough, to recognize Chris’ outstanding dedication, commitment and loyalty to the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the Springfield community.

Event sponsors included PNC Bank as presenting sponsor; CEFCU, The Horace Mann Companies and HSHS St. John’s Hospital as premier sponsors; Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP, Sikich LLP and Springfield Clinic, LLP as partner sponsors; CDS Office Technologies / Color World of Printing as print sponsor; Cooper’s Hawk Winery Restaurants as wine sponsor; Best Expo, Inc. as stage decoration sponsor, and ContentWorks LLC as graphic design sponsor.

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