AEDCE Member Spotlight
Director of Member and Community Outreach
Phillips County Chamber of Commerce
Alana Pinchback is the Director of Member and Community Outreach for the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce, which strives to move Phillips County forward through economic development, community programs and member promotion. Alana is responsible for membership cultivation. promotion and retention as well as development and implementation of programs that enrich and benefit the community.
- Where were you born? Where do you live today? I was born in West Memphis and live today in Helena.
- What do you love most about Arkansas? It’s natural beauty and resources and Southern hospitality!
- Very few people know that I… have always dreamed of being an author.
- How would you describe Arkansas to someone that has never been here? It’s absolutely rich with beauty, opportunities and some of the friendliest people in the world!
- What advice would you give to your 21-year old self? Enjoy every minute of your 20s, eat healthy and exercise.
- The greatest risk I ever took was…? Leaving a toxic work environment before having another job lined up.
- What issue facing Arkansas, or your local community keeps you up at night? As are many other communities, we are faced with crime, economic, infrastructural and educational challenges. I am absolutely committed to helping and supporting this community by partnering with other agencies to face these challenges and find solutions.
- Who would you most like to swap places with for the day and why? The top “Imagineer” at Disney. It would be amazing to work in an environment that focuses on bringing joy to people every day.
- How long have you been in the chamber/economic development profession? What do you like most about your job? I’ve been in chamber/economic development for a year and a half. I love being involved in finding solutions to community challenges and sharing everything that makes Phillips County so wonderful!
- Best career advice I would give someone in the Economic Development or Chamber profession? Listen to your chamber members as to what their needs are, as well as their suggestions. Membership should provide year-long benefits and the Chamber of Commerce should serve as the business’ greatest advocate. It’s also important to impress on your community members that everyone is an ambassador for your town and provide them with the resources and tools to make each tourist’s visit a special and memorable one.