Bill Rogers, after serving 22 years as vice president of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce, has been promoted to succeed the retiring Perry Webb as president of the organization beginning January 1. In his various roles with the Springdale Chamber, Rogers provided lead staff oversight for the majority of major Chamber initiatives that helped grow the organization and support most of the city’s best-known infrastructure programs. His work in promoting Chamber-supported bond issues helped secure voter approval that has constructed Arvest Ballpark, major street corridors, parks, fire stations, and municipal facilities. He is a 2007 graduate of U.S. Chamber Institute and a 2003 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.
- What do you love most about Arkansas? We are a determined, resourceful, successful, friendly, and caring people.
- Very few people know that I… As public address voice for Eddie Sutton’s Razorbacks from 1976-1981 and later as Associate Sports Information Director for the Hogs, I created the phrases “THEESE are the Arkansas Razorbacks”, and “Basketball Palace of Mid-America”.
- What advice would you give to your 21-year old self? Don’t worry that you have no idea what you want to do when you grow up.
- Top three things on your bucket list? Visit Europe, break 80 in golf, attend The Kennedy Center Honors awards.
- If you were a superhero, what superpowers would you like to have? (Choose two) Superman is the greatest superhero so super durability and flight.
- If you weren’t in economic development/chamber work, what would you be doing? Public Relations
- What issue facing Arkansas, or your local community is most pressing in your mind? Growing in our efforts to be more inclusive and helping our emerging workforce prepare for tomorrow’s economy.
- How long have you been in the chamber/economic development profession? Perry Webb hired me as his economic developer in June of 1998. I love that every day we have the opportunity to improve our community and help businesses grow and create jobs.
- What is the best career advice you would give someone in the chamber/economic development profession? Make friends in the profession, develop strong relationships and spend time with those willing to mentor you.