Chamber Leadership Program Underway: Prepares for Visit to State Captiol

The top fifteen applicants from throughout Independence County were selected in January to participate in the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Leadership Program. The Leadership program is designed to identify, educate and prepare potential leaders for leadership roles in our community. Crystal Johnson, President/CEO of the Batesville Area Chamber, said “It is crucial to our success as a county that we are led by educated and qualified leaders in business and government. This program has been designed specifically to do just that.”

The ten month program includes agenda items such as industrial tours, community and economic development, leadership and board training. The participants will also focus on local and state government. The class will travel to Little Rock March 5th to meet with Senator David Wyatt and Representative James McLean at the Arkansas State Capitol and will be representing Independence County at the White River Regional Economic Development Coalition Legislative Reception.

2014 Leadership Class Roster: Jonathan Abbot, City of Batesville; Michael Barnes, First Community Bank; Matt Carter, Southern Bank; Kyle Christopher, Centennial Bank; Brian Coltharp, Health Resources Arkansas; Nancy Elam, Crouch Insurance; Jason Horan, Independence Wholesale Supply; Ben Hunter, City of Batesville; Gina Garrett, Lyon College; Crystal Johnson, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce; Alisa Lancaster, UAMS North Central; Beverly Lane, New York Life Insurance Company; Matt McDonald, White River Medical Foundation; Matt Martin, Citizens Bank; Chintan Patel, US Pizza; Leadership Chairman Randy Willison, Batesville Public School District.

Mission Statement

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice of business in Independence County, providing advocacy, promotion and resources for chamber members.

Vision Statement
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 Area.

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For more information about the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program contact Crystal Johnson at (870) 793-2378 or