Reasons to Become a Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce 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.

Bill Schwyhart’s 1998 Acquisition of Pinnacle Point in Arkansas

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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.

BMW Group’s Impressive 2017 Start

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Real estate developer Bill Schwyhart enjoyed a successful career as an auto dealer. In 1998, Bill Schwyhart’s Hart Motor Co., was a dealer for both BMW and Volkswagen. Hart BMW/Volkswagen was certified as a “Center for Excellence” by BWM and was one of the top 10 BMW dealerships throughout the country.

Recently, BMW Group reported that it produced the best ever sales growth for the month of January, heralding an outstanding start for 2017. Vehicles delivered rose by 6.8 percent globally, totaling 163,288 vehicles. BMW chalked up a 7.2 percent sales increase, totaling 143,553 vehicles, and MINI showed sales expansion of 3.7 percent, totaling 19,563 vehicles. BWM electric vehicles also doubled in sales for the month. All regions of the world exhibited sales growth.

The BMW Group has been experiencing increased sales for the past six consecutive years. New models, particularly the new generation of BMW 5 Series, are expected to further improve sales performance for 2017. The BMW Group also owns the Rolls Royce brand.

Business Lessons in Lee Iacocca’s Autobiography

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Lee Iacocca
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During his time at Marshfield Chrysler Dodge, Bill Schwyhart was counseled directly by Lee Iacocca. As president and chief executive officer of Hart Motor Company, Schwyhart continued to refer to Iacocca’s highly revered autobiography. In his current role as the founder of Pinnacle Hills in Rogers, Arkansas, his enthusiasm for the book remains.

Iacocca: An Autobiography, written by American automotive business executive Lee Iacocca and co-author William Novak, is a chronicle of the successful leader’s time with the Ford Motor Company and the Chrysler Corporation. The book was immensely popular upon its release in 1984, finishing both 1984 and 1985 as the best selling non-fiction hardcover book.

The book’s two main sections, entitled The Ford Story and The Chrysler story, serve as business lessons in advancing through the ranks of an organization on the merits of hard work and innovation, and rehabilitating a business on the brink of bankruptcy, respectively. The book also includes insights into Iacocca’s childhood and education at Princeton University as well as his beliefs on subjects such as the importance of seat belt usage and the rising costs of labor.