The Bentonville Bayou Bash is bringing the taste of Louisiana to Downtown Bentonville. Join us May 10th at the Meteor Guitar Gallery, serving 11-1 and 2-4.
This premier event is brought to you by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerceâs WalStreet Program presented by Zatarain’s.
- An authentic crawfish boil with all the fixinsâ
- Jambalaya prepared by former Arkansas Razorback & New Orleans Saints football player Luke Charpentier.
- Live Music!
- Â âA Taste from Louisianaâ will feature local craft beer, & bites and sips from local Cajun chefs and mixologists
- Silent auction & special guest appearances
Proceeds will benefit the Helen R Walton Enrichment Center through a scholarship in the name of Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce.
We are excited to announce that Ben Hasan is set as our next WalStreet Speaker series presenter on June 13.
Ben Hasan is senior vice president and chief culture, diversity and inclusion officer for Walmart Inc. He is responsible for the continued development of the evolution of the company’s culture, the development of behaviors that embrace diversity and inclusion at all levels of the company and the promotion of the company’s external reputation as a great place to work. He assumed this role in 2015.
Ben joined Walmart in 2008 and previously served as senior vice president of strategic services in Walmart Technology. In this role, he and his team were responsible for strategy, communication, innovation, vendor management, project management, business analysis, quality assurance and the global technology offices in India and Mexico.
Prior to joining Walmart, Ben worked 11 years at Dell, Inc. He progressed through several leadership positions before serving as vice president of corporate and product group information technology. In this position, he directed teams in Texas, Shanghai, Taipei and Singapore. He also served as general manager of Dell’s information technology development centers in Brazil and India. Before joining Dell, he gained broad experience in information technology, human resources, rates and regulatory affairs and customer service during his 14-year career with ENSERCH Corporation, an oil and gas company based in Dallas.
In 2006, Ben received the Temple University Fox School IT Award for Distinguished Alumni. He holds a master’s in business administration from Amber University in Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in computer science from Temple University in Philadelphia.
The Speaker Series will be held at the Sam’s Club Auditorium beginning at 7:30am with registration and continental breakfast.
WalStreet Members register here. To become a member or discuss sponsorships opportunities- Contact Sherry Rolsma at email@example.com
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (Feb. 21, 2018) – Flintco, LLC, announced its support for students in construction technology Jan. 24 with a $5,000 gift to the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Foundation.
The gift, establishing the Flintco Workforce Initiative Scholarship, will allow a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded each year for five years to a student in NWACC’s construction technology program. Preference will be given to students who were a part of high school trades-related programs.
Almost 20 representatives from the business attended the Jan. 24 announcement ceremony in the Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies, a Flintco project completed in 2003. Flintco ranks among the largest commercial contractors in the nation with offices in Albuquerque, Austin, Houston, Memphis, Springdale, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Denver.
“This gift is a great testimony to Flintco’s commitment to students enrolled in trades and construction studies,” said Karen O’Donohoe, annual giving officer with the NWACC Foundation. “In addition to supporting our two-year college level construction program, Flintco is active in high school and vocational school-to-work programs. Over the years, the company’s employees have offered input on curriculum and financial support to several area construction-related programs.”
Brent Farmer, vice president and area manager for Flintco, said, “Offering scholarships and full internships are just some ways Flintco gives back to partnering communities. We’re pleased to be a partner with educational institutions in preparing students for future careers in the construction industry.”
Bob Beeler, coordinator of NWACC’s construction technology program, said the scholarship donation will be an invaluable resource for students. “We appreciate the support of Flintco in helping our students pursue careers in construction,” he said. “It’s gratifying to see the support from industry leaders who recognize the need for preparing future leaders in the latest information and practices in the construction field.”
Flintco was founded by a Native American family and continued under that ownership for more than 100 years. Flintco’s Native American heritage strongly influenced the organization’s business interactions, and it is this same culture that continues to drive the company today.
Photo caption: Flintco, LLC, recently presented a $5,000 check to the NorthWest Arkansas Community College Foundation to establish the Flintco Workforce Initiative Scholarship for a student in NWACC’s construction technology program. Patrick Horath, project manager, left on the front row, Brent Farmer, vice president and area manager, and Klint Kimball, senior estimator, fourth from left, along with other representatives from Flintco, announced the scholarship on Jan. 24. Also attending the presentation were Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson, NWACC president, center, front row; Karen O’Donohoe, NWACC Foundation annual giving officer, second from right; Keith Peterson, dean of workforce development; and Bob Beeler, coordinator of NWACC’s construction technology program, center, second row. The gift will be used toward the presentation of a $1,000 scholarship each year for five years.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College is a smart choice for students wanting to pursue quality higher education. As an accredited institution through The Higher Learning Commission, NWACC is a public two-year institution that seeks to empower lives, inspire learning and strengthen community through accessible, affordable quality education. For more information, visit www.nwacc.edu.
