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Little Rock Regional Chamber Hires Jack Thomas as Vice-President of Economic Development and Will Faulkner as Director of Business Retention & Expansion

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 24, 2022) – The Little Rock Regional Chamber is pleased to announce that Jack Thomas has been named Vice-President of Economic Development. Jack will lead all economic development work for the chamber including new business recruitment as well as existing business expansion and retention.

Jack has worked closely with the Chamber in his previous position at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, where he helped create jobs and bring huge investments to the state, mostly notably in securing U.S. Steel to build a mill in Osceola, Arkansas. He has a Master of Business Administration from Harding University. He is also passionate about giving back to the community by supporting non-profits like Miracle League of Arkansas, Ronald McDonald House of Arkansas and Make-A-Wish.

“As a native of Little Rock, advancing the Chamber’s mission of enhancing opportunity is more than a job - it’s a personal responsibility - and I look forward to the work ahead,” says Jack.

Will Faulkner has been named Director of Business Retention and Expansion. In this role, Will will be supporting the chamber’s MetRock 2020 economic development strategy and assistance to the region’s existing businesses by building relationships with key partners at local, regional and state levels.

Prior to accepting his position at the Chamber, Will worked at Simmons Bank, Simmons First Investment Group and Crews & Associates. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. He’s active in his community and volunteers with the Ozark Mission Project.

“I am looking forward to putting my operational and analytical background to good use in helping business succeed to their fullest potential,” says Will. “I plan to hit the ground running.”

“With the amazing team already in place at the Little Rock Regional Chamber, it was important to seek talented, experienced and results-driven people to help drive us forward,” says Little Rock Regional Chamber CEO Jay Chesshir.  “We strongly believe that Will and Jack are dynamic leaders who can help us continue to improve, grow and serve the Little Rock region.”

About Little Rock Regional Chamber

The Little Rock Regional Chamber is the principal business-driven leadership organization responsible for fostering the economic growth and development of the Little Rock region to ensure that business and industry may operate profitably and enhance the earning opportunities and quality of life for every citizen. For more information, visit


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