Summit to Focus Business Leaders on Global Environment

John Tyson, president of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, will be the keynote speaker at the second-annual Arkansas Executive Summit on April 28 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

The summit, sponsored in part by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Institute for Economic Advancement, will focus on strategies for a global business environment, organizers said.

"Leaders from businesses across the state will come together to discuss how to develop and implement winning management strategies as the role of global competition and business off-shoring continue to increase," said Jim Lilly, director of the Management Education and Development Program for the Institute of Economic Advancement.

The summit will include presentations and panel discussions. Bob Shoptaw, chief executive officer of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will speak about the importance of strategic management. Panel discussions will focus on setting the right strategies and bringing those strategies to life.

Panelists include: Randy Cameron, vice president of Global Development for Wal-Mart; Breck Speed, CEO of Clear Mountain Spring Water; Doug Duncan, president and CEO of FedEx Freight; and Marla Johnson-Norris, CEO of Aristotle Inc.

During the summit's luncheon, Gov. Mike Huckabee will present the Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Development, a business plan competition for college students. The awards honor outstanding student business plans and provide $104,000 in cash prizes.

The summit begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. For more information or to register, contact UALR's Institute for Economic Advancement at (501) 569-8569 or rkdeloney@ualr.edu, or Arkansas Capital Corp. at (501) 374-9242.

Attendees can also register online at arkansasbusiness.com/exec_summit.