by Diane Rarick
Lawrence Perney has been hired as the new executive director of the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce. He comes to Nixa from the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, where he served as communications manager.
Perney brings more than 10 years of experience in communications, business, marketing and sales experience to the Nixa job.
"I'm really looking forward to this opportunity," Perney said in a news release. "Nixa is a dynamic community that has grown dramatically over the past few years. It will be a big challenge, but one I can't wait to tackle."
Chamber President Keith Roberts said that more than 50 people applied for the position, which was vacated by Shannon Stewart Oct. 24.
Adrianna Norris became a first-time business owner with the opening of Finley River Chiropractic; PaPPo’s Pizzeria & Pub launched its newest location; and Huey Magoo’s opened its second store in the Ozarks.