Board of Directors

Bill Hobbs, Chair

Elliott Lodging

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Bill Hobbs is the Director of Hotel Operations at Elliott Lodging and oversees hotel operations for seventeen hotels. Eleven of which are in Springfield, two in Branson, three in Joplin and one in Pittsburg, Ks. Hobbs and his son Rob also own and operate "Kwik Kar Automotive" service and repair facilities in Springfield and Dallas, TX. Hobbs has served as Assistant Director of the Springfield/Greene County Park Board, President of the Missouri Amateur Softball Association, Springfield Sports Commission's initial Executive Director and has been involved with several boards and organizations. He and his wife Linda have two married children, love to travel and spend time with their six grandchildren.

What is your favorite Springfield Sports tradition or event?

Missouri State Basketball is my favorite sport season.

What is your most memorable or inspiring moment in Springfield Sports?

I can't choose just one single memorable or inspiring moment in Springfield Sports.

Being involved in sports all my life as a participant, coach, administrator, sponsor and spectator has provided me the opportunity to experience many memorable moments from national softball and tennis tournaments, basketball championships to local league play.

A moment I will always remember is when I took a group of sad and dejected seventh graders, that had tried out but didn't make their school basketball team, and formed a boys club team so they could play. They worked hard, won their league and season ending tournament. To add icing on the cake, they had to beat teams consisting of players from various school's varsity teams to win the tournament. They were so proud!!

What is your favorite Springfield sports activity?

My favorite sport is basketball and watching my grandchildren play.

Bob McBride, Vice Chair

Stamina Products, Inc.

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Bob McBride is the Owner/Partner of Stamina Products Inc. McBride has over 30 years of experience in the sporting goods and fitness equipment industry. Bob has two sons Taylor and Chad.

What is your favorite Springfield Sports tradition or event?

The Blue and Gold Tournament held at Missouri State University.

What is your most memorable or inspiring moment in Springfield Sports?

The opening of both JQH Arena and the O'Reilly Family Event Center and the games associated with their opening.

What is your favorite Springfield sports activity?

Attending any of the high school games that my children participate in at any one of the many fine venues in the Greater Springfield Area.

Tracy Kimberlin, Secretary

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Tracy Kimberlin has held the position of president for the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau since 1987. A graduate of Missouri State University, Kimberlin managed several hotels prior to joining the Bureau. In addition to his service on the board of the Sports Commission, Kimberlin serves on the boards of the Missouri Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus and the Springfield Hotel & Lodging Association.

What is your favorite Springfield Sports tradition or event?

My favorite Springfield sports event is the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championship. Not only does it generate tremendous economic benefit for our community, it brings great basketball and great people to Springfield.

What is your most memorable or inspiring moment in Springfield Sports?

The opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Summer Games is an inspiring event everyone should experience. The true meaning of sportsmanship is evident from start to finish.

What is your favorite Springfield sports activity?

It's got to be golf. I wish I were better, but I love trying.

David Holtman, Treasurer

City of Springfield

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Mark Fisher, Past Chair

Director of Athletics, Drury University

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Mark Fisher became Drury's Director of Athletics on July 1, 2015.

Fisher's 12-year career with Springfield Public Schools includes success both on and off the field. In addition to overseeing all athletic activities for Missouri's largest public school district, he also spearheaded a $3.5 million campaign for stadium improvements and implemented systems to continually evaluate the progress of student athletes and coaches. Fisher is the director of the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, one of the highest profile high school basketball tournaments in the nation. A former Missouri Basketball Coach of the Year, he has mentored 18 former players or assistant coaches to careers as head basketball coaches.

Jerald Andrews

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

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Jerald Andrews has been the President and Executive Director of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the Price Cutter Charity Championship since 1995. Prior to that time he served as the Executive Vice President at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. In addition, to his work he serves on several area boards and the state board of directors of Missouri Special Olympics and the Special Olympics Foundation.

What is your favorite Springfield Sports tradition or event?

Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper or the annual Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremonies.

What is your most memorable or inspiring moment in Springfield Sports?

The dedication of the Payne Stewart statue at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

What is your favorite Springfield sports activity?

Turkey Trot.

