Jim Anderson has enjoyed a long career in public affairs, including six years with CoxHealth leading marketing, public affairs, and community relations and 26 years as President of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. He has received numerous awards for his leadership and excellence in business, including, the Springfieldian award and The Missourian Award in 2005, the Lifetime Achievement in Business Award in 2007, the statewide Diversity Champion award in 2017, the inaugural statewide Kit Bond Citizen Leadership award from Hawthorn Foundation in 2019, and many others. In 2002, Drury University awarded him the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree. He is a former member and Chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, served as Chairman on the Chamber’s National Professional Organization in 1995, a former Chairman of the United Way of the Ozarks, and past Chairman of the Springfield/Branson National Airport board of directors. During his tenure as President of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber was recognized as Chamber of the Year by its national professional organization in 2012.