New Chamber director takes reins Monday

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Brittany Farris was recently named new director of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce. Farris replaces Mindi Artherton and begins her duties on Monday. Farris is a Purdy High School graduate and graduated from MSU in Springfield with a Bachelor of Science in entertainment and events management. As a local native, Farris said she is familiar with the community and events, and in 2012, completed an internship with Artherton at the chamber. Julia Kilmer

Barry County native aims to bring strength to community

A new face will greet residents and visitors to the Cassville area who go to the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, as Brittany Farris of Purdy will begin her duties on Monday as the chamber's new director,.

A 2007 Purdy High School graduate, Farris graduated from Crowder College in 2010, then obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University in Springfield in 2014 in entertainment and events management. In 2012, Farris also completed an internship with Mindi Artherton, former director of the chamber who has taken a position with the Cassville school district.

"I did several events and helped her put things on with the community," Farris said. "I fell in love with the chamber at that time, so when I graduated and an opportunity presented itself, I was pretty excited. I love the homey feeling here. Everyone supports one another. I just feel at home."

Farris believes some of the core strengths she will bring to the community as the new chamber director include a love for the community, energy, organization, stability, family values and just being a people-oriented person.

As a Barry County native who has lived and worked in the community, another strength Farris said she brings to the table is familiarity with the area, the community, and events.

One of Farris' favorite chamber events is First Friday coffee, where members of the community meet once a month to connect, socialize and network.

"You get to mingle and network with the local businesses," she said. "It's kind of a relaxed little event."

A favorite community event is the traditional chili cook-off in the fall.

"I love the atmosphere, and it brings so many people to the community so people can see what the community and businesses have to offer," she said.

Next spring, Farris would like to start another community tradition.

"I would like to offer something in the spring months, too, when the weather will be so nice," she said. "I would like to do something after Trout Days in March."

Farris has several family members in the area. Her mother works for the Purdy school district as a special education teacher, and her father works in a satellite business in Cassville. She also has two older siblings and one younger, three nieces and a German shepard mix named Mia.

Farris has worked at Walmart, Whitley's and the Ozark Area Community Action Corporation's Barry County Neighborhood Center in Cassville.

Farris said she imagines she will spend a lot of time after starting her new position just getting out in the community and transitioning.

"Mindi did such a wonderful job," she said. "So, just getting in the swing of things, getting out to know people, seeing new faces, as well as familiar faces, and just making people aware they can come in anytime is my goal. I know there are some activities coming up."

Farris said members of the community may come in to see her anytime.

"I love to see new faces," she said. "I'm very excited to get started."

Farris will begin her duties on Monday. She can be reached at 417-847-2814.

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