Brian Fogle joins CFO as Executive Vice President

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is pleased to announce that Springfieldian Brian Fogle has been named Executive Vice President for the organization. Fogle will join CFO on September 1, 2008. He will be involved in all aspects of the Foundation including development, operations, and grants/programs. In addition, Fogle will be integrally involved in the Foundation’s regional efforts, working closely with affiliated Foundation leadership throughout the Missouri Ozarks.

“We are very excited that Brian is joining our staff,” said Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ President Gary Funk. “Brian is certainly recognized for his commitment to public service in Springfield, but his rich experiences in rural community development also will be a tremendous asset.” In addition, Funk believes that Fogle’s 20 years in the banking field will be invaluable. “When you are working with a $150 million public foundation with more than 1,400 charitable funds, a financial background like Brian’s comes in real handy.” Funk added, “Brian is simply the ideal person to work with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its partners.”

Fogle is a native of Aurora, Missouri and graduated from Aurora High School. He received a B.B.A. and M.B.A. in banking and finance from the University of Mississippi. Fogle has been Director of Community Development for Great Southern Bank for the last six years, and prior to that he was Vice President of Institutional Development at Ozark Technical College for two years. Fogle worked in the banking field for 20 years. Fogle’s public service record is exemplary. He currently chairs the Jordan Valley TIF commission, is President of the Missouri Community Development Society and The Kitchen, and sits on the board of the Southwest Missouri Council on Governments, the Good Community Committee, Springfield Finance and Development Corporation, the Ozarks Regional Community Development Corporation, and the Dream Capital Corporation. Brian also takes the time to speak to groups ranging from high school commencements to economic development gatherings.

Fogle and his wife Renee have three children. Andrew, 20, who attends American University in Washington, D.C., Betsy, 18, who will be a freshman at the University of Arkansas, and 15-year old daughter, Ellen, who will be a sophomore at Parkview High School.

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