Economics Arkansas has added several new members to its board and confirmed its board chair for the 2020-21 year.
The educational nonprofit has named eight individuals to its board. The new board members are listed below:
- Heather Albright, Bank of America, Little Rock
- John Wooten, Centennial Bank, Jonesboro
- Jay Meador, IBERIA Bank, Little Rock
- Devin Bates, Mitchell Williams, Little Rock
- Andrea Lewis, First Security Bank, Little Rock
- Meredith Moll, Foundation Resource Management Office, Little Rock
- Chris Nail, Superintendent, Beebe School District
- Patrick Wilson, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, Little Rock
In addition, the board voted to confirm Randy Lawson, CEO of Lawco Energy Group in Bentonville, as the board chairman. Lawson will succeed the Perry Wilson in the role.
All of the appointments, including the board chair position, will begin June 1, 2020. The new appointees will serve three-year terms that last through May 31, 2023.
In total, there are 32 regular board members. These members include Gwen Adams, Heather Albright, Jim Andrews, Dr. Donald Bobbitt, Devin Bates, Dr. Margaret Ellibee, John Erck Sr., David George, Dr. Benny Gooden, Lou Graham, Bob Hamilton, C.E. Ned Hendrix III, Robert Hopkins, Curtis Jeffries, Wesley B. Kemp, Johnny Key, Andrea Lewis, Rep. Fred Love, Bruce Maloch, Jay Meador, Meredith Moll, Bruce Munro, Chris Nail, A. Wyckliff Nisbet Jr., Chuck Spohn, Lorrie Trogden, John “Skipper” Ward, Dr. Kieth Williams, Patrick Wilson, Jim Wooten, John Wooten, and Randy Zook.
There are eight officers for the board. These officers include board chair Randy Lawson, vice chair Robyn Breshears, president Jerrod Williams, vice president Michael Poore, treasurer Lindsay Carter and secretary Allison Richardson, as well as the immediate past chair Perry Wilson and immediate past president Jim Tucker.
There are also six at-large members and a representative from the Economic Arkansas Foundation on the board. The at-large members are Melinda Faubel, David Humphrey, Dr. Jim Rollins, Dr. Jane Wayland, Rob Bell and Sen. Jane English, and the foundation representative is Ray Hobbs.
There are also multiple lifetime emeritus board members and honorary board members appointed to the Economics Arkansas board.