Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce Announces New President/CEO

Graham Cobb

The Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the selection of Graham Cobb as the new President/CEO.
A native Arkansan, Cobb is a proven leader with 20 years of experience in product development, audience/customer/member engagement, people management, brand advancement, and culture construction.
Entrepreneurship runs in Cobb’s blood. As a teenager and young adult, he cut his business teeth while nurturing his creative callings through DIY music. He designed and opened his first “pop up” pizza restaurant at age 22. At age 30 he opened three locations of a successful local pizza chain, designing new product and pivoting the concept to fit a new market.
While at Arkansas Business Publishing Group he worked in multiple divisions, serving both consumer and business readers. He and his teams consistently surpassed goals by identifying new audiences, matching customers’ needs and launching new products.
Most recently, Cobb served as Chief Operating Officer of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure, the organization enjoyed record event programming revenue and engagement, as well as record membership for two consecutive years. With Cobb’s guidance, the organization underwent a complete rebranding in 2016, from the creation of a new logo to the development of a new voice with methods of reaching members and engaging in community conversations.
Cobb was selected by a 10-member selection committee made up of community leaders. Craig Rivaldo, President of Arvest Bank Benton County and Chairman of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber Board of Directors, said, “Over the course of his career, Graham has developed a deep understanding of the relationship between internal team performance, customer engagement and service to the stakeholder. He respects the importance and role of legacy members and also recognizes that involving the city’s entrepreneurs and engaging young professionals is critical to the future of our city.”
“Innovation is crucial to being a forward-moving, successful chamber,” says Graham. “Bentonville’s distinct quality of place makes it a magnet for top talent. The Chamber will be a leader in maximizing this asset for our current businesses as well as those that will fuel the workforce of our emerging economy.”
Cobb will officially assume the role in late November with his wife Lisa, a Pre-K teacher, and two young children joining him in Bentonvile at the end of 2017. According to Rivaldo, “Retired Walmart executive Debra Layton has done a tremendous job serving as interim CEO on a part time basis. She has held the position since Dana Davis retired in August and will stay to help transition Graham into the position.”