The Environment-Conscious BMW i3

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BMW i3
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Prior to making his mark in commercial real estate development, Bill Schwyhart helmed multiple car dealerships. Hart Motors, Bill Schwyhart’s dealership specializing in sales of BMW and select other vehicle brands, achieved landmark customer satisfaction results, regularly performing in the national top 10 for overall satisfaction.

Luxury car manufacturer BMW offers a line of electric cars, one of which is the BMW i3. The all-electric i3 can drive 114 miles on a single charge while the model of the car imbued with a Range Extender can drive up to 180 miles per charge. The BMW i3 seats up to five passengers, similar to a conventional BMW 3.

BMW engineered the i3 for efficiency and performance using Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). This material has the strength of steel, but carries only 50 percent of steel’s weight. As such, it is one of the lightest vehicles in BMW’s lineup. The i3 manufacturing process also sets the standard for sustainability, requiring 70 percent less water and 50 percent less energy than standard BMW vehicle production. Even the German manufacturing plant that produces these vehicles runs on 100 percent renewable energy.

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Reasons to Become a Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce Ambassador

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Ambassador
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A real estate investment professional and car dealership owner based in Arkansas, Bill Schwyhart is the founder of Pinnacle Hills. Further, Bill Schwyhart served the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce as its chairman, a role that requires him to oversee the chamber’s various initiatives, including its ambassador’s program.

Rogers-Lowell Chamber ambassadors advocate on behalf of the chamber and support the organization and its members. Ambassadors commonly take part in chamber events, including ribbon cuttings and business after-hours sessions. They are permitted to represent their own companies, and by extension their personal business interests, at various chamber functions.

Further, ambassadors gain access to exclusive functions, allowing them to network with peers and attain eligibility for special door prizes not made available to regular chamber members. Beyond this, all chamber ambassadors become eligible for the chamber’s annual Ambassador of the Year Award, which recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals who have gone beyond in their service to the chamber and its members.

Two of the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce Awards

 

General Motors Institute, Now Kettering University

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Kettering University
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Prior to beginning a professional career in automotive sales, Bill Schwyhart attended the Chrysler Corporation Sales and Training program in Detroit, Michigan, in 1979, where he studied Automotive Retail Management. In 1983, Bill Schwyhart also attended General Motors Institute in Detroit, Michigan, where he studied Automobile Dealership Management.

Originally known as General Motors Institute, the school changed its name to Kettering University in 1998 and began offering a wider range of educational degrees, including graduate programs. In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked Kettering University as 13th in the nation for its engineering program among non-PhD-granting programs, and 7th for its mechanical engineering program.

Kettering University is named for industrialist and inventor Charles Kettering (1876 – 1958), who was instrumental in the promotion of professional cooperative education. The school has attracted students who have gone on to be top producers in their respective fields, and continues to produce industry leaders around the world. The university strives to be a world-class leader in technological innovation.

Bill Schwyhart’s 1998 Acquisition of Pinnacle Point in Arkansas

Bill Schwyhart
Bill Schwyhart

Bill Schwyhart is a respected executive in the Arkansas entrepreneurial community and guides Pinnacle Hills as its founder and owner. He has overseen a number of high profile projects including the creation of Pinnacle Hills Promenade, and has also served as Finance Committee chairman with the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority. Bill Schwyhart’s career was featured in a 2001 edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.

As described in the article, Mr. Schwyhart’s life profoundly changed in September, 1998, when he got married and the next day leveraged two decades of success in the car dealership industry in inking his largest transaction ever.

The $5 million real estate acquisition was of Pinnacle Point in Rogers, Arkansas, and was the beginning of what turned into a $1 billion project spanning 600 acres of land just off Interstate 49. The purchase resulted in the development of retail shopping centers that have driven commercial growth throughout the four-state region.

Volkswagen World’s Top Auto Manufacturer for 2016

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Volkswagen
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The founder and co-owner of development firm Pinnacle Hills in Rogers, Arkansas, Bill Schwyhart also had a successful career as an auto dealer. Through Hart Motor Co., Bill Schwyhart sold a number of vehicle brands including Volkswagen.

The German automaker Volkswagen grabbed the top spot as the world’s largest automobile manufacturer for 2016. While the first position had belonged to Toyota Motors for a number of years, Volkswagen produced 10,312,400 vehicles from January to December 2016, beating Toyota’s 10,213,486. The German automaker improved by 3.8 percent over its 2015 production output of 9,930,500 vehicles, despite the serious legal problems it faced over falsifying diesel engine emission figures.

Sales performance in the United States were very impressive, with Volkswagen of America, Inc., reporting 37,229 units delivered in December 2016, a 20.3 percent increase over December 2015 sales. Aside from the Volkswagen brand, the car company’s other global brands include Porsche and Audi.

The Rogers-Lowell Chamber’s Engagement with Community Events

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Rogers-Lowell Chamber
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Bill Schwyhart is a business developer and executive who started Marshfield Chrysler Dodge in Missouri. In addition, Bill Schwyhart served as the founder and co-owner of Pinnacle Hills in Rogers, Arkansas. Outside of his professional responsibilities, he is engaged in the community and has acted as the chairman of the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce.

Located in Northwest Arkansas, the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of local businesses. In addition to working to help businesses grow and prosper, the chamber strives to improve the local community through engagement and involvement in a number of local events. The chamber hosts a community calendar available on its website which includes a wide range of regional events such as the International Women’s Day 2017 Community Celebration and the Wall of Distinction Banquet.

Hosted by the Rogers Public Education Foundation, the sixth annual Wall of Distinction Banquet, scheduled for April 20, 2017, honors teachers, administrators, parents, and community members who have contributed to the successes of the Rogers School District. The event will be held in the Pinnacle Ballroom at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, Arkansas.