YPN—Young Professionals Network

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network (YPN) provides opportunities for professional growth and social interaction to the regions emerging leaders. The mission of YPN is to Connect, Develop and Empower Young Professionals through networking, educational and volunteer opportunities.

Executive Committee 2018-2019

The Executive Committee is made up of 11 volunteers from the YPN Membership. Each Committee member serves a three year term, with the Chair position serving for only a one year term. Open positions on the Executive Committee are filled by nomination based on applications received from the general membership. The purpose of the Executive Committee is to provide oversight of vision, goals and objectives of the YPN as general direction for the future.


Shawn Daniel, Chair, Commerce Bank
Jennifer Little, Incoming Chair, Leggett & Platt, Inc.
Ryan Melton, Past Chair, Freeman Health System
Amanda Mitchell, Freeman Health System
Christina Williams, Corner Greer & Associates
Ray Moore, Towne Place Suites by Marriott
Alex Gandy, Missouri Southern State University
Dale Clark, The Insurancenter
Sergio Rizo, Ozark Christian College
Heidi Smortstad, Commerce Bank
Joe Malin, US Bank, N.A.
Whitney Warren, Leggett & Platt, Inc.
Hayley Sirmon, Empire District-Liberty Utilities Central


"The task of Leadership is not to put the greatness into people. But to elicit it, for the greatness is there already."
John Buchan



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