June 11, 2024 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center Little Rock
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Tiffany Mattzela
Event Director

Austin Albers

Austin Albers, 39
Buffalo Outdoor Center
Professional achievements
• 2023 Arkansas Paddling Advisory Council.
• 2023 Natural State Advisory Council member.
• 2018-2024 Arkansas Parks, Recreation & Travel commissioner.
• 2017-2018 Ozark Mountain Region president.
Community involvement
President, Arkansas Travel Council; vice president, America Outdoors Association; president, 2017-2018, Ozark Mountain Region.
Top challenge facing Arkansas 
“I feel like the top challenge facing Arkansas is our economic uncertainty, with certain areas being more insulated than others. Economic stability is a concern for many, primarily from a federal level.” 
Most valuable lessons learned
“With any situation, be slow to react and quick to praise. In leadership, take the time to figure out what it is you are doing and find a way to empower someone else to do it.” 
Most fulfilling career moment 
“There’s not just one moment, but years of moments, watching millions of families create lifelong memories through world-class experiences at the Buffalo Outdoor Center and its offerings.” 

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