The city of Sherwood has chosen its next director of economic development.

Barry Sellers will begin his job as the Economic Development Director for the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 2.

Marsha Cook, executive director of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber and the city are looking forward to Seller’s arrival.

"Mr. Sellers has been the President/CEO/ED of the Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, including the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce and the Port St. Joe Port Authority, in Port St. Joe, Fla., since 2010," Cook said. "He has been President/Owner of his company Sellers Marketing PR. Inc., and he has served many years as President, CEO, and ED for various Economic, Community, and Chamber organizations. "

Other entities that he has worked with include Sears Dealer Stores, Arkansas State Network, Ozark Family Resource, various political campaigns, and other companies in the Mid South Region.

Sellers has served on local, state, and national boards, commissions, and groups with several involving the areas of economic, community, and chamber management. He is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and numerous similar local and state committees.

"Barry is a member of the Arkansas State University Alumni Association and Red Wolves Foundation, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, the University of Wisconsin Institute for Organizational Management, and the University of Central Arkansas Community Development Institute," according to Cook.

He fills the post vacated by former director Kelly Coughlin, who accepted a similar post a few months ago in Cabot.

Coughlin was Sherwood’s first economic development director. The position is jointly funded by the chamber of commerce and the city.

Cook said Sellers is eager to get back to Arkansas.

"Barry brings with him years of experience in helping communities thrive and grow economically," according to Cook. He had had once directed economic development in both the Corning and Batesville Area Chambers of Commerce.

"He’s eager to return to his friends and family in Arkansas," she said.