2024 Board of Directors

Troy Wells

Troy Wells

Chairman of the Board
Baptist Health

Jay Chesshir

Jay Chesshir

President and CEO
Little Rock Regional Chamber

Nat Lea

Nat Lea

Chairman Elect
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Ruth Whitney

Ruth Whitney



Rajesh Chokhani

Immediate Past Chairman

Executive Committee

Chairman, Economic Development - Laura Landreaux, Entergy Arkansas
Chairman, Membership - Jay Meador, First Horizon
Chairman, Advocacy - Robin Miller, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arkansas Realty
Vice Chairman, Communications - David Surguine, McLarty Nissan of Little Rock

Vice Chairman, Community Development - Dexter Doyne, Doyne Construction Company, Inc.
Vice Chairman, Education & Workforce - Curtis Barnett, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Vice Chairman, Public Safety - Patrick Schueck, Lexicon, Inc.
Vice Chairman, Small Business - Anthony Brooks, Platinum Drywall, Inc.
Vice Chairman, Transportation & Infrastructure - Kristin Merlo, Delta Dental of Arkansas

President, Fifty for the Future (ex-officio) - Sharon Vogelpohl, MHP/Team SI
At Large - Will Ford, Westrock Coffee Company
At Large - Ron Witherspoon, Arvest Bank

Senior Council (Past Chairmen)

Jim Cargill, Back Porch Consulting - 2022
John Burgess, Mainstream Technologies - 2021
Ronnie Dedman, AT&T Arkansas (Retired) - 2020
Kevin Crass, Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP - 2019
Cathy Tuggle, Apartment Hunters - 2018

Board of Directors

Terms Expiring 2024

Jessica Flake Dearnley - Flake & Company
Mike Halter - Cadence Insurance
Heather Jones - Bank of America
Julie McCallister - ECCI
Mary Parham - J. Kelly Referrals & Information Services
Carlton Saffa - Saracen Casino Resort

Terms Expiring 2025

Hunter Bale - Bale Chevrolet Company
Susan Desselle - Capital Sotheby’s International Realty
Anika C. Dixon - Goss Management & Realty
Bobby Gosser - Baldwin & Shell Construction

Kevin Reynolds - W&W | AFCO Steel
Chris M. Heitzmann - Caterpillar Inc.
Wes Martin - Hathaway Group
Chris White - Simmons Bank

Terms Expiring 2026

Michele Beasley - Telcoe Federal Credit Union
Daryl Brown - MISO Energy
Robin Connell - leafscape
Scot Davis - Arkansas Urology
Steve Lancaster - Wright Lindsey Jennings
Gordon Silaski - Centennial Bank
Barbara Sugg - Southwest Power Pool
C. Sam Walls III - Arkansas Capital Corporation Group
Rodney Abston - Regions Banks

Colea Long - Chairman, Create Little Rock
Jean Block - CEO, Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority
Cynthia Bond Hopson - Interim President, Philander Smith College

Bobby Brown - Chairman, Little Rock Port Authority
Tad Bohannon - CEO, Central Arkansas Water
Emily Cox - Interim City Manager, City of Little Rock

Colonel Denny Davies - Commander, 19th Airlift Wing Little Rock Air Force Base
Bryan M. Day - Executive Director, Little Rock Port Authority
Dr. Summer DeProw - Chancellor, UA Pulaski Technical College

Marcy Doderer - President & CEO, Arkansas Children’s
Dr. Christina Drale - Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Gina Gemberling - Chief Executive Officer, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
Carlos I. Giralt-Cabrales - Ambassador, Mexican Consulate
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
Colonel Damon M. Knarr - Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District
Tom Clarke - Acting Executive Director, Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport
Dr. Calvin McFadden, Sr. - President, Arkansas Baptist College
Dr. Charles McNulty - Superintendent, Pulaski County Special School District
Laura Nick - Chairman, North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Cam Patterson - Chancellor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Gregory J. Pilewski - Superintendent, North Little Rock School District
Hon. Frank Scott - Mayor, City of Little Rock
Drew Tessier - Union Pacific Railroad

Andre Webster - 2023 Ambassador of the Year
Tiffany Wilkerson - President/General Manager, Arkansas Livestock Show Association

Dr. Jermall Wright - Superintendent, Little Rock School District