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The Ozark Chamber of Commerce is fully staffed following two recent hires.
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The Ozark Chamber of Commerce is fully staffed following two recent hires.

Ozark chamber bolsters its staff

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The Ozark Chamber of Commerce made two hires this month to fill out its three-person staff.

Greg Williams, the chamber’s president and CEO, said the organization has added Sarah Igartua as vice president of marketing and events, and Janell Douglas as manager of operations and member relations.

“Being fully staffed is critical to the mission and success of the organization,” Williams said via email. “These two recent hires will allow us to carry out the important programs and activities of the Ozark Chamber of Commerce.”

Douglas was chosen out of 12 applicants for the part-time role that will manage the office but also recruit new chamber members, Williams said. Her first day was June 8, he said, adding Douglas most recently worked as office manager for Jon’s Mid-America Fire Apparatus.

Williams said Igartua starts June 21 to succeed Audrey Pauls, who is exiting the position after working for the chamber since 2018. Pauls announced late last month that she and husband Everett are moving in August to Champaign, Illinois, where she’s been accepted to the University of Illinois College of Law. The couple also are co-owners of Zenith Climbing Center LLC and plan to maintain their ownership.

Williams previously told Springfield Business Journal Pauls will stay on board into July to help train her successor, who was selected out of roughly 25 applicants.

Igartua has 10 years of experience in event planning for corporate and private conventions, large group events and business expos, Williams said. At the chamber, she’ll be tasked with developing, implementing and managing the organization’s communication platforms and organizing its events. She moved to Ozark last year from Wichita, Kansas, he said.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Igartua founded event management company Wichita Event Planner in 2009. Williams said Igartua also owns Springfield Event Planner LLC, which she registered in April with the Missouri secretary of state’s office.

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