History

The Paola Chamber of Commerce has been serving our community since 1920. Since then, we have had multiple addresses, but we currently reside in the newly renovated Visitor Center on the historic downtown square at 6 W. Peoria.

Considering modern conveniences and technology, the services that we have provided over the course of 90 years has changed dramatically, but we continue to offer our members many benefits, staying current with updated business resources.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS/AMBASSADORS/VOLUNTEERS

The Paola Chamber of Commerce is able to offer the best level of service and quality events throughout the year with the help of our Board of Directors and Ambassadors. Each group meets monthly. The role of the Board is to oversee policies and procedures. The Ambassadors manage Chamber Public Relations and Event Coordination through several committees and subcommittees.

There are also the 'Friends of the Chamber'. They volunteer at events with registration, clean-up and other essential jobs to ensure that our events are successful.

Volunteers work the front desk of the new Visitors Center located at 6 W. Peoria on the Park Square. They are happy to answer questions about businesses, organizations and festivals/attractions and destinations in the community.

All of these groups are invaluable to the Chamber and we appreciate all that they do for our community.

Board of Directors

Current President

mark farmer

Mark Farmer

President 2016-2017

Mr. Electric of Miami County

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Past President

matt meek

Matt Meek

Assistant Superintendent, USD 368 - Paola

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Treasurer/ Secretary

matt winterscheid

Matt Winterscheid

Accountant, Smail & Associates

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Financial Officer

tom balas

Tom Balas

Chief Financial Officer, Taylor Forge

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Board Member

katie casey

Katie Casey

CIO & Realtor, Crown Realty

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Board Member

mike gotfredson

Mike Gotfredson

City Planner, City of Paola

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Board Member

jay hastert

Jay Hastert

Producer, Elliott Insurance

jay@elliottinsurancegroup.com

Board Member

paul luce

Paul Luce

Vice President of Operations, Miami County Medical Center

paul.luce@olathehealth.org

Board Member

dorothy powell

Dorothy Powell

Marketing Director, First Option Bank

dpowell@firstoptionbank.com

Ambassadors

Chair

misty pratt

Misty Pratt

Amy Winterscheid, Attorney at Law

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Past Chair

susan ratliff

Susan Ratliff

Landmark National Bank

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Ambassador

liz barnett

Liz Barnett

First Option Bank

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Ambassador

rick druse

Rick Druse

Miami County Republic

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Ambassador

brandi lopez

Brandi Lopez

ECKAN

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Ambassador

chad myers

Chad Myers

Paola Community Center

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Ambassador

desrae richter

Desrae Richter

Paola Young Life

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Ambassador

BJ thomas

BJ Thomas

Creative Concepts

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Ambassador

chastity troxel

Chastity Troxel

Southeast Kansas Works

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