Catoosa Chamber of Commerce President Troy Anderson is passionate about two things, OSU football and the booming economic development of the city of Catoosa.

“You can be forward thinking and progressive and still maintain your core values,” said Anderson who has served as Chamber president for the past two years.

As senior vice president of the Bank of Commerce in Catoosa, Anderson believes his involvement with the chamber is “crucial for my profession and beneficial for the community.”

Under his leadership, the chamber has undergone a complete overhaul to redefine its image to do a better job of looking toward the future.

“Last year we renovated the bylaws to set a good operating structure in place, “ Anderson said.

One of the goals of the chamber is to improve communication with the community and businesses. In light of this goal, the chamber now has a Communication Committee, has purchased new computer software and hardware and is working on a new Web site.

“It will be a whole new site with more follow through,” said Anderson. “It will be designed to serve the community as a whole.

There will be a calendar of events and a list of members.”

Catoosa has seen rapid expansion in business and residential development during the last five years. “Our community has tremendous growth potential,” said Anderson. “The amount of growth is limited due to land constraints – geographic expansion is finite – but that isn’t what defines Catoosa’s future. The hometown values here are part of the community and part of what attracts people.”

This die-hard fan of the Orange and Black received a degree in finance from Oklahoma State University in 1993 and another in accounting in 1994. He became interested in banking through watching an uncle in Missouri who is a successful banker.

A graduating member of Claremore High’s class of 1989, Anderson played soccer and football in high school. His family moved to Claremore from Carthage, Mo., when he was just a toddler. His father, Tom Anderson, still lives in Claremore.

Anderson likes to golf and is looking forward to the Catoosa Education Foundation Golf Tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club coming up October 20. He also enjoys lifting weights. And of course, he and his college buddies attend as many OSU football games as possible.

“Basketball tickets are almost impossible to get,” he said. In addition to collecting memorabilia of Pistol Pete and his gang, Anderson is chairman of the board for SERTOMA (SERvice TO MAnkind), an organization that raises funds for the hearing impaired and continuing education.

“Each year we give local scholarships to the top two Catoosa qualifying high school students,” he said.

In addition to his forward-looking attitude, Anderson seems to reflect the hometown values he admires in Catoosa. Ebullient when speaking of the town, he turned shy when asked about his accomplishments.

“You have to let your work speak for you,” he said.

And, it does.

Staff correspondent Joy Hampton covers the Catoosa and Verdigris areas.

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