Zern Vess has represented District 1 since first winning election to council in April of 2023.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany while his father was on assignment there with the US Army, Zern then grew up in Laquey, Missouri, a small town near Fort Leonard Wood. After high school, Zern graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Missouri State University (SMS at the time).
Zern and his wife Dani own and operate Signarama, a full-service sign shop serving Southwest Missouri. Their business has earned awards for customer service, sign design, and more.
The Vess family moved to Nixa in the fall of 2014 after having left the Springfield area for some years following Zern’s career with Enterprise Rent-a-car. They wanted to move back to Missouri to be closer to family and they chose Nixa because of interactions they experienced in the community and because they were drawn to our award-winning schools. “Nixa felt like a great place to live and raise a family and the community has held up its part of the bargain,” says Vess. “My oldest daughter graduated from Nixa in 2020 and my youngest currently attends Nixa High school.”
“I enjoy the pride and ownership Nixa citizens have for our town,” Vess says, adding, “I have met and worked with some of the most driven people from Nixa.”
Vess hopes to help Nixa attract retail and manufacturing businesses to Nixa as well as outdoor recreational opportunities including parks improvements, walking paths and biking trails.
“I don’t like talking about myself, so I’d much rather talk with citizens about their concerns and ideas for how we can improve the community,” says Vess. “Feel free to reach out and I’ll do my best to find answers to your questions or have a productive conversation. I’m eager to help!”
Zern Vess’ current term will expire in April of 2024.