Solucion Consulting and former chief operating officer of real estate firm Greyland Development Group, will be the chamber leader. President search committee chair Scott Willis said Hall will focus on growing chamber membership, meeting current members’ needs and managing the chamber staff. The chamber has committees focused on several areas including governmental affairs, small businesses and tourism; Hall will focus on this side of the operation. ble the amount of money they spend annually for chamber services, from $108,000 to $241,000. The idea was to be able to offer a salary around $125,000, with extra bonuses.
While chamber officials did not want to disclose Hall’s salary at this time, Willis said the extra government money and big salary would be applied to the senior vice president, not Hall’s position. Hall’s salary will be paid out of the $432,000 contributed annually by the chamber’s more than 500 members.
Hall began his term as president Thursday. He will continue to work with the eight clients at his consulting firm but will phase out of that position as those client’s projects are finished. Hall’s firm focuses on business start-ups and businesses in transition.
Willis said Hall was chosen because he was well-known and respected in the local business community. Hall’s name accounted for 90 percent of the submissions for chamber president that came from the local community, Willis said.
“He can unite the chamber staff and membership, the business community and the government agencies that are necessary for it to all operate. He’s someone with excellent leader- ship abilities. He stood out among all of the other candidates. If you disagree with him, you can be on opposite sides, but when you leave the room, you are still friends. That’s a quality you need in a leader; it’s OK to disagree with him,” said Willis, who is friends with Hall.
Hall said he applied for the position because he wanted to shape and influence positively the future of the community.
“ I have a family of six, with all of my children in public schools. I’m not going anywhere. I’m really excited in investing in our community,” he said in a phone interview. “ For me personally, my skill sets, I love leading teams, I’ve always created, built and loved teams, in various non-profit and for-profit ventures. At the chamber I’ll really have that opportunity that I haven’t been able to do with entrepreneurial work.”
Before working at Greyland, Hall spent 11 years working for the non-profit group Campus Crusade for Christ, a Christian outreach organization. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.
Hall said as the new president he plans to listen before leading. He hopes to bring a strategic mindset to the job, and focus on putting together effective teams to carry out the chamber’s mission.
“When I think of the chamber, I want to add value to the business community. Whether that’s through a roundtable discussion with CEOs or by helping small business understand social media,” Hall said.
One of Hall’s first proposals as president was to form the Chairman’s Committee, which will be comprised of all former chamber chairmen. Hall hopes he can draw on their knowledge and learn from their successes and mistakes.
Former chamber president John Boothby resigned in September, after three and a half years in the position. He said at the time he was looking forward to spending more time with his fiancé and exploring other fields, such as consulting.