Chris Marsh

Director of Thinking

Areas of Expertise

Creative Economic Development Services and Products

An innovative thinker with an engaging demeanor, Chris is a skilled communicator that brings creative solutions to the forefront to maximize an organization’s potential. Chris pushes for success by providing clients with competitive strategies that are framed in mindful communication. His expertise includes utility economic development, targeted industry sector identification, workforce initiatives and organizational effectiveness, as well as communication, leadership, generational studies and public policy.

An economic development practitioner who joined Boyette in 2014, Chris assists clients in developing effective strategies that lead to tangible results. He has forged a career spanning 15 years working with various economic development organizations.

Chris spearheaded the development of Create Little Rock, the Chamber’s initiative to keep, attract and grow creative talent, as well as serving on local nonprofit boards that serve the community in areas such as expanding healthcare, advocating for women and children and eradicating hunger.

While at Entergy Arkansas’ Office of Economic Development, Chris was engaged in recruiting companies in various industry sectors, including data centers, steel, advanced manufacturing and aerospace, along with assisting communities across Arkansas as they build local economic development capacity. Before his tenure at Entergy, Chris was Chief Operating Officer with the Golden Triangle Development Link in Columbus, Mississippi, a region recently profiled by 60 Minutes.

Chris is a graduate of Arkansas State University and has completed extensive continuing education in economic development, as well as a being a Class 25 graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock and later chairing the LGLR Board of Trustees.

I’m passionate about

building great relationships and creating a better world one laugh at a time.

I most admire


Favorite quote

“The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating – in work, in play, in love. (Anne Morris, NYC Starbucks customer)

Sustainability means

making your footprint a little lighter, your environment a little cleaner, and your future a whole lot brighter.

My first job after college

Program director at the Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce.

A surprising thing to know

I do not have a poker face.