Bob Belote

Springfield-Greene County Park Board

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Bob is the Director of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and also serves as Ownership Representative to the Springfield Lasers World TeamTennis Franchise. Bob has been with the Park Board since 2004, having previously served as the department's Assistant Director and Superintendent of Recreation. He has also been employed as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Cities of Independence, Missouri, and Sioux City, Iowa, and is a past-president of the Missouri Park and Recreation Association. Bob and his wife, Deana, both grew up in Springfield and have two children, Alex and Abbey, who are tournament-caliber tennis athletes. Bob's family was recently honored as, “Tennis Family of the Year,” by the Missouri District of the United States Tennis Association, and the Belote household routinely calls the Cooper Tennis Complex their "second home."

What is your favorite Springfield Sports tradition or event?

Well, I'm clearly a bit biased but it's always a special time when Springfield Lasers tennis comes to town each July. Coming right on the heels of Wimbledon, it's always cool to see some of the world's best tennis professionals serving it up right here in Springfield. Following one of our matches, my daughter, Abbey, even received a private tennis lesson from Billie Jean King – can you believe that?

What is your most memorable or inspiring moment in Springfield Sports?

Probably my favorite Springfield sports memory was going to college basketball games with my dad back in the glory days of the late 70's. The championship Drury Panther teams of the Alexander/Bone/Quinn era and the SMSU teams back in the Jimmie Dull/MIAA years were truly memorable teams to watch get up and down the floor. Basketball in Southwest Missouri has always been a really special thing, and is certainly one of those activities that families can share together.

What is your favorite Springfield sports activity?

It's always personally rewarding when I get to watch my kids play in a tennis tournament here in town at the Cooper Tennis Complex. They've also gotten to compete in the Missouri State High School Championships here at Cooper as well. Hats off to Mr. Harry Cooper for his generosity in helping make this amazing facility available for our local tennis enthusiasts - our family is certainly the better for it!

Gail Fredrick

Fredrick, Rogers & Vaughn

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Gail Fredrick is a practicing attorney in Springfield and is a member of the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Fredrick graduated from Parkview High School in 1965 and from Drury University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in business administration and economics. Fredrick also graduated from Drury University in 1972 with Master in Business Administration, and the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law 1975 Juris Doctor.

What is your favorite Springfield Sports tradition or event?

The Bass Pro Tournament of Champions. This tournament showcases top high school talent and gives Springfield the opportunity to see future college and professional stars.

What is your most memorable or inspiring moment in Springfield Sports?

The Parkview Vikings winning the Class L State Basketball championship in 1965.

What is your favorite Springfield sports activity?

Golf and watching college basketball.

Jason Pyrah

CoxHealth

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Jason Pyrah is a Licensed Athletic Trainer and the Sports Medicine Manager at CoxHealth. Jason is an Olympic athlete, running the 1500 meter in both the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. Jason is now active as a MSHSAA track and field official, officiating both Cross Country and Track and Field

in Southwest Missouri and the Missouri State Championships.

Tom Mast

KY3 Events Coordinator

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A graduate of Wichita State University with over 30 years of experience in sports media, Tom Mast brings a world of knowledge and expertise to Wannenmacher Advertising Company and Big Sports Magazine. Known and respected by sports fans across the Ozarks, Tom has been Sports Director for KOLR and KSPR television and a broadcast commentator for Evangel, Missouri State and Drury Universities.

What is your favorite Springfield Sports tradition or event?

I've always looked forward to following the annual American Legion Fourth of July Holiday baseball tournament. In the early years, seeing the best players in the state come to Springfield for the week long event was very special. And when many of those players went on to major league careers it was fun to remember seeing them here first.

What is your most memorable or inspiring moment in Springfield Sports?

March 1979. Kansas City's Kemper Arena. Then, the Drury College Panthers winning the NAIA National Basketball Championship. Even though other great basketball moments have taken place in town since then, there was nothing quite like that week watching them battle for the title.

What is your favorite Springfield sports activity?

Give me three fun people to play a round of golf with and I'm pretty content. Lots of tournaments make that available, but just spending four to five hours hackin' around is what I find enjoyable.

Dennis McDonald

Director of Athletics, Evangel University

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Dr. Dennis McDonald was named the Director of Athletics at Evangel University prior to the 2015-16 academic school year.

