Member News August 2020


Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. Check back throughout the month for additional updates or events. If you have something to share email Director of Communications and Marketing, Mary Kate Hafner, at [email protected]

Simon Oswald Architecture welcomes Matt Pinkstaff to their them as a Project Manager. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University.

Matt has a diverse background in building design and construction, with study and work experiences from around the globe.  He was the recipient of a Skidmore Owings & Merrill Traveling Fellowship, during which he studied a variety of buildings and civic spaces throughout Europe. 

Matt’s prior experience focused on community projects, where he served as a manager for construction work in the inner city of Memphis and in India as an architect and a coordinator for volunteer professional design teams.  Recently he was a corporate architect for Columbia-based developer Real Equity Management.

Our own Columbia Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations, Penny Kuhns-Knarr passed her SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) exam this month. SHRM regards the SHRM-SCP as one of the new global standards in certification for the HR profession. Earning your SHRM-SCP credentials makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field – and a valuable asset to our organization.

KOMU 8 is proud to announce the addition of Ben Arnet as Sports Director. Arnet will join Jim Riek, Emily Spain and Kenton Gewecke on KOMU 8 News at Six, Nine and Ten and will host Sports Xtra on Sunday nights at 10:30. Arnet joins KOMU 8 from the Mizzou Network, where he was a senior producer and host, and the SEC Network Plus, where he was a play-by-play announcer.

The Central Bank of Boone County Board of Directors elected Ed Scavone bank president and chief operating officer at its meeting yesterday. Scavone is currently executive vice president of commercial lending. In addition to this appointment, Joe Henderson was named vice chairman of the board of directors. According to Chairman of the Board Steve Erdel, the transition to new leadership will take place over the next few months.