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Tim Allen, Chamber President & CEO, joined the Chamber staff in November 2011. Prior to becoming Chamber President in 2014, Tim served as the Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for Economic Development for the Fort Smith MSA, overseeing Chamber staff and functions, and working with community leaders to improve the regional quality of place.

Tonya Rogers, Director of Operations, joined the Chamber staff in October 2015.  She is responsible for leading and managing the daily operations of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, including financial reporting, event and program management and membership and recruiting services.


Jennifer Black, Senior Finance Coordinator, joined the Chamber staff in December 2015.  She is responsible for the accounts payable and accounts receivable and maintaining financial information for the Chamber, affiliates and associated groups.

Maureen DeCora, Office Administrator, joined the Chamber staff in March 2004. She is responsible for providing customer service to both internal and external customers. This includes scheduling for the Chamber President, maintaining accurate Chamber member information, distributing relocation packets, and coordinating our office activities and communication.

Natasha Higgins, Chamber Membership Representative, joined our staff in February 2017.  Natasha is responsible for working with current Chamber Members and the onboarding of New Members.  Natasha engages in member visits, leads and participates in networking events and works with our Chamber Ambassadors.  She is the primary contact for the following events:  Breakfast Club, Business 2 Business Luncheons, Business After 5, Ribbon Cuttings and other celebrations.

Debra Young, Senior Education Coordinator, joined the Chamber staff in March 2016. She is responsible for the Leadership Fort Smith (LFS) and Junior Leadership Academy (JLA) programs. Debra is also the liaison to Fort Smith Public Schools and coordinates efforts related to the Arkansas Scholar’s, National Honor Society and Teacher Appreciation events.

Lindsey Brown, Senior Events Coordinator, joined our staff in September 2017.  Lindsey oversees the planning, coordination and execution of premier Chamber events including First Friday Breakfast, Annual Meeting, Jack White Legislative Golf Tournament, Healthcare Reception, Washington Fly-in and the Business/Career Expo.  Lindsey also serves as the liaison for our Healthcare Committee. 

Executive Committee

Tim Allen – President/CEO
Sandy Dixon – Membership Chair
Erin Gattis – Education Chair
Rodney Ghan – Economic Development Chair
Trent Goins –  Chair Elect
Kim Linam – Treasurer
Curtis Ralston – Healthcare Chair
Rob Ratley – Governmental Affairs Chair
Rodney Shepard – Chair
Sam Sicard – Past Chair

Board Members

Amy Johnson- Rheem Manufacturing
Carl Geffken- City of Fort Smith
Chip Paris- Paris Marketing
Col. Bobbi Doorenbos- 188th Wing
Crystal Costa- Southwest Times Record
Curtis Ralston- Cooper Clinic
Doug Brubaker- Fort Smith Public Schools
Dr. Paul B. Beran- University of Arkansas- Fort Smith
Erin Gattis- ArcBest Corporation
Greta Barr- Nunnelee & Wright Commercial Property
Mayor Sandy Sanders- City of Fort Smith
Michael Hadley- McDonald’s Restaurant
Bill Hanesworth- Littlefield Oil Company
Blair Parnell- BancorpSouth
Greg Davis- Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative
Ivy Owen- Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority
Luke Robins- O.K. Foods, Inc.
Marty Shell- River Rivers Distribution
Mike Pate- Honda Power Motor Sports of Fort Smith
Rob Ratley- Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company
Rodney Shepard- Arvest Bank
Ron Tucker- Baldor Electric Company
Russ Hayes- Mars Petcare US
Ryan Gehrig- Mercy- Fort Smith
Sam Sicard- First National Bank
Scott Weston- Armstrong Bank
William Hanna- Hanna Oil & Gas Company
Beth Presley- Arvest Bank
Gabriela Huertas- Sykes Enterprises
Kim Linam- Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp.
Sandy Dixon- Turnkey Construction
Patrick Larose- Glatfelter
Rebecca Hattabaugh- Ledbetter, Cogbill, Arnold & Harrison
Rodney Ghan- R.H. Ghan & Cooper Commercial Real Estate
Tim Allen- Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Trent Goins- O.K. Foods

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