Brad Lacy named one of state’s most influential leaders

Brad Lacy, president and CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and Conway Development Corporation, has been named to Arkansas Business’s 2019 list of Arkansas’ 250 Most Influential Leaders.Brad Lacy, president and CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and Conway Development Corporation, has been named to Arkansas Business’s 2019 list of Arkansas’ 250 Most Influential Leaders.

A native of Ida, Arkansas, Brad began his economic development career in 1997 with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission as a community development consultant and later as a project manager, where he worked to recruit companies to the state.

He has served as the president and CEO of the Conway Development Corporation – the city of Conway’s nonprofit economic development entity – since 2000. In December 2006, Brad became president and CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. It marked th

e first time in nearly two decades that the Chamber and CDC were under the leadership of the same person. The combined management of both organizations brings the city a larger staff to focus on economic development activities. Under his leadership, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce was named Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in 2013 and was runner-up for the national award in 2018.

Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Central Arkansas and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a graduate of the Community Development Institute at UCA, the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management program. He is a Certified Chamber Executive through the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Brad is among 14 Conway leaders who made the prestigious annual list. Congratulations to the honorees.

BANKING & FINANCE

John Allison
Chairman
Home BancShares Inc.

Karen Garrett
Managing Partner
Hudson, Cisne & Co.

Alex Lieblong
Investor
Lieblong and Associates

CONSTRUCTION & REAL ESTATE

Brad Hegeman
Chief Operating Officer
Nabholz Construction Services

Greg J. Williams
CEO & Board Chair
Nabholz Construction Services

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Brad Lacy
President & CEO
Conway Development Corporation
Conway Area Chamber of Commerce

EDUCATION & HEALTH CARE

Ed Choate
President & CEO
Delta Dental of Arkansas

Houston Davis
President
University of Central Arkansas

T. Kale Gober
Vice President for University Advancement
University of Central Arkansas

Matt Troup
President & CEO
Conway Regional Health System

INDUSTRY LEADERS

Rhea Lana Riner
Founder & CEO
Rhea Lana’s Franchise Systems Inc.

Jeff D. Standridge
Chief Catalyst
Conductor

Ted Thomas
Chairman
Arkansas Public Service Commission 

QUALITY OF LIFE

Bishop Woosley
Director
Arkansas Scholarship Lottery