Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) is a nonprofit, public/private partnership created to enhance the vitality of business and increase the number of quality, sustainable jobs in Columbia and Boone County, Missouri. REDI was founded in 1988 when community leaders recognized the need to collaborate to attract, expand and grow business, and preserve the area’s exceptional quality of life.


REDI is funded by the City of Columbia, Boone County, the University of Missouri, and more than 100 local businesses and municipalities to coordinate the area’s economic development activities. REDI is governed by a 19-person Board of Directors selected by and representing its public and private investors. The REDI staff also serve as the Economic Development Department of the City of Columbia.

REDI Staff

Stacey Button

Stacey Button


(573) 441-5542

Bernie Andrews

Bernie Andrews

Executive Vice President

(573) 441-5541

Collin Bunch

Collin Bunch

Entrepreneurship Coordinator

(573) 441-5546

Jean Nicklas

Jean Nicklas

Communications Manager

(573) 441-5545

Naia Owens

Executive Assistant

(573) 441-5543

REDI Board

Chairman of the Board

Rick Means

CEO and Chairman of the Board

Shelter Insurance

Vice Chairman

Teresa Maledy

Affiliate Investor


Todd Hoien

President-Columbia Market

Hawthorn Bank


Matt Jenne



Past Chair

Jeff Echelmeier

Member and CEO

Williams-Keepers LLC

REDI Board Members

Barry Chambers

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Boone Hospital Center

John Glascock

Interim City Manager

City of Columbia

Susan Hart

Vice President/Partner

Huebert Builders

Joe Henderson


Central Bank of Boone County

Jen Hedrick


Simon Oswald Associates

John John


RE/MAX Boone Realty - Commercial Division

Dr. Jeffrey C. Lashley


Moberly Area Community College

Dan Atwill/Fred Parry

Presiding/District 1 Commissioner

Boone County (Rotating Representation)

Benjamin A. Ross

Vice President - Engineering

Engineering Surveys & Services

Steve Sowers

President and CEO

Commerce Bank

Mayor Brian Treece

City of Columbia

Bill Turpin

Interim Assoc. Vice Chancellor

for Economic Development - MU

H William "Bill" Watkins, III


Maly Commercial Realty

Matt Williams

Regional President

Landmark Bank

Ex-Officio Board Members

Bill Lloyd

President, Connections Bank

Representing City of  Ashland

Matt Mccormick


Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Betsy Peters

Ward 6 Council Person

City of Columbia

Matt Pitzer

Ward 5 Council Person

City of Columbia

Heather Russell

Interim City Administrator/City Clerk

City of Centralia

Dr. Peter Stiepleman


School Districts of Boone County

Bill Turpin

President & CEO

MU Life Science Incubator

Gary Ward

Vice Chancellor

University of Missouri

James Whitt


City of Columbia Supplier Diversity Program