Reteisha Byrd

Research Manager

Boyette Strategic Advisors

Little Rock

Age: 27

Reteisha Byrd

Reteisha Byrd left her hometown of Helena for college in Little Rock. One thing led to another, and now she works on economic development strategies all over the country.

After earning a B.S. in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Byrd, the name she prefers, was working on a master’s in public administration and interning at the Little Rock Port Authority when the call came.

Del Boyette called Bryan Day, the port’s executive director, in search of someone who could handle research for his economic development consulting firm. Byrd joined Boyette Strategic Advisors in 2016, and Boyette calls her “the most unbelievable young woman I have ever met and had the opportunity to work with.”

She dives deeply into the data — demographics, workforce, etc. — to help communities attract industry and to help corporate clients choose sites that are a good fit.

The best research, she says, is done in person. “It’s one thing to do research online, but once you spend time on the ground with those people … you understand how they excel.”

The pandemic has interrupted her travel, but she credits Boyette for his faith in her abilities. “He puts me out there in front of clients so that I can excel.”