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Episode 157: Adapting Your Business to Outside Influences with Paul Guessn


Matt talks to Paul Guess about leaving the corporate environment to start his own businesses and how to adapt to the constantly evolving challenges of owning your own business.

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Episode 156: Synchrodestiny and Taking Career Chances with Steