Excellence in Business

2014 Recipient - James B. Anderson - Excellence in Business

James B. Anderson is president of the Springfield, Missouri, Area Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held since 1988.  In 2012, the Springfield Chamber was recognized as the "Chamber of the Year" by its national professional organization.

Before joining the Springfield Chamber, Anderson served for nine years as president of the Jefferson City Missouri Area Chamber of Commerce.  Prior to that, he served as a school administrator and school teacher in the Jefferson City Public Schools.

Anderson served as chairman of the Chamber's national professional organization, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), from 1994 to 1995, and received the ACCE Chairman's Professional Leadership Award in 1992.

Anderson is a past president (1982-83) of the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri (CCEM), and was presented CCEM's Top Level Award in 1989.

Anderson served on the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, the Missouri Business Council, and the Total Transportation Commission. Anderson also served as a member of the board of trustees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management, and as past chairman of the board of regents of the Southern Methodist University Institute for Organization Management. 

In addition to his national and state level involvement, Anderson is active in the Springfield community. He served as chairman of United Way of the Ozarks and president of Urban Districts Alliance.  He is a member of Springfield Rotary Club and of First and Calvary Presbyterian Church.

Anderson's awards include the Springfieldian Award and the Missourian Award.  In 2007, he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Business Award from the Springfield Business Journal and the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America Ozark Trails Council.  Anderson received the  "Outstanding Alumni."  Missouri State University.

In 2008, he was inducted into the Academy of Missouri Squires.  In 2010, he was the recipient of the O. Franklin Kenworthy Award for Outstanding Leadership.  In 2013, Anderson received the Career Service in Economic Development Award at the Governor's Conference on Economic Development.

Anderson is a graduate of Missouri State University and of the Institute for Organization Management at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Drury University.

He is married to Janet.  They have two daughters, Rachel and Rebecca.

Excellence in Business Award

Recipients of the Excellence in Business Award are selected based on the following criteria: leader of an Ozarks regional business, entrepreneurial success, innovative business growth, ability to overcome challenges with integrity, supporter of educational development, customer-driven quality, and community achievement.

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