A Powerful Exhibition of Black Art Moves to Arkansas at Crystal Bridges. Learn more in this article from Bloomberg Businessweek featuring our Chamber CEO Graham Cobb.
A Powerful Exhibition of Black Art Moves to Arkansas
From Bloomberg Businessweek
The show, composed exclusively of work by American artists but conceived, organized, and first exhibited in 2017 at the Tate Modern in London, is an attempt to demonstrate how key these voices are to American culture, even as they had to fight to be heard.
The exhibition stirred gushing reviews in London, a location that offered a studious distance from the setting and culture that inspired the art.
And then the show traveled to Arkansas.
It was brought to the state by curators at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. The museum, which opened in 2011, was founded by Walmart Inc. heir Alice Walton.
âWhat we say a lot [here] is that our mission is to try to welcome all,â says Lauren Haynes, a curator at Crystal Bridges. âThere may be people who decide not to come because they feel like, âBlack Power? Oh, this isnât for me.ââ But it is for them. This moment in our nationâs history didnât just belong to one group of people. It was happening to all of us.â
How Itâs Organized
The show, which opened on Feb. 3 and runs through April 23, has been slimmed down from the originalâthere are now 164 works by 60 artistsâbut its basic format and thematic points remain the same.
The art in each room is organized by movements, themes, or geography. The first room starts with the Spiral group, a mid-1960s collective whose members grappled with the aesthetics of African American identity in the midst of a segregated U.S. The highlight is The Dove (1964), a photo collage by Romare Bearden, which depicts a kinetic, fragmented street scene dominated by young, black faces.
Other rooms bear names such as âFiguring Black Power,â featuring the work Black Unity (1968), a giant clenched fist in cedar by Elizabeth Catlett. Another, âImprovisation and Experimentation,â includes a gorgeous, massive abstract painting by the recent art market star Sam Gilliam.
London vs. Arkansas
In London the show didnât only introduce artists omitted from the canon of Western art, it also examined the U.S. civil rights movement for a largely European audience. Northwest Arkansas, where totems of the stateâs struggle for civil rights remain visible and fresh, is a different story.
The central square of Bentonville is dominated by a large statue erected in 1908 to commemorate Confederate soldiers. âTo the southern soldiers,â reads an inscription on the base. âThey fought for honor and fatherland.â
Crystal Bridges is a five-minute drive from downtown. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the museum is nestled into a 120-acre sculpture park and is made up of vaulted, interconnected buildings that straddle a series of reflecting poolsâa quiet oasis cut off from the outside world. Its permanent collections are stocked with masterpieces, courtesy of Walton and the Walton Family Foundation, which has pledged $800 million to the museum, its collection, and its endowment.
Is BentonvilleÂ Ready?
Compared with similar regional institutions, thereâs a large proportion of works by famous black artists. The first you see when entering the main contemporary galleries are paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kerry James Marshall and sculptures by the artist and activist Vanessa German.
âSoul of a Nation,â in other words, isnât the museumâs first foray into exposing visitors to work by black artists. It is, however, its most overt. And Bentonville is ready, according to Graham Cobb, chief executive officer of the cityâs chamber of commerce. âThat idea of culture and raceâin Arkansas, you live it,â he says. âAnd there may be conflict, but there is therefore the opportunity for resolution and understanding.â
Arkansas, with its tortured history of school desegregation and civil rights is, in Cobbâs eyes, the ideal venue for the exhibit. âItâs absolutely the right place to haveâ it, he says. âYou canât get the whole story unless youâre here.â
ROGERS, Ark. (Jan. 25, 2018) – The Inseitz Group has announced registration is open for the fourth Women’s Personal Leadership Effectiveness™ certificate program for spring 2018.
