Welcome to the Chamber

Since its inception in 1862 as the Board of Trade of St. Joseph, the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce has been the catalyst for economic growth and development in Northwest Missouri. The Chamber strives to be the unified voice of business that advocates, promotes and inspires the St. Joseph area. The Chamber’s mission, supported by more than 1,300 members, is to create an environment that allows business to thrive and the community to prosper.

Membership in the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce provides you with a multitude of ways to increase your visibility within the business community. And like most membership organizations, the more you get into it, the more you get out of it.

Attend our events, serve on a committee and keep informed through our publications. Whatever you do, your business is guaranteed to reap the benefits!

Mission Statement: To create an environment that allows business to thrive and the community to prosper.

Vision Statement: A prosperous and progressive community through collaboration, engagement and leadership.

Organizational Principals:

  • Provide leadership to business and community issues
  • Encourage collaboration within the community
  • Engagement on issues impacting business
  • Action oriented
  • Mission centered

2019 Board of Directors:

Chairman of the Board: J.L. Robertson, Rupp Funeral Home
Chairman-Elect: Sarah DeGarmo, Rise by Design
Secretary/Treasurer: Bill Severn, News-Press Now
President & CEO: R. Patt Lilly, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce


Scott Albers, Nor-Am Cold Storage
Col. Ed Black, 139th Airlift Wing, Mo. Air National Guard
Jody Carlson, Missouri American Water
Brett Carolus, Hillyard Companies
Rondale Dunn, American Family Insurance
Dr. Bernd Eichenmueller, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Patti Eiman, First American Title
Kevin Kelly, LifeLine Foods
Jennifer Kneib-Dixon, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
Carrie Koelzer, KCP&L
Bill McMurray, City of St. Joseph
Ronan Molloy, Innovation Stockyard
Michael Pulido, Mosaic Life Care
Amy Ryan, Commerce Bank
Lee Sawyer, Buchanan County
Stet Schanze, Gray Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Martial Thevenot, Perka Building Frames by Business Logistics, Inc.
Don Tolly, Don Tolly Insurance Agency
Dr. Doug Van Zyl, St. Joseph School District
Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western State University
Mark Woodbury, General Counsel, Polsinelli
Matt Robertson, Immediate Past Chair, CLA
Tony Luke, Diplomats Club Representative, News-Press NOW