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2021 40 Under 40: Eric Lampe

Manager, The Whitlock Co.

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For Eric Lampe, 39, success in business isn’t enough. The Whitlock Co. manager says when his career ends, it’s his “goal that people remember me not for my expertise in my field, but for my work as a person.”

Since 2011, Lampe has mentored new hires and others to follow him into volunteering for a variety of nonprofits. An auditor by day, Lampe finds time to serve on several boards including Sunrise Rotary and Leadership Springfield. Lampe also serves as treasurer for The Arc of the Ozarks. He’s training his staff to give back, too, and get involved in causes they are passionate about.

“My favorite part of working with the next generation is the ability to mentor them in how to be a well-rounded individual and business professional,” he says.

Proudest moment? Graduating college. First in my family to achieve that.

How do you make the Ozarks better? I try to show all I come in contact with the great things we have here in Springfield. I am always ready for a drive around town to show off the sights, even if you don’t ask for it.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? It’s OK to say no.

Most treasured possession? When I was dating my wife, there was this Scrooge McDuck figurine I wanted. I told her that I wanted that when I passed my CPA exam. Fast forward five years, I finally passed and she found that figurine for me.

Best celebrity meeting/sighting? Craig Robinson at a casino in New Orleans.


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