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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 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 2016-17

Board position Name and Title Organization Location
Chair Bob Hamilton, Principal Digital Benefit Advisors Little Rock
Vice-Chair Perry Wilson, Director The Barber Law Firm Little Rock
President John "Skipper" Ward, Superintendent Magnolia School District Magnolia
Vice-President Jim Tucker, Superintendent El Dorado Public Schools El Dorado
Immediate Past Chair Randy Zook, President & CEO Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Little Rock
Immediate Past President Dr. Laura Bednar, Deputy Superintendent Pulaski County Special School District Little Rock
Treasurer Allison Richardson, CPA Communications Supply Service Association Little Rock
Secretary Chuck Spohn, President Media and More Consulting Little Rock
Vice-President of Agriculture David Walt Camp David Farm Partnership Dumas
Vice-President of Business & Industry Lou Graham, Associate Vice-President Morgan Stanley Little Rock
Vice-President of Government Senator Bruce Maloch State Senator Magnolia
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

Andy Guffey, Coordinator-Education & Agriculture Arkansas Farm Bureau Little Rock
C. E. (Ned) Hendrix III, CEO Horatio State Bank Horatio

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 Retired Banker Hot Springs

Ray Dillon, retired 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, Retired Superintendent Fort Smith Public Schools Fort Smith

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

Ray Hobbs, President & CEO Hart Tackle Company Lowell

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

David Humphrey, VP Investor Relations ArcBest Corporation Fort Smith

Polly M. Jackson Retired Educator Conway

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

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

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

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

Michael Poore, Superintendent Little Rock School District Little Rock

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

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

Senator David Sanders State Senator Little Rock

Rep. DeAnn Vaught State Representative Horatio

Jim Walton, Chairman and CEO ARVEST Bank Group Bentonville

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

Jim Wooten, President Winslow Holding, LLC Beebe