Commerce Arkansas Power Lunch to Feature Ranger Boats Officials

Forrest L. Wood, founder of Ranger Boats of Flippin, and Irwin L. Jacobs, owner of Ranger's parent company, Minneapolis-based Genmar Holdings Inc., will be the featured guests at the Oct. 22 Commerce Arkansas Power Lunch in Little Rock.

Organizers also announced Tuesday that Randy Hopper, Ranger's 19-year president and CEO, will host Wood and Jacobs' discussion. Ranger employs 800 in the manufacturing of 5,000 boats and trailers a year, generating over $200 million in annual sales, according to a news release.

Delta Dental of Arkansas will present the Power Lunch at noon in the Governor's Hall of the Statehouse Convention Center. The event is the centerpiece of "Commerce Arkansas: A Knowledge & Networking Experience," which will be held throughout the day in adjoining halls.

The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Business have partnered to present the business-to-business showcase, focusing on a target audience of business and organization owners, executives and CEOs from across the state.

Commerce Arkansas will be free to those who register online prior to Oct. 22, and $20 the day of the event. To register, click here and enter the discount code "ABdaily."

Reservations for the Power Lunch are $50 and may be purchased by registering as an exhibitor or attendee at Reserved, priority-seating tables of 10 are also available for $500.

The Commerce Arkansas Power Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., while the Commerce After Hours will conclude the show from 4 to 6 p.m.

Exhibitors may reserve booth space at or by contacting Chip Taulbee via e-mail here or at (501) 372-1443, ext. 275.

For more information, contact Gary Newton via e-mail here or at (501) 377-6007.