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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 Rogers-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 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.

Lindsey Trantham, 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. 

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.

Madi Cervantes, Administrative Assistant, Madi’s primary function is to support the coordination of the office activities and to act as a customer service representative for both internal and external customers.  Madi has been a part of the River Valley community since 2006. She graduated from Van Buren High School in 2015, then from the University of Oklahoma in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies with a minor in social justice.

Executive Committee

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

Curtis Ralston – Board of Directors Chair & Healthcare Chair
Vice President Operations, Mercy – Fort Smith

Larry Balch – Past Chair
Site Leader, Glatfelter Advanced Materials NA, LLC 

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

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

Jason Green – Education & Quality of Place Chair
Vice President-Human Resources, ABB

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

Aaron Littlefield, III – Governmental Affairs Chair
President, Littlefield Oil Company

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

 

Board Members

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

Larry Balch
Plant Director, Glatfelter Advanced Materials NA, LLC 

Kristen Carroll
Vice President Private Banking Officer, Arvest Bank (Main Branch)

Richard Cornelison
Economic Development Manager, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company

Col. Leon Dodroe
188th Wing – Commander

Ed Ford
Plant Leader, Owens-Corning

Carl Geffken
City Administrator, City of Fort Smith

Stuart Ghan
Executive Broker, Ghan & Cooper Commercial Properties

Jason Green
Vice President-Human Resources, ABB

Michael Griffin
Airport Director, Fort Smith Regional Airport

Melissa Hanesworth
Managing Director, Pernod Ricard USA

Eddie Lee Herndon
President, United Way of Fort Smith Area, Inc.

Lt. Dwight D. Ikenberry
LTC – Training Site Manager, Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center

Deana Infield
Member, Landmark PLC

Rich Krutsch
Vice President – People Services, ArcBest

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

Aaron Littlefield, III
President, Littlefield Oil Company

Mayor George McGill
Mayor, City of Fort Smith

Kim Miller
President Western Region, Baptist Health

Chip Paris
Owner, Paris Marketing & Public Relations LLC

Mike Pate
Owner, Honda Power Sports of Fort Smith

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

Michael Poffinbarger
Site Director, Mars Petcare US

Curtis Ralston
Vice President Operations, Mercy – Fort Smith

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

Nick Remy
President – Fort Smith Market, Armstrong Bank 

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

Greg Rotter
Region President – Western Arkansas, Chambers Bank (Main Branch)

Brian Schneider
Senior Vice President/Director of Wealth Services, First National Bank of Fort Smith

Stacie Smith 
Public Affairs, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp.

Christina Stage
Plant Manager, Silgan Plastic Food Containers Corp.

Kayembe Tshitenge
Plant Manager, Covia 

Rodney West
Regional Community Bank President, Simmons Bank

Phil White
President/General Manager, General Pallets

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