May Member News 2022

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. If you have something to share, email the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Caitlin Ferguson, at caitlin@comochamber.com.


Stephanie Barton, Branch Manager, outside the new Monarch Title Company office in Centralia.

Monarch Title Company is opening its fifth office this month in Centralia, MO in the Remington Shopping Center. “We are elated to have seen enough growth over the last few years to expand our reach in the Mid-Missouri market,” CEO Chuck Bowman says of the expansion.

Monarch Title Company was founded in 2001 in Columbia, MO, where its headquarters remains today. Monarch opened their satellite office in Boonville in 2006, their Jefferson City office in 2014 and most recently, the Marceline office opened in 2020.  Although they haven’t expanded their offices in the last two years, Monarch expanded their service offerings to include Remote Online Notarization in 2021.

The new office, located at 1234 Remington Drive, will be managed by Stephanie Barton, who has been an escrow closer with Monarch Title Company since September 2020.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting will be on Friday, May 20. Area real estate professionals are invited to join Monarch Title Company for light refreshments before the 11am ribbon cutting ceremony.


Byrider, one of America’s largest buy-here-pay-here used car dealerships and franchise systems, made public the induction of Missouri business owner, Winston Sleeth, into the company’s hall of fame, which recognizes contributions to the growth and culture of Byrider. 

Winston has been so important to Byrider’s growth and success,” said Chris Hadley, the company’s Vice President of Franchising. “His perspective as a former corporate associate who grew to become a top franchise owner should be inspiring for all. He continues to be a passionate owner who gives back his time and insight to collaborate on innovation for our system. This contribution to Byrider is invaluable.”

Sleeth owns and operates three Byrider locations in Columbia, Joplin, and Springfield, Mo. The Springfield store has been awarded Byrider’s top dealership award the last four years in a row. All of Sleeth’s locations routinely receive Byrider’s Top 25 recognition annually.

He began his employment in Byrider’s corporate office as a part-time associate, handling the mail, in 1999. He moved into field account management and finance at multiple locations and then became a general manager. Following this continued success, Sleeth earned additional responsibilities as a Zone Manager over several territories before being offered the opportunity to invest as a franchisee. 

Sleeth resides in Springfield, Mo. with his wife Elli and their three children, Austin, Delanee, and Ayla, as well as Roosevelt, the family dog. He has also recently diversified his franchise investments by owning a Crushr Mobile Dumpster compaction franchise. All of his Byrider locations are members of their respective chambers of commerce.

The initial induction notifications were made internally at Byrider’s annual convention in November 2021. Physically, the plaques were presented and hung in the official hall of fame in March 2022. There are 18 members in the Byrider hall of fame.


The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine is excited to welcome the public to its annual MU CVM Open House on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be fun activities for all ages, including the Purina Incredible Dogs, the Warm Springs Budweiser Clydesdales, teddy bear surgery, Boone County Police K9s and so much more! There will also be food trucks, tours of the vet school and teaching hospital, and educational lectures and informational sessions on the process of applying to vet school and making yourself stand out.

This event is free and open to the public! Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

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