Leo Cummings III helps area professionals build successful businesses in his role as director of sales and member engagement for the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. He introduces prospective members to the Chamber’s suite of promotional opportunities and connects existing members with new ways to achieve their business goals. Leo is pursuing the Institute for Organization Management graduate recognition and has completed two years of the program.
Outside of work, Leo serves on the board of directors for United Way of Central Arkansas and is a founding board member of the Arkansas Creative Institute. He is the co-founder and co-host of Black Dude White Dude, a podcast that explores a wide range of topics from the differing perspectives of two best friends.
Leo is a product of Conway Public Schools and a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, where he studied public relations. He resides in Conway with his wife and two children.
- What do you love most about Arkansas? I love all of the ways you can experience nature here…from boats to hiking to running trails. There’s always a fun way to get outdoors.
- Very few people know that I am a very proficient bowler! I grew up around my mom bowling and learned my love for it from there. I have bowled in a league for 30 years.
- Favorite book, movie, and piece of music: Book - 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Movie – Gladiator, Hamilton…All of it.
- Website that I cannot live without (besides Google) Honestly IMDB. I’m a big movie guy and I’m always trying to recall what other films I know someone from.
- My first job was… washing bowling pins at Conway Family Bowl. You might be surprised how dirty pins get.
- The greatest risk I ever took was… Leaving a very good outside sales job at Cintas to go back to school.
- What historical figure do you admire most? I’m aware this may be recency bias, but I would say, Alexander Hamilton. He was extremely determined and could do anything he set his mind to, he was diligent, and he sought out opportunities to fight literally and figuratively for what he believed in.
- What issue facing Arkansas, or your local community is most pressing in your mind? Equity in the workplace. Ensuring everyone has equal access to opportunities.
- How long have you been in the chamber/economic development profession? What do you like most about your job? I’ve been at the Chamber for nearly 5 years. I enjoy learning about the different businesses and the individuals that represent them. I love finding ways to get them involved that suit their needs, and watching their business grow through connections or investments they’ve made with my assistance.
- What is the best career advice you would give someone in the chamber/economic development profession? You don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Don’t be afraid to see what other Chambers/communities are doing, see if you can improve upon it or make it work in your area. In our office, we call that R&D; rip off and duplicate.