Neely manages retention of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce’s 360+ membership, recruitment of new members and communicates the activities of the Chamber with the membership. She is the staff support, liaison and main contact for several committees including the Chamber’s annual Business Expo, Trivia Night, Ambassador’s, Marketing Committee and New Teacher’s Luncheon. She also coordinates special events and activities such as Business After Hours, Friday Coffees and all member Quarterly Luncheons for the Chamber’s membership.
Neely received a B.S. in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University, an M.A. in Psychology from University of Missouri-Kansas City and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University-Boston. After a decade in public service in Springfield and sales in Joplin, Neely joined the Carthage Chamber in 2010 to help serve the growth and networking needs of local business owner and managers.
Mary Jo serves as the primary point of contact for any request, whether on the phone or in the office. She also handles the bookkeeping functions and website data maintenance for both the Chamber and the Maple Leaf Festival. She oversees the Annual Maple Leaf Festival Committee, Chamber Annual Banquet, Carthage Emerging Leaders (CEL), and Annual Golf Scramble.
Mary Jo has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Public Relations and nearly 10 years in corporate technology and purchasing. She also brings with her experience in management, office administration, and communications.
Mark Elliff leads the economic development program for the Chamber and is the main point of contact for new and expanding businesses. The Chamber contracts with the City of Carthage to perform economic development services and is the contact for local business incentives. He is also the staff contact for the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee.
Mark graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He has worked in the banking industry for 34 years and is a lifetime resident of the Carthage area. Mark joined the Carthage Chamber of Commerce in 2010.