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

2021 Board of Directors:

Chairman of the Board: Bill Severn, NPG
Chairman-Elect: Brett Carolus, Hillyard Companies
Secretary/Treasurer: Don TollyTolly & Associates
President & CEO: R. Patt Lilly, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce


Ashley Albers, Nor-Am Cold Storage
Jody Carlson, Missouri American Water
Dr. Gary Clapp, Innovation Stockyard
Col. John Cluck, 139th Airlift Wing, Mo. Air National Guard
Kelly Crawford, E.L. Crawford Construction, Inc.
Scott Davis, Boehringer Ingelheim
Colby Edwards, Altec Industries, Inc.
Scott Gann, Scott Gann Construction
Kevin Kelly, LifeLine Foods
Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, Missouri Western State University
Jennifer Kneib-Dixon, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
Carrie Koelzer, Evergy
Amy Kotwani, Americas Best Value Inn
Bill McMurray, City of St. Joseph
Terri Modlin, Room 108
Michael Pulido, Mosaic Life Care
Amy Ryan, Commerce Bank
Lee Sawyer, Buchanan County
Martial Thevenot, Perka Building Frames by Business Logistics, Inc.
Dr. Doug Van Zyl, St. Joseph School District
Mark Woodbury, General Counsel, Polsinelli
Sarah DeGarmo, Immediate Past Chair, Rise by Design
Zach Moore, Diplomats Club Representative, Conveyance Solutions by Continental