LITTLE ROCK – More than 60 individuals from across Arkansas have been selected for Leadership Arkansas Class XIII, a program operated by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce / Associated Industries of Arkansas. The Underwriting Sponsor for the 2018-2019 Leadership Arkansas program is The Citizens Bank of Batesville. The Presenting Sponsor is ARcare. Statewide Program Sponsors are Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Entergy Arkansas, Farm Credit Services of Arkansas, Nucor Steel Arkansas, Southwest Power Pool, and Walmart. The members of Class XIII are:
Ashten Adamson – Riceland Foods
Dina Bates – Arkansas Farm Bureau Insurance
Dan Beranek – McClelland Consulting Engineers
Len Blaylock – Bradley County Economic Development Commission
Darrell Boggs – Arkansas811
Jordan Burgess – Delta Dental of Arkansas
Col. Tom Crimmins – Arkansas Air National Guard
Chip Culpepper, II – Mangan Holcomb Partners
Hollie Cummings – Walmart, Inc.
Kerrie Diaz – Snyder Environmental
Chase Dugger – JCD Consulting Services
Bailey Faulkner – Ozark Mission Project, Inc.
Rebekah Fincher – Conway Regional Health System
William Fletcher – Kinco Constructors, LLC
Kent Fonvielle – MISO
Kristin Garner – Legacy Equipment, LLC
Pody Gay – Museum of Discovery
Lisa Gazaway – Gazaway & White Real Estate
Katherine Gentry – Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Anna Beth Gorman – Women’s Foundation of Arkansas
Chris Gosnell – Farmers Bank and Trust
Michael Goswami – Rose Law Firm
Adrienne Griffis – Dover Dixon Horne, PLLC
Jordan Hale – University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Burt Hicks – Simmons First Investment Group, Inc.
Michael Hoggard – Citizens Bank
Kendra Jones – Tyson Foods, Inc.
David Kelley – Southwest Power Pool
Kelsey Kelton – Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Chris Knollmeyer – Ben E. Keith Foods
Victoria Lamb – Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
Laura Landreaux – Entergy Arkansas, Inc.
Sarah Lane – Citizens Bank
Margot Lemaster – Northwest Arkansas Council
Gregg Long – Crafton Tull
Jason ‘J.D.’ McGehee – Office of Congressman Bruce Westerman
Jim McGill – SFI
Vanessa Moody – Office of Senator Tom Cotton
Jaimie Moss – Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLLP
Bob Mouser – Ritter Communications, Inc.
Dr. Keegan Nichols – Arkansas Tech University
Jason Orlicek – Signature Bank of Arkansas
Meredith Pettigrew – Mitchell Communications
Mindy Pipkin – University of Central Arkansas
Dawn Prasifka – Girl Scouts (Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas)
Gregg Ratliff – ARcare
Matt Rickford – Nabholz Construction
Jeanne Roepcke – Batesville School District
Reggie Rose – Simmons Bank
Jennifer Schalow – Craft Beer Cellar
Payton Smith – Metro Disaster Specialists
Bill Solleder – Visit Hot Springs
Luke Story – Arkansas Broadcasters Association
Nacole Sweeney – City of Harrisburg
Hilary Trudell – Clinton School of Public Service
Kevin Weldon – Nucor Steel Arkansas
Lea Whitlock – Arkansas Community Foundation
Lawren Wilcox – Garver, LLC
Temeka Williams – Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
Emily Wood – University of Arkansas
Amiee York – Black Hills Energy
Co-Chairs for Leadership Arkansas Class XIII are Jill Dabbs, Mayor of the City of Bryant, and Mark Scott, Senior Communications Manager, Walmart, Inc.
The Vice Chair for Leadership Arkansas Class XIII is Kim Lane, CEO of Conductor, of Conway.
Leadership Arkansas Class XIII launches its activities on Sunday, September 30 at the Red Apple Inn in Heber Springs.
The mission of Leadership Arkansas is to challenge, inform, inspire and engage current and future business and civic leaders to enhance the economies of – and the communities within – the state of Arkansas. Leadership Arkansas’s vision is to work to build a strong and vibrant state by training skilled community leaders to recognize and capitalize on opportunities, motivate others to act to strengthen regions and communities, serve as ambassador for the potential and growth of the state, and promote the election and appointment of officials who understand the diverse aspects leading to growth of Arkansas.
Leadership Arkansas comprises a nine-month class program consisting of nine multi-day sessions held in different locations throughout the state. The sessions feature Arkansas leaders who represent a wide geographic base and who have diverse backgrounds and vocations. The members are given broad exposure to the many social, political, geographic and environmental complexities of the state; on-site demonstrations and tours; unique cultural experiences; insight into the people, places and history that influence public policies; and fun and casual settings which foster new relationships and camaraderie.
Leadership Arkansas has educated and engaged over 600 alumni since its inception in 2005 and represent nearly every Arkansas county.