|Graham Cobb President/CEO
Graham joined the Chamber in November 2017. 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. Prior to joining the Chamber he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also worked within multiple divisions of Arkansas Business Publishing Group and opened three locations of a successful local pizza chain, designing new product and pivoting the concept to fit a new market.
|Debbie Griffin Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Debbie joined the Chamber in April 2015. She is a native of Benton County with more than 30 years experience in communications, marketing, and team building. Prior to joining the Chamber Debbie worked as Technical/Communication Director at Fellowship Bible Church, led the Walmart Television team and worked with Sam’s Club broadcast communication. Debbie began her career as a television reporter in Northwest Arkansas.
|Jordan Carlisle Vice President Economic Development & Entrepreneurism
Jordan Carlisle joined the Chamber in July of 2018. Jordan leads the Chamber’s economic development and entrepreneurial efforts. Jordan Carlisle is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about solving fundamental problems that enable people to live more fulfilling lives. He developed a love for startups as a student at the University of Missouri.Prior to joining the Chamber Jordan worked with Walmart, he launched Arkansas Startup Weekend, 1 Million Cups Little Rock, and early-stage programming for the Arkansas Venture Center. In May of 2014, Jordan joined the Little Rock Regional Chamber as their first Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, with the purpose of proliferating the education and support of Arkansasâs future economic drivers.
|Darrel Harvey Director of Membership, Member Development
Darrel Harvey joined the Chamber in August of 2016. His primary responsibilities are ensuring the continuous and steady growth of the Chamber’s membership by building and maintaining a comprehensive and aggressive membership recruitment, retention and service program. Darrel also develops and manages programs and services that grow member businesses, increases the Chamber’s membership and overall retention of members, and service member needs. He works closely with the Northwest Arkansas Council to conduct surveys of local businesses and gather data which is leveraged to advance the region through various initiatives. Darrel also coordinates the Chamber’s Ambassador Program.
|Kirby Romines Director of Engagement and Experience
Kirby Romines is the Director of Member Engagement and Experience and joined the staff in January 2018. Kirby is a 2017 graduate of John Brown University with a degree in Marketing. Her primary responsibilities are working with our small business members and ensuring they are maximizing their membership. She coordinates the Small Business Week Celebration and the Chamber Challenge Golf Scramble and assist with all Chamber events. Kirby is also the Chamber’s lead for educational events such as the Annual Teacher’s Fair, Teacher of the Year and the New Teacher Lunch.
|Sherry Rolsma Director of WalStreet and Major Investor Engagement
Sherry joined the Chamber in May 2018. She is the Director of WalStreet and Major Investor Engagement. Sherry’s primary responsibilities are ensuring the continuous and steady growth of the Chamber’s WalStreet program. She oversees the WalStreet Speaker Series, Fireside Chats, Bayou Bash and the WalStreet Bike and Brew events. Prior to joining the Chamber Sherry worked for JB Hunt, Member Services and in pharmaceutical sales.
|Sierra Polk Director, Talent Initiatives and Innovative Inclusion
Sierra Polk is the Director, Talent Initiatives and Innovative Inclusion and joined the staff in October of 2018. Sierra is a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a degree in Accounting. Her primary responsibilities are to initiate programming and initiatives focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Sierra is also responsible for Leadership Benton County, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), and the Build Bentonville Business Lunch, as well as assisting with all Chamber events. Prior to the Chamber Sierra worked at the Walmart home office.
|Jon Moran Director Government Relations
Jon Moran is the Director of Government Affairs for the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce,as well as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. After serving12 years for Mike Beebe during two terms as Governor and one term as Attorney General, Jon and his family moved to Northwest Arkansas (NWA) in January of 2015. In the Beebe administration, Jon was a Special Assistant to the Governor for State Agency and Legislative Affairs, dealing with a variety of both legislative and regulatory issues. His duties included oversight of special projects in Northwest Arkansas and serving as the Governorâs liaison to the business community in Arkansasâs Third Congressional District. His work involved advising the Governor on matters concerning the stateâs natural resources; rural services; transportation; aeronautics; and city, county, and local affairs. He was also the liaison between the Governorâs Office and the Arkansas State Highway Commission and over forty additional state agencies, boards, and commissions. In 2014, Governor Beebe appointed Jon to serve as Arkansasâs designee and alternate to the Delta Regional Authority, a federal commission tasked with promoting economic development in the Mississippi River Delta.
|Allison Chase Facilities Manager
Allison Chase joined the Chamber in October of 2018. She is the Office and Facilities Manager. Her primary responsibilities are managing the Chamber office with front desk management, greeting guests, answering phones, coordinating volunteers and assisting with special projects and programs. Allison also assists with all Chamber events.