Summit Connects State's Business Leaders, Young Professionals

by Arkansas Business staff  on Friday, Mar. 24, 2006 11:55 am  

The Arkansas Young Professionals Network this weekend hosts the state's first young professional leadership summit beginning Friday afternoon at The Peabody in Little Rock.

The summit features seminars on the basics of leadership philosophy and everyday management and planning.

Some of the biggest names in Arkansas business are scheduled to lead the seminars, including: Skip Rutherford, chairman of the Clinton Library Foundation; Beth Coulson, Coulson Oil of North Little Rock; J. French Hill, CEO of Delta Trust & Bank of Little Rock; Bruce Burrow, partner with MBC Holdings of Jonesboro; Bill Holder, Chief Information Officer, Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock; Rhoda Mae Kerr, Little Rock Fire Chief; Beth Mason of Smart Talk Seminars and Services; Jerry Wilson of Jerry Wilson & Associates of Little Rock; Jerry Adams, Economic Development and Community Relations Leader of Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock; Mike Pickens, former state insurance commissioner, now with Friday Eldredge & Clark LLP of Little Rock; and Deanna Shannon, executive director of Riverfest Arkansas.

Ed Drilling, President of AT&T Arkansas, will appear at Friday night's dinner, and Jeff Hankins, president and publisher of Arkansas Business Publishing Group, will give the keynote address.

On Saturday, Margaret McEntire, founder and president of Candy Bouquet, will deliver the keynote address at the evening banquet. David Bazzel of KABZ-FM, 103.7, will also appear Saturday night.

Registration is $129. More information is available at



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