The military has a way of shaping people. For Jeremy Snow, the Army developed his leadership skills and tenacity in the middle of life or death situations.
His squad’s first sergeant had died in Afghanistan during a violent attack on all sides during the summer of 2006.
“The next day, we had to wake up and continue the mission, and it was my role to help demonstrate to the other soldiers how to adapt and overcome,” Snow recalls of the tour in his early 20s. “It was a 365-day gut check.”
Today, he says those military experiences have transformed him.
“I have seen places and things in time of war that people should never witness, and it forever changed me,” he says. “I owe the Army and their tested methodology in supplying me with the resilience and intestinal fortitude to never quit.”
He’s taken that approach into the workplace. But first it was school.
After the military and some real estate work, Snow enrolled at Missouri State University to study urban planning. He graduated in 2013 with a focus in community and regional planning and tourism development. He went on to work as an economic development intern for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, as a freelance urban planner and two stints with Environmental Works Inc., as an associate environmental scientist and later a client manager and consultant.
“I oversaw business development for the company’s multistate offices and regions – making connections, obtaining new clients and maintaining existing clients,” Snow says. “I was able to use all my leaderships skills from the Army and technical skills from college and life to lead the team in major growth and revenue.”
In between his time at Environmental Works, Snow was an environmental planner and U.S. Housing and Urban Development reviewer for the city of Springfield.
More recently, he worked last year as vice president and senior account executive for Missouri Business Alliance, leading membership sales and relations statewide, as well as event planning, and website and social media management for the business advocacy group.
He just took a new job as a marketing consultant for Nexstar Media Group Inc.’s CBS and Fox affiliates.
Snow made a name for himself as a top volunteer producer in the Springfield Chamber’s membership campaign.
Jaimie Trussell, chief development officer for Adult & Teen Challenge USA, worked with Snow on those chamber initiatives.
“I quickly realized that Jeremy was a natural connector of people,” she says.
Snow uses those skills for multiple community groups, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and North Point Church. He also created the Sing Love, Speak Love, Send Love fundraiser for the Orlando shooting victims in 2016.
“Inspiring people to welcome change in their lives is an important part of who I am,” he says. “If you are not growing, then you will surely die. If our community does not change, then Springfield will surely die. The people in this community are the lifeforce of what makes this city so great.”
Plans for the Finley Ridge apartment complex in the growing community of Ozark call for four buildings, four stories apiece, with 48 units each for a total of 192, as well as a 1,500-square-foot shared community and fitness room.