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Greg Burris, United Way of the Ozarks

Learning Session: Civic Matchmaking for the Wave of Retiring Baby Boomers: Are You Ready?

Greg Burris served as the City Manager for Springfield from September 15, 2008 – the day the Great Recession started – through June 30, 2018. In that capacity, he had the privilege to lead the most functionally diverse organization in southwest Missouri, with direct responsibility for 2,300 employees, a $366-million annual budget, and over $1.3 billion in assets. Greg is the Immediate Past President of the Missouri City Managers Association and is still a member of the board.

After an eight-day retirement, Greg joined United Way of the Ozarks as that organization’s first-ever Executive in Residence and the Executive Director of Give 5, a first-of-its-kind program that matches retired and retiring Baby Boomers with key volunteer opportunities in our community.

Greg married up, was born on Halloween, is a recovering computer programmer, once hosted an intervention for Ted Danson in a Washington D.C. elevator, formerly worked as a custodian and a lumber stacker, was a professional musician with limited talent for 12 years, worked for 25 years at Missouri State University, where he was in charge of the design and construction of JQH Arena, has a passion for great customer service, once made a half-court shot 24 seconds before halftime in the State high school basketball championship game, pole vaulted for a school that had neither a pole nor a pit, and enjoys French Silk Chocolate Pie (typically, alone in a dark corner).