Five small-business people from around the state have been named to the National Federation of Independent Business state Leadership Council.
- John Cauthorn, owner, Cauthorn Farms, Mexico (NFIB member since 2010)
- John Abrams, president, deVan Sealants Inc., St. Louis (member since 1982)
- Ron Berendzen, partner, Capital Diesel LLC, Holts Summit (member since 1985)
- Mike Wiggins, owner, Granny Shaffer's Restaurant, Joplin (member since 2006)
- Bobby Medlin, owner, Bobby Medlin CPA, offices in Tipton, California and Lake Ozark (member since 2009)
The Leadership Council is an advisory board that assists the association in developing strategies to support small businesses throughout the state. Leadership Council members are nominated either by NFIB's state director or current board members and elected by the council.
"The members who serve on our Leadership Council not only advise NFIB on key issues but also are strong advocates for small business, helping us tell our story to state and federal lawmakers," said Brad Jones, state director of NFIB/Missouri.
NFIB is the nation's leading small-business association with 350,000 dues-paying members nationwide, including 8,500 in Missouri. Its members represent a cross section of the state's economy.