Branson/Lakes Area Chamber welcomes new CEO

Branson chamber welcomes new CEO at awards banquet
Jeff Seifried addresses the black tie gala crowd at the Branson Convention Center.Photo courtesy RAEANNE PRESLEY, @bransonmayor
Jeff Seifried addresses the black tie gala crowd at the Branson Convention Center.

Photo courtesy RAEANNE PRESLEY,@bransonmayor

SBJ Staff

Two days before reporting to the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce office, new President and CEO Jeff Seifried ceremonially began the job at the group’s 68th annual black tie gala.

The awards banquet, held Feb. 28 at the Branson Convention Center, singled out several businesses and professionals and introduced the new chamber leader.

It’s been a quick transition for Seifried.

On Friday, he vacated the regional economic development position he held seven years at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and Monday was his first day on the job in Branson.

During the gala, Branson Mayor Raeanne Presley tweeted a picture of Seifried addressing the crowd.

“Our new fearless leader,” she wrote. “He brings energy and knowledge.”

Among the awards issued that night, the Taney County Partnership presented its inaugural Economic Impact Award to the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament at Big Cedar Lodge.

John Morris and company secured the PGA Tour event and moved it to his golf courses in Branson in June. The tournament was estimated to generate a nearly $3.5 million economic impact, one factor in the Taney County Partnership award, next to capital investment, job creation and community exposure.

“Our first honoree covered all the bases, and then some,” said Jonas Arjes, the partnership’s executive director, in a news release. “We can only speculate at the amount of investment, but it was significant to say the least. The impact on job creation was felt throughout the community on several fronts evidenced by unemployment numbers locally and regionally.”

Arjes said Hollister, Branson and Taney County reported record sales tax figures during tournament play.

“As far as exposure, nothing can compare: Ozark Mountain Country was delivered in high definition to more than 120 million homes in 83 countries and in 12 languages worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies,” Arjes added.

Other Branson chamber annual awards:
  • Rick Castillon of Branson Wedding Affiliation received the Jim Langham Ambassador Award;
  • Bill Jones, president of Branson Bank, was honored with the Community Spirit Award;
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks received the Care for Kids Award;
  • Morris and C & F Masonry earned the Beautification Award for their work redeveloping Top of the Rock;
  • Connell Insurance received the Ambassador Award;
  • Pam Druffel, vice president of Ozark Mountain Bank, was named the Pioneer Award winner; and
  • Jim Lawson, Salvation Army board chairman, earned the Mary Award.

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