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2017 40 Under 40 Honoree: Jeff Meredith, 39

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Jeff Meredith says it’s time for his generation to step up and help lead the world in the direction they want it to go. As executive director of Monett Chamber of Commerce and a civic leader, Meredith certainly is leaving his mark. In 2014, Meredith helped create a farmers market for the largely agriculture based community and, one year later, successfully acquired over $700,000 in tax credits to help construct a permanent pavilion downtown. Meredith also was instrumental in bringing community theater to Monett, creating a tax-exempt chamber foundation, establishing a chamber young professionals network and growing the chamber budget and staff by nearly 20 percent in four years.

What was your first job? Working at Babe’s as a cook. They have homemade onion rings and I smelled like onions all through high school.

What is your theme song? “Let it Be,” by The Beatles.

What was your professional “aha” moment? When I attended a chamber training and realized that I actually understood everything that was being discussed.

What about your job would shock clients? I’m actually quite organized, despite what my desk may look like.

What’s your most treasured possession?
A cuckoo clock that hung on my grandparent’s walls for decades.

What are you doing to make the Ozarks better? I am a constant promoter of the Monett community and work to improve the world around me on a daily basis.

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