New Bentonville chamber leader looks to reach young professionals

Posted: December 30, 2017 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/SPENCER TIREY Graham Cobb, new president and CEO of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, said he plans to help the chamber become more digitally savvy. He's already created #BecauseBentonville and uses it when relating a unique experience he's had in the city. Experiences are a high priority for millennials, and economic development is all about creating sense of place where unique experiences exist, he said.

BENTONVILLE -- The chamber will develop its events differently to better connect to younger professionals and enhance interaction among its members in the coming year, the group's new leader said recently.

Debbie Griffin

NWA Democrat-Gazette/SPENCER TIREY Graham Cobb, new president and CEO of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, said he plans to help the c...

Graham Cobb

Age: 42

Family: Wife, Lisa; Children, William, 7, and Sissy, 5

Born: Little Rock

Experience: Opened three locations of a local pizza chain at age 30, worked in multiple divisions at Arkansas Business Publishing Group and served as the chief operating officer at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

Source: Staff report

Executive Promotion

Debbie Griffin, Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce vice president of marketing and communications, has been promoted to the executive vice president and chief operating officer, the chamber announced Tuesday.

Griffin has been with the chamber for almost three years. She has more than 30 years of experience in communication, marketing, project management, people development and community involvement.

She was the director of communication and technical production at Fellowship Bible Church, managed Walmart’s television and broadcast communication at Sam’s Club and was a television reporter in Northwest Arkansas.

The Benton County native will officially assume her new position Monday.

Source: Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce

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