The job is attracting new businesses and jobs to town – and now there’s a new face to go along with the responsibilities.
Toby Teeter is the new head of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. The announcement this morning ended a nationwide search that started at the beginning of the year.
“I’d like to welcome your new chamber president Toby Teeter,” says Brandon Davis, Joplin Chamber Board.
It was standing room only for the announcement, making a Joplin native one of the key players in economic development with a diverse background.
“I’m a corporate attorney by trade and I was a lobbyist for a while so I know JC,” says Toby Teeter, Joplin Chamber President.
He founded an online marketing company, then moved home to Joplin in 2006 after it went public.
“Done a few startups here in town,” says Teeter.
Teeter says he’s looking forward to a new focus, adding he’s done his homework.
“I studied where things are moving. And in the 21st century, this organization is changing, chambers are changing drastically.109 to stay relevant. It’s going to be key going forward to leverage technology,” says Teeter.
Some the Chamber board is interested in. They’ll be working on a new strategic plan covering the next 10 – 15 years, looking to move Chamber operations into the future.
“We’re looking for someone who’s innovative, who has a track record of being an entrepreneur himself, bring some of those fresh ideas to our chamber our community,” says Brandon Davis.
Although this hire highlights a Joplin background, the search itself was nationwide. There were around 100 applicants, which was narrowed down to seven – and then of course the choice of teeter. Teeter replaces Rob O’Brian who had served as president for 23 years before retiring earlier this year.