Member Spotlight

Donna Holt

Economic Development Associate and Executive Assistant
Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce

Donna is the Economic Development Associate and Executive Assistant for the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.  She works with Jonesboro Unlimited and the economic development team to recruit new jobs for the community and provide support for our existing industries.

  1. Birthplace and where do you live today?

Born in Rochelle, Illinois and today I live in Jonesboro.

  1. What do you love most about Arkansas?

Arkansas’ natural beauty – from the Delta to the mountains and everything in between

  1. Very few people know that I… love to play tricks on my co-workers!
  2. The last book I read?

The Whistler by John Grisham

  1. Children and/or pets?

It’s a full-time job keeping myself together – no kids or pets.

  1. Phobia?

Snakes and anything else that slithers.

  1. Best place in Arkansas to spend the weekend?

Anywhere friends and family are.

  1. As a kid, I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up?
  2. Favorite sports team of all-time?

A-State Red Wolves!

  1. Best career advice I would give someone in the Economic Development or Chamber profession?

“This overstates the obvious, but be true to your word and do everything with integrity – whether it be with your largest client or a stranger walking in.”

Dr. Blake Robertson

President
Northwest Technical Institute

Dr. Robertson is President of Northwest Technical Institute (NTI) in Springdale, Arkansas.  NTI is one of three career and technical post-secondary schools in the state.  In addition to being a secondary career center and providing post-secondary education, NTI also has an Adult Education Center and a Business and Industry Center.

  1. Where were you born?  Where do you live today?

I was born and spent the first 16 years in Fort Smith where I learned about the rich history of that area.  Since then I have lived in Little Rock, Alexandria, Louisiana, Hot Springs, Brinkley and now Springdale.

  1. What do you love most about Arkansas?

The things that I love most about Arkansas is its very colorful and rich history on both the state and national scene, the beautiful lakes and rivers and the many activities that go on in all of our communities.

  1. Very few people know that I… am a very reserved person. This surprises many people because every job that I have ever had has been in front of people telling them why they need to buy my product, teaching an academic lesson or just visiting with a group of people. 
  2. The last book I read was:  I enjoy reading and listening to books by John Grisham. I enjoy fiction based on true events. 
  3. Children and/or pets?

My wife and I have two grown male children. Both have children of their own so I have four grandchildren.

  1. Phobia?

I am not aware of any phobias other than seeing my own blood flowing.

  1. Best place in Arkansas to spend the weekend?

My best places to spend a weekend would either be in Hot Springs enjoying recreational water activities or in Northwest Arkansas enjoying playing golf or riding the bike trails.

  1. As a kid, I wanted to be an attorney when I grew up…
  2. Favorite sports team of all-time?

As a watching sport, I enjoy football and baseball but as a participant sport I enjoy golf.

  1. Best career advice I would give someone in the Economic Development or Chamber profession?

“If someone came to me asking advice about characteristics of what an excellent economic developer or a great chamber person should have, I would tell them the ability to listen to what the client needs so you don’t oversell them on services or the ability to know your area.  Be able to sell your location to a prospective client.”