The Springdale Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday (Oct. 1) the promotion of Bill Rogers to president and CEO. He’ll replace Perry Webb, who announced his retirement last year.
Rogers has worked at the chamber for more than two decades in several senior administrative roles.
His new job is effective Jan. 1, 2021. Sam Hollis, president and co-founder of Milestone Construction and the chamber’s board chairman, said the appointment is on an interim basis for six months, with the hopes Rogers will ultimately fill the job permanently.
“This is a tremendous honor for me personally and professionally,” Rogers said in a statement. “I love Springdale and this Chamber. It is a privilege to go to work each day with a goal of making our hometown a better place to live. With just two presidents in the last 55 years, our Chamber has enjoyed stable leadership that has earned our organization national recognition and the highest accreditation possible. We will work hard to build on all our past achievements.”
Rogers’ experience with the chamber includes facilitating economic development and job growth, municipal board management, event and strategic planning, government affairs, public relations and media affairs. He joined the chamber in June 1998 after working for the University of Arkansas athletic department for 17 years.
Hollis said Rogers brings “knowledge, experience and dedication” to the job.
“We have full confidence that he will lead our organization, just as he has done in all the years past,” Hollis said. “We would like to thank Bill for accepting this position and look forward to the opportunities he will bring to our chamber and the city of Springdale.”
Rogers graduated from the UA in 1980. He also is a 2007 graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management and a 2003 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.