• Jay Korte

    Collectively, the Leadership Council provides an opportunity to work with the area’s most innovative and ambitious leaders. Together, we’re helping shape the future of not only our neighborhoods, communities and cities, but we’re helping drive growth for the entire region.

    Jay Korte
    Client Relations, THE KORTE COMPANY
  • James Bullard

    Only St. Louis and Nashville had a lower cost of living than the national average.  This suggest that these two MSAs have a cost advantage over their other competitors. (Q1 V26 NO 1
    Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Regional Economist)

    James Bullard
    President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • James Bullard

    St. Louis’ standard of living was higher than about 94 percent of MSAs in the country. (Q1 V26 NO 1 Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Regional Economist)


    James Bullard
    President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Melissa Erker

    “The Leadership Council uniquely unites the business, academic, labor and government leadership in Southwestern Illinois to bring about change and strive for growth and excellence for the region. Being a part of this group enables access to top leaders and allows for a voice at the table as opportunities are emerging.”

    Melissa Erker
    Director Government & Community Affairs, Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery
  • Christopher W. Kirk

    I am honored and grateful to be part of the Leadership Council. I have the opportunity to be part of a collective group of Leaders that is working towards improving the economic growth for the region while strengthening the business partners of the community.

    Christopher W. Kirk
    Vice President - Business Development, First Mid
  • Rick Parks

    “Leadership Council provides me the opportunity to be part of the driving force behind economic growth in our area as well as network with the region’s most influential leaders.”

    Rick Parks
    President, First National Bank of Waterloo
  • Bruce Holland

    I get insight into legislative, municipal and corporate efforts initiated to improve our communities and develop our region.  This is important to me personally and to the future growth of my business.

    Bruce Holland
    President, Holland Construction Services, Inc.
  • Mary Lamie

    Membership with the Leadership Council is invaluable. Through meetings and networking with regional business, government and education leaders, I have developed excellent working relationships throughout the region.


    Mary Lamie
    Executive Director, St. Louis Regional Freight District

2020 Officers

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President: Richard Mark


Vice President: Alonzo Byrd

Treasurer: Dr. Randy Pembrook

Gary Hoelscher

Secretary: Gary Hoelscher

Executive Commitee

Melissa Erker

Patti Fischer

Kathy Federico

Tim Giddens

Bruce Holland

Jay Korte

Rick Ortyl

Rob Pickerell III

Donna M. Richter

Michael Riley

Dennis Wilmsmeyer

Office Staff

Executive Director and CEO

Dr. Ronda Sauget

Executive Coordinator

Amanda Hornacek

Administrative Assistant

Liz Happold