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.

Focus Areas:

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
[email protected]

Josh Driskell, IOM

Chair Elect

Broken Arrow (OK) Chamber of Commerce
[email protected]

Bill Rogers, IOM


Springdale (AR) Chamber of Commerce
[email protected]

Lindsay Madison, IOM


Fort Scott (KS) Chamber of Commerce
[email protected]

Bonnie Lowe, IOM

Past Chair

The Chamber, Lawrence Kansas (KS)
[email protected]

Association/Conference Manager: 

Ruth Littlefield IOM, CCE

MAKO Association Manager

Littlefield Management Solutions, LLC
[email protected]

Board Members:

Candice Lawrence

Board Member; AEDCE Representative

Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives
[email protected]

Tammy Long, IOM

Board Member; CCEM Representative

Missouri (MO) Chamber of Commerce & Industry
[email protected]

Crystal Narr

Board Member

Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce
[email protected]

Jasmine Rara

Board Member

Greater Bentonville (AR) Area Chamber of Commerce
[email protected]


Cody Slater

Board Member

Jonesboro (AR) Regional Chamber of Commerce
[email protected]

Grant Sloan

Board Member

Branson/Lakes (MO) Area Chamber and CVB
417-334-4084 x336
[email protected]

Candi Westbrook

Board Member

Coffeyville (KS) Area Chamber of Commerce
[email protected]

Angela Wilson, IOM

Board Member

Greater Muskogee (OK) Area Chamber of Commerce
[email protected]

The planning committee has developed several sub-committees that they would like to invite you to get involved in a committee. Sub-Committees will meet via conference call at least once a month to coordinate their responsibilities.

For more information, please complete the form below and you will be contacted with more information.

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