Aaron Andrews (left), chair of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Board for 2018, talks with Chamber Director Lesa Walter before the first board meeting of the year on Jan. 3.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Andrews begins term
as Chamber chair

Gretchen Hunt
Editor

Aaron Andrews, director of annual giving and alumni relations at Williams Baptist College, will serve as chair of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Board this year.

Andrews moved to Walnut Ridge in 2003 to work for the college, which will officially become Williams Baptist University later this year.

A native of Hannibal, Mo., he previously worked at UPS in Kansas City, Kans., for two years and for a staffing agency in Hannibal. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal and a master's degree in Christian education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

His primary job function at WBC is raising money for the annual scholarship fund.

His wife, Jenny Andrews, is a fourth-grade teacher for the Lawrence County School District. They have two sons, Mason, 13, and Collin, 11, who are both students at Walnut Ridge Middle School.

Andrews is a member of White Oak Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge, as well as the Walnut Ridge Kiwanis Club.

He said he enjoys fishing on one of the many rivers, lakes or oxbows in Lawrence County, hunting, coaching youth baseball at Stewart Park and watching the St. Louis Cardinals.

"I never miss an Eagles home game unless it is to watch my kids play sports," he said. "If I'm not at work, you'll find me at a gym or on a ball field somewhere."

Enjoys service
through Chamber

Andrews is beginning his third year on the Chamber board, having served in 2017 as chair-elect.

He said being a part of ribbon-cuttings is always a highlight for him.

"I love going to a ribbon cutting and interacting with new business owners as they are launching into the journey of opening a new business," he said. "Many times there are several generations represented at the ribbon cuttings, and its an exciting time for everyone."

He said he also finds the feeling of giving back to his community very rewarding.

"The chamber board is made up of volunteers, and it's a special feeling when you come together and accomplish something that you know is going to have a positive impact on your community," he said.

Andrews said his goals as chamber chair are to promote Lawrence County, to promote and support the current businesses in Lawrence County and to assist Chamber Director Lesa Walter as she carries out the day-to-day work of the chamber.

"Whether you are talking about agriculture, education, healthcare, industry, tourism or just quality of life, our county has a lot to offer," he said. "I plan to spend the next year doing my part to tell others that story."

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