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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 2020-21

Board position Name and Title Organization
Chair Randy Lawson, Chairman & CEO Lawco Energy Company
Vice Chair Robyn Breshears, EVP-Sales Manager ARVEST Benton County
Immediate Past Chair Perry Wilson, Managing Member The Barber Law Firm PLLC
President Jerrod Williams, Superintendent Sheridan School District
Vice President Michael Poore, Superintendent Little Rock School District
Immediate Past President Jim Tucker, Superintendent El Dorado Public Schools
Treasurer Lindsay Carter, Financial Advisor, Associate VP Morgan Stanley
Secretary Allison Richardson, SVP-Finance & Administration Communications Supply Service Association
EA Foundation Rep Ray Hobbs, Business Consultant D&R Hobbs Properties, LLC
At-large member Melinda Faubel, Director-External Affairs AT&T Arkansas
At-large member David Humphrey, VP Investor Relations ArcBest Corporation
At-large member *Dr. Jim D. Rollins, President Northwest Technical Institute
At-large member Dr. Jane Wayland, Stephen Harrow Smith Dean of Business UA Little Rock College of Business
At-large member Rob Bell, Principal Eric, Rob & Isaac
At-large member Senator Jane English State Senator
Board Members:


Gwen Adams, Asst. Superintendent of Elementary Education Texarkana Arkansas Schools
Heather Albright, SVP, Senior Relationship Manager, Global Commercial Banking Bank of America

Jim Andrews, Deputy Director & General Counsel The Dept. of Arkansas Heritage

Devin Bates, Attorney Mitchell Williams
Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, President University of Arkansas System
Lisa Byrum, Master Economics Teacher Baker Elementary School, PCSSD

Dr. Margaret Ellibee, President UA Pulaski Tech

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

David George, Investor Education Specialist Arkansas Securities Department

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

Lou Graham, Associate Vice President Morgan Stanley

Bob Hamilton, retired Digital Benefit Advisors

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

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

Curtis Jeffries, Senior Vice President Stephens Inc.

Wesley B. Kemp, retired ABF Freight System

Johnny Key, Commissioner Arkansas Department of Education

Andrea Lewis, AVP -- Community Outreach, Business Development, Marketing First Security Bank

Rep. Fred Love State Representative

Bruce Maloch, COO General Counsel Farmers Bank & Trust

Jay Meador, President, Central Arkansas Iberia Bank

Meredith Moll, Partner and Portfolio Manager Foundation Resource Management Office

Bruce Munro, CEO Munro & Company

Chris Nail, Superintendent Beebe School District

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

Chuck Spohn, President Media and More Consulting

Lorrie Trogden, President/CEO Arkansas Bankers Association

Ruthie Walls, Master Economics Teacher Central High School, LRSD

John "Skipper" Ward, Superintendent Magnolia School District

Dr. Kieth Williams, Harding University

Patrick Wilson, Partner/Attorney Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

*Jim Wooten, President Winslow Holding, LLC

John Wooten, Division Chief Lending Officer Centennial Bank

Randy Zook, President and CEO Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce

*Lifetime Board Members
Lifetime Emeritus Board Members:


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

Rogers Ford, retired South Mississippi County School District

David Walt, retired Camp David Farm Partnership

Jim Walton, Chairman and CEO ARVEST Bank Group

Bob Watson, retired El Dorado School District

Leonard Dunn, deceased

Mike Wilson, deceased
Honorary Board Members:


Polly M. Jackson, retired Economics Arkansas

Dr. David Rankin, retired President Southern Arkansas University

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