The St. Louis Regional Chamber Board of Directors announced today that Ken Cella, Principal, Edward Jones, has been selected to serve as its next chair. Cella will succeed Tom Minogue, chair of Thompson Coburn and board chair of the Regional Chamber since October 2018.
Cella’s service will become effective at the September 2020 full board meeting.
“Ken is exactly the kind of leader the Regional Chamber’s board and the business community at large need,” said Regional Chamber President and CEO Tom Chulick. “He listens to all voices, stays focused and most importantly - brings people together and keeps them accountable to the bigger picture. That is what we need for the region’s largest private business organization.” Cella, who began his Edward Jones career in 1990 as a financial advisor in O’Fallon, Mo., leads the Edward Jones Client Strategies Group, which includes the Marketing, Advice and Guidance, Products, Trading and Solutions areas. The group equips client teams with insights and complete wealth management expertise, products and solutions throughout the client journey.
Cella also serves on the Edward Jones Executive Committee, the team responsible for defining the future state for Edward Jones to improve the lives of clients, their families and their communities.
Having served as a board member of the St. Louis Regional Chamber since 2016. Cella, a native St. Louisan, said he believes the Regional Chamber is uniquely positioned to focus intently on understanding and meeting the needs of the St. Louis business community.
“I look forward to leading the St. Louis Regional Chamber, and I accept this position fully aware of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” said Ken Cella. "My predecessors have done a notable job bringing people and businesses together in the best interest of the region."
Cella cites the Regional Chamber’s recent success in the Missouri and Illinois state legislatures in helping pass Missouri’s largest workforce bill in 2020, HB 2046. This bill included Fresh Start, which opens more opportunities for Missourians with past criminal convictions and the Expanded Workforce Act, which further develops the apprenticeship pipeline. Along with other forward-thinking business legislation like Medicaid Expansion, the Regional Chamber has focused diligently on advocating for a business environment that promotes job creation and helps more businesses and their employees thrive.
Cella noted, “Looking ahead, I’ll be working to lead the transformational change needed to give the regional business community a unified sense of purpose – operating with one voice – for St. Louis’ future.”
One of Cella’s key focus areas is the Regional Chamber’s supporting role in creating a more inclusive and equitable business environment in St. Louis.
As the leading economic development and business advocacy organization for the 15-county bistate region, the Regional Chamber represents nearly one-third of the St. Louis region’s employment base. Former board chairs have included leaders from Ameren, Spire and Wells Fargo Advisors.
In addition to this new volunteer role, Cella serves on the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Board of Directors, Executive Committee and the Private Client Wealth Management Committee, AllianceSTL Board, University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council, and Concordance Academy of Leadership Board of Directors.
Minogue will remain as an executive board member of the Regional Chamber. Under Minogue’s leadership, the Regional Chamber launched AllianceSTL, an independent subsidiary of the St. Louis Regional Chamber solely focused on business recruitment and economic development. AllianceSTL celebrated its largest win to date this week with the announcement of Accenture Federal Services locating its next Advanced Technology Center in St. Louis, creating 1,400 new technology jobs. Over the last two years, the Regional Chamber also strengthened its business resource programs to support diverse business enterprises and the COVID-19 impact on business.