Rachael Mhire is nothing if not resourceful. The current marketing coordinator for economic development at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce has worked to build that brand in the region through cohesive messaging and design elements.
At her former employer, Paperwise Inc., though her title was public relations and events coordinator, she taught herself Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as basic website coding, when the job duties opened up.
That attitude continues at the chamber, where she’s responsible for marketing Springfield for business and talent attraction.
“I’ve learned being a leader doesn’t mean you’re never afraid,” she says. “It means you have a willingness to face your fears, find your voice and press forward.”
What was your first job? A cashier at Best Buy. I thought that employee discount was the best thing. Hello, new car stereo and CDs galore!
What are you doing to make the Ozarks better? Being part of Junior League of Springfield and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
What about your job would shock people? We market and represent a 10-county region that contains communities surrounding Springfield including Bolivar, Branson and Hollister.
What is your best productivity hack? On my most productive days, I get to the office, make out my list, throw in some earbuds and get the day’s Spotify playlist rolling.
This drive-thru coffee shop is the third Scooter’s Coffee franchise in the Springfield area.
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