AEDCE Member Spotlight
Executive Vice President
Little Rock Regional Chamber
James Reddish joined the Little Rock Regional Chamber in March 2018. In his capacity as Executive Vice President, James has responsibility for the chamber’s suite of programs, events, communications, sales, and member relations. He also provides strategic guidance to the chamber’s economic and workforce development team. Prior to taking his position in Little Rock, James worked for a national workforce and economic development consulting firm based in Chicago.
- Where were you born? Baltimore, Maryland Where do you live today? West Little Rock, Woodland’s Edge Development
- What do you love most about Arkansas? The southern hospitality and a strong sense of community.
- Very few people know that I… Started as a vocal performance music major in college
- Best place in Arkansas to spend the weekend? At home with my wife and twins, I actually love doing work around the house
- What advice would you give to your 21-year old self? Passion and drive are important but so is kindness and being self-aware, don’t be too eager to get to the next step.
- The greatest risk I ever took was…? Deciding not to pursue sports management as a career after spending 6 years and two degrees preparing for that career path through college and grad school. I was lucky to find my way to the chamber in Louisville, Kentucky and the rest has been a great and crazy ride.
- What issue facing Arkansas, or your local community keeps you up at night? Public education, we absolutely have to build a system that offers each and every child the opportunity to develop a passion for learning and base of knowledge that provides options for a future of their choosing. This has been a passion of mine for a long time and I feel blessed to be able to work on this issue every day in Little Rock.
- Who would you most like to swap places with for the day and why? I think being a University President would be a cool job, so I would say that I would want to be back on campus at James Madison University as President for a day… preferably a football Saturday!
- How long have you been in the chamber/economic development profession, and what do you like most about your job? I’ve been in this profession for nearly nine years. Aside from getting to work with wonderful people, the opportunity to do meaningful work every day is the thing I love most about my job. We have the ability and the responsibility in this profession to leave our communities better than we found them, and I take that mandate to heart.
- Best career advice I would give someone in the Economic Development or Chamber profession? I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much from others in this profession, the advice I would pass along is to indulge your curiosity. Learn about issues and work being done in your community that is not directly related to what you do, learning is never a waste of time. ED/Chamber work is about connections and coalitions, our currency is what and who we know, so increase your currency whenever you can.
Lonoke Area Chamber of Commerce
Hannah Harris is the executive director of the Lonoke Area Chamber of Commerce and in that role, she manages and executes the day-to-day operations for the organization along with supporting community development. Other responsibilities include planning, promotion, and organization of annual events, preparing financial reports, maintaining the member database, and promoting the chamber via social media. Hannah strives to build and maintain working Relationships with the Board of Directors, current Chamber members, prospective Chamber members, local and government officials and seeks to always keep an open line of communication with Chamber Members.
- Where were you born? Where do you live today? Born in Little Rock and live today in Lonoke.
- What do you love most about Arkansas? The southern hospitality.
- Very few people know that … love my weekend getaways with my husband in our RV.
- Favorite vacation spot outside of Arkansas? Hot Springs
- What advice would you give to your 21-year old self? Enjoy and Live your Life to the fullest…Start a Nest Egg for your retirement.
- The greatest risk I ever took was…? Smoking cigarettes.
- What issues facing Arkansas, or your local community keeps you up at night? Gun violence and the homeless situation in Arkansas.
- Who would you most like to swap places with for the day and why? My mother, Frankie B. Jeffries, because of the life skills she taught me and they are how to be a Christ-like woman, clean and cook, respect my elders and be a Godly mother and wife. She is my role model and I am a stronger woman because of my mother. I would swap places with her in a heartbeat.
- How long have you been in the chamber/economic development profession, and what do you like most about your job? Almost 2 years. I enjoy the great chamber members and networking with other chamber directors.
- Best career advice I would give someone in the Economic Development or Chamber profession. “Be willing to listen to everyone while building lasting business relationships.”