Arkansas Business' Spotlight 2013: Notable Deaths

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 12:00 am  

Todd Mills, 41, vice president of communications and marketing for the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, died Nov. 28 of brain cancer. Mills was known as the originator of Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Taco. The fast-food restaurant partnered with Frito-Lay, which manufactures Doritos, after Mills contacted the potato chip company with his idea and championed it on social media. Since it was released, the Doritos-Taco Bell hybrid has become one of the restaurant’s top-selling products.


Betty Valachovic, 87, former president of two Arkansas trade associations, died Dec. 10. Valachovic was the first female president of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives and served from 1990 to 1991. She was also president of the International Association of Optometric Executives from 1982 until she retired in 2000.

James “Jim” Hill, 74, former senator and community leader, died Dec. 11. Hill served in the Arkansas House of Representatives as a Democrat from 1993 to 1996 and then the Senate from 1996 to 2009. He was also state Senate president for the 84th General Assembly in 2003.

Kenneth Camp, 75, a former state legislator and former lobbyist for the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, died Dec. 3. Camp also had worked as a teacher, principal and superintendent for the Brookland School District. He served two terms in the state House of Representatives and owned several tech-related companies, including IMPAC, Computer Utilities, Spectrum Teltronics and Falco.



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