Conway Chamber adds executive-level position, hires new COO

Effective January 2016, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce has expanded its C-suite and hired a new executive on its leadership team.

Conway-native Ed Linck has been named chief operating officer for the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. Former chief operating officer Lindsay Henderson has accepted the newly created position of chief revenue officer for the Chamber.

Lindsay Henderson

Lindsay Henderson

“As the Chamber grows, the need arises for new areas of expertise,” said Brad Lacy, president and CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. “Lindsay was my first choice for a chief revenue officer because our members respect her ideas, work ethic and overall knowledge of the community. There is no better person to lead this effort.”

Henderson joined the Chamber in September 2010 as director of membership services. She was promoted to vice president of member services in January 2012 before becoming chief operating officer in 2013. Prior to working at the Chamber, Henderson served as director of new student programs at the University of Central Arkansas, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

In her new role as chief revenue officer, Henderson manages revenue-generating functions, such as event sponsorships and advertising, and oversees the sales team.

“I look forward to working more closely with our Chamber members to help them identify investment opportunities that will help them reach their business goals,” Henderson said. “We continue to look for ways to offer a suite of programs and services that will be mutually beneficial to our individual members and the business community at large.”

With Henderson’s shift to chief revenue officer, the Chamber had a role to fill. Ed Linck’s experience working for chambers of commerce and his familiarity with Conway made him a good fit for the position, according to Lacy.

Ed Linck

Ed Linck

"We are fortunate Ed and his wife decided to move back to Conway,” Lacy said. “Ed’s’ experience at the Greater Little Rock and Irvine (California) Chambers of Commerce gave us a unique opportunity to bring on a leader with industry experience. I am thrilled to have Lindsay leading our sales organization and Ed managing the day-to-day operations of the Chamber.”

As COO, Linck manages the planning and execution of events as well as membership recruitment and retention. His previous work experience includes serving as director of membership for the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and working in business development at Irvine Chamber of Commerce in California. Most recently, Linck worked in commercial real estate for a firm in Irvine.

Linck earned his bachelor’s degree from Connor State College in Oklahoma and a master’s degree from Northwestern State University in Louisiana. After living in California for nearly seven years, he is enthusiastic about his return to Conway with his wife, Mariana Loya. An active Rotarian, Linck plans to be involved with the Conway Rotary Club.

“Having an opportunity to live in my hometown and work for an organization whose sole purpose is to improve this community is a blessing,” Linck said. “My wife and I are excited about living in such a progressive, forward-thinking Arkansas city that boasts thriving businesses, elite education options and diverse entertainment. It’s good to be home.”

ABOUT THE CONWAY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

For 125 years, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce has served as the voice of the Conway, Arkansas, business community. It represents the interests of more than 1,200 members by promoting economic development in Conway and Faulkner County, advocating a pro-business climate at all levels of government, supporting the county’s educational institutions, and establishing and executing a vision for the community. To learn more about the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, visit ConwayArkansas.org.