Member News March 2021

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, Mary Kate Hafner, at

Crystal Anderson joined the SOA team as Business Manager in November 2020. As Business Manager, Crystal’s primary focus is on accounting and HR management. Crystal comes to SOA from a local non-profit organization where she was the Operations Manager for 6 years, leading the organization’s financials, human resources, and general office management. Crystal’s conscientious approach to financial management led the organization to 6 consecutive years of clean, external financial audits. Along with her background in non-profit, Crystal brings experience in healthcare and public safety. Crystal has a passion for numbers and enjoys the challenge of identifying and solving problems, listening to the needs of the business and managing the business function of the firm.

Crystal Anderson

The Central Bank of Boone County Board of Directors named Ed Scavone chief executive officer at its meeting yesterday. Scavone was named president in July 2020 and takes over as chief executive officer from Steve Erdel. Erdel remains on the board as chairman.

Scavone joined Central Bank of Boone County in 2000 as a commercial loan officer and steadily rose to lead the commercial lending team as executive vice president. A U.S. Navy veteran who graduated from Chapman University, Orange, CA in 1991 with a BSBA degree in accounting, he has worked in financial services his entire professional career.  A strong community advocate, Scavone has volunteered with numerous organizations including the Heart of Missouri United Way, Services for Independent Living, Woodhaven, City of Columbia Finance Advisory Committee, and past chair of the Missouri Society of CPA’s.  Scavone currently serves as a trustee of the State Historical Society of Missouri, a member of the Executive Board of the Great Rivers Council, and the board of Central Missouri Sheltered Enterprises.   

Want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE while getting FREE LABOR during the summer?  The City of Columbia’s CARE program hires local teenagers and places them at area businesses, where they gain much needed real-world hands-on work experience while getting paid.  CARE depends on partnerships with area companies (work site partners) to provide the work sites for its trainees; however, 100% of the trainees’ wages are paid by CARE.  Work site partners are investing in our future by investing in our youth, while at the same time receiving free labor.  The youth trainees gain valuable employment experience and life skills while earning a paycheck.  CARE is a win-win-win situation for the trainees, the work site partners, and the Columbia community as a whole.  Work site supervisors are responsible for mentoring, training, explaining, demonstrating, monitoring, daily supervising, and evaluating trainees.  For more information, contact Ron Schmidt at or (573) 874-6377.


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