Each year, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce acknowledges its top investors through a "Chairman’s Circle" designation. Members of the Chairman’s Circle underwrite the economic development, education and government affairs initiatives of the Chamber, Conway Development Corporation and Conway Downtown Partnership.
"The level of community building and economic development work we do is not sustainable on a membership dues model alone," said president and CEO Brad Lacy. "In order to lay the groundwork for new business recruitment, a pre-K initiative and the development of sites such as Rogers Plaza, greater investments are necessary. Each year, more and more companies invest at a higher level to help us underwrite these projects and initiatives. We couldn’t operate without them."
In 2013, 43 Chamber-member businesses achieved the Chairman’s Circle designation, compared to 35 members in 2012. Total investment increased by more than $200,000. The following businesses achieved Chairman’s Circle status in 2013:
City of Conway and Conway Corporation.
Southwestern Energy Company.
Acxiom Corporation, Conway Regional Health System, Crafton Tull, Crain Buick GMC, First Security Bank / Crews & Associates, Hewlett-Packard, Regions Bank, University of Central Arkansas Foundation and Virco Manufacturing Corporation.
Arvest Bank, Centennial Bank, Central Baptist College, Conway Management Inc., First Service Bank, Hendrix College, JSI Metal Recycling, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Log Cabin Democrat, Nabholz Construction and Sonic Drive-In.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Bank of the Ozarks, BHP Billiton, Caldwell Toyota, Covington Properties, Delta Dental of Arkansas, Delta Trust & Bank, Exxon Mobil Corporation, GARVER, Hurley Chiropractic and Wellness Center, International Paper, Magie-Mabrey Eye Clinic, Preferred Medical, Rogers Group Inc., Salter Construction Inc., Smith Ford Inc., Snap-on Equipment, US Compounding Inc., Verizon Wireless and Weaver-Bailey Contractors.