Earlier this month, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce organized the second annual Outlook Conway. Presented by Smith Ford and Thomas & Thomas LLP, Outlook Conway dove deep into key issues that directly affect the North Metro economy. Conway Regional Health System and Nabholz Construction served as economic sponsors.
At the half-day event, experts in health care, residential real estate, and energy delivered insight and forecasts regarding these important topics. Attendees also heard from the new leaders of three major Conway institutions about their vision for the Conway area.
Residential Real Estate Panel
The first panel of the day was on the topic of residential real estate. Sponsored by American Safeguard Insurance and Sowell Architects, the panel of real-estate experts and developers discussed exciting projects underway and offered expert insight into housing trends in the Conway area. Rik Sowell (far left in photo), president and founder of Sowell Architects, served as moderator. Panelists included the following (left to right):
- Brent Salter, vice president, Salter Properties
- Korry Garrett, broker/owner, Sandstone Real Estate Group
- Lance Johnston, partner, Reform Design + Build
- Jim Rankin Jr., president, Trinity Development Co.
Clean Line Energy Partners and Rogers Group sponsored a panel on energy at Outlook Conway. Moderated by Mitch Bettis (far left in photo), president of Arkansas Business, the panel of experts discussed infrastructure projects, sustainability initiatives, and water and energy conservation. The panelists were as follows (left to right):
- Michael Skelly, founder and president, Clean Line Energy Partners
- Chris Ladner, founding partner, Entegrity
- Jack Bergeron Jr., senior vice president of operations, Southwestern Energy
Health Care Panel
Sponsored by Conway Corporation, the health care panel brought together the top leadership at three Conway health care institutions: Conway Human Development Center, Conway Regional Health System, and Baptist Health Medical Center – Conway. Mitch Bettis moderated the discussion between the administrators, which focused on health care legislation and staff recruitment, development, and retention.
- Matt Troup (left), CEO and president, Conway Regional Health System
- Sarah Murphy (center), superintendent, Conway Human Development Center
- Joanie White-Wagoner (right), vice president and administrator, Baptist Health Medical Center – Conway
New Leadership Panel
Over the past several months, Conway welcomed a new mayor, a new university president, and a new utility CEO. Bart Castleberry (bottom photo, right) took over as mayor in January, the City of Conway's first new mayor in 18 years. In February, Dr. Houston Davis (bottom photo, left) became the 11th president of the University of Central Arkansas since it was founded in 1907. And on June 1, Bret Carroll (top photo, right) will become CEO of Conway Corporation, making him only the fifth individual to serve as CEO in the company’s 88-year history.
Andrea Woods, executive vice president and corporate counsel for Nabholz Construction, moderated the panel and asked questions submitted by Outlook Conway attendees. The panelists discussed education, job growth, city improvements, and quality of place initiatives. Trinity Development Co. and Whisinvest Realty were sponsors.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Thanks to Arkansas Business for serving as the media sponsor for Outlook Conway. View their special report on Conway’s growth and progress at ArkansasBusiness.com.
In addition to the sponsors listed above, we thank the following companies for their sponsorship of the second annual Outlook Conway:
- Nabholz Properties
- Sam’s Club
- Central Baptist College
- H&N Architects
- Crafton Tull
- Salter Construction / Salter Properties
- Simmons Bank
- Crain Buick GMC / Crain Kia of Conway
- Eric Rob & Isaac
- Southwestern Energy
- NABCO Mechanical & Electrical Inc.
- Plantation Services
- Corco Construction
- Delta Dental
- First Security Bank
For more information about Outlook Conway and other events at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, visit ConwayChamber.org.