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 2015-16

Board position Name and Title Organization Location
Chair Randy Zook, President & CEO Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Little Rock
President Dr. Laura Bednar, Deputy Superintendent Pulaski County Special School District Little Rock
Vice-Chair Bob Hamilton, Principal Digital Benefit Advisors Little Rock
Vice-President John "Skipper" Ward, Superintendent Magnolia School District Magnolia
Immediate Past Chair David Humphrey, VP Investor Relations ArcBest Corporation Fort Smith
Immediate Past President Michael Poore, Superintendent Bentonville School District Bentonville
Treasurer Debbie Robinson, Audit Senior Manager Priddy & Holifield, PA CPAs North Little Rock
Secretary Chuck Spohn, President Media and More Consulting Little Rock
Vice-President of Agriculture Bill Reed, VP Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Riceland Foods, Inc. Stuttgart
Vice-President of Business & Industry Ray Hobbs, President & CEO Daisy Outdoor Products Rogers
Vice-President of Government Senator David Sanders State Senator Little Rock
Vice-President of Education Johnny Key, Commissioner Arkansas Department of Education Little Rock
Executive Committee Members:

Lindsay Carter, Financial Advisor Morgan Stanley Little Rock

Dr. Margaret Ellibee, President Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock
John Erck, Sr. Director of Development & External Relations Sam M. Walton College of Business, UA Fayetteville
C. E. (Ned) Hendrix III, CEO Horatio State Bank Horatio

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

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

Jennifer Krafsky, VP-Human Resources Walmart Stores, Inc. Bentonville

A. Wyckliff Nisbet, Jr., Tax Partner Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP Little Rock
Dr. Lisa Toms, Dean SAU College of Business Magnolia

Dr. Jane Wayland, Stephen Harrow Smith Dean of Business College of Business - UALR Little Rock
Board Members:

Gwen Adams, Asst. Superintendent of Elementary Education Texarkana Arkansas Schools Texarkana
Rob Bell, Principal Eric, Rob & Isaac Little Rock
Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, President University of Arkansas System Little Rock
Bob Boehmler, Executive Vice-President ARVEST Benton County Bentonville
Shane Broadway, VP-Governmental Relations Arkansas State University System Jonesboro
Bob L. Burns, Chairman/CEO Farmers Bank & Trust Magnolia
Susan Chambers, retired Wal-Mart Stores Bella Vista
Donald J. Cook, President, Central Arkansas Bank of America Little Rock
John F. Dews Banker Hot Springs

Ray Dillon, CEO Deltic Timber Corporation Little Rock

Rep. Dan Douglas State Representative Bentonville

David K. Dunn, President Capitol Partners LLC Little Rock

Senator Jane English State Senator North Little Rock

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

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

Dr. Benny L. Gooden, Superintendent Fort Smith Public Schools Fort Smith

Lou Graham, Associate Vice-President Morgan Stanley Little Rock

Heather Grosze, Master Economics Teacher Rogers School District Rogers

Dr. Jerry Guess, Superintendent Pulaski County Special School District Little Rock

Greg Hale, Partner The Markham Group Little Rock

Andrew Harper, Jr., Executive Vice President Bank of the Ozarks Little Rock

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

Polly M. Jackson Retired Educator Conway

Amy Johnson, Senior Vice-President Simmons First National Bank Pine Bluff

Dr. Glendell Jones, Jr., President Henderson State University Arkadelphia

Jay Jones, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration UA Monticello Monticello

Luke Kasten, Territory Sales Leader State Farm Insurance Little Rock

Wesley B. Kemp, retired ABF Freight System Alma

Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Superintendent Bryant School District Bryant

Randy Lawson, President Lawco Energy Company Bentonville

Rep. Fred Love State Representative Little Rock

Senator Bruce Maloch State Senator 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

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

Allison Richardson, SVP-Finance & Administration Communications Supply Service Association Little Rock

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

Michael Stafford, Principal CEG Partners Little Rock

Dr. Arthur Tucker, Superintendent Brinkley Public Schools Brinkley

Jim Tucker, Superintendent El Dorado Public Schools El Dorado

Rep. DeAnn Vaught State Representative Horatio

David Walt Camp David Farm Partnership Dumas

Jim Walton, Chairman and CEO ARVEST Bank Group Bentonville

Shelina Warren, Master Economics Teacher Pine Bluff School District Pine Bluff

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

Kristen Welk, Senior Auditor Ferguson, Cobb & Associates Little Rock

Jerrod Williams, Superintendent Sheridan School District Sheridan

Dr. Kieth Williams, retired Superintendent Beebe School District Beebe

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

Perry Wilson, Director The Barber Law Firm Little Rock

Jim Wooten, President Winslow Holding, LLC Beebe