Becky Paneitz, president emeritus of NorthWest Arkansas Community College, developed the character-based leadership development program for rising female professionals in collaboration with Future Achievement International® (FAI). The program is based on the MAXIMIZERS™ Principles outlined in the book Achieving Authentic Success by Dr. Ron Jenson. “The curriculum and self-assessment tool provide the foundation for the program,” Paneitz said. “Completion of the Personal Leadership Effectiveness™ program enhances the graduates’ ability to navigate their lives with intentionality and focus, equipped with their own personal/professional life plan.”
Women in the Personal Leadership Effectiveness™ program will:
- Learn about character-based principles that impact personal and professional success.
- Hear professional women speak about the impact these principles have had on their personal and professional lives. In-person class sessions will also serve as networking sessions for participants.
- Meet with a certified Personal Leadership Effectiveness (PLE) coach to review the MERIT Profile™ assessment and to complete a personal and professional life plan.
- Complete e-learning modules focused on the 10 MAXIMIZERS Principles.
- Have the opportunity to join 36 alumni who have completed this unique leadership program.
Facilitators for the spring session are Abby Foster (FAI certified trainer/coach and managing principal of Ahnimisha Consulting) and Rose Mary Pham (FAI certified trainer/coach and owner of Mary’s Little Lamb Preschool).
Speakers for the spring 2018 session include: Celia Swanson, Consultant/Executive Coach/Speaker; Ulanda Terry, Founder of All Things Posh-Posh Events and Design; Carla Thompson, Founder of Divine Diva/Diva World; Susan Kuehn, CMS, V.P., Mortgage Planning & Development Manager for Arvest Bank and Women’s PLE Program Alumni; Tanya Hayes, Founding Principle of Bluvista; Dr. Sarah Knife Chief, Orthopedic Surgeon; Lisa Ray, Regional Executive for Arvest Bank in Arkansas and Missouri; Susan Chambers, Founding Principal of Chambers Consulting; and Dr. Becky Paneitz, Founder/CEO of Inseitz Group.
Fall 2017 program graduate Kate Sosna said her participation in the Women’s Personal Leadership Effectiveness™ program was invaluable in experience and in development. “Completing this program shifted not only my thoughts about myself as a working female professional and rising leader, but also as a woman in the Northwest Arkansas community,” Sosna said.
To be eligible to participate in the spring session, women must be employed for at least three years, have served in a mid-level supervisory position for at least one year or supervised a program or project, show an openness to feedback and a willingness to learn, and be willing to commit to the time and rigor of the program.
Participants can register for the program online. The session will begin Wednesday, February 28 at the Center for Nonprofits, 1200 West Walnut Street, Rogers, Arkansas, 72756. It is an 11-week program with six in-class sessions held every other week from 8:30 a.m. to noon. During the non-class meeting weeks, participants will complete the e-learning modules and meet with their certified PLE coach.
Lisa Ray, regional executive for Arvest Bank in Arkansas and Missouri, said she is pleased with the growth of Arvest associates who have attended the program. “The participants tell me that they feel more empowered to speak up with their great ideas,” Ray said. They are contributing a higher level of leadership due to increased confidence and a laser focus on their mission. In fact, several Arvest ladies who have earned their certification have already pursued and obtained their dream jobs.”
For more information or to register, visit http://www.inseitzgroup.com/
Greg Hall, Senior Vice President of Operations-Food will be our featured speaker at the March 14th WalStreet Speaker Series.
Greg Hall is Senior Vice President, Merchandising Operations-Food. Prior to his current role, Greg was the SVP, General Merchandising Manager, Entertainment where he and his team were responsible for the merchandise assortment, strategy and in-store experience for Consumer Electronics, Wireless, Video Games, Connected Home, and many other Entertainment categories.
Prior to the leading the Entertainment team, Greg was the SVP, General Merchandising Manager of Hardlines responsible for Sporting Goods, Hardware and Automotive businesses.
Greg joined Walmart in 2005 as the leader of Category Marketing for Electronics and Toys. In 2007, he became the Vice President & DMM of Entertainment where he was responsible for the merchandising strategy in video games, movies, music and wireless. While in that role, he lead the team in launching the very successful Straight Talk prepaid wireless plan. In 2011, Greg moved his family to the San Francisco office of Walmart.com to serve as Vice President Marketing for Walmart.com. While there, he was responsible for customer acquisition and retention, Online & Mobile Marketing, and Creative Development.
Prior to joining Walmart, Greg was a brand manager at Frito Lay and salesman with Merck and Company, Inc. Greg received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Southern Nazarene University and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.
Greg, his wife Frisa and their two boys reside in Bentonville, AR.
