After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Beth held sales and marketing positions with national corporations including Bachrach’s, John Q. Hammons, Panasonic and Southwestern Bell for over twenty years. She began her career in publishing in 1995 by launching the Business Journal of Mid-Central Illinois, a monthly publication that became a valuable resource for local business and has continued in the Decatur market over twenty years. Beth introduced Decatur Magazine in January 2000.
A strong supporter of economic growth and development in the Decatur area, Beth’s community involvement includes board appointments as Chair of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra Guild, Governance Chair of Mid-IL Chapter of American Red Cross, Treasurer of the Oakwood Business Association, and Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
She served on the Decatur Park District’s Lakefront Development Task Force and was appointed to the architectural selection committee for implementation of the lakefront’s master plan. Beth has also presented the popular Blues in Central Park free summer concert series in downtown Decatur since 2001.
Born and raised in Decatur, and with three grown children, Beth’s leisure time is balanced between community service, travel, and an occasional round of golf.
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