MAKO is organized to encourage the highest professional standards for those in Chamber of Commerce Management. MAKO, which represents Chamber of Commerce Executives in the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma, was formed in 2011. The annual conference is developed with the premise to advance personal and professional development and create close unity within the region.
The mission of the MAKO Conference Association is to provide high quality professional development and networking opportunities to all chambers of commerce and their staff in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma
Regional collaboration provides diverse, relevant, and timely opportunities to share innovative best practices and industry trends, and better equip its chamber leaders to serve their communities and strengthen the region.
To help chambers focus on impactful programming the MAKO Conference Association will focus on three areas:
Chamber Operations – events, programming, communications finance, and membership
Community Development – economic & workforce development, education, and public policy
Leadership – Strategic planning, board management, and crisis management
2023-2024 MAKO Board of Directors
Gayle Potter, IOM
Libery (MO) Area Chamber of Commerce
Josh Driskell, IOM
Broken Arrow (OK) Chamber of Commerce
Bill Rogers, IOM
Springdale (AR) Chamber of Commerce
Lindsay Madison, IOM
Fort Scott (KS) Chamber of Commerce
Bonnie Lowe, IOM
The Chamber, Lawrence Kansas (KS)
Ruth Littlefield IOM, CCE
MAKO Association Manager
Littlefield Management Solutions, LLC
Board Member; AEDCE Representative
Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives
Tammy Long, IOM
Board Member; CCEM Representative
Missouri (MO) Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Bentonville (AR) Area Chamber of Commerce
Jonesboro (AR) Regional Chamber of Commerce
Branson/Lakes (MO) Area Chamber and CVB
Coffeyville (KS) Area Chamber of Commerce
Angela Wilson, IOM
Greater Muskogee (OK) Area Chamber of Commerce
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Marketing & Promotions
This committee is responsible for developing and implementing marketing initiatives and activities to increase awareness of the conference and attract attendees, sponsors, speakers, etc. This committee will provide compelling and innovative promotional materials and social media information in order to enhance attendance.
Planning & Logistics
This committee is responsible for executing logistic elements associated with the event coordination, that include conference hotel contract and attendee registrations. Strong communication with other committees, as to their needs in relation with this committee’s focus, is prudent to the success of the conference as a whole.
This committee is responsible for developing conference session content and securing speakers for the annual conference, both keynote and breakout sessions. Other responsibilities include planning activities, outside of educational, that connect attendees with each other.
Sponsors & Exhibitors
This committee is responsible for the solicitation and fulfillment of sponsors and exhibitors for the conference. Committee members will develop an agreement outlining benefits of each along with marketing and benefits. They will also work with these businesses/organizations to determine their needs for exhibitor space throughout the conference