|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.
|Travis Stephens Vice President of Operations
Travis joined the staff in March 2019. Travis leads & manages the team to execute the vision of the CEO and move forward the mission of the chamber as well as leads the team in developing programming and events to serve the needs of members and increase awareness of the organization. Before joining the Chamber Travis was the Economic Development Director for the city of Bella Vista and is the former CEO of the Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.S. degree in Economics.
|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 the future economic drivers in Arkansas.
|Mickayla Spaulding Director of Membership and Development
Mickayla joined the staff in April of 2019. Mickayla graduated from Central Methodist University with degrees in both Communications and Marketing & Advertisement. While attending CMU she played volleyball & golf. Before joining the Chamber Mickayla spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers working in reporting, community relations and on-field promotions. Mickayla works with new members and manages the Chamber’s networking events.
|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.
|Jessie Wagner Director of Events and Engagement
Jessie Wagner moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2012 after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Management degrees at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Jessie spent a summer on a Byzantine archaeological excavation in Sicily and two years working for the National Park Service in New Mexico. Closer to home, Jessie has worked for Crystal Bridges, NWA Children’s Shelter and Brightwater. She is a proud founder of Bentonville SOUP and serves on the Board of Directors for Cobblestone Farms. Jessie coordinates many of the Chamber’s events centered around small business and education as well as manages the Chamber’s communications strategies.
|Evan Gray Director, Talent Initiatives and Small Business Programming
Evan joined the staff in July of 2019. Evan is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. His primary responsibilities are to initiate programming and initiatives focused Young Professionals and Talent Initiatives, which includes Leadership Benton County, CRAFT programming (Community Retention and Attraction of Future Talent), and the Build Bentonville Business Lunch series. Additionally, Evan works with the Chamber’s Small Business Council committee to develop beneficial workshops and programs for small businesses. Prior to joining the Chamber Evan worked with Downtown Bentonville Inc.
|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.
|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 serving 12 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 Governor’s liaison to the business community in Arkansas’s Third Congressional District. His work involved advising the Governor on matters concerning the state’s natural resources; rural services; transportation; aeronautics; and city, county, and local affairs. He was also the liaison between the Governor’s 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 Arkansas’s designee and alternate to the Delta Regional Authority, a federal commission tasked with promoting economic development in the Mississippi River Delta.