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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

Ashlee Allen
Chair of the Board
Southern Realty Group
Chris Wasson
Entergy Arkansas
Mark Day
Past Chair-Elect
Greg Withrow
Pamela Griffin
El Dorado Festivals & Events
Brian Jones
SHARE Foundation
Cindy Leverette
Cole’s Jewelers
Robert Reynolds
Shuler Drilling Company Inc.
Dr. Stephanie Tully-Dartez
South Arkansas College
Bill Luther
Chamber President/CEO


Steve Biernacki
Jerod Hurst
EDP Solutions
Dan Roblee
Clean Harbors
Susan Braswell
Southern Bancorp
Cindy Langston
Jennifer Schroeder
South Arkansas College
Jerry Brumley
LSB Industries
Chad Martin
Standard Lithium
Carvon White
Stan Calloway
Nexans AmerCable
Amber Manning-Myers
Shelter Insurance
Jeff White
Smackover State Bank
Mark Cestari
Southern Airways Express
Erin McMurrian
Empact Realty Group
Mallory Whitehead
Murphy USA
JJ Cook
Noamark Broadcasting
Evelyn Morris
First Financial Bank
Charley Williams
Simmons Bank
Don Hale
The Diamond Agency
Gage Parker
Simmons Bank
Landon Wood
Billy Wood Honda
Sherry Hill
El Dorado Public Schools
Mike Reed
Delek Refinery El Dorado
Gina Zeigler
The Systems Group


Sonia Barker
AR State Representative
Mike Loftin
Union County Judge
Matthew Shepherd
AR State Representative
Beth Brumley
Main Street El Dorado
Alice Mahony
El Dorado Education Foundation
Matt Stone
AR State Senator
Paul Choate
Mayor of El Dorado
Willie McGhee
El Dorado City Council
Brett Williamson
Fifty for the Future

Meet Our Staff


Bill Luther


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 Rigdon graduated from Henderson State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and a minor in Communications. Kaitlyn is a Certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED). She is a graduate of the Central Development Institute and  the Mid-South Basic Economic Development course. Kaitlyn assists with the final preparations for special economic development meetings and projects, plus much more. She is also the director of the Union County Leadership Development program (ULEAD). 

Faye Brown El Dorado Communications & Finance Coordinator

Karen Hicks

VP of Membership & Events

Karen Hicks is a native of El Dorado. She has served the foster care community for 9 years with The CALL in Union and Calhoun County. Karen serves as an El Dorado-Union County Chamber Ambassador, a member of the Parks and Playground Commission, an advisory member of the Excel by 8 initiative, and on the team of the One City Movement. Karen is currently the president of the Rotary Club of El Dorado. Karen spends her free time enjoying ALL El Dorado has to offer. Karen has three children and a pet bunny named Weasley. Karen states, “I am so excited to continue to serve this amazing community in a new way.”

Faye Brown

Communications & Finance Coordinator

 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.