Mark Elliff leads the economic development initiative for the City of Carthage and is the main point of contact for new and expanding businesses and local business incentives. He oversees the daily operations of the Chamber and is also the staff contact for the Chamber’s Public Policy and Economic Development Committees. Mark joined the Carthage Chamber of Commerce in 2012.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Missouri Southern State University and began working in the banking industry in 1977. Mark’s community involvement has included serving on non-profit boards, educational and healthcare foundations, tourism and community preservation boards, social support groups, and civic and professional organizations throughout his career. He has been recognized for his contributions to the community numerous times.
Mark has been married to his wife Vicki (Bay) Elliff since 1979 and is a lifelong resident of the Carthage area. He can frequently be found involved in activities and leadership with his church or enjoying a cup of coffee at the local coffee shop.
Mary Jo serves as the primary point of contact for any request, whether on the phone or in the office. She handles the accounting, payroll, and human resources functions and website maintenance for both the Chamber and the Maple Leaf Festival. She communicates the activities of the Chamber with the membership by producing and distributing the monthly and weekly "Spotlight on Carthage" newsletter and monitoring the Facebook presences for the Chamber, Carthage Emerging Leaders (CEL), and Maple Leaf Festival. She serves as staff support, liaison and main contact for the Annual Maple Leaf Festival, Annual Banquet, Carthage Emerging Leaders (CEL) young professionals program, and Annual Golf Scramble.
Mary Jo has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Public Relations and nearly 10 years in corporate technology and purchasing. She also brings with her experience in management, office administration, and communications. Mary Jo joined the Carthage Chamber of Commerce in 2009.
Neely manages growth and retention of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce’s 400+ membership. She organizes several committees including the Annual Business Expo & Home Show, Ambassador’s, Marketing Committee and New Teacher’s Welcome. She also coordinates special events and activities such as Monday Member Meetup, Business After Hours, Mid-Morning Mingle, Quarterly Member Luncheon, two Leads Groups, and a Non-Profit Network for the Chamber’s membership.
Neely received a B.S. in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University, an M.A. in Psychology from University of Missouri-Kansas City and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University-Boston. After a decade in public service in Springfield and sales in Joplin, Neely joined the Carthage Chamber in 2010 to help serve the growth and networking needs of local business owner and managers.