VIP2 Leadership Opportunity

Date: April 11, 2017April 12, 2017
Event Description:
This is a dynamic, in-depth,  2-day course suited for leaders and future leaders that work in the real world.  The Chamber is pleased to partner with VIP2 University in offering this degree of quality  leadership training to our Chamber Members.  Given that this will be a very in-depth course with personal attention given to each industry represented, this 2-day session will be limited to 12 people.

VIP2 University is a two-day leadership training suitable for executives, front-line leaders and emerging leaders. The scope of the session is looking at leadership, front-line people and your work environment through a different lens with a focus on the connections between work environment, leadership and bottom-line results.

Content over the two-day session includes:

Introduction to VIP(Values-driven, Informed, Passionate People)
• The “real world” genesis and application of VIP2
•  The relationship between work environment and the “bottom line”

• How to hire values-driven people (where are they?)
• Why “core values” must be the foundation of your work environment
• Why you must hold people accountable to those values

• The VIP2  perspective on new-hire orientation / training
• What does “being informed” look like (communications, etc.)
• Truly knowing your people: The power in unified diversity, understanding personality types, and successfully leading both  “millennials” and your “seasoned” people

Passionate People
• The power of “why” and “the big picture” to fuel passion
• Managing Conflict (keeping the passion positive)
• Avoiding Burnout (keeping the passion burning for you and those that work for you)

Leaving a True Legacy as a VIP2 Leader

About the Presenter…

At the peak of a successful 25-year career at Caterpillar Inc. (including director-level positions in Australia, Japan, and most recently, serving as General Manager for their new world-class manufacturing facility in North Little Rock), Jon left corporate America to follow his calling of serving people that are often overlooked and under-appreciated.
This transition from a career focused on “success” to one that focuses on “significance” was an easy one for Jon as the common theme during his career at Caterpillar was his passion for people. Jon is known as a leader that places special attention on the “front-line” team members who are often ignored in many organizations. Through his many years of experience in all corners of the world, Jon has proven that the only sustainable competitive advantage for any organization is to become relentless in developing a team of values-driven, informed and passionate people.

Driven from this passion, Jon founded his own company, VIP2, (which stands for Values-driven, Informed, Passionate People). VIP2, through several avenues, assists organizations with this critical journey, resulting in successful organizations and transformed lives.

Jon holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Economics from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Duke University.

Jon’s driving forces in his life are his faith, his family (wife Jennifer and three daughters, Lindsey, Taylor and Grace) and his friends.

First Friday Breakfast

Date: April 7, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM9:00 AM CDT
Event Description:


Dr. Doug Brubaker
Superintendent, Fort Smith Public Schools

Dr. Doug Brubaker began his tenure as the Fort Smith Public Schools Superintendent Jan. 18 with a commitment to public education that began when he was a new fourth-grade teacher at Birdville Independent School District in Fort Worth, Texas.

His first day included meetings with the District Crisis Team and his executive staff. Human Resources staffers assisted him as he completed necessary paperwork. He met with members of the news media and finalized his 90-day entry plan. Then he joined FSPS Board President Dr. Deanie Mehl and other members of the Fort Smith Board of Education for a board committee meeting focusing primarily on the 2015-2016 Audit. Marc Lux, CPA, Przybysz & Associates, told Brubaker and the FSPS Board of Education that the District earned an “Unmodified Opinion” which is the best rating an entity can attain.

In his career to date, Brubaker said, “I’ve served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, department director, assistant superintendent and associate superintendent in several school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”

Brubaker worked in Texas public school districts ranging from approximately 7,000 to 57,000 students for 21 years. As an administrator he guided the implementation of major initiatives including multiple bond programs, 1:1 technology deployments, strategic planning, curriculum updates and improved security procedures.

“The perspective I developed from serving as a teacher has been very valuable to me over the years. I think it’s helped me to make better decisions on behalf of students and continue to see central office as a team that exists to support the critically important work that takes place in classrooms. I believe that perspective will continue to guide the approach that I will take in this new role,” Brubaker added explaining how his experience in the classroom will aid him as the superintendent of Fort Smith schools.

Brubaker also is committed to community service. He has served organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, local Chambers of Commerce, and Leadership Garland. He understands the partnerships needed between community and schools, and plans to host a series of listening and learning activities that focus on building strong relationships with FSPS Board of Education, students, staff members, parents, members of the community and local and state leaders. He intends to use these meetings to better understand the district’s strengths, challenges and opportunities, he said.

“Stephen Covey wrote that effective leaders ‘seek first to understand, then to be understood.’ This quote reflects the approach I seek to take as the incoming superintendent of Fort Smith Public Schools. I believe that the district has been served by strong and student-centered leadership in the past, and I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders in the future to build on the district’s many successes,” he said, adding that he is looking forward to getting out to campuses and into the community to meet the teachers, staff, students and community members.

