Then: Executive Director, Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield
Now: President, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
After a brief stint in Alabama, Matt Morrow moved back to Springfield six years ago for what he calls his “dream job in my dream community.”
As president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, he’s tasked with representing the business community and promoting economic development. He says he learned the building blocks for the job leading the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield from 2001-12.
Life outside the office has changed over the years. He and his wife Rachael have two kids, Annie, a sophomore at Glendale, and Alex, a seventh grader at Pershing.
A health scare in fall 2017 didn’t stop his work, as he underwent surgery and treatment for melanoma. Scans from just last month show he remains cancer free.
Morrow says stewardship and faith have been the guiding principles at work and home.
“We all get a little window here … to affect constructively or positively the community that we’re in,” he says.
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