Our Staff

Graham | President of Bentonville Chamber of Commerce

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 | Chamber of Commerce Staff

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.

Sherry | Chamber Teammate

Sherry Rolsma

Director of WalStreet &
Major Investment 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.

Evan Gray | Chamber of Commerce Staff Member

Evan Gray

Director of Talent Initiatives &
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 focused toward young professionals, 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 | Bentonville Chamber Staff

Allison Chase

Director of First Impressions &
Facilities Manager

Alex Howland is the Director of the Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference and all education events; the Bentonville Teacher of the Year, Bentonville Teachers’ Fair and the Bentonville New Teacher Lunch, for the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Alex joined the Chamber in January of 2020. She is a passionate and driven leader with more than seven years of experience directing and managing corporate events and she directed corporate award ceremonies at Arkansas Business and most recently worked for the Jones Center as the Special Campaigns Manager where she assisted with special projects and renovations.

Alex | Chamber of Commerce Staff | NWA

Alex Howland

Director of NWA Business Women’s
Conference & Special Projects

Alex Howland is the Director of the Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference and all education events; the Bentonville Teacher of the Year, Bentonville Teachers’ Fair and the Bentonville New Teacher Lunch, for the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Alex joined the Chamber in January of 2020. She is a passionate and driven leader with more than seven years of experience directing and managing corporate events and she directed corporate award ceremonies at Arkansas Business and most recently worked for the Jones Center as the Special Campaigns Manager where she assisted with special projects and renovations.

Evan Payne | Staff Member of Bentonville Chamber of Commerce

Evan Payne

Director of Marketing & Communications

Evan Addison Payne is a graduate from the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business, and received his BSBA in Marketing and minor in Economics in 2017. Evan is a two-time Emmy nominated producer that believes in the power of video and multimedia content to empower, enhance, and better businesses and lives in our community.

Payne was hired by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce in March of 2020 as the Director of Marketing & Communications. He joins the Chamber from Intercut Productions – where he managed a Fortune 500 client roster while developing & executing on brand campaigns. Prior to his role at Intercut Productions, he was the Managing Director and Chief Creative Officer of Ozark Media Arts Festival – focusing on providing college and career opportunities for secondary and post-secondary students looking to pursue a career in broadcast, film and production.

Ashley | Staff Member at Bentonville Chamber

Ashley Wardlow

Executive Director
NWA Technology Summit

Ashley comes to the Chamber from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where she developed and implemented the museum’s inaugural corporate engagement strategy, instituted an annual corporate dinner co-hosted by Alice Walton and Doug McMillon, and cultivated philanthropic relationships in Northwest Arkansas and in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Prior to serving at Crystal Bridges, Ashley worked at United Way of Northwest Arkansas, where she led that organization’s five-county Workplace Campaign as Resource Development Director. Ashley earned her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Rachel | Staff Member at Bentonville Chamber of Commerce

Rachel Tucker

Project Manager
Influencer Experiences

Rachel joined the Chamber in July of 2020 as the Economic Development Project Manager, Influencer Experience. Amplifying the unique and captivating story of the greater Bentonville area, Rachel welcomes influencers in key sectors to experience all that Bentonville has to offer, collaborating with organizations, businesses, and institutions to highlight investments in distinct quality of place and high quality of life. Rachel is passionate about building community through innovation, culture, and shared experience. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, she previously led communications for Conway Regional Health System and served as the Senior Content Specialist for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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