Shawnee Forward leads a thriving region that fosters and respects diversity, culture, relationships, and entrepreneurship.
Shawnee Forward exists to lead and empower a diverse community through collaborative economic growth, workforce development, and educational enrichment, to improve the quality of life and opportunities for the greater Shawnee area.

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The Shawnee Forward organization is in place to lead the Shawnee area and surrounding region, in both community and economic development efforts. Shawnee Forward brings together the resources, commitment, and energy of both the chamber and economic development organizations, and will be the lead marketing and business attraction/retention entity for the community. In addition to business attraction and retention, Shawnee Forward will work to build a stronger entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem, to also support private employers in identifying, recruiting and developing talent, and act as a unified, collaborative voice to all of the businesses that call this community home.

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Board of Directors

  • Joe Vorndran

    Board Member

    Joe Vorndran

    Stuart Clover Law Firm

  • Melissa Dennis

    Board Member

    Melissa Dennis

    Pott. County Commissioner

  • Joe Ford

    Board Member

    Joe Ford

    Shawnee Milling

  • Katie Landes

    Board Member

    Katie Landes

    Action Physical Therapy

  • Casey Bell

    Board Member

    Casey Bell


  • Dr. Jim Collard

    Board Member

    Dr. Jim Collard

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation

  • Larry Briggs

    Board Member

    Larry Briggs

    President First National Bank & Trust

  • Josh Trimble

    Board Member

    Josh Trimble

    Oklahoma Baptist University

  • Rachael Melot

    Board Member

    Rachael Melot

    Blue Zones & Wystle

  • Angi Mohr

    Board Member

    Angi Mohr

    SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital Shawnee

  • Cami Engles

    Board Member

    Cami Engles

    Theopolis Social Club

  • Jeff Madison

    Board Member

    Jeff Madison


  • Denoda Rutherford

    Board Member

    Denoda Rutherford

    Shelter Insurance

  • Jarrod VanZant

    Board Member

    Jarrod VanZant

    Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative

  • Bryan Lucas

    Board Member

    Bryan Lucas

    Georg Fischer Central Plastics

Shawnee Forward Team

  • Tracy Qualls

    CEO / President

    Tracy Qualls

    CEO / President

  • Tim Burg

    Economic Development

    Tim Burg

    Over the course of the past 45 years, Burg’s hands on career has allowed him to develop a unique perspective and insight. He is one of only 1100 certified economic developers in the world.

  • Jeremy Davidson

    Marketing & Events

    Jeremy Davidson

    Marketing & Events

  • Lindie VanAntwerp

    Membership Director

    Jeremy Davidson

    Membership Director

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