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Chairman - Jim Cargill (Arvest Bank)

President & CEO - Jay Chesshir, President & CEO (Little Rock Regional Chamber)

Treasurer - Troy Wells (Baptist Health)

Chairman-Elect - Rajesh Chokhani (BOND.AI)

Immediate Past Chairman - John Burgess (Mainstream Technologies)


Executive Committee

Chairman, Economic Development - Laura Landreaux (Entergy Arkansas)

Chairman, Membership - Anthony Brooks (Platinum Drywall)

Chairman, Advocacy - Robin Miller (Coldwell Banker RPM Group)

Vice Chairman, Communications - David Surguine (McLarty Auto Group)

Vice Chairman, Education & Workforce - Nat Lea, (WEHCO Media, Inc.)

Vice Chairman, Public Safety - Ruth Whitney, (inVeritas)

Vice Chairman, Small Business - Gordon Silaski, (Centennial Bank)

Vice Chairman, Transportation & Infrastructure - Patrick Schueck (Lexicon, Inc.)

Vice Chairman, Community Development - Dexter Doyne (Doyne Construction Company, Inc.)

President, Fifty for the Future (ex-officio) - Patrick Schueck (Lexicon, Inc.)

At Large - Daryl Brown, (MISO Energy)

At Large - Robin Connell (leafscape)


Senior Council

Ronnie Dedman (AT&T Arkansas) - 2020

Kevin Crass (Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP) - 2019

Cathy Tuggle (Apartment Hunters) - 2018

John Riggs (Red Head Farm LLC) - 2017

Jeff Hathaway (Hathaway Group) - 2016



Board of Directors

Terms Expiring 2022

Hunter Bale - Bale Chevrolet Company

Anika Dixon - Goss Management & Realty

Dumas Garrett - De Wafelbakkers, LLC

Chris Heitzmann - Caterpillar, Inc.

Kristin Merlo - Delta Dental of Arkansas

Rodney Showmar - Arkansas Federal Credit Union

Will Thames - McGriff Insurance Services

Chris White - Simmons Bank


Terms Expiring 2023

Rodney Abston - Regions Bank

Curtis Barnett - Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Michele Beasley - Telcoe Federal Credit Union

Scot Davis - Arkansas Urology

John Harris - Coulson Oil Company, Inc.

Jay Meador - First Horizon

Barbara Sugg - Southwest Power Pool

Sam Walls III - Arkansas Capital Corporation Group


Terms Expiring 2024

Heather Albright - Bank of America

Jessica Flake Dearnley - Flake & Company

Will Ford - Westrock Coffee

Mike Halter - BXS Insurance

Julie McCallister - ECCI

Mary Parham - J. Kelly Referrals & Information Services

Carlton Saffa - Saracen Casino Resort

Rob Strickland - Georg Fischer Harvel LLC



José Aguilar, Deputy Consul, Mexican Consulate

Joe Bailey - Chairman, Little Rock Port Authority

Tad Bohannon - CEO, Central Arkansas Water

Bryan Day - Executive Director, Little Rock Port Authority

Marcy Doderer - President & CEO, Arkansas Children's

Dr. Christina Drale - Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Ana Hunt - Interim Chancellor, UA Pulaski Technical College

Gina Gemberling - Chief Executive Officer, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Anna Beth Gorman - Chairman, North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce

Hon. Terry Hartwick - Mayor, City of North Little Rock

Gabe Holmstrom - Executive Director, Downtown Little Rock Partnership

Hon. Barry Hyde - County Judge, Pulaski County

Jim Keet - Chairman, Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission

Jared Landrum - Chairman, Create Little Rock

Bryan Malinowski - Executive Director, Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport

Dr. Charles McNulty - Superintendent, Pulaski County Special School District

Bruce Moore - City Manager, City of Little Rock

Col. Angela Ochoa - Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base

Dr. Cam Patterson - Chancellor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Dr. Gregory Pilewski - Superintendent, North Little Rock School District

Michael Poore - Superintendent, Little Rock School District

Greg Ramon - Manager, Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority

Hon. Frank Scott, Mayor, City of Little Rock

Dr. Roderick Smothers - President, Philander Smith College

Drew Tessier - Union Pacific Railroad

Andre Webster - 2021 Ambassador of the Year

Doug White - President/General Manager, Arkansas Livestock Show Association





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