1. CHUCK HYDE
    Vistage Chair, NWA
    (479) 238-6054
    chuck.hyde@vistagechair.com

Summary

I believe that when we bring our best thoughts together, we contribute to each other in ways that bring results that are otherwise unimaginable. The issues are clearer, the questions more challenging, the actions more committed and the results more sustained. Smart business leaders are capable of a certain measure of success on their own, but why would anyone choose to run their business the hard way?

Vistage members know that none of us are as smart as all of us.

Experience

I grew up the youngest of five kids. My parents drilled two things into us. For my dad, it was “Hustle.” For my mom, “Be dependable.” I learned early to pay attention, do my best, and to be myself. I immersed myself in school, church, sports, and friends. My professional career began with Kimberly-Clark Corporation with stops in Arkansas, Wisconsin and South Carolina. I was blessed to work in 11 unique roles in 12 years including engineering, quality systems, regulatory compliance, project management, operations and operations support functions such as supply chain, finance and planning. While I earned an MBA later, this breadth of experience translated to a practical MBA with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior. Highlights included site leadership to an ERP conversion (SAP), capital projects in excess of $25 million and 24/7 manufacturing operations responsibility. At age 35, I accepted a new challenge in a business development role in B2B service with Soderquist Leadership in Siloam Springs, AR. Three years later, I stepped into a lead director role and became CEO in 2010. The twelve years here gave me unique access to some of the best and brightest leaders and companies in the country as we ran more than 100 projects across more than 20 industries annually. Throughout my career, I have been able to demonstrate agility in a given situation, assessing what needs to be accomplished, and mobilizing a team to deliver results.

Education & Awards

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1992 and an MBA at John Brown University in 2008. I’m proud that while CEO at Soderquist, we were named among the Best Places to Work in the state of Arkansas in 2012 and that I was nominated by my staff and named to the inaugural C-Suite Awards by the NWA Business Journal in 2015.

Personal

My wife, Brian, and I live in Siloam Springs and have two sons, Charley and Jonathan. I am active in my church, nonprofit boards, and coaching youth sports. In my spare time, I enjoy road cycling, mountain biking, and golf.