Springfield, MO

2017 40 Under 40 Honoree: Jeff Meredith, 39

Posted online
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.


No comments on this story |
Please log in to add your comment
Editors' Pick

Crossroads in Republic ripe for industrial park

Two buildings in a budding Republic industrial park just might be the welcome mat officials need.

Most Read
SBJ Live logo
Giving Employees a Career Choice

“We think it’s a good thing if every employee has a number of choices. Maybe they’ll want to stay and make a career at Amazon and we welcome that,” says Juan Garcia, Director - Associate …

Training Bootcamp: Training Needs Assessment All workplace problems have root causes. When will training be the solution? Sherry Coker, OTC Center for Workforce Development business development director, provides you the framework of a training needs assessment, which will uncover the root causes of a workplace problem and help you determine if training is the solution. A download is available at with a complete outline for an effective training needs assessment. This is sponsored content. Duration: 2:29
Don’t Micro-Manage Are you guilty of micromanaging your employees? “If we’re going to require them to be that educated when they come to work for us, should we not let them do their job? They should know so much …
Seek Wisdom from Many “My whole life goal is to change the world, one connection at a time,” says Keisha Mabry. Mabry, who is an author, speaker, and social entrepreneur, says she had a “quarter-life crisis” and …
DNA Uncovers Best Version of You A simple swab of the inside of your cheek can lead to optimizing your nutrition and fitness program, personal medication profile, in addition to your ancestry. According to Austin O’Reilly, owner …