Arkansas Foodbank on Monday named Brian Burton its next CEO.
Burton, the CEO of Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas, officially takes over at the Little Rock-based nonprofit on Oct. 10.
He follows Rhonda Sanders, who announced her retirement in March after 10 years leading the organization. Sanders oversaw a merger with the Arkansas Rice Depot and facility expansions including a new branch in Lexa. Under her leadership, the nonprofit more than doubled the amount of food provided to the community.
Burton is an Arkansas native with more than 25 years of experience leading nonprofits, Arkansas Foodbank said in a news release. He was hired after a nationwide recruiting effort that yielded 130 applicants.
Anton Janik, Arkansas Foodbank's board president, said Burton's knowledge of the state was a key factor in his selection.
“We’re grateful to have had Rhonda at the helm the last 10 years, and as a result of her leadership, the organization is stronger and more impactful than ever before,” Janik said. “With Burton’s wealth of experience and knowledge about not only food banking, but organizational growth, strategy, public policy and fundraising, the future of our organization holds great promise.”
During Burton's time at Three Square, he helped triple the amount of food provided to hungry residents, according to the release.
"It’s been a life-changing joy to spend 11 years in Las Vegas leading Three Square Food Bank and seeing truly how generous a large community can be, through donations and in spirit and service,” Burton said. “But, as they say, ‘home is where the heart is,’ and I look forward to getting back to Arkansas to inspire and lead the way for the next chapter of the Arkansas Foodbank."