Last edited 11:37 a.m., Dec. 7, 2023 [Editor's note: More information on the transition has been added.]
The Ozark Chamber of Commerce has appointed a new leader.
Ashley Johnson has been selected to serve as the chamber's president and CEO on an interim basis, according to a news release.
Johnson succeeds Rachael Salveter, the chamber's CEO the past 18 months, according to Salveter’s LinkedIn profile. Salveter recently took on the role of director of development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield Inc., said Brandy Harris, the nonprofit's CEO.
Johnson brings chamber experience to her new role in Ozark. She’s a former vice president of membership for the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce and led the organization in the interim between the exit this year of Chris Russell and appointment of Whitney Guison as CEO, according to past reporting.
Johnson also co-owns Firehouse Flooring and More LLC in Nixa.
"I am honored to lead the Ozark Chamber of Commerce during this interim period. As a proud graduate of Ozark High School with deep roots in the community, I have a genuine passion for the prosperity and well-being of Ozark," Johnson said in the release. "Growing up here has instilled in me a profound understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities that local businesses face."
Ozark chamber officials say Johnson's vision for the role includes an emphasis on collaboration, inclusivity and economic prosperity.
"Ashley Johnson's appointment marks an exciting new phase for the Ozark Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to uniting as a community, leveraging our collective strengths, and charting a course for 2024 that fosters economic vibrancy and community well-being," said Guy Callaway, Ozark chamber board chair, in the release.
Callaway said via email that Johnson is intended to be a temporary leader as the chamber begins a search by February.
The Ozark chamber ranked No. 6 this year on Springfield Business Journal's list of the area's largest chambers of commerce, published in June. The Ozark chamber reported 386 members, two employees and 45 volunteers.
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