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Your Chamber Team

Executive Director

Candy Hente

Candy Hente

Candy Hente has been part of the Farmington community since 2007. Even before joining the Farmington Regional Chamber team, she was an active part of the Chamber community.

She has worked for, volunteered and networked with many of the local non-profit agencies including the Public Relations Director for the Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center, worked with Young Faith in Christ, St. Francois County Mental Health Board, Hope 4 Autism and St. Francois County Community Partnership, and was a member of the St Francois County Rotary Club. In 2015 the Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized Candy’s contributions with the KFMO/B104 Super Service Award.

Prior to becoming the Farmington Regional Chamber Executive Director, Candy was a Certified Work Incentive Counselor at LIFE Center for Independent Living where she analyzed the impact of work income for individuals receiving disability benefits.

Candy was also a leader for 14 years on the regional and national level for Protestant Women of the Chapel, an Armed Forces chaplain sponsored ministry to military wives.  She is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center and King’s Way Missionary Institute.  Candy and her husband, Stephen, live in Farmington and in her spare time enjoys hiking, reading and attending art related events.

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Director of Events

Cassie Thomas


Cassie Thomas has called Farmington home since 1998 when she started school at Mineral Area College. Since completion of her Agri-Business degree, she has been active in the public and private sectors.

She has worked for the House of Representatives as a Constituent Service Specialist for Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson and Office Director for Congressman Jason Smith.  During this 9 year endeavor, she worked closely with the Representatives to ensure the constituents of the 8th Congressional District in 10 local counties received the representation they deserved by working with a multitude of federal agencies ranging from Social Security to the Department of Veterans Affairs. She then became the Practice Manager at the Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area the largest Veterinary Clinic in the Parkland.

Before becoming the Director of Events for the Farmington Regional Chamber, Cassie was the Office Coordinator for L.I.F.E. Inc., Center for Independent Living where she coordinated various office tasks to ensure office operations ran smoothly from day today. She also helped establish a food pantry for consumers and the homeless. She was an integral part of planning the annual Masquerade Ball the non-profit organization’s largest fundraising event.

Cassie and her husband Adam have 2 children Blaine and Bryar. In late 2019 they were blessed with a bonus son Tywan. In her free time, you will find Cassie in her kitchen, she loves to cook, spend time with family and friends, and reading a good book.

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