September 11, 2023
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Each year, Arkansas Business puts the spotlight on talented young leaders in Arkansas' business and nonprofit community. Each "20 in Their 20s" class is chosen by an internal committee reviewing more than 300 nominations with an eye toward accomplishments, responsibilities and people clearly ahead of their time. Arkansas Business is proud to present "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s. There is no recognition event for the program.

The 2023 New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s will be featured in a September issue of Arkansas Business. 



The individual must meet the following conditions:

  • Be under 30 years old on Sept. 1, 2023.
  • Not have been a previous honoree;
  • Have made an impact on his or her company or community; and
  • Show the potential to be a leader in business or politics.
  • Completed nomination form with in-depth information regarding the nominee's achievements and involvement within the community. (i.e. he/she is great and deserves this award is not sufficient)
  • We also accept letter of recommendations along with each nomination

2023 Nominations close May 26, 2023.

Class of 2022

  • R. Roosevelte Williams III; Philander Smith College
  • Tyler Schaller; First Orion
  • Benjamin Berley; Apptegy, Inc.
  • Nicole Gore; Rose Law Firm
  • Beth Ann Hargis; Westrock Coffee Company
  • James Owen; City of Little Rock Office of Executive Administration
  • Chris Maestri; Garver
  • Robbi Rosenbaum; Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC
  • Mary Claire Hill; MHP/Team SI
  • Pansy Johnson; Arvest Bank
  • Diego Morales Ibarra; Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center
  • Rick Sisk; Rock Dental Brands
  • Mark Bertel; The Dels Corp.
  • Laura Gressler; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Collins Hickman; Wright Lindsey Jennings
  • Karinna Rodriguez; Signature Bank of Arkansas
  • Taylor Stokes; STOKO
  • Caleb Surly; ESPN and Little Rock Central High School
  • Taylor Toreno; Sam's Club
  • Reynardo Marks; North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce

For questions contact:

Tiffany Mattzela, Events Director at or (501) 455-9334.