It is always good to receive due recognition for a job well done.

With that in mind, the officers and staff of the Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce deserve recognition for their preparation and presentation of the chamber’s annual banquet this week.

It was a professional program, well presented, and well received by a near-capacity crowd Tuesday evening at the Maryville Country Club.

Now under the leadership of Jordyn Swalley, the organization’s new executive director, the board of directors has adopted an ambitious program of action for the coming year. 

If the smoothness of the annual meeting was any indication, the new officers and staff will accomplish those goals — and perhaps even be looking for bigger challenges before the year is over.

Jeff Bram will serve as 2015 president of the chamber board and he has an able supporting group of directors and staff to provide assistance. He succeeds Sean Sheil, who will continue as a director.

The remaining members of the board include Dr. Matt Baker, Audra Bradley, Teresa Hayes, Polly Parsons Howard, Harold Spire, Brandon Stanley and Chris Wiltfong. 

That group represents a solid mix of interests and their combined experience and wisdom should serve the community well.

Assisting Swalley on The Chamber’s staff are Shandra Keirsey, administrative assistant, and Sandi von Behren, who coordinates the welcoming program for new residents to the community.  

The chamber shares office space with Nodaway County Economic Development and that arrangement enables staffers to work closely with NCED director Josh McKim and community development specialist Lisa Macali. 

The chamber’s “Together, we mean business!” slogan was adopted as a guide for its membership, but it also fits nicely into the cooperative attitude that exists between The Chamber and NCED — and, indeed, between those two organizations and every business and professional in our community as we work together for the best our future can be.   

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