Missouri Association Of Manufacturers’ Retiring CEO Reflects On Tenure

Kim Inman, CEO of the Missouri Association of Manufacturers | Photo courtesy of Missouri Association of Manufacturers
Kim Inman | Photo courtesy of Missouri Association of Manufacturers

Rita Needham is retiring as the chief executive of the Missouri Association of Manufacturers after 14 years, and the two main challenges she will pass on to her successor are the need for skilled workers in the manufacturing sector and a long-term solution for the association’s unique health care setup.

“My original role was to … work with the school systems to implement career awareness programs for manufacturing, because back then we were having difficulty finding skilled workers for our manufacturers,” Needham said. “We still have that issue today.”

Former Springfield Cardinals executive Kim Inman formally took over as CEO after a vote by the association’s board of directors on Dec. 2. Needham’s tenure was marked by the decision to think bigger. When she joined the association as community affairs director in 1999 — six years after it was established — it was known as the Springfield Area Manufacturers Association. Two names later, it has statewide ambitions.

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