The Greater Bryant Chamber of Commerce recently promoted Todd Rhoden from his position of Executive Director to President & CEO. Joining the Bryant Chamber on May 31st, 2016, there have been many positive changes since his arrival. “When we made the decision to bring in Todd Rhoden as our Chamber Leader, we made a commitment to excellence. The Bryant Chamber is growing and evolving in a way that fits his bold personality, our amazing community, and the needs of an ever-changing future,” said Todd Sellers, Board Chairman. “We in the Greater Bryant Area are poised for continued growth with our President and CEO, Todd Rhoden, leading and advocating for our member businesses. Our Chamber has accomplished so much under Todd’s leadership already. I am proud of him and his family for their dedication. Our community will continue to see outstanding achievements which will have a positive impact for years to come. Now is the time to journey with the Greater Bryant Chamber of Commerce if your business desires accelerated growth and outstanding results,” stated Carlton Billingsley, a previous Board Chairman. Both Sellers and Billingsley, along with another past Board Member, Allison Ramsey, were a key piece in Rhoden’s promotion.
“We are establishing lots of new business and personal relationships that are benefiting the Bryant Community. We are expanding our reach even more into Benton and Little Rock. Bryant and Saline County are booming. I am honored to lead the charge with the help of many other great individuals including our Operations Director, Cheryl Smith, Board of Chamber Directors, schools and city officials,” said Rhoden. In the past year, the Bryant Chamber has gone through a complete rebranding, including a new staff, mission statement, logo, website, member directory, and events. Todd’s next objective is to house the chamber and city offices under the same roof. “I believe this will speed up economic development and allow us to serve our members most effectively. They deserve the absolute best for trusting and investing in us. I want a larger common space where businesses can hold their meetings while having additional resources to mentor start-ups,” stated Rhoden.
In other news, Bryant is receiving media accolades for their A rated school district and family-friendly neighborhoods. Bryant is currently ranked the Most Successful City in Arkansas by Zippia. This claim is based on Bryant’s low unemployment rate (3.1%), median household income ($63, 448), and minimal poverty level (4.6%). Bryant is rated the Healthiest Housing Market in Arkansas by SmartAsset. Bryant was also named as one of the Top 100 Small Towns in America by CNN Money Magazine and one of the Most Affordable Suburbs by BusinessWeek. This year is important for Bryant, as it marks the 125th birthday of Bryant along with the 30th Anniversary of Fall Fest. Occuring on September 30th, this year’s Fall Fest is expected to have at least 5,000 attendees and 90 business vendors. The Bryant Chamber is also hosting the 18th Annual Taste of Bryant in partnership with Everett Buick GMC on August 3rd from 6pm to 8pm in the Center at Bishop Park. This food showcase attracts at least 25 restaurants and 700 attendees. There will be a brand-new Dave & Buster’s VIP Room Partnering with the Saline County Young Professionals Network that same evening providing food, drinks, music, and games from 7:30pm to 9pm.