Stephen Bell currently serves as President and CEO of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce.
He is responsible for industry recruitment for Clark County and supervision of the Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce.
Bell earned a bachelor's degree from Hendrix College in Conway and a master's degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
He has more than 20 years of experience in economic development and chamber of commerce work.
He is a graduate of the premier professional development program for chamber executives, the Institute For Organization Management sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
He is a graduate of the premier professional development program for economic developers, the Economic Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma.
Before making the move to Arkadelphia in 2014, he served for more than 18 years as the executive director and CEO of the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce and Stuttgart Industrial Development Corp.
Interesting highlights from his work in Stuttgart are recruitment, organization, and supervision of 200 volunteers for the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival.
He has a daughter who is a senior at Ouachita Baptist University and a son who is an Ouachita freshman.
Loe is a graduate of Henderson State University, UALR Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course and the Institute of Organizational Management certification through the United States Chamber of Commerce at the University of Georgia. She is a current board member of the Arkadelphia Rotary Club, Arkansas Good Roads Board, South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Diamond Lakes Travel Association.
Prior to the position with Arkadelphia Alliance overseeing Chamber activities, Loe served eight years with Southern Bancorp Capital Partners as Vice President of Commercial Lending. This position transitioned to Senior Community Development Officer and served as the liaison for over 500 Clark County residents to create a seven year comprehensive strategic plan. Through the Clark County Strategic Plan, she leveraged $8.9M in grants and private funds. Other affiliations are the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Arkansas Festivals and Events Association and Events, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Downtown Arkadelphia Organization, and Henderson State University Business Advisory Council. These partnerships allow her the opportunity to work regionally for the retention and expansion of the Clark County business community. Having lived in Clark County for over 20 years gives Loe the local insight of the assets and opportunities for the future.
Ashlee Vaughan currently serves as Director of Administration and Events.
Vaughan is a native of Arkadelphia. She is a 1999 Arkadelphia High School graduate and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Henderson State University in 2003. She served as a graduate assistant in the department of Social Sciences while pursuing her Master’s degree at HSU.
Vaughan has a strong background in sales and marketing. She serves as the lead on all Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance & Area Chamber of Commerce events, as well as managing the jobs website, and available commercial property. She is accountable for overseeing day to day operations as well as promoting the Alliance & Chamber staff within Clark County.
Her background and love for the community has led her to a variety of volunteer opportunities and leadership roles. She is an active member of Second Baptist Church, Arkadelphia Rotary Club, Becoming a Healthy Clark County Coalition, Arkadelphia Christmas Parade Committee, and the Downtown Arkadelphia Crawfest Committee.
In her spare time, Ashlee loves to spend time with friends and family. She and her husband, Andy, have two children, Carsyn and Cannyn.
Saybra Richardson currently serves as Director of Communications.
She is from Grannis and a graduate of Cossatot River High School. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Henderson State University and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Public & Non- Profit Management.
Richardson has experience in marketing, consulting, recruitment, and sales. In addition to helping with social media and communications, Richardson is responsible for executing the economic development plan for Clark County which includes existing business retention and expansion, workforce development and new business recruitment. She is also the program director for Leadership Clark County.
Richardson enjoys volunteering her time, talent and heart to her community. She is an alumna for Alpha Sigma Tau-Alpha Gamma Chapter and serves as a member for the Kiwanis Club of Clark County providing public relations support.
Ann Tucker currently serves as Director of Tourism.
Tucker began her work with the Diamond Lakes Regional Visitor’s Center in 2012. Tucker has been working in tourism in the Arkadelphia area since 1996. She loves traveling to trade shows and promoting the local attractions of Clark County.
Prior to her work in Clark County, she was self-employed. This opportunity allowed her to travel across Arkansas to visit a variety of beautiful areas across the state. Her experience has also been very valuable as she assist tourist with their travel preparations. Tucker is also an avid volunteer and she emulates the passion and drive needed to push Clark County forward.
She has also found her passion as a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA Essential Oils. This company is involved in the co-impact of sourcing oils from all over the world. She feels very blessed to be a small part of it.
Tucker enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has been married for 55 wonderful years to her loving husband, Monroe. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce
The Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance (the "Alliance") is an umbrella organization that oversees the chambers of commerce for Amity, Arkadelphia, and Gurdon, the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County (the "EDCCC"), and the Clark County Industrial Council. The Alliance was formed pursuant to the Clark County Strategic Plan, a long-range visioning document created over a fifteen month period by approximately 500 residents of Clark County with the purpose of identifying and implementing comprehensive community initiatives that improve quality of life and economic opportunities for all residents of the county.
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