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Staff

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 Sarlls, Vice President 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.

Anita Brackin, Vice President of Workforce Development, joined the Chamber staff in June 2021. She is responsible for working with our strategic educational, community and industry partners to further develop and refine the region’s short and long-term workforce development and career and technical education strategy and vision.

Jennifer Neer, Senior Finance Administrator, 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.

Hannah Cabe, Educational Programs Administrator, joined the Chamber staff in September 2021.  Hannah is responsible for overseeing the events and programs that are related to K-12 education.  Hannah also leads the Leadership Fort Smith and Junior Leadership Career Academy programs.

Lindsey Trantham, Senior Events Administrator, 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. 

Dawn Turner, Membership Engagement Administrator, Dawn Turner joined the Chamber staff in September 2018. Dawn helps with maintaining marketing and communication between members and the Chamber including maintaining the Chamber’s website and social media platforms. Dawn also creates and distributes the Chamber’s Monday Minders and Chamber Connection newsletter. In her role Dawn focuses on directly impacting the growth and retention of Chamber membership, while helping Chamber members grow their own businesses through engagement with the Chamber’s activities and training on how to best use their membership tools and resources.

Executive Committee

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

Curtis Ralston – Healthcare and Past Chair
Vice President Operations, Mercy – Fort Smith

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

Dr. Terisa Riley – Board of Directors Chair
Chancellor, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

Jason Green – Education & Quality of Place Chair
Country Human Resources Manager, ABB

Keith Lau – Economic Development Chair
Principal Broker & Owner, KCP Real Estate & Property Management

Aaron Littlefield, III – Governmental Affairs Chair
President, Littlefield Companies

Stacie Smith – Membership & Marketing Chair
Public Affairs, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp.

Ed Ford
Plant Manager, Owens Corning

 

Board Members

Ed Ford
Plant Manager, Owens Corning

Carl Geffken
City Administrator, City of Fort Smith

Col. Jeremiah Gentry
Commander, 188th Wing

Stuart W Ghan
Principal Broker/Owner, Ghan & Cooper Commercial Properties

Col. David L. Gibbons
LTC-Training Site Manager, Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center

Jason Green
Country Human Resources Manager, ABB

Michael Griffin
Airport Director, Fort Smith Regional Airport

Eddie Lee Herndon
Community Affairs Manager – Arkansas, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company

Roger Holroyd
President & CEO, Arvest Bank (Main Branch)

Rich Krutsch
Vice President – People Services, ArcBest

Keith Lau
Principal Broker/Owner, KCP Real Estate & Property Management

Aaron Littlefield, III
President, Littlefield Companies

George McGill
Mayor, City of Fort Smith

Jackson Mendenhall
Associate Broker, Nunnelee & Wright Commercial Properties

Dr. Terry Morawski
Superintendent, Fort Smith Public Schools

Chip Paris
Owner, Paris Marketing & Public Relations LLC

Mike Pate
Owner, Honda Power Sports of Fort Smith

Dalton Person
Attorney – Jones, Jackson, Moll, McGinnis & Stocks, PLC

Phillip Poston
Director of Fort Smith Operations, Hytrol Conveyor Co., Inc.

Curtis Ralston
VP Operations, Mercy-Fort Smith

Nick Remy
Market President, Armstrong Bank (Main Branch)

Dr. Terisa Riley
Chancellor, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

Brian Schneider 
Senior Vice President, Wealth Services,  First National Bank (Main Branch)

Stacie Smith
Public Affairs, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp.

Bruce Stanton
V.P., General Manager, PRADCO Outdoor Brands

Kayembe Tshitenge
Plant Manager, Covia

Brandon Wall
Manager, Nabholz Construction Services

Jake Sibley
Regional Community President, Simmons Bank

Phil White

President/General Manager, General Pallets & Crates

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