Mary Margaret Satterfield

Business Name: Conway Area Chamber of Commerce
Job Title: Director of Toad Suck Daze and Events
Description of your business or job title: I organize and implement large events for the Chamber. These events include the Conway Chamber Annual Meeting, Business Expo and Taste of Conway, and the Women in Business Luncheon. I also work with the full chamber staff and volunteer committee to produce the Toad Suck Daze festival.
How many years have you been there or open: 15 years
How you came to Conway and/or Faulkner County or why you chose here to start your business: I grew up in Conway and knew after college that I wanted to return to the area. I lucked into a position at the Chamber of Commerce working on marketing and Toad Suck Daze and that has transformed to what I do today.
Tell us a bit about your Education, Awards or community involvement you have: I am a proud Wampus Cat and LSU Tiger. I completed my CFEE (Certified Festival and Event Executive) certification from the International Festivals and Events Association in 2013 and my IOM (Institute for Organization Management) certification from the US Chamber of Commerce in 2014. I am on the board and a past president of the Arkansas Festivals and Events Association.
Outside of work, I volunteer with Ozark Mission Project. OMP brings church youth groups to camp sites around Arkansas where they engage the surrounding communities by helping those in need of minor construction, yard work and house painting. I work with the Friends of OMP and College Staff Training committees. I also serve as a camp director for a week each summer, working with volunteers and college staff and middle school to high school aged campers.
Is there something in your job history of which you are particularly proud? I am proud of the work that everyone at the Chamber of Commerce does within the community. There is always something new, different and exciting going on at the Chamber that could end up changing the community for the better. I am proud of Toad Suck Daze and the committee that helps to make it the best. The festival is able to compete internationally and has won awards such as Best Children’s Programming (3 years), Best Food and Beverage Program, and Best Volunteer Program from the International Festivals and Events Association. And I am proud that in 2016 Toad Suck Daze was named the Arkansas Festival of the Year!