Markita Tyler


Central Moloney Inc.

Pine Bluff

Age: 37

Markita Tyler

Markita Tyler works for an electrical transformer manufacturer, but she also believes in a different kind of transforming power: education.

“My philosophy is never give up and never stop learning,” the Chicago native said. “Maybe that’s why I have so many degrees.” Those would include a bachelor’s and an MBA from Arkansas State University, a master’s in taxation from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and another master’s in accounting from Kaplan University.

Tyler, who moved to Arkansas as an eighth-grader, also taught principles of accounting for several years at the University of Phoenix in Little Rock.

But her most significant career achievement came in October 2014, Tyler said, when she became the first female controller at Central Moloney, which has been building transformers since 1949. She supervises the accounting department, prepares financial statements and is directly responsible for the accuracy of financial records.

Before joining Central Moloney, Tyler was accounting manager at Mountain Valley Spring Water in Hot Springs. She also has her own tax preparation business.

Beyond work, Tyler volunteers to feed the homeless and is an alumnus of Leadership Arkansas, sponsored by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce. “My goal, in life and in my career, is just to constantly keep improving,” she said.