Brubaker said he is excited to join the FSPS team because “of its focus at all levels on preparing students for higher learning or direct entry into the workforce after graduation.”

Brubaker earned a doctorate in educational computing with a concentration in educational administration from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in education, Texas Christian University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Kansas. He has taught as an adjunct professor on a variety of subjects including curriculum, instruction and school finance for three universities and has made presentations at state and national conferences on a range of topics.

Brubaker and his wife, Heather, have been married for 18 years.

“My wife Heather and I also see Fort Smith as a great place for our family. The high quality of life and great schools here appealed to us because we have a daughter who will turn five this year and start school in the fall,” he said. “(We) are very excited to be moving to Fort Smith. We are grateful for the kind words of welcome that so many people have extended to us.”

Event Sponsors:

– Presenting Sponsor –

– Hosting Sponsor –

  • United Federal Credit Union 35840

– Incentive Drawing Sponsor –

  • Choctaw Hotel & Casino Pocola
UAFS Smith-Pendergraft Center
Reynolds Room
Date/Time Information:
Friday April 7, 2017
Contact Information:
Carol Smith 738-3111
$18.00 per member
$20.00 non member
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Lunch & Learn – Workplace Wellness

Date: April 4, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM1:00 PM CDT
Event Description:

Lunch ‘n’ Learn Event

Wellness plans encourage employees to live healthier, happier lifestyles.

The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Council would like to encourage our members to promote wellness in the workplace.  Our Healthy Workplace Awards extend appreciation and recognize businesses that show a commitment to health and wellness in the workplace.  The awards also serve to publicly promote the importance of a healthy workplace in the Greater Fort Smith Region.

Join us to hear from our 2016 Healthy Workplace Award winners!   Representatives from ArcBest Corporation and Arkansas Best Federal Credit Union will be available for questions and answers regarding their companies Workplace Wellness initiatives.

During the event, pick up your copy of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Council’s Workplace Wellness guide.

Applications for our 2017 Healthy Workplace Awards will also be available.

Lunch will be provided by the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Council

Chamber of Commerce
Board Room
Date/Time Information:
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Noon- 1:00 PM
Contact Information:
For more information, please call Carol Smith at 783-3111 or e-mail csmith@fortsmithchamber.com
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2017 Honors Student Banquet

Date: April 3, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM8:00 PM CDT
Event Description:
2017 Honors Student Banquet

Each year the Chamber and it’s Education Division partner with our local high schools to host a banquet for seniors who will graduate with honors this May. This is an outstanding way to recognize both the honor student and their parents for all of their hard work.

Without great sponsors, we cannot raise the level of education in our region and promote excellence by giving them a small recognition for their achievements.  THANK YOU!

Parents, please RSVP by March 28, 2017

*Please note: Each sponsorship covers both the Honors Banquet and the Scholars Luncheon.
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Date/Time Information:
Monday, April 3, 2017
6:00 pm
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No Charge for Honor Students
Tickets – $25.00 for parents and guests
Parents and Guests of students can purchase a ticket by clicking on the blue “Register Online” button to your left.
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River Valley Corporate Challenge

2017 River Valley Corporate Challenge 

Name: 2017 River Valley Corporate Challenge
Date: March 11, 2017May 20, 2017
Event Description:
2017 River Valley Corporate Challenge – Where Work Comes to Play

Please join us for the 3rd Annual River Valley Corporate Challenge sponsored by United Federal Credit Union and benefiting the Boys and Girls Club, the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Children’s Emergency Shelter.  The goal of the RVCC is to provide a healthy minded series of athletic and networking events for the River Valley.  Your business can form a team that will participate in activities like volleyball, kickball, bowling and wiffleball.  Have fun with your coworkers and develop stronger relationships outside of the office!

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Tentative Dates and Activities:

March 11th – Volleyball
March 15th – Dodgeball
March 22nd – Wallyball
March 25th – Kickball
March 29th – Soccer
April 8th – Flag Football
April 19th – Pool
April 22nd – Bowling
May 13th – Basketball
May 17th – Wiffleball
May 20th – Ultimate Frisbee

Contact Information:
For additional questions or to register a team please contact Ashley Ahlert at 479-651-4305.
Red – $1,000 – 1 team per event
White – $1,500 – up to 3 teams per event

*All events are coed.  All events will need one female on the court/field at all times.
*Employees must be on payroll by 02/01/2017 to play.
*All information must be turned in by 02/15/2017.
*Up to 3 companies may combine as long as the total employee count does not add up above 50.  Once you combine companies, this is your team throughout the events.
*Individuals must be 19 before 03/01/2017 and be out of high school.  You must sign waiver, be on roster and have a photo ID.
*Every team your company fields after 3 will cost an additional $250 per team/per event.
*Participants can only be on one company roster.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event:
*Event Sponsor – $250
*If participating in RCVV, you may place an additional team in sponsored event.
*Logo on RVCC signage and marketing materials.
*Marketing and promotion opportunity at event.