Leadership Team

It is with great honor that I take the position of President of the Hoisington Chamber. I have always been behind the Chamber’s efforts to support our business community but over the last several years, I’ve become more engaged with the Chamber. Through that engagement, I have had the opportunity to meet business owners, managers and employees of companies, and residents all while giving back in so many ways – and that has been inspiring.


Since moving here five years ago I have enjoyed being a part of this great community. Since day one I have felt nothing but openness and warmth from this community, and for that I am very grateful and so are the many other people who have moved here to be a part of this great community. When you have been a part of something for a while it just becomes natural, this community has something special and I look forward to continuing to build upon that!


I look forward to working with the businesses and the people who call Hoisington home in 2019 and continuing to make the Hoisington Chamber such a vital part of what makes Hoisington so great! 


Eric Schoendaler, President

Hoisington Chamber of Commerce

Meet Our Board

Eric Schoendaler
First Kansas Bank

Term Expires: 2019

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Amber Crawford
Vice President
Dairy Queen

Term Expires: 2019

Kara Cotten
Superior Essex

Term Expires: 2019

Jessica Base
Country Place Senior Living

Term Expires: 2021

Jim Blackwell
Clara Barton Hospital

Term Expires: 2019

Melissa Hipp
Hoisington Public Library

Term Expires: 2019

Scott Fleming
Past President
EMS Director for the City of Hoisington

Term Expires: 2019

Jim Meitner
Meitner Home & Repair

Term Expires: 2020

Brance Barnard
Barnard Tire & Automotive
Term Expires: 2020
Kris Schneweis
S&S Reel Welding & Fabrication

Term Expires: 2020

Joel Mason
USD 431
Term Expires: 2021
Brian Wilborn
Community Bank of the Midwest

Term Expires: 2021

Jonathan Mitchell
City Manager
Ex-Officio Board Member
Karen Baldyga
Executive Vice President
Hoisington Chamber of Commerce
Ex-Officio Board Member
Membership Enhancement

Increase membership in the Chamber to develop a sound financial base and provide support contact with membership and further continue to enhance benefit services, while supporting membership events.

Community Service

Position the Chamber of Commerce as a proactive, credible community leader through the work and coordination of community groups and civic organizations in improving the quality of life in Hoisington.


Continued expansion and diversification of agri-business in order to enhance city-rural relations.


Initiate incentives to develop adequate housing for the citizens of the community. Continue supporting business involvement and entrepreneurial development in our schools.

Special Events

Organize, plan and host events to involve Chamber members and the community. Such events shall include the Annual Chamber Awards Banquet and the Annual Labor Day Celebration plus other fundraisers deemed necessary.

Economic Affairs

Work in conjunction with the City of Hoisington and Barton County Economic Development in the creation of business and the growth of existing business and industry. Encourage new, improved and expanded businesses for the growth and development of Hoisington.

Organizational Excellence

Create a more improved and efficient framework for the daily operations of the Chamber of Commerce. Implement marketing and communications strategies to promote the Chamber of Commerce, its programs, services and events.

Government Affairs

Be a recognized leader and advocate of legislative and regulatory issues that affect the business community and work toward educating the community on issues.

Program of Work

The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce is business and professional people working collectively to provide solutions for our community.


Our objective is to make Hoisington a progressive and enjoyable community through the following Program of Work.