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Board of Directors and Staff

The El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors & staff are responsible for ensuring the chamber of commerce provides support to El Dorado and Union County by helping and promoting the established businesses, and attracting new business.

El Dorado Board of Directors

Meet Our Board

Executive Committee

Greg Withrow
Incoming Chair/Treasurer
ERC Construction
Greg Modica
Past-Chair
Government Supply Services
Robert Reynolds
UCWCB, EWB
Pamela Griffin
El Dorado Festivals & Events
Mark Day
LANXESS
Cindy Leverette
Cole’s Jewelers
Dr. Bentley Wallace
South Arkansas Community College
Ashlee Allen
Southern Realty Group
Chris Wasson
Entergy Arkansas
Bill Luther
Chamber President/CEO

Directors

J.B. Billingly
Noalmark Broadcasting
Cheryl Howell
Bancorp South
Charlie Skinner
GenWealth
Stan Calloway
Nexans AmerCable
Brian Jones
SHARE Foundation
John Tomanio
Brookshires
Brandi Camp
The Diamond Agency
Kristi Lowery
HOPE Landing
Stan Westmoreland
Clean Harbors
Carey Tissue
El Dorado Printing
Dr. Derek Moore
SouthArk Community College
Charley Williams
Simmons First Bank
Bethany Gaddy
Regions Bank
Evelyn Morris
First Financial Bank
Landon Wood
Billy Wood Honda
Ken Goudy
Smackover State Bank
Mike Reed
Delek El Dorado Refinery
Stacy Young
Murphy USA
Don Hale
The Diamond Agency
Ryan Regan
El Dorado Chemical Co.
Gina Zeigler
The Systems Group
Sherry Hill
El Dorado Public Schools
Susan Braswell
Southern Bancorp
Bruce Seitz
Standard Lithium
Amber Manning-Myers
Shelter Insurance
Jerry Brumley
Matheson Gas
Seth Williams
Topanga Scents

Ex-Officio

Sonia Barker
State Representative
Mike Loftin
Union County Judge
Matthew J. Shepherd
State Representative
Beth Brumley
Main Street El Dorado
Alice Mahony
El Dorado Education Foundation
Paul Choate
El Dorado Mayor
Greg Harrison
Harrison Financial
Willie McGhee
City Council
Brett Williamson
Fifty for the Future
Vernie Meador
Union County Water Conservation Board

Meet Our Staff

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Bill Luther

President/CEO

ceo@goeldorado.com

Bill Luther, President and CEO of the Chamber, obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas. He is a Certified Professional Community and Economic Developer, a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas, Licensed Pilot, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, a graduate of the Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course and a graduate of LeadAR Class 14. In March of 2014, Bill was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineers.

Bill has served on numerous boards and commissions including METROPLAN (the Central Arkansas Metropolitan Planning board), chair for the United Way of Union County, chair of the El Dorado–Union County Chamber of Commerce and vice chair of the El Dorado Water Utilities Commission. He presently serves on the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners, the Golden Triangle Economic Development Council and as a class director for the Community Development Institute Central at UCA.

Bill retired from Entergy on February 28, 2018. Sitting on the sidelines was not his idea of retirement. The day after his retirement, he began campaigning to serve the people of El Dorado, Arkansas, as their next Mayor. In the November 6 General Election, he lost the Mayor’s race by 87 votes. The day after the election, Bill was approached about replacing the El Dorado–Union County Chamber of Commerce retiring President & CEO. Bill readily accepted this opportunity. The El Dorado-Union County Chamber has an economic development service contract with both the City of El Dorado and Union County. Bill, together with the Mayor of El Dorado and the Union County Judge, are working in job development, job recruitment and job expansion for the community.

Kaitlyn Rigdon

Economic Development Project Manager

kaitlyn@goeldorado.com

Kaitlyn Rigdon graduated from Henderson State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and a minor in Communications. Kaitlyn is currently working on getting certified as a Professional Community Economic Developer, which will be completed in 2023. She is currently participating in Central Development Institute and is a graduate of the Mid-South Basic Economic Development course. Kaitlyn assists with the final preparations for special economic development meetings and projects, plus much more.

Jaren
Faye Brown El Dorado Communications & Finance Coordinator

Jaren Books

Membership & Events Coordinator

jaren@goeldorado.com

Jaren graduated from Henderson State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aviation Management. Jaren is responsible for the sales of new memberships as well as retention of existing members. He helps develop the strategic direction for the organization’s growth within the membership area. Jaren also oversees the El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce events. He helps organize, plan, and develop the many events they host.

Faye Brown

Communications & Finance Coordinator

faye@goeldorado.com

 Faye Brown joined the Chamber of Commerce staff after retiring from Delek US as Assistant in the Environmental Department. She has spent her professional career in a number of Executive Assistance roles at the American Heart Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Dallas, Texas. Faye is responsible for communications from social media to press releases, updating the event calendar and sending out blast to Chamber Members.  As finance coordinator, Faye handles membership dues and other financial needs that rise.  Faye enjoys gardening, canning and spending time with family.