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Who We Are

The Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce is the region’s second-largest business advocacy organization and is the 9th largest Chamber in the state of Kentucky. It is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors, run by a staff of 4, and supported by community investors - that advocates for members' business interests and the interests of our local business community; connects members with the people and information they need to thrive; and helps members save money.

Pictured L to R (top row: Karen Welch, Marc Peebles, Deana Wright, John Mitchell, Mike Hopkins, Jack Rose, Michael Stanger, Jonathan Holder, Chris Chapman, David Perlow, LaCosta Hays; bottom row: Aaron Dail, Michelle Bundren, Jennifer Apple, Kathy Stanfa, Chad Stubblefield) not pictured: Jason Anderson, Joe Ben Bogle, Jerry Penner, Jim Taylor, Larry Elkins, Erin Carrico, Bob Rogers, Tres Settle, Mark Manning

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Jennifer Apple, Past Board Chair 2015-2016, CFSB
Jason Anderson, Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs
Allen Besand, Huston Inc.
Joe Ben Bogle, Board Secretary Ag Connections
Chris Chapman, Loucon Snowsport Deals
Chris Clark, Clark Construction Co.
LaCosta Hayes, McConnell Insurance Agency
Jonathan Holder, Wal-Mart
Mike Hopkins, Incoming Board Chair 2016-2017 DEVsource
Jerry Penner, Murray-Calloway County Hospital
David Perlow, Gregory-Easley-Erntsberger Attorneys
Kathy Stanfa, Board Chair 2016-2017  Saputo
Mike Stanger, SBG Properties
Chad Stubblefield, Board Treasurer, The Murray Bank
Jim Taylor, Land Between the Lakes
Karen Welch, New Life Christian Bookstore

Ex-officio Board Members

Larry Elkins, Calloway County Judge Executive
Jack Rose, City of Murray Mayor
Erin Carrico, Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau
Deana Wright, Murray Main Street Program
Bob Rogers, Murray Independent School District
Tres Settle, Calloway County Schools
Mark Manning, Murray-Calloway EDC

Our Strategic Imperatives

  1. Membership Growth - Attract new members and increase existing members’ involvement in the Chamber by providing programs, services and benefits that are valued by members as essential to their success.
  2. Community Development & Talent Retention - Strengthen community involvement and decision-making to:
    • Support economic growth.
    • Promote a highly qualified, well-trained workforce.
    • Enhance the quality of life.
  3. Operational Excellence - Ensure maximum impact of the Chamber's limited resources through:
    • Rigorous, fiscally responsible budgeting.
    • Maximization of members' return on investment.
    • Continuous self-analysis and adoption of best practices.


Advocacy Committee
The Chamber’s Advocacy Committee serves as a starting point for discussions on issues that affect business. The committee identifies issues, vets them in meetings with proponents and opponents, and decides whether to make a recommendation to the full Board of Directors as to a formal position the Chamber should take.

Membership Retention Committee
This committee focuses on developing programs to enhance the recruitment  of new members and retention of current members, contributing to the success and viability of the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce.

Business Ambassador Committee
The ambassador committee serves an engagement function of the Chamber and its members. Ambassadors are involved in membership development through recruitment and retention programs, including ribbon cuttings and other member events. If you'd like to be involved with the ambassador committee, contact Michelle Bundren at 270-753-5171

Our Staff

Michelle Bundren

Director of Membership Development

Michelle Bundren is Director of Membership Development for the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce. She has years of customer service experience as she managed Vintage Rose Emporium for several years and was later promoted to V.P. of Retail for a large management firm.

She has loved being involved with small business in Murray, Kentucky and is happy to continue her experience by promoting the community and all it has to offer. Michelle has a B.S. in Public Relations and Marketing from Murray State University. She is married to Tim Bundren and they have 3 children named Griff, Gentry, and Greer.

Aaron Dail


Aaron Dail is President/CEO of the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce and has worked extensively in business leadership and capacity building. He has served as Executive Director of United Way and has been involved in several community wide initiatives.

Aaron participated in Harvard Business School's Executive Education program and has a Nonprofit Management Certification from Duke University. He holds a B.S. in Organizational Communication and a M.B.A from Murray State University.

Cindy Chrisman Veach

Administrative Assistant

Cindy Chrisman-Veach is Administrative Assistant for the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce and has been employed by the Chamber since 2009.

She studied at Murray State University, was a full time homemaker and mother of three, a part time photographer of 30 years, and now a grandmother. Having lived in Murray for 50 years, her knowledge of Murray-Calloway County is an asset in helping people who are relocating, looking for housing, businesses, restaurants or recreational venues.