Young CoMo business leaders shift from work to play in easy-to-wear fashions.

L.G. PATTERSON

There’s no better way to celebrate the end of a workweek than getting together with friends and indulging in a cold brew. We invited four of Columbia’s young professionals — all members of EPIC (Emerging Professionals in Columbia) — to model the must-have looks for fall. Molly Borgmeyer, Geoff Karr, Gina Rende and Orvil Savery met up at Bur Oak Brewing Co. to mix business, pleasure and the season’s most stylish fashions. We’ve livened up the neutral tones with pops of bright color, a variety of textures, and layers that ease the transition from office hours to happy hour.

About Our EPIC Models
Columbia’s youthful environment extends beyond its university and colleges. Plenty of postgrad millennials are building their careers here, and bringing fresh ideas to the city’s business scene. The Columbia Chamber of Commerce celebrates this new class of leaders through EPIC (Emerging Professionals in Columbia), a group that focuses on professional growth opportunities and social interactions for those ages 22 to 40.

 

Molly Borgmeyer
Borgmeyer, the Title IX coordinator at Columbia College, is a member of EPIC’s executive committee. She earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design at William Woods University, then headed to Texas to get a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration at Baylor University. Borgmeyer grew up in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School. In her free time, she likes to go hiking with her boyfriend, Jay, and their three dogs.


Gina Rende

Rende, a leasing and sales agent with Maly Commercial Realty Inc., has been a member of EPIC for five years. She is a founding member of Thrive, a local professional networking organization, and she is active in the Women’s Network of Columbia. A St. Louis native, she graduated from the University of Missouri with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and communications. Rende enjoys spending time with Winnie, her 90-pound Great Pyrenees dog, and lifting weights at Wilson’s Fitness Center.

 

Geoff Karr (on right)
Karr joined EPIC in 2010. A small-business loan officer with Landmark Bank, he is also on the boards for Meals on Wheels and the Better Business Bureau. Karr earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Missouri. Originally from Jefferson City, he has made Columbia home with his wife, Lauren, and their 3-year-old daughter, Kennedy. Karr’s pastimes include golf, taking walks with his family, and playing the card game Pitch.

Orvil Savery (on left)
Savery is on EPIC’s executive committee. He is also on the advisory board for the Columbia branch of DAP (Diversity Awareness Partnership). Savery has the unique job title of Recruitment MacGyver at Veterans United Home Loans. Born in Jamaica, he grew up in St. Louis. He has a bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of Missouri and speaks some Chinese. When he’s off the clock, Savery blogs at OrvilSavery.com, hits the gym and hangs out with friends.

About Bur Oak Brewing Co.
It was a lack of available craft beer in the small Michigan town he formerly called home that led Bur Oak founder Craig Stichter to start brewing. He craved the nuanced flavors of a well-made beer — and so after moving to Columbia and spending eight years managing construction projects at the University of Missouri, he made well-made beer his livelihood. As Bur Oak (named after McBaine’s beloved Big Tree) continues to grow, craft-beer lovers can enjoy its clean, high-quality beers in the brewery’s taproom, at local bars and restaurants, or from the comfort of a home sofa.
8250 Trade Center Drive, 573-814-2178, www.buroakbeer.com
— HEATHER FINN

Special thanks to these retailers: Elly’s Couture, Girl Boutique, American Shoe, Binghams, White House Black Market. See the September issue of Inside Columbia for specific details about the apparel featured.