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Sue Owens, Executive Director

For Release to Statewide Media
For Immediate Release—May 28, 2013

Ray Hobbs of Daisy Outdoor Products Installed as Chairman of the Board

LITTLE ROCK—As a testament to their commitment to economic education in schools across the state, 12 leaders from finance, industry and education were elected to the Board of Directors of Economics Arkansas during its annual meeting on May 16 in Little Rock. Each will serve a 3-year term beginning June 1, 2013.

The new board members include:

  • Lindsay Carter – Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley
  • Jerry Guess – Superintendent, Pulaski County Special School District
  • Bob Hamilton – Partner, Bean Hamilton Corporate Benefits
  • Amy Johnson – Sr. Vice President, Simmons First National Corporation, Corporate Marketing
  • Randy Lawson – CEO, Lawco Energy Group
  • Magen Olive – Director, Equity Plans and Legal Services for Murphy USA
  • Chip Taulbee – Associate Publisher, Arkansas Business Publishing Group
  • Grant Tenille – Executive Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission
  • Kristen Welk – Senior Auditor, BKD, LLP
  • Jerrod Williams – Bauxite School District Superintendent
  • Kimberly Williams – VP of Investments and Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
  • Perry Wilson – Director, Barber Law Firm

In addition, Ray Hobbs, CEO of Daisy Outdoor Products in Rogers was elected the 2013-2014 Chair, and Dr. Kieth Williams, superintendent of the Bald Knob Public School District, was elected the 2013-2014 President.

“Throughout its 50+-year history, Economics Arkansas has been privileged to have a very strong Board of Directors who understand and support the importance of teaching economic and personal finance concepts in the classroom,” said Sue Owens, executive director of Economics Arkansas. “Our new board members share that perspective and are committed to advocate for even higher levels of economic literacy. Economics is critical thinking, which is a required skill in the 21st century.”

Winner of the 2013 Arkansas Non-profit of the Year Award, Economics Arkansas (through the Arkansas Council on Economic Education) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization founded in 1962 by Dr. Bessie B. Moore to promote economic literacy in Arkansas. Its mission is to promote economic literacy and the economic-way of thinking to PreK-12 students in Arkansas by empowering educators to teach the fourth “r,” real life economics.
Real life economics teaches students:
• to invest in their human capital so they may pursue opportunities representative of the American Dream,
• to develop decision-making skills and an understanding of costs associated with each decision,
• to acquire financial skills to better manage their resources now and in the future, and
• to study their future roles as producers and consumers in a global economy.


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