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Member Spotlight

Angela Bonds

Director of Leadership Development and Governmental Affairs

Arkansas Valley Alliance for Economic Development and Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce

Angela Bonds is currently the Director of Leadership Development and Governmental Affairs at the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce. She brings seven years of Chamber experience. Angela oversees the Russellville Regional Leadership Academy program and is the staff lead for several Chamber volunteer committees.

  1. What do you love most about Arkansas? The natural beauty and all the outdoor activities.
  2. Very few people know that I am a licensed real estate agent.
  3. Favorite book, movie, and piece of music: … Bible, Hope Floats, Silent Night
  4. If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be? To be able to draw/be creative/crafty
  5. If you had an extra hour in the day, how would you spend it? With my husband and son doing something fun.
  6. My first job was: Selling snow cones.
  7. What issue facing Arkansas, or your local community is most pressing in your mind? All the disruption the pandemic has caused.
  8. How long have you been in the chamber/economic development profession? What do you like most about your job? Seven years. Working with diverse individuals to make our community better. Meeting new people.
  9. What is the best career advice you would give someone in the chamber/economic development profession? Never stop learning.

Drew Williams

Vice President, Business Development

Baldwin & Shell

Drew Williams is the Vice President of Business Development for Baldwin & Shell Construction Company focusing on building relationships in the Industrial, Commercial, and K-12 sectors. Prior to joining Baldwin & Shell, Drew worked for eight years at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC). He served as a Project Manager for Business Development, and as the Northwest Arkansas Regional Manager in Community Development. While at AEDC, he helped facilitate the creation of thousands of jobs, producing nearly a billion dollars in capital investment.

  1. What do you love most about Arkansas? I love the variety of outdoor activities and settings we have in Arkansas, especially the fishing, hunting, and golfing options.
  2. Very few people know that I once sang a duet with Tim McGraw.
  3. Favorite book, movie, and piece of music: Band of Brothers; Step Brothers; The Allman Brothers Band, just kidding, sorry Gregg. I’m a big Led Zeppelin fan, or Greta Van Fleet if I’m in the mood for new music.
  4. If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be? To fluently speak a new language.
  5. If you had an extra hour in the day, how would you spend it? Any activity with my wife and son.
  6. My first job was… waiting tables at The Dixie Café.
  7. What issue facing Arkansas, or your local community is most pressing in your mind? The rural broadband gap and its impact on educational attainment.
  8. The greatest risk I ever took was…? Opening a restaurant.
  9. How long have you been in the chamber/economic development profession? What do you like most about your job? 10 years.
  10. What is the best career advice you would give someone in the chamber/economic development profession? Economic Development is a marathon, not a sprint. Try to surround yourself with people smarter than you and listen to their advice. Show up every day with a positive attitude and never stop learning. Every relationship matters so it’s okay to agree to disagree. There will always be C.A.V.E. people. Do your best to find the “maybes” in your community and convert them to your team. Always take a vacation. Turn off your phone when on said vacation, and if you must, only check your email once per day. There will always be more work than time in the day.