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Welcome new member Colby Newman

Bill McNeill introduced Colby on Oct. 13.  His cosponsor is Lisa Blumenstock.

Colby has been general manager of Hickory Hills Country Club since the spring of 2021.  He moved to Springfield from Grosse Pointe, Mich., where he was assistant general manager since 2020 and executive chef since 2017 at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. 

Colby was a chef for several years before moving to Grosse Pointe.  He was executive chef at Amarillo (Texas) Country Club for three years, executive chef at Crush Wine Bar & Deli in Amarillo for two years, executive chef and founding owner of The Happy Plum restaurant in Amarillo for two years, and a chef at two restaurants in Kansas City for four years before that.  He is a graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute, later known as Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts – Scottsdale, in Arizona. 

Colby and his wife, Lauren, have one child.  They live just east of Springfield.
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Jim Hoovens

Noah Alldredge introduced Jim on Sept. 29.  His co-sponsor is Judy Bilyeu.

Jim has been in the t-shirt screen printing business for 27 years.  He’s been co-owner and director of operations for Wise Guys Screen Print on East Chestnut Expressway since 2009. 

Jim has lived in Springfield for 40 years.  He’s a native of Webb City, where he was the starting quarterback in the late 1970s.   He played football for two years at Pittsburg State (Kan.) University before earning a bachelor’s degree in business communications at Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU).

Jim and his wife, Cristal, have been married for 18 years.  They have two children and two grandchildren.  In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing and golf, and claims two holes-in-one.   
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Jeff Stanford

Randy Mayes introduced Jeff on Sept. 22.  His co-sponsor is Brent Dunn.

Jeff is the Springfield regional director for First Priority of America, where he’s worked since August 2011.  First Priority strives to spread the messages of the Gospel; Jeff oversees campus outreach clubs at middle schools and high schools.  He’s also a sales and service representative for the local office of Geico Insurance, where he’s worked since June 2020.

Jeff is a native of the Austin, Texas, area, where he graduated from Pflugerville High School.  He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Liberty University in Virginia.  He and his wife, Brandi, have two children, and live in Nixa.  He volunteers with the Faith and Business Network and 100 Fold.
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Benjy Lampert

Robert Hawkins introduced Dr. Benjamin "Benjy' Lampert on Aug. 25. His co-sponsor is Jennifer Baker.

Benjy spent 42 years as an anesthesiologist -- a pain management specialist. He was section chairman at the Mercy Center for Pain Management in Springfield and served on the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, including a time as chairman in 2015. He also was a research investigator for several national multi-institutional clinical studies on different ways to treat and eliminate pain in people. He earned an undergraduate degree and a medical degree at the University of Alabama.

On the side, Benjy is a land developer, photographer, and trumpet player in the doctors' band in Springfield.

Benjy's wife, Lori, is pastor of the Downtown Church on Jefferson Avenue at Walnut Street. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
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Ken Taylor

Lori Johnson Murawski introduced Ken on Aug. 4.  His co-sponsor is Angela Smith.

Ken is president of Adsmith Marketing and Advertising, where he has worked since 2018.  Ken has been in marketing and advertising his entire career.  He's worked at four advertising agencies, with a large percentage of his career being at Noble & Associates.

Ken grew up in a big Catholic family in the small town of High Ridge, Mo., just south of St. Louis. He is the youngest of six boys.

Ken came to Springfield in 1995 to attend Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU).  He met his wife, Kim, who is a Kansas City native, at SMSU.  They ended up settling down in Springfield because they loved the community so much.

Ken and Kim have been married for 22 years and have four children: Aiden, 19; Rory, 17; Mara, 13; and Brenna, 12.  Kim is a 3rd grade teacher at David Harrison School.

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 Joe Peck

Jason Hynson introduced Joe on July 21.  Lisa Odom is his co-sponsor.

Joe is a commercial loan officer for Great Southern Bank, where he's worked since 2014.  He held positions in both operations and commercial lending before assuming his current job.

Joe is a Springfield native who graduated from Kickapoo High School in 2010.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in 2014 and is proud to be a third-generation Tiger.  He earned a Masters of Business Administration from William Woods University in 2017.

Joe has served as a board member for Victory Mission and on the Young Professional Advisory Board of Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

Joe has been married to Elise, a native of Jefferson City, for 7 years.  They have a 3-year-old daughter, Nora, and a second baby due in December.  They live in east Springfield.

In his free time, Joe enjoys riding a bicycle and playing golf, as well as spending time with Elise, Nora, and Nora's five cousins.