Historic Downtown Branson Streetscape
Cris Bohinc is a 30-year resident of Branson, married to a Branson musician/producer and has four generations of family living in our community. Cris is currently serving her fifth year as Branson Ward II Alderman, Executive Director of the Downtown Branson Betterment Association, Administrator of The Historic Downtown Community Improvement District, Board of Directors of the Branson Senior Center and serves on the City of Branson’s Advisory Council on Disabilities and HR Committee. She is excited to be asked to chair the Downtown Streetscape Steering Committee because this is one of the items she personally championed as a city alderman and delighted to see it start. Our downtown and our community deserve this amazing project and will all benefit from it.
Pam Druffel, Vice President of Retail Branch Operations for Ozark Mountain Bank, is a 23-year veteran of the financial industry. She is an active member of the community with her involvement with various organizations including the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the Branson Tri-Lakes Kiwanis.
The Hartley family and Dick’s 5 & 10 have been a part of Historic Downtown Branson for over 50 years. After 10 years with Dillard’s Department Stores, Steve returned to Branson to learn the family business from his father, Dick Hartley. Now, 20 years later, Steve co-owns and manages Dick’s 5 & 10 with his mother June Hartley and brother-in-law, Dave Montgomery. Their vision for the Historic Downtown Streetscape is to improve and evolve the experience of our visitors and guest while retaining the charm and character of the Downtown district. It is their desire that this Streetscape investment keep Historic Downtown Branson as a prime destination for future generations of Branson citizens and visitors.
Richard “Rich” K’nipple may be better known around town as the “old man” of Lightning Pawn & Music, founded in 1989 in downtown Branson. Rich has been in the pawn business for a total of nearly 40 years, having owned pawn stores in 6 towns in 2 states. A lifelong entrepreneur, Rich has founded several various small businesses throughout the years including cash register repair, office equipment sales, video arcade, pizza shop, video rental, neon sign factory, auto sales company and surplus equipment sales. Having been involved in various capacities on residential, church and merchant boards and committees, Rich and his wife of 46 years, Norma, enjoy their “retirement” by serving the community. Rich is currently a deacon at his church home, is serving on the Downtown Revitalization Steering Team, and is a board member of the Downtown Branson Business Association.
I have been licensed to practice law since 1991. I graduated from College of the Ozarks in 1989, BA, University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Law, 1991, JD. I have the pleasure to presently serve in the following positions - CID Board as Chairman; Branson Municipal Judge (10+ years); Secretary of the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association (statewide organization of Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges; Board Member of the Kirbyville School Board. I also maintain an active private practice. My wife Dawn and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary this last year. We have two sons, Jacob and Charlie.
Dr. Patrick Parnell
Dr. Patrick Parnell is a practicing veterinarian, and has owned and operated the Animal Care Clinic in downtown Branson since 1981. Patrick is a lifelong resident of Branson, and currently serves on the Board of Aldermen representing Ward II. He is the 4th generation of his family to live in this community.
Bozana Varisco owns Branson Investment Holdings, a company that specializes in the acquisition and restoration of commercial properties and historical properties in downtown Branson. The properties include the Historical Branson Hotel, The Heritage Row on Pacific street and Twin Plaza which is under construction on Main Street. The preservation of downtown Branson's historic buildings has been the main focal point and success of the company.