A familiar face is joining the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce as the special events coordinator.
Josh Goff, a native of Grove/Grand Lake joins the chamber after spending the last two years in Branson as an entertainer.
Goff, who graduated from Grove High School in 2011, received his associate's degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in 2013, and his bachelor's degree from Northeastern State University in 2015.
Goff said after four years in a college classroom, he still credits his upbringing on K. Ranch in Zena as to where he learned "the rest."
"There are some things that simply canst be taught in a classroom," Goff said. "Living and working on an operating cattle ranch taught me the importance of integrity, hard work, morals, and values.
"These are the skills that I strive to implement in my day to day life."
Goff has dedicated a large part of the past 13 years performing for audiences not only in Oklahoma, but all across the nation.
His most recent adventures landed him in Branson, performing in Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and at Silver Dollar City theme park.
"I'm an extrovert to say the least," Goff said. "I love to entertain and God has blessed me with no shortage of stages or opportunities."
Goff said after two years of entertaining in Branson, he and wife Chloe, decided to put some roots down.
"I began to look at long-term career opportunities where I could utilize my passion for creativity," Goff said. "Like an answer to a prayer, I discovered an opening as the Special Events Coordinator for the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.
"I may have been a little too enthusiastic, I messaged our president Donnie Crain in the middle of the night and emailed my resume within that same hour. The rest, as they say, is history."
As a native of Grove, Goff said he has seen a great deal of change within the community.
"We continually grow, integrate new ideas, and expand our economy and tourism," Goff said. "In adulthood, I am proud to have made my own contributions to this ongoing endeavor as a former business owner, chamber member, and artist.
"I believe that hospitality is the foundation to building commerce in any tourism driven economy. As the special events coordinator, I will use my years of experience in entertainment, event planning, and good old fashioned Southern hospitality to make a lasting impression that visitors will come back to experience time and time again."
Crain said he's excited to bring Goff to the Chamber's team.
“He is bringing a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to this new position – and Grove and Grand Lake will be the better for it, for visitors and residents alike," Crain said. "Stay tuned – Josh has some great ideas and we look forward to making them happen!”
Founded in 1962, the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce is the advocate for the Grove and Grand Lake business community with professionals working to help the Grove area develop into a place to live, work, play and invest.
For more information about the the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, or to contact Goff, persons interested may call 918-786-9079.