Paul Harvel Honored with Life Member Award from American Chamber of Commerce Executives

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 12:00 am  

Paul Harvel

Paul Harvel, part-time worker for Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross’ campaign and former president of the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, has been honored with the Life Member Award, the highest individual recognition in the chamber of commerce field, from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Also referred to as the Honorary Member award, the Life Member award recognizes the chamber careers of retired leaders. Harvel was nominated by peers, and the board of directors selected him as a recipient of the award. Fewer than 50 people have received the ACCE honor in the organization’s 100-year history.

Harvel began his chamber of commerce work with the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce in 1967. He led development on Pinnacle Mountain State Park near Little Rock and also was a prominent figure in the creation of Pulaski County Technical College. During his time leading the Little Rock Chamber, Harvel also led the design and opening of the chamber’s location at One Chamber Plaza. Harvel left the Little Rock Chamber after six years, working as CEO in El Dorado; Enid, Oklahoma; Midland, Texas; and Amarillo, Texas. He then returned to Little Rock in 1985 to serve as that chamber’s CEO before going on to become president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber. Leadership programs were a focus of his career. He launched Leadership Enid, Leadership Little Rock in 1985 and the Leadership Arkansas program in 2006.

Paul Harvel’s 21 years of work at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce included raising the chamber’s total assets from $70,000 to more than $10 million. 

 

 

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