AEDCE Member Spotlight
Chief Executive Officer & Principal Broker
Greg joined Nabholz Properties full time in 1990 upon his graduation from the University of Arkansas. His day to day responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of Nabholz Properties’ commercial real estate development, consulting, brokerage, leasing, and investment activities. Consulting and development services are focused on placemaking economic development projects that include community & downtown revitalization and traditional neighborhood & urban infill development. Greg is also involved in federal, state, regional, and local legislative initiatives aimed at promoting successful placemaking economic development projects in Arkansas.
- What do you love most about Arkansas? The fact that we seem to produce per capita more talented and successful people in all walks of life whether it be business, politics, education, music, film, and all of the arts.
- Very few people know that I… I have done open mike stand-up and have a small role (very small) in an upcoming movie
- What advice would you give to your 21-year old self? Think big and think outside the box. Don’t be afraid of what others might think.
- Top three things on your bucket list? Being alive to see the Razorbacks winning a national championship in football, basketball, and baseball.
- If you were a superhero, what superpowers would you like to have? Aquaman (DC Comics) – Control the Water (no more droughts or floods) and Razorback (Marvel Comics) Skilled mechanic, Self-taught engineer, Excellent street fighter, Considerable strength, and endurance
- If you weren’t in economic development/chamber work, what would you be doing? Creative arts-related pursuits (filmmaking, visual arts, stand-up comedy)
- What issue facing Arkansas, or your local community is most pressing in your mind? The lack of a true statewide public/private partnership strategy in retaining and attracting talent to Arkansas. Arkansas has an opportunity to grow our population that applies not only to our larger metro areas but in the rural parts of the state where the population has either stagnated or declined. We have the resources to do this, but we need to get a statewide, regional, and local plan
- How long have you been in the chamber/economic development profession? What do you like most about your job? I have been with Nabholz Properties since 1990 and been working on economic development initiatives both locally and statewide my whole career whether it be through volunteer efforts or as a part of our business.
- What is the best career advice you would give someone in the chamber/economic development profession? Lose any negative thoughts about why a bold growth strategy can’t work in your community. Too many feasible initiatives fail not because there are not enough resources but rather the lack of vision or confidence that it can be done no matter what the size of the community or region.
Director of Events & Membership Services
Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce
Stephanie Lipsmeyer serves as Director of Events and Membership Services for the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce along with Director of Leadership Conway County. Primary responsibilities include all phases of events planning and management. She has a primary focus on developing a full event schedule that will benefit the Chamber and its membership. She is also responsible for all phases of membership investments and service, orientation, and activation of new members, retention of current members, solicitation of new members, and delivery of programs and services for the Chamber. She has a primary focus on developing a suite of programs and services for the membership of the organizations.
- What do you love most about Arkansas? Petit Jean Mountain
- Very few people know that I… Danced behind the screen on the Regis and Kelly Show
- What advice would you give to your 21-year old self? Listen and Learn
- Top three things on your bucket list? 1) To spend a month in Rome 2) Spend two weeks at Martha’s Vineyard 3) to spend a summer in the Caribbean
- If you were a superhero, what superpowers would you like to have? 1) Superman- to be able to help everyone in need 2) I Dream of Jeanine – to be able to just blink and things would be done
- If you weren’t in economic development/chamber work, what would you be doing? I would still be volunteering to help organizations accomplish their goals.
- The greatest risk I ever took was…? Opening two businesses during this pandemic.
- What issue facing Arkansas, or your local community is most pressing in your mind? Helping all local businesses at this time to survive during or world crisis
- How long have you been in the chamber/economic development profession? What do you like most about your job? I have been in my position for over 2 years. In the past, I have served on the Chamber Board and volunteered for the Chamber for several years. I love the interaction with people and business owners. I love helping others.
- What is the best career advice you would give someone in the chamber/economic development profession? Love what you do and do what you love.