A 1984 Evangel graduate, McDonald championed a 30-year career in public education most recently as the principal of Staley Middle School in Frisco, Texas. Prior to his 13 years in Texas, he was a school administrator in Bremen and Valdosta, Georgia.

McDonald returns to Evangel where he has also served as an assistant football coach, strength and conditioning coordinator and an assistant professor in the physical education department for seven years. An assistant coach for the Crusaders NAIA national semifinal season in 1988, McDonald earned three varsity letters, was the captain of the 1983 squad and named the “Most Promising Physical Education Graduate” in 1984 earning his degree Physical Education and Health.

Kyle McClure

City Utilities of Springfield

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Kyle McClure is the Director Governmental Affairs/Public Policy for City Utilities of Springfield. He's been a part of the CU team for twelve years working with federal and state policymakers. Prior to joining the utility, Kyle's professional experience includes working ten years for Senator "Kit" Bond and Congressman Roy Blunt. He is a graduate of Drury University.

Kyle Moats

Missouri State University

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Kyle Moats is the Director of Athletics at Missouri State University. Prior to his arrival in Springfield, Moats spent four years as associate athletics director for national marketing at Louisville. Moats also worked in the athletics department at both Marquette University and the University of Kentucky. A native of Dixon, Ill., Moats is a 1988 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a bachelor's degree in physical education. While at SIUE, Moats was a three-year letterwinner in golf and was a student assistant basketball coach for the Cougars from 1985-1988. He earned a master's degree in sports management from the University of Kentucky in 2001.

What is your favorite Springfield Sports tradition or event?

I love the first week of fall classes when all the students are back on campus, the city is alive, and all of our teams are gearing up for the new season. There is a lot of excitement around Springfield when the students return, and there is no better place to be that on campus.

What is your most memorable or inspiring moment in Springfield Sports?

I love to play golf and wish I had more time for it. We have some great golf courses in the Springfield area, and I really enjoy the challenges of playing them.

What is your favorite Springfield sports activity?

We have had some great moments in my first two years at Missouri State, but there has been none better than the Bears beating Wichita State to win our first Missouri Valley Conference basketball title. JQH Arena was sold out, it was on ESPN, and the place was rocking. It was truly a magic moment, and I hope we have many more just like it.

Ryan Mooney

Springfield Chamber of Commerce

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Ryan has served the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce in several roles over the last 15 years, most recently as senior vice-president of economic development. His primary responsibilities include leading the Chamber's economic development program and primary staff support to the Springfield Business Development Corporation board of directors. Ryan has served as a past chair and current board member of his statewide professional association, the Missouri Economic Development Council, and is the chair of the Economic Development Division of the international Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He's a graduate of Missouri State University.

Aaron Owen

Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

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Aaron is the General Manager of the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

Jim Raynor

Mercy Sports Medicine

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Jim Raynor is the Executive Director of Mercy Sports Medicine and is involved in establishing their performance enhancement and primary care sports medicine program. His current responsibility is to lead the Mercy Sports Medicine Department in positioning and development within the sports and medical community of southwest Missouri. His experience includes collegiate, high school, Olympic and clinical settings. Formerly of Long Island, New York, he is married to Brenda and has four children. He is an avid New York Yankees and Oklahoma Sooners fan and enjoys all types of sports.

What is your favorite Springfield Sports tradition or event?

The start of the High School athletics season.

What is your most memorable or inspiring moment in Springfield Sports?

It is inspiring when student athletes put themselves out on the field for competition. One of the most memorable moments for me was when SMS (Missouri State) defeated Maine in the 1990 Football Playoffs.

What is your favorite Springfield sports activity?

Golf – 2 times per year!

Dan Reiter

General Manager, Springfield Cardinals

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Chris Ruble

Director of Sales, University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

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Christine Ruble, CMP is Director of Sales for University Plaza Hotel and Convention a John Q Hammons Hotel since 2003. Chris has been in the hospitality and events meeting industry for over 27 years. Graduate of Missouri State University she left Springfield to work in other markets including Iowa City, IA and Denver, CO returning in 2003. Earning her Certified Meeting Planner designation in 2002 she has worked with many sports affiliated organizations and professional associations.

Marc Mayer

Great Southern Bank

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Jeff Starkweather

Springfield Public Schools

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