By Randy Kirby
A reception for the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce’s new executive director, Angie Thompson, was held Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Katy Depot, 600 East Third.
Thompson has been on the job for a little over six weeks. She was publically named to the post on Aug. 21, replacing Connie Smith, who resigned in May to return back to Lee’s Summit.
“It feel awesome, it’s been going great,” Thompson responded when asked how she likes her new job, which she officially started Sept. 3.
“I’ve been out, meeting a lot of people in the community; I enjoy what I do. I knew a lot of people already, so that helped,” Thompson said. “I think people are glad that we’re out and about, and we’re trying to help retailers and just the community in general.”
Chamber Office Manager Debra Andresen served as interim director of the Chamber after Smith left and before Thompson was hired by the 12-member Chamber board from a field of 35 applicants.
Thompson, a 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 in August.
“We’ve started some new things that we’re trying to get done in the Chamber that helps retailers. A lot of these things are included with their membership, so we’ll post a lot of that in our e-newsletter on Tuesday,” Thompson said on Wednesday. The Chamber counts over 300 members on the roster currently. “Our goal is to get to 400, and then from 400 to 500,” she noted enthusiastically.
She added that a lot of her outreach efforts extends to places such as Whiteman Air Force Base, Marshall, Warrensburg and Odessa. “We try to share ideas with other Chamber executive directors and maybe come up with a joint project together.”
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.