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Staff

tim-allen

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-Sarlls, 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.

 

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
President & CEO, Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce

Sandy Dixon – Membership Chair
President, Turn Key Construction Managment

Erin Gattis – Education Chair
VP Human Resources, ArcBest Corporation

Rodney Ghan – Economic Development Chair
Principal Broker/Owner, R.H. Ghan & Cooper Commercial Properties

Trent Goins –  Chair
CEO/President, OK Foods, Inc.

Kim Linam – Chair Elect
Chief Administrative Officer, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp.

Curtis Ralston – Healthcare Chair
CEO, Cooper Clinic, P.A.

Rob Ratley – Governmental Affairs Chair
Community Affairs Manager – Arkansas, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company

Chip Paris – Treasurer
Owner, Paris Marketing & Public Relations LLC

Rodney Shepard – Past Chair
President & CEO, Arvest Bank (Main Branch)

Board Members

Tim Allen
President & CEO, Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce

Larry Balch
Plant Director, Glatfelter Advanced Materials NA, LLC 

Greta Barr
Broker, Nunnelee & Wright Commercial Properties

Dr. Paul B. Beran
Chancellor, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

Dr. Doug Brubaker
Superintendent, Fort Smith Public Schools

Crystal Costa
Publisher, Southwest Times Record

Greg Davis
Key Accounts/Member Services Manager, Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative

Sandy Dixon
President, Turn Key Construction Management

Erin Gattis
VP Human Resources, ArcBest Corporation

Carl Geffken
City Administrator, City of Fort Smith

Ryan Gehrig
President, Mercy-Fort Smith

Rodney Ghan
Principal Broker/Owner, R.H. Ghan & Cooper Commercial Properties

William H. Hanna
President & CEO, Hanna Oil & Gas Company

Russ Hayes
Site Manager, Mars Petcare US

Gabriela Huertas
Site Director, Sykes Enterprises

Amy Johnson
Director, ACD Operations, Rheem Manufacturing Co.

Col Robert Kinney
Commander, 188th Wing

Kim R. Linam
Chief Administrative Officer, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp.

Ivy Owen
Executive Director, Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority

Chip Paris
Owner, Paris Marketing & Public Relations LLC

Beth Presley
VP/Marketing Officer, Arvest Bank (Main Branch)

Rob Ratley
Community Affairs Manager – Arkansas, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company

Mayor Sandy Sanders
Mayor, City of Fort Smith

Marty Shell
President, Five Rivers Distribution

Rodney Shepard
President & CEO, Arvest Bank (Main Branch)

Scott Weston
Market President, Armstrong Bank (Main Branch)

Trent Goins
CEO & President, OK Foods, Inc.

Curtis Ralston
CEO, Cooper Clinic, P. A.

David Cravens
President, Regions Bank (Main Branch)

Aaron Littlefield, III
President, Littlefield Oil Company

Todd Parker
Regional Sales Manager, Cox Business

Justin Wisdom
VP of Business Development, SSi Incorporated

Thomas Wunderlich
Director of Manufacturing/Plant Manager, Gerber Products Company

Emily Ziegler
Account Manager, Davis Iron & Metal Inc.

Jason Green
Vice President-Human Resources, Baldor Electric Company

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