The WalStreet Speakers Series will be March 14th at the Sam’s Club Auditorium beginning at 7:30am. Check in begin at 7:00am.
WalStreet Members register here. Questions about WalStreet Membership or sponsorship information contact Debbie Griffin firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-273-2841.
On Thursday, January 25th we were honored to hold our 91st State of the Chamber and Awards Lunch. We welcomed over 775 attendees and we had a lot of fun in sharing our vision for 2018. Thank you to all our sponsors and attendees. Visual artist Ken Hubbell captured the event and has provided visual videos, summaries and graphic recordings from lunch at this link.
Thank you again for helping us build in 2018 and for your investment in the Chamber and the community. #becausebentonville
Potluck Arts will present a limited 1-week run of At the Illusionist’s Table, an intimate and exclusive magic and dining experience, hosted by illusionist Scott Silven.
At the Illusionist’s Table is an extraordinarily special and limited engagement with only seven seatings of 24 guests each during its run. All guests must be at least 21 years old.
Tuesday, January 30, 7 pm
Wednesday, January 31, 7 pm
Thursday, February 1, 7 pm
Friday, February, 2 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Saturday, February 3, 5:30 pm and 8:30pm
The show makes its Northwest Arkansas premiere at Brightwater, A Center for the Study of Food and includes a three-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Paul Allen and Chef de Patisserie Vince Pianalto. During the performance, Silven hosts a one-of-a-kind evening of culinary delight interwoven with illusion, mentalism, and storytelling. Guests won’t believe their eyes, ears, or taste buds as candles flicker, wine and whisky pours, and conversation stirs over the course of a magical evening.
“(Scott)Silven is a phenomenon.” – The Herald (Scotland)
Scott Silven is a modern-day marvel like no other, who strives to share the experience of true and elegant mystery in the most inspiring way. As a renowned illusionist, mentalist, and performance artist, Silven pushes the boundaries of his craft by creating stylish, smart, and critically-acclaimed performance pieces that mesmerize audiences across the globe. From an exclusive London parlor to a grand Parisian stage, and now to culinary classrooms in Northwest Arkansas, his objective is absolute: to create an extraordinary and breathtaking experience.
A childhood fascination with life’s most inexplicable enigmas guided Scott Silven to a career of illusion—studying hypnosis in Milan at age 15, gaining recognition from David Blaine at 19, and headlining one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious theaters at 21 with stylish, smart, and critically acclaimed performances. At the Illusionist’s Table is a modern-day marvel unlike any other in the world of magic—an opportunity to savor a customized menu prepared by Brightwater’s Chef Paul Allen, sample delicious wine and whiskey, strike up conversation, and enjoy an intimate, mind-bending illusion and culinary immersion.
Chef Paul Allen began his culinary career by attending one of the top culinary schools in the world, the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Upon graduation, Mr. Allen dove straight into a career as a private yacht chef, creating culinary masterpieces for the world’s most prominent businessmen, socialites, and celebrities alike. Mr. Allen is well-known in the yachting industry for his creations that are sure to ignite your culinary palate with every bite. During his time as a yacht chef, he learned your best ingredient is a local ingredient.
“You cannot surpass the quality, flavor, freshness, and overall health benefits of a local ingredient,” said Chef Allen. With this understanding, he took his passion to provide only the best and healthiest foods to his community by developing his growing business, Farm 2 Counter, Inc. Mr. Allen also founded the nonprofit, Eat Real Food in 2009 to help restaurants, farms, and communities produce high quality, sustainable products. Through implementations of greenhouses, solar power, community gardens, and digging wells, Eat Real Food has helped many businesses and communities go green, with their farthest outreach being Myanmar. Mr. Allen continues to always find unique and effective ways to help others live a better life through the culinary world.
Chef Vince Pianalto, Chef de Patisserie, is a native to Northwest Arkansas. With over 30 years of experience in the foodservice industry, he has owned and operated restaurants and bakeries in the area ranging from Italian cuisine to European style pastries and breads. During a break from being a restaurateur, he became an accredited culinary teacher for Springdale Public Schools before joining the NWACC team. Vince has had training at Cordon Bleu—Chicago, baking and chocolate training in Seattle with the lead baking chef for the U.S. Baking team, as well as experience as an owner/operator of restaurants. Expanding food knowledge to students and the general public has been a focus for Chef Pianalto throughout his career.
For tickets and more information, visit www.potluckarts.org