SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -– Gordon Elliott was named the 2013 Springfieldian at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Friday.
As CEO of Elliott Lodging and Oak Ridge Properties, Elliott owns and operates 17 hotels and 15 apartment communities. Elliott is known for his efforts to revive distressed locations within the local hotel community, particularly his work restoring the historic landmark Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven.
He is also known for his service to others. On numerous occasions, Elliott has opened the doors of his hotels to the homeless as well as victims of natural disasters.
“There was a time when he even bought a house off the courthouse steps for an employee who was going to lose it,” said Elliott’s son, Todd Elliott.
Elliott is a founding partner of CPA firm Elliott, Robinson & Co. and has held several leadership positions within the community, including service on Springfield City Council, his role as past chairman of the Board of Public Utilities and past chairman of the Missouri State University Board of Governors.
A 1965 graduate of then Southwest Missouri State College, Elliott began his career of civic service as president of the Springfield chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce or Jaycees. With the Jaycees, he established Springfield’s first soccer team at Evangel University and in 1974 helped the group become recognized as the top Jaycees chapter in the country.
From there, he went on to found Springfield’s first adult daycare facility and serve on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Leadership Springfield and the Crisis Rape Center.
Known among his friends and family for his work ethic, Elliott served as treasurer for several political campaigns including those of U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt.
“Every month there are critical decisions that you want people you trust to weigh in on,” Missouri State University President Clif Smart said, “and Gordon is one of those people I call.”
For more than 50 years, the Chamber has honored an outstanding individual for leadership and commitment to our community. The Springfieldian is a citizen who has exemplified outstanding community service, excellence in his or her chosen profession and dedication to improving the quality of life for Springfield and its citizens.