Roots in Our Area

  • Born at home, in the living quarters of a general store between Lakeview and Kimberling City, Missouri.

  • Attended Branson R-4 Schools from first grade through high school.

  • Began his working career at Marvel Cave Park in 1957.

  • Assistant to Peter Herschend, Silver Dollar City (1965)

  • Co-Administrator of the National Crafts Foundation with Mary Herschend (1966)



  • Earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia (1967)

  • Earned his Master’s Degree in Accountancy from the University of Missouri, Columbia (1968)

  • President of Akers, Arney Insurance Agency (1970)

  • Received his Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation (1982)

  • Received his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation (1987)

Leadership and Service throughout the Community


  • Branson/Hollister Jaycees, President, VP, Treasurer, Board Member

  • Branson/Hollister Rotary Club, President, VP, Treasurer, Board Member


  • Branson R-4 School District, President, Board Member

  • Taney Hills Library Club, Advisory Board Member


  • Skaggs Community Hospital (now Cox Medical Center Branson) Chairman

  • Faith Community Health Center, Board of Directors and President


  • Citizens for Public Safety Committee, to pass City of Branson safety tax to fund police and fire department needs

  • Ozark Mountain Bank (now Central Bank of Branson) Board of Directors

  • Taney County Economic Partners Corporation (TEPCOR) Treasurer, Member

  • Hollister Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors


  • Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce; President, Board Member

  • Branson/Lakes Area Tourism Community Enhancement District, Chairman


  • Taney County Board of Adjustment, Chair

  • Taney County Board of Planning and Zoning, Chairman

  • Public Hearing Committee to set up common sewer district formation in Taney County, Chairman


  • Youth Life (now K-Life), Board Member

  • Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch Board of Directors

  • Church Army USA Board of Directors

  • First Presbyterian Church, Ruling Elder, Financial Oversight Team Leader, Sunday School Coordinator for Adult Seekers Leader, Church Member

  • CORE (Community of Recovery Experience) President, Board of Directors



  • 2018 Missouri Lieutenant Senior Service Award

  • Mary Award (1988) presented by the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

  • The Kingdom Builders Award (2007)



  • Edd and wife Karen have lived in Branson more than 40 years, and in this area most of their lives.

  • The Akers have three children (David, John and Kari) and six grandchildren.

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