Director of the Momentary announced as State of the Chamber Lunch Keynote Speaker


The Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Lieven Bertels as the keynote speaker for the annual State of the Chamber lunch on January 25, 2018. Bertels is the newly announced director of Momentary. Momentary is the innovative arts museum being developed by Crystal Bridges and is located near the 8th Street Market in Bentonville in the decommissioned Kraft Foods plant.

Bertels brings an impressive international career to Bentonville. For the past three years, he served as the Festival Director for the Sydney, Australia Festival, the largest arts festival in the southern hemisphere. Previously, Bertels worked for the Holland Festival as Artistic Coordinator from 2004 to 2011. He began his career at the RITCS (then RITS) Film, Radio and TV School in Brussels, teaching subjects including audio technology, music recording, audio art, sound for animation movies and acoustics. In his words he joins a community of people, “living to change things, to test new things and make new commerce.”

“Lieven believes deeply in the role of art as experience in crafting a complete quality of life,” says Graham Cobb, President/CEO of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Culture and community play an integral role in attracting the top talent required to maintain Bentonville’s vibrant, forward moving economy. Having someone of his caliber join in leading the growth of the region’s cultural economy is a huge win for Bentonville and all of Northwest Arkansas.” Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce members will be recognized at the lunch for leadership and community service. Among those being honored is Alice Walton who will receive the Sam M. Walton Award of Excellence.

The annual State of the Chamber lunch is January 25, 2018, 11:30am – 1:00pm, at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center, 3303 Pinnacle Parkway in Rogers. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.