Chamber announces two new hires

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the addition of two new professionals to their team. Sept. 1 marked the first day that Bart Shaw and Lindsay Grifford began their respective roles as VP of Operations and Director of Member Services.

As VP of Operations, Shaw will manage day-to-day Chamber operations. He will also coordinate Chamber events such as Toad Suck Daze. Shaw comes to the Chamber from the University of Central Arkansas. Shaw joined UCA in 2007 as Director of Development for the College of Business. In January 2010, he assumed the role as Interim Director of Development, where he coordinates the university’s central fundraising efforts and reports directly to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement. During his tenure at UCA, Shaw raised more than $900,000 and has been instrumental in opening the new $16 million College of Business Building.

Lindsay Grifford also comes to the Chamber from UCA, where she served as Director of New Student Programs. During this time, Grifford’s responsibilities included retention programming and student leadership and development. Prior to serving as the Director of New Student Programs, Grifford served as the Director of Study Abroad. As Director of Member Services she will serve as the primary contact for new and prospective Chamber members. She will also act as the liaison for Conway Young Professionals and Leads groups.

Both Shaw and Grifford earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at UCA. Brad Lacy said he expects each of them to succeed and hit the ground running. “Both Lindsay and Bart bring tremendous value to the Chamber. Having both come from an environment of customer service, event management and development, they were perfect fits for their respective job roles.”