Tough to be Honored with 2017 Professional Torch Award

Chamber President, Toshua McCormick congratulates Executive Director Jackson Tough on receiving the Jim Anderson Torch Award. McCormick nominated Tough for the award. Jackson will be honored this month at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives conference in Nashville, TN.
Chamber President, Toshua McCormick congratulates Executive Director Jackson Tough on receiving the Jim Anderson Torch Award. McCormick nominated Tough for the award. Jackson will be honored this month at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives conference in Nashville, TN.

El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jackson Tough is to be honored as the 2017 Jim Anderson Professional Torch Award & Scholarship recipient by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

The Missouri and Illinois Chamber Executives award is based on leadership and mentor contributions, professional development goals and service to the industry, the chamber and the region. As part of the award Tough will receive a scholarship and be honored at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives annual July conference in Nashville, TN. The award committee is composed of Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis chambers of commerce, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Illinois State Chamber of Commerce and the national Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Chamber President Toshua McCormick espoused why she believes Tough received the Professional Torch Award, “Jackson truly knows business to business dynamics and has an intimate understanding of our community’s unique challenges and opportunities. When Jackson joined the El Dorado Springs Chamber at the end of 2010 the organization maintained approximately 80 members. The chamber of commerce has seen a 56% increase since his arrival. The average monthly luncheon attendance of 20 participants has tripled to average 60 attendees because Jackson engages membership and has advanced our chamber dramatically.”

In March Missouri legislators wanted to gain perspective on the status of rural economic development, better understand the functions of our rural chambers and the vital impact they have on their economies and communities. They asked Jackson to represent our chambers of commerce to the Rural Economic Development Caucus in Jefferson City. Jackson spoke on advancing our chambers as economic development drivers, rural broadband initiatives, more funding for Small Business and Technology Developmental Centers and more. Jackson keeps a vigilant eye on local, state and national matters that might influence local business and our members.

McCormick continued, “Jackson’s commitment has brought new life to our chamber and our community. He’s implemented and improved many community events, projects and programs.

Jackson has been the catalyst or played a large role in many projects including two sidewalk enhancements, historic downtown neon sign renovation, economic development director initiative, holiday lighting refurbishment, coordinated clean-up campaigns, designed new community guides, produced a promotional video for our community and more.

Last year the El Dorado Springs Chamber of Commerce was honored as the Small Market ‘Missouri Chamber of Commerce of the Year’ by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. This tribute is in large part because of Jackson’s tenacity, leadership and vision for our chamber.

His commitment also extends beyond the chamber of commerce. Jackson is an exceptional single father to two teenage daughters. He consistently illustrates commitment to his family, faith and of course our community.”

Tough said of the award “This is truly an honor. Like the Missouri Chamber of the Year award, it is a reflection of our membership coming together for business and community betterment. I greatly appreciate our chamber President Toshua McCormick’s support and efforts to nominate me for the Professional Torch Award. I also appreciate the chamber board members who took time to write letters of recommendation. I certainly couldn’t do it on my own. It’s humbling to see our work acknowledged. I never doubt that a group of thoughtful and committed citizens can affect positive change in our community, the area and our state; indeed we can.”