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Executive Director of Malvern/Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce resigns
Executive Director of Malvern/Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce resigns

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - Nikki Launius, Executive Director of Malvern/Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce, announced that she will resign from the Chamber effective October 30.

Launius plans to travel with her husband, Richard, an engineer who works for an Italian company. She will also handle marketing of a new side venture that she and her husband are starting up.

"I have really enjoyed my 7 years at the chamber," Launius said. "I believe this position allowed me to grow professionally and help my hometown at the same time." she said.

According to Rick McClure, Chairman of the Hot Spring County Economic Development Corporation, "Nikki brought her positive message about Malvern to regional, state and national level legislators, numerous chamber directors and industrial/business prospects. Her persistent marketing that Malvern is a good place to live and do business, has helped enhance the perception of our community throughout the state. Her efforts through the EDC and Chamber have helped Hot Spring County retain and grow local industries, and given us the opportunity to recruit new industry," McClure said.

During Launius' tenure, she helped Sykes recruit hundreds of employees through local, state and national press coverage. Today, the call center is more than 800 employees. Launius also helped locate All Steel Construction and relocate Dock Leveler Manufacturing into the former Kohler Building. Her board has also credited her leadership with increasing the Chamber's financials, revenue streams and growing membership to 300. The "Make Malvern Bloom" program has beautified the community with more than 100 crepe myrtles and other plantings. During her service, Launius also worked with her board on partnering with the college and reviving the Chamber's leadership program, which is in its third year. She and the college also collaborated on a "pres-idential style" candidate debate that was highly attended.

"I'm proud of all the accomplishments and improvements that were created with our different volunteers because it takes everyone moving together in the same direction. I believe that a good foundation has been laid for the next person interested in building the chamber and growing the community and taking it to the next level." 

Mayor Brenda Weldon was the Chamber Chairperson and the leader of the search committee that selected Launius in 2008. "It has  been a pleasure working with Nikki all these years, she has worked very hard and has always promoted Malvern and Hot Spring County in a very positive way.  I wish her all the best in her new endeavors."