Member Spotlight

Debbie Griffin

Vice President of Communications and Marketing
Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce

Debbie Griffin is the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. She is also the Director of the Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit and has grown the event to the largest technology conference in Arkansas. Debbie is involved in all aspects of the Chamber and works to inform members and the community about events and issues involving the chamber and in NWA.

  1. Birthplace and where do you live today?

I was born in Rogers, Arkansas and currently live in Bentonville, Arkansas with my husband, Mark.

  1. What do you love most about Arkansas?

The beauty of our area and the clean environment.

  1. Very few people know that I… began my career at an early age as a radio announcer with now Congressman Steve Womack as my first boss.
  2. The last book I read?

Derailed by Tim Irwin.

  1. Children and/or pets?

3 Children – Rachel, Kaleb and Ashley, no pets, but I grew up on a farm.

  1. Phobia?

Snakes!

  1. Best place in Arkansas to spend the weekend?

Bentonville, Arkansas of course!

  1. As a kid, I wanted to be an attorney when I grew up?
  2. How long have you been in the chamber/economic development profession? What do you like most about your job?  I have been at the Bentonville Chamber for 2 ½ years, but involved and active in the Northwest Arkansas community for my entire life. My favorite part of my job is meeting and connecting people, with the right people at the table there is nothing that can’t be accomplished in NWA.
  3. Best career advice I would give someone in the Economic Development or Chamber profession? “You need to have a passion for your community and help create a great quality of life for the residents while enhancing the business environment. People are just people, don’t get overwhelmed with titles or positions, and serve every customer the same.”

Cammie Hambrice

Executive Director
Magnolia Economic Development Corporation

Cammie is the Executive Director for the Magnolia Economic Development Corporation.   In her role, she is responsible for recruitment and development of compatible new employers and supports the growth and development of existing business and industry for Magnolia and Columbia County.  Cammie is also involved in marketing and public relations efforts, community development and support activities, educational and training programs, planning and development projects and coordinates activities with appropriate local, state and federal programs.  Cammie is a graduate of the Community Development Institute and Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course.

  1. Where were you born?  Where do you live today? I was born in Texarkana, TX and I currently live in Magnolia. 
  2. What do you love most about Arkansas?

I love that Arkansas is a small state.  No matter what part of the state I’m in, I meet people that I share common friendships with. 

  1. Very few people know that I… Enjoy planning and decorating for events and parties. 
  2. The last book I read was: By This Name by John R. Cross 
  3. Children and/or pets?

I am the proud mother of 2 children and I have 5 beautiful grandchildren.

  1. Phobia?

I’m not a fan of spiders. 

  1. Best place in Arkansas to spend the weekend?

I can ALWAYS find something fun to do right here in the south Arkansas area.

  1. As a kid, I wanted to be a _______ when I grew up…  I can’t really remember anything specific, but I’m pretty sure economic development never crossed my mind. 
  2. How long have you been in the chamber/economic development profession? What do you like most about your job?  In 2006, I became the Magnolia chamber director and then managed both chamber and MEDC organizations from 2011-2014.  MEDC hired me to become their director in 2014. 
  3. Best career advice I would give someone in the Economic Development or Chamber profession?

“Always look for ways to better your community.  Remember to seek out partners and try to think outside the box.  Never underestimate the importance of networking.”