The Book of Proverbs tells us, “Hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
Indeed, hard work can lead not just to personal financial profit in a tangible sense but in more abstract terms, to community profit as well.
AMP’s list of 100 top professionals recognizes some of Arkansas’ hard workers in various disciplines from banking to farming.
Andrew Meadors, CRM, CIC,
CEO of Arkansas and Tennessee
markets, Sunstar Insurance
Andrew “AB” Meadors, a 30-year veteran of the insurance industry in Arkansas, is the CEO of Arkansas and Tennessee markets for Sunstar Insurance Group. Meadors, a Certified Risk Manager, sold his interest in Meadors, Adams & Lee to his former partner in 2016. He brings a fresh perspective to Sunstar and is excited about being a “player coach” for the company. Meadors graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1985 with a BBA in business administration and is married to Susan King Meadors.
Allen M. Pettit
COO, Bernhard TME, LLC
Ana Claudia Aguayo
Crystal Bridges Museum
Ana Claudia Aguayo is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a double major in broadcast journalism and international relations with minors in economics and Latin American studies. She was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and Arkansas has become her home away from home. She joined Crystal Bridges as membership program manager in January 2015. In this role, Ana provides overall strategy for the membership program, serving approximately 8,000 Member households nationwide and raising more than $1.4 million to support the museum’s mission and programs.
Director of Governmental Affairs & Executive Director, Associated Industries of Arkansas/Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
Anna Beth Gorman
Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Arkansas
Anna Beth Gorman joined the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas as executive director in April 2016. Prior to taking on this role, she served as chief membership volunteer program officer at Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Through the Women’s Foundation, she is leading the effort for the organization to become the leading equity partner in building women’s economic security. The foundation has two signature initiatives, Girls of Promise and Women Empowered. She earned her B.A. from Hollins University, and her MPA and graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
EVP and COO, Riceland Foods
CEO, Taggart Architects
President and Owner,
Delta Pest Control
Director of Marketing, Visit Hot Springs
Managing Partner, Natural Capital
President, Wright Family Construction/LeafGuard of Arkansas
Director, Small Business & Inclusion, Little Rock Regional Chamber
Executive Director, Little Rock Tech Park
Britt Stewart, CR
CEO/Loss Specialist, Metro Disaster Specialists
Director of Business Development, The BridgeWay
President, Junior League of Little Rock/Assistant Professor of Business Law, UALR
Christopher S. Dickie
CEO, Natural State Recovery Centers
President, C.R. Crawford Construction
Director of Assessment and Referral, Pinnacle Pointe
Chief Marketing Officer, Conway Corp
Regional Community President, Pine Bluff, Simmons Bank
David A. Brewer
Vice President/Real Estate Broker/Auctioneer, Wilson Auctioneers
Vice President, Sales, Datamax
In 1985, David Holzhauer joined Datamax as an account executive providing customer solutions with Canon’s early office technology. Within two years, he assumed the position of sales manager, tasked with the development and production of the sales team to direct company growth through the digital revolution. Today, he serves as vice president of sales leading marketing efforts of business technology and year over year revenue growth for the company. He holds a BBA in marketing and management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
President and CEO, Morris Foundation
Dorothy Morris, president and CEO of the Morris Foundation of Arkansas, is a trailblazing philanthropist with a focus on all things Arkansas. Over the past three decades, she has expanded the Morris Foundation’s reach to every area of need in the state, from health and well-being to education, cultural preservation and the Fine Arts. A 2020 inductee of Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame, she shares her passion for Arkansas history as producer of the new film, Daughter of the White River.
Dr. Chris Jones
Executive Director, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
Dr. Richard Abernathy
Executive Director, Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators
Ellison Poe, CTC
President, Poe Travel
President, Trotter Auto Group
Owner, Garry Mertins Design Inc.
Owner, Parrish Delivery Services
President/CEO, Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce
Owner, Grant Garrett Excavation
CEO, Nabholz Construction
President, Fence World
Heather R. Nelson
Co-founder/President, Seal Solar
Owner, Tipton Hurst
J.T. Ferstl, JD, MAI
Co-owner, Ferstl Valuation Services
Political science professor/Director of Arkansas Poll, University of Arkansas
Chairman, Producers Rice; Owner, Coker Farms Partnership
Co-owner, Legacy Pest Control
Co-owner, Rx Catering
President & CEO, Eagle Bank & Trust
Real Estate Agent and Land Consultant, Wellons Real Estate (DBA Wellons Land)
Little Rock Store Manager, Board of Directors, Sissy’s Log Cabin
Principal & Vice President of Brokerage, Newmark Moses Tucker
Owner and Manager, Taylor and Sons Sawmill
John R. Tyson
Chief Sustainability Officer, Tyson Foods
Co-founder and CEO, Seal Solar
Director, Grower Relations & Rice Stewardship Partnership, USA Rice
Account Executive, Pettus Office Products
Vice President, Gary Houston Electric
President/Principal Broker, Lile Real Estate
Gar Lile is the founder and president of Lile Real Estate, founded in February 1993. He is a licensed real estate broker in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas; an Accredited Land Consultant (ALC); and an Arkansas State Certified General Appraiser. Lile is a former candidate member of the Appraisal Institute and was elected to participate in the Appraisal Institute’s Young Advisory Council in Washington, D.C., in 1996. He is actively involved in the ownership and development of farms and recreational properties in Arkansas and has a hand in many major farm and recreational development projects.
President, Dash Heating & Cooling
President, Arkansas Graphics
EVP, Chief Marketing & Retail Banking Officer, Stone Bank
Owner, Sol Alman Co.
Lawson Hembree V
Director, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Safe Foods Corp.
Principal and Vice President of Brokerage, Colliers International Arkansas
Lewis W. Van Ness
Managing Principal, Meridian Investment Advisors
Head of Analytics and Support, Crews & Associates
Marquita Little Numan
Leadership Officer, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Numan believes that good public policy creates safe, equitable and thriving communities that support the needs of the whole person and build resilient families. She has spent her career in the nonprofit and government sectors, empowering and supporting people. As leadership officer, she manages WRF’s impact assessment strategies, special projects and board relations.
Before joining the team, she served as president and CEO of the Urban League of Arkansas, where she supported revitalization of the historic civil rights organization after a 20-year closure to once again advance economic and social prosperity for all individuals.
Matthew C. Cashion
President, Cashion Co.
Matt Cashion is a 1981 graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., with majors in economics, business administration and accounting. His professional designations include Certified Insurance Counselor, Certified Risk Manager and member of Consulting Constructors’ Council of America. He served as national president in 2003-04 for the National Association of Surety Bond Producers and has served as a National Surety Instructor for more than 20 years teaching thousands of students from every state and seven foreign countries.
President and CEO, Crafton Hull
Executive and Artistic Director, Ballet Arkansas
President, Today’s Power
Chief Community Outreach Officer, Encore Bank
President and CEO, Northwest Arkansas Council
Noressa Kennedy Hinkler
Director of Marketing and Communications, Travel Nurse Across America
Vice Chairman and President, Encore Bank
Executive Director, Conway Convention & Visitors Bureau
President and CEO, The Robbi Davis Agency, Inc
Co-Owner and Principal Broker, Mossy Oak Properties/Delta Land Management Co. LLC
Vice President, Hugg and Hall Equipment
Partner, Meadors, Adams & Lee
President and CEO, Xpress Boats
Vice President of Public Affairs and Member Services, Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Corp.
Sandra Byrd is vice president of public affairs and member services for Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. She previously served as vice president of strategic affairs for both companies. Byrd has 35 years of legal, regulatory and public policy experience in the electric and natural gas industries, at the state and federal levels. Byrd chaired the Arkansas Public Service Commission from 2000-2007. Byrd earned a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas.
Executive Chef/Partner, Yellow Rocket Concepts
CEO, Medical Center of South Arkansas
Director, Public Affairs and Governmental Relations, Clinton National Airport
Shaun Mayo, MBA, SPHR
Senior Director, Human Resources, Sam’s Club
Co-founder and CEO, Movista
Director, Public and Media Relations, The Design Group
Director U.S. Ethics and Compliance, Walmart
Director, Little Rock Zoo
Vice President, Fort Thompson Sporting Goods
Executive Director, Startup Junkie
President, KLEAN Inc.
Owner/Founder, Gearhead Outfitters
President & CEO, Travel Nurse Across America
Tim White, CIC
Executive Vice President, Brown & Brown Insurance
Todd Gold, WCEC, WCCE, CEC, CCA, AAC
Director of Food and Beverage, Saracen Casino Resort
Executive Vice President and Principal, Colliers International Arkansas
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Arkansas Federal Credit Union
President and CEO, East Harding Construction
Vice President of Sales and Engineering, Power Technology Inc.
Executive Director, The Venture Center
Executive Vice President of Operations, Westrock Coffee
CEO, Clark Contractors