The Board of Directors for Economics Arkansas is a liaison of statewide leaders representing the business, education, agriculture and government sectors. The board members are elected to a three-year term and are dedicated to promoting and supporting economic education in Arkansas.

In celebration of our 50th anniversary on 2012, Economics Arkansas started recognizing individuals who have served on the board for 25 years or longer as Lifetime Board Members. Currently, there are 10 Lifetime Board Members.

Board of Directors 2017-18

Board position Name and Title Organization Location
Chair Perry Wilson, Director The Barber Law Firm Little Rock
Vice-Chair Randy Lawson, President Lawco Energy Company Bentonville
President Jim Tucker, Superintendent El Dorado Public Schools El Dorado
Vice-President Jerrod Williams, Superintendent Sheridan School District Sheridan
Immediate Past Chair Bob Hamilton, retired Digital Benefit Advisors Little Rock
Immediate Past President John "Skipper" Ward, Superintendent Magnolia School District Magnolia
Treasurer Kristen Qandah, Audit Manager Lisa F. Stephens, CPA PLC Conway
Secretary Allison Richardson, SVP-Finance & Administration Communications Supply Service Association Little Rock
Board Members:

Gwen Adams, Asst. Superintendent of Elementary Education Texarkana Arkansas Schools Texarkana

Dr. Laura Bednar, Headmaster Baptist Preparatory School Little Rock
Rob Bell, Principal Eric, Rob & Isaac Little Rock
Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, President University of Arkansas System Little Rock
Robyn Breshears, EVP-Sales Manager ARVEST Benton County Bentonville
Lindsay Carter Morgan Stanley Little Rock
Susan Chambers, retired Wal-Mart Stores Bella Vista
Donald J. Cook, President, Central Arkansas Bank of America Little Rock
John F. Dews, retired Banker Hot Springs

Ray Dillon, retired CEO Deltic Timber Corporation Little Rock

Dr. Margaret Ellibee, President UA Pulaski Tech North Little Rock

Senator Jane English State Senator North Little Rock

John Erck, Sr., Director of Development & External Relations Sam M. Walton College of Business Fayetteville

Melinda Faubel, Director-External Affairs AT&T Arkansas Little Rock

James C. Fourmy, Jr., Senior Vice-President First National Bank Fort Smith

Lou Graham, Associate Vice President Morgan Stanley Little Rock

Andy Guffey, Coordinator of Education & Agriculture Arkansas Farm Bureau Little Rock

C. E. Ned Hendrix III, CEO Horatio State Bank Horatio

Ray Hobbs, President & CEO Hart Tackle Company Rogers

William R. (Bill) Holmes, President and CEO Arkansas Bankers Association Little Rock

Robert Hopkins, Regional Executive, Little Rock Branch Federal Reserve Bank, Branch of St. Louis Little Rock

David Humphrey, VP Investor Relations ArcBest Corporation Fort Smith

Polly M. Jackson, retired Economics Arkansas Conway

Jay Jones, Financial Advisor Edward Jones Investments Monticello

Wesley B. Kemp, retired ABF Freight System Alma

Johnny Key, Commissioner Arkansas Department of Education Little Rock

Rep. Fred Love State Representative Little Rock

Bruce Maloch, COO General Counsel Farmers Bank & Trust Magnolia

Dr. Matt McClure, Chief Learning & Financial Officer Cross County School District Cherry Valley

Ann McDougal, Deputy Securities Commissioner Arkansas Securities Department Little Rock

Bruce Munro, CEO Munro & Company Hot Springs

A. Wyckliff Nisbet, Jr., Tax Partner Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP Little Rock

Magen Olive, Director-Equity Plans & Legal Services Murphy USA El Dorado

Michael Poore, Superintendent Little Rock School District Little Rock

Bill Reed, retired Riceland Foods, Inc. Little Rock

*Dr. Jim D. Rollins, Superintendent Springdale School District Springdale

Senator David Sanders State Senator Little Rock

Chuck Spohn, President Media and More Consulting Little Rock

Dr. Lisa Toms, Dean ATU College of Business Russellville

Rep. DeAnn Vaught State Representative Horatio

Dr. Jane Wayland, Stephen Harrow Smith Dean of Business UA Little Rock College of Business Little Rock

Dr. Kieth Williams, Harding University Searcy

Kimberly Williams, VP Investments Monk, Mitchell & Williams Group Little Rock

*Jim Wooten, President Winslow Holding, LLC Beebe

Randy Zook, President and CEO Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Little Rock

*Lifetime Board Members

*Lifetime Emeritus Board Members

William B. Fisher, General Manager & CEO City Light Water & Cable Paragould

Rogers Ford, retired South Mississippi County School District Joiner

Dr. Benny Gooden, Executive Director Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Fort Smith

David Walt, retired Camp David Farm Partnership Dumas

Jim Walton, Chairman and CEO ARVEST Bank Group Bentonville

Bob Watson, retired El Dorado School District El Dorado

Leonard Dunn, deceased
Little Rock

Mike Wilson, deceased
Honorary Board Members:

Dr. Glendell Jones, President Henderson State University Arkadelphia

Dr. David Rankin, retired President Southern Arkansas University Magnolia

Dr. Charles L. Welch, President Arkansas State University System Little Rock
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