Chamber Legislative Policies and Positions

Manhattan Area Chamber monitors local, state and federal issues that impact the local business community through an active Business Advocacy Committee. All policies and positions of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce are submitted for annual approval to the Chamber Board of Directors. Legislative Policies and Positions

Business Advocacy Committee

Enhanced advocacy on behalf of Chamber membership at the local, state and federal levels will be the primary focus of the Business Advocacy Committee, which was officially formed in January 2017. In January 2016, the Chamber Board formed a task force to investigate multiple Chambers nationwide, and develop a model of advocacy that would work best for the Manhattan Chamber. Eight months of data was presented to the Board, and approved in September 2016.

The nine-member Business Advocacy Committee was chosen through an application process, and comprised of Chamber members in good standing, with sponsorship by a Board member. Elected officials are not eligible for the committee, but will be allowed to present on topics. All applicants were interviewed by a committee that consisted of the 2016 Board chair, Kristin Brighton, past chair, Lucy Williams, 2017 chair, Jim Gordon, and Chamber president, Lyle Butler, and Business Advocacy committee chair, Lisa Sisley.

Appointments consist of three-year terms (two term-length maximum). The committee meets twice monthly, with mandatory attendance at two-thirds of meetings. Questions about the Business Advocacy Committee should be directed to Lyle Butler

2017 Business Advocacy Committee


Lisa Sisley (Chair) Principal, New Boston Creative Group
John Armbrust
Linda Cook Assistant vice president communications, K-State Alumni Association
Neal Farmer Senior vice president, Community First National Bank
Doug Haverkamp Manhattan President, Central National Bank
Neil Horton Vice president/CEO, Bayer Construction Company, Inc.
Mike Matson Director Industry Affairs/Development, Kansas Farm Bureau
Keith Westervelt President/CEO, Blueville Nursery, Inc.
Lucy Williams Vice president/Trust Officer, The Trust Company
Ex-Officios
Dick Carter President, The Carter Group
Sue Peterson Government relations, K-State President’s Office