Become a member today—contact Executive Director Steve Oslica by email, by phone at 314-343-6031, or by filling out our contact form.

The Hawthorn Foundation is made up of Missouri leaders supporting economic development. Hawthorn members join from every region of the state to work for the betterment of Missouri’s economy. Hawthorn supports the work of the executive branch of state government by  providing critical administrative support for a variety of economic development functions. Hawthorn supports a variety of initiatives including grants, studies, conferences and trade-related events.

As Hawthorn members, Missouri’s economic development organizations are eligible for discounts on Missouri Partnership cooperative marketing events, which are offered so organizations can increase their community’s visibility by leveraging the Partnership’s marketing presence at various events throughout the year. These events allow communities to take advantage of networking opportunities with industry executives, while also enjoying sponsorship and/or exhibition privileges secured by the Partnership at significantly lower than standard registration rates.

In addition to economic development work, Hawthorn strives to educate members by hosting quarterly luncheons—which are hosted at venues across the state—that feature presentations on Missouri’s economic drivers. Hawthorn events also provide networking opportunities with leaders across Missouri. Hawthorn welcomes everyone and values all members as a source of enrichment.

Did you know?  The partnership of the Department of Economic Development, the Hawthorn Foundation, and its representatives produce over $15 billion in annual Department of Defense payroll in the state of Missouri.  This represents over 5% of the state GDP.  

Current Members


Executive Committee

Alexander Cartwright: At-Large
University of Missouri

Mark Grimm: At-Large
Gilmore Bell

Marie Carmichael: At-Large
Missouri Development Finance Board

Rob Dixon: Director
Missouri Department of Economic Development

Al Purcell: Immediate Past Chair
Mosaic Life Care

Steve Oslica: Executive Director
Hawthorn Foundation 

Warren Erdman: Chair
Kansas City Southern Railroad

Rudy Farber: Secretary / Treasurer
Community Bank & Trust

Jim Curran: At Large
Electrical Connection

Marilyn Bush: At Large
Bank of America

John Sebree: Chair-Elect
Missouri Association of Realtors

Board of Governors

Sustaining Board Members

Board of Directors

Associate Members

McCownGordon Construction

Norfolk Southern

Union Pacific

US Bank

Veterans United Home Loans

Western Governors University-Missouri


The Boeing Company

Certified Express, Inc (CEI)

Economic Development Center (EDC) of St. Charles County

Enterprise Holdings

Maryville University

McCarthy Building Companies

Economic Development Partners

Friends of the Hawthorn Foundation


Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI)

Newmark Grubb Zimmer

Next Move Group

Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative

Olsson Associates

Orscheln Products

Port KC

Ridewell Suspensions

State Technical College of Missouri

Stifel Financial Corporation

Striler Group

White Goss Attorneys at Law

Wood, Cooper & Peterson LLC

ABNA Engineering

ARCO Construction

Brewer Science

Callaway Electric Cooperative

Carmichael & Neal, P.C.

City Utilities of Springfield


Crowder College

First State Bank & Trust of Caruthersville


Industrial Process Systems

Kadean Construction

Kevin C. Fleming, Esq.

Kit Bond Strategies (KBS)