By Randy Kirby
The Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce has named Angie Thompson of Sedalia as their new executive director, it was announced Wednesday.
Thompson replaces Connie Smith, who resigned in May to return back to Lee’s Summit.
Smith announced on May 17 that she was leaving her position after a little over two years and six weeks on the job.
In the meantime, Debra Andresen has served as interim director of the Chamber, which currently has 301 members.
Andresen, originally hired as office manager, ran the day-to-day operations this summer at the Chamber.
The 12-member Chamber of Commerce Board selected Thompson from a field of 35 applicants.
“It took several weeks to narrow it down to the final three, and then the board came together and interviewied Angie,” Andresen said on Wednesday.
The chamber received applications from all over Missouri and beyond. ‘We had a lot of good-quality applicants,” she noted.
Thompson, who found out about her new job last Friday, will officially begin her duties on Sept. 3. She said she was ready to take the reins of the Chamber the minute the position became available.
“She (Andresen) has been doing a good job, from what I can hear from everybody else, so that’s great,” Thompson commented.
“I am excited, it’s right up my alley, I love people, I love going out and talking to people and I’m excited to make a difference in the community. I think with the board of directors and with Debra’s help, that we’re going to get there, it’s going to be good” Thompson remarked.
The Smith-Cotton graduate worked 17 years at the Children’s Therapy Center in the Cooperative Workshop doing business development.
“I have a lot of experience in that area, as well as sales and marketing. I think that’s really going to help with the position, and help get us where we need to go,” Thompson told the News Journal on Wednesday.
Andresen has been working closely with Thompson already, setting up appointments for her first week in the office, located at 600 East Third Street in Sedalia.
Thompson grew up in Sedalia, where she played basketball for Smith-Cotton and went on to play for SFCC for two years on a scholarship. She also played overseas for the women’s Air Force team, scoring a spot on the USAFE’s all-star team.
Thompson has a 24-year-old son Jared, and a 15-year-old son Nick.
Thompson most recently served as the account executive for the Marshall Democrat.