Joanne Apke Ferrante 1954
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Joanne Apke Ferrante - 1954 - Community Outreach

Joanne Apke Ferrante was a member of the IWA Class of 1954. During her high school days, she served as Treasurer of the Freshman Class and reporter for the IWA Newspaper, The Light. After graduation, Joanne attended Maryville University. She received her Certified Industrial Developer designation from the International Economic Development Research Council and also participated in the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. Joanne is an alumna of the CORO Women in Leadership Program. 

Joanne served as Director of Business Development and Military Affairs for the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association for nineteen years. She also was the Director of Business Development and created programs for the Center for Entrepreneurial and Existing Business Development, a special set of programs to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners, with special emphasis on minorities and women-owned companies. She was selected as a representative to the President of the United States’ Commission on Consumer Affairs. 

Joanne held the office of Vice President of Public Affairs of the St. Louis Chapter of the Navy League of the United States. She was also Vice President for Communications and a member of the Advisory Board of the Air Force Association, Spirit of St. Louis Chapter and a member of the Advisory Board to the Association of the United States Army. Serving as the liaison for the military installations in Missouri and Illinois, Joanne was a founding member of the Jefferson Barracks Heritage Foundation. In 2002, she was presented with the U.S. Small Business Veterans’ Advocate of the Year Award for Region VII. 

Joanne is a past president of the Real Estate League of Greater St. Louis and has been recognized for her lifelong service to the real estate industry. Joanne served as past president of the St. Louis Chapter of the International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives as well as the Missouri Economic Development Council. She was Vice Chair for Easter Seals Foundation and co-chair of the St. Louis Symphony volunteers. Joanne is the proud mother of four children and even prouder grandmother of six.