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Outgoing Missouri Chamber Chairman John Gerst, president of Big Boy's  Steel, right, passes the gavel to Prime Inc.'s John Hancock, who will  begin his term in January.  Photo provided by MISSOURI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Outgoing Missouri Chamber Chairman John Gerst, president of Big Boy's Steel, right, passes the gavel to Prime Inc.'s John Hancock, who will begin his term in January.

Photo provided by MISSOURI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

Prime Inc. exec elected chairman of Missouri Chamber

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John Hancock, director of training and recruitment for Springfield-based trucking company Prime Inc., has been elected chairman of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive Board, effective in January.

Hancock, who has been involved with the Jefferson City-based chamber for 15 years as a member of the board and on various policy committees, will serve a two-year term as chairman. He succeeds John Gerst, president of St. Louis-based Big Boy's Steel Erection Inc.

As chairman, Hancock will preside over meetings and provide a system of checks and balances for Missouri Chamber President and CEO Daniel Mehan to uphold the policies of the board and best represent the chamber's members, Hancock said.

The Missouri Chamber represents the interests of business in the Missouri General Assembly. More than 4,000 employers, including Prime Inc., that provide more than 425,000 jobs in Missouri, are members of the organization.

"It's an honor, but it's a great responsibility too," Hancock said of the position. "I've got to make sure that in our state capitol, all of these members are represented the best way possible."

Hancock said the most immediate concern of the Missouri Chamber is the state's financial infrastructure.

At Prime, Hancock is on the management team and is responsible for nationwide recruitment efforts and placement for the company's fleet of more than 5,000 drivers. According to the release, Prime Inc. is nearing $1 billion in annual gross revenues.

Hancock also serves on the board of directors for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and as a member of:
  • Congressman Billy Long’s 7th District Transportation Advisory Council;
  • the American Trucking Association’s Labor and Policy, Safety Policy and Insurance Task Force committees;
  • the American Transportation Research Institute’s Research Advisory Committee;
  • the Missouri Transportation Coalition; and
  • the Missouri Safety Council.
He also has served as chairman of the board and chairman of the executive committee for the Missouri Trucking Association. In 2010, Hancock received the association's Frank G. Campbell Award for Outstanding Service, the release said.

“With his extensive business experience and enthusiasm for the Missouri Chamber’s activities, I am looking forward to the progress our organization will make with John at the helm," Mehan said in the release.
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