BACC President/CEO makes 40 under 40 list

Crystal Johnson, president/CEO of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, has been selected for the prestigious Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2013.  Arkansas Business honors 40 promising business and political leaders statewide who are under age 40.  The honorees are nominated by Arkansas Business readers and chosen by its editors.

When Johnson began her chamber career in June of 2009, she had to build from the ground up.  “There is no ‘Chamber 101,’” Johnson said.  So, she sought direction from professionals.  Johnson credits Susie Marks, senior VP of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, and Carrie White, VP/COO of the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce, with helping her lay the foundation for her chamber career.


Johnson helped lead a 1-cent sales tax increase campaign that will fund city recreation projects and a community center.  She also aided the establishment of a social mentor program that provides new Batesville area residents with connections that will help them make a smooth transition and become members of the community.   Since 2009, the chamber has grown substantially and is now a leading supporter of small business, tourism, and community development.


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The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice of business in Independence County, providing advocacy, promotion and resources for chamber members. The Chamber of Commerce sets the standard for excellence in member service, community collaboration, business growth and achieving a high quality of life in the Batesville.