Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
Ed LinckEd Linck, 27, the youngest of this year's "Forty Under 40" honorees, knows the importance of professional networking.
After just three and a half years in Little Rock, Linck is a member of more than 18 professional, civic and social organizations – and he even invented a network to make it easier for young professionals to routinely dish out business cards and mingle.
"I learned very early on that it's not what you know, it's who you know," Linck said. "I've really used that to my advantage by getting involved with all these different organizations and getting to know a lot of people."
After his baseball and college career ended at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., Linck spent weekdays trying to sell insurance and weekends playing dominos on his parents' houseboat.
"That's how few people I knew at the time," he said.
With the help of three others, Linck founded the Arkansas Young Professionals Network in 2003 and still serves as president.
Those skills recently landed him the membership director role at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, where introducing new members and directing a sales team is the culmination of his quest for networking skills.
- Apple CEO Tim Cook Joins in Chorus Against Religious Protection Bill
- Video: Mavis Lindsey on the Closure of Lindsey's Resort
- Mike Beebe Joins Roberts Law Firm of Little Rock
- Acxiom Asks Gov. Hutchinson to Veto HB1228 1 day ago
- Jonesboro Developer Bruce Burrow's Pyrrhic Victory 2 days ago
- Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola Urges Governor to Veto HB1228 6 hours ago
- Asa Hutchinson, Bob Ballinger Don't Seek Changes to #HB1228 10 hours ago
- Middle-Class Values (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note) 2 days ago