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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 recognized individuals who have served on the board for 25 years or longer as Lifetime Board Members.

Board position
Name and Title
Organization
Location
Chair
Ray Hobbs, President and CEO
Daisy Outdoor Products
Rogers
President
Dr. Kieth Williams, Superintendent
Bald Knob Public Schools
Bald Knob
Vice-Chair
David Humphrey, VP-Investor Relations
Arkansas Best Corporation
Fort Smith
Vice-President
Michael Poore, Superintendent
Bentonville Public Schools
Bentonville
Immediate Past Chair
Diane Tatum, Regional Customer Service Manager
Entergy Arkansas
Pine Bluff
Immediate Past President
Bob Watson, Superintendent
El Dorado Public Schools
El Dorado
Treasurer
Debbie Robinson, Audit Senior Manager
Priddy & Holifield, PA CPAs
North Little Rock
Secretary
Dr. Lisa Toms, Dean
SAU College of Business
Magnolia
Vice-President of Agriculture
David Walt
Camp David Farm Partnership
Dumas
Vice-President of Business & Industry
Melinda Faubel, Director-External Affairs
AT & T Arkansas
Little Rock
Vice-President of Government
Senator Johnny Key
State Senator
Mountain Home
Vice-President of Education
Shane Broadway, Interim Director
Arkansas Dept. of Higher Education
Benton
Executive Committee Members:




David Dunn
Capitol Partners LLC
Little Rock

Luke Gordy, Executive Director
Arkansans for Educational Reform Foundation
Little Rock

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

Bob Harper, Superintendent
Monticello School District
Monticello

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

Bruce Munro, CEO
Munro & Company
Hot Springs

Dr. Tony Prothro, Asst. Executive Director
Arkansas School Boards Association
Little Rock

Bill Reed, VP Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
Riceland Foods, Inc.
Stuttgart

Chuck Spohn, President
Media and More Consulting
Little Rock

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




A. Heath Abshure, Commissioner
Arkansas Securities Department
Little Rock

Dr. Laura Bednar, Deputy Superintendent
Pulaski County Special School District
Little Rock

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

Jay Bradford, Commissioner
Arkansas Insurance Department
Little Rock

Bob L. Burns, Chairman/CEO
Farmers Bank & Trust
Magnolia

Lindsay Carter, Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley
Little Rock

Rep. Ann Clemmer
State Representative
Benton

Donald J. Cook, President-Central Arkansas
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Little Rock

John F. Dews, CEO
The Citizens Bank
Batesville

Scott Draper, Vice President Finance-Logistics
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville

Rogers Ford
Retired Educator
Joiner

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, Resident Manager, Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley
Little Rock

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

Linda Haley, Master Economics Teacher
Crossroads ALE
Rogers

Bob Hamilton, Principal
Bean Hamilton Corporate Benefits
Little Rock

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

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

Sheila Humphrey, Master Economics Teacher
Woods Elementary School
Fort Smith

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

Lane Kidd, President
Arkansas Trucking Association
Little Rock

Kenneth Kirspel, Superintendent
North Little Rock School District
North Little Rock

Randy Lawson, President
Lawco Energy Company
Bentonville

Senator Uvalde Lindsey
State Senator
Fayetteville

Rep. Fred Love
State Representative
Little Rock

Senator Bruce Maloch
State Senator
Magnolia

Dr. Matt McClure, Superintendent
Cross County School District
Cherry Valley

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

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

Dr. David Rankin, President
Southern Arkansas University
Magnolia

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

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

Senator David Sanders
State Senator
Little Rock

Michael Stafford, Principal
CEG Partners
Little Rock

Chip Taulbee, Associate Publisher
Arkansas Business Publishing Group
Little Rock

Grant Tennille, Executive Director
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Little Rock

Lee Vent, Superintendent
Clarendon School District
Clarendon

Jim Walton, Chairman and CEO
ARVEST Bank Group
Bentonville

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

Kristen Welk, Senior Auditor
BKD, LLP
Little Rock

Donnie Whitten, Superintendent
Arkadelphia Public Schools
Arkadelphia

Jerrod Williams, Superintendent
Bauxite School District
Bauxite

Kimberly Williams, Vice President-Investments
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Little Rock

Perry Wilson, Director
The Barber Law Firm
Little Rock

Jim Wooten, President
Winslow Holding, LLC
Beebe

Ron Wright, Director
Dawson Education Service Center
Arkadelphia

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