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Logan Aguirre Selected as Chair-Elect for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

She will be installed as Chair in 2021.

By Jenna deJong

Jan 07 2020 at 8 a.m.

Logan Aguirre selected as the Chair-Elect for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
Photo by Brandon AlmsLogan Aguirre moves from her position as Vice-Chair of Workforce Development to Chair-Elect for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Purchase Photo

Biz 417 is proud to announce that President and Associate Publisher Logan Aguirre has been nominated and selected as the Chair-Elect for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. She will succeed Robin Robeson, executive vice president and CEO of Guaranty Bank, as Chair in January 2021. As the Chair-Elect, Aguirre will reevaluate the needs of the membership and community; develop plans and policies to meet those needs; motivate and encourage other officers and volunteer leaders to carry out their responsibilities; and appear on behalf of the Chamber at community and other functions. As the newly selected Chair-Elect, Aguirre will spend the next year learning the Chair's responsibilities. She previously served as the Vice-Chair of Workforce Development.

"With my role at 417, I am passionate about celebrating why this is a great place to live, work and play,” Aguirre says. “We have work ahead of us to make sure our region is a front-runner for consideration by our next generation of workforce and leaders. It's going to take bold leaders, bold thinking and bold action. I am honored to represent our business community on making an impact to see us move forward in an open, innovative way.”

Aguirre and Robeson will work closely to fulfill the goals and vision of the Chamber. Robeson says that she’s excited to serve alongside Aguirre, and that since this is the first time the Chamber will have back-to-back women as Chairs, it's a milestone to be proud of. As for Aguirre’s leadership, Robeson says Logan is a bold leader and an enthusiastic ambassador for Springfield and 417-land, and that she was the perfect choice for this role. “She represents the next generation of leaders in our community and I’m excited to take this journey with her,” Robeson said in an email. 

Logan Aguirre at Ladies Who Launch in 2019.
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Logan Aguirre speaks at Ladies Who Launch in 2019.

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Logan Aguirre (center) with 417 staffers at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce's Athena Awards in 2019.

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As the 2019 Chair, Jeff Childs, senior advisor for SVN/Rankin Company, agrees that with Aguirre poised for growth, the chamber is in good hands. 

“Logan does a wonderful job of helping others see a positive future for their businesses and our community,” Childs said in an email. “Logan always leads with a smile on her face and a message that inspires you to take positive action to accomplish the goal. Her vision for the community is one that we can all support. I am grateful to have served with her on the Chamber's executive committee and know that, as she moves towards the Chairmanship, great things are in her future and ours.” 

Echoing the voice of his peers, Matt Morrow, president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, says Aguirre is an articulate spokesperson with a quick mind and remarkable instincts. He said she is a fierce advocate for business and for the Springfield region, and that she understands the varied needs and challenges facing small and large businesses, and how those translate to building a better community and region. 

With two women at the helm of the board of directors, Robeson says the future is bright for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. “I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce in 2020 as we begin our second century of service,” Robeson said in an email. “I believe the community is ready to do some really extraordinary things and being a part of that planning and execution is very exciting for me.” 

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