The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) will present Jim Anderson, former president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, with a Life Member Award, the chamber of commerce profession’s highest individual honor. It is bestowed in recognition of a lifetime of business community leadership and service to the association and chamber of commerce profession.
The award will be presented to Anderson during ACCE’s national convention in Cincinnati from Aug. 12-15.
Recipients of the Life Member Award are nominated by their peers and selected by the association’s board of directors. Anderson is one of only three Life Member Award honorees in 2014. With his induction as a life member, he joins the profession’s most exclusive club. In ACCE’s 100-year history, life membership has been bestowed to fewer than 50 individuals.
Historically called “Honorary Member,” the Life Member award is earned by those who retire after outstanding careers in chamber leadership. They have earned recognition for their tireless commitment to the profession and their peers, while driving positive change in their organizations and communities.
Anderson has been a visible and active figure not only in Springfield, but also statewide. In 2001, Gov. Bob Holden appointed Anderson to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. Among his duties was serving as a member and past chairman of the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees’ Retirement System.
Anderson was appointed by Gov. Mel Carnahan to the Missouri Business Council in 1993 and to the Total Transportation Commission in 1996. In 2007, Anderson began a one-year term as chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, and then the following year he served a one-year term as Commission’s vice chairman.
Anderson has been a committed volunteer in the chamber world, serving as chairman of ACCE from 1994-95, and is a past president (1982-83) of the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri (CCEM). He has also served on the board of trustees of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management, and was past chairman of the board of regents of the Southern Methodist University Institute for Organization Management.
Over the years, Anderson has earned many honors, including ACCE’s Chairman’s Award in 1992, the Top Level Award in 1989 from CCEM. In 2005, he was honored with both the Springfieldian Award and the Missourian Award, and in 2013, he received the Career Service in Economic Development Award at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development.
Anderson graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield in 1971. He is also a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In 2002, Drury University awarded him the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The year before, he was named by SMSU (now Missouri State University) as an Outstanding Alumni.