The State Chamber/AIA has announced that Montrell Thornton has been named the new Tour Manager for Be Pro Be Proud.
“The Be Pro Be Proud effort continues to gain positive momentum in Arkansas and beyond our borders into Georgia and South Carolina,” said Randy Zook, State Chamber/AIA President & CEO. “We are pleased with its impact and growth and are confident the talent Montrell brings will further enhance our capacity to inform students, parents and teachers about the wealth of skilled professional opportunities within our construction, manufacturing and transportation industries.”
Thornton acts as the conduit for middle school, junior high and high school students to learn about high-demand, high-wage careers across Arkansas in the construction, manufacturing, transportation and utility industries. Once students test their skills, they are prompted to “Join the Movement”, a talent portal curated by BPBP’s newest partner, Tallo.
Thornton brings a wealth of experience from his blue collar roots to youth education. He most recently worked as an Account Executive for Priority 1, a diesel transportation carrier service, where he brought sales experience from his prior role with the Fortune 500 company, Hewlett-Packard. Thornton graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) where he was a member of the 2011 Sunbelt Championship men’s college basketball team. This varied experience allows him to bring a unique perspective to the Be Pro Be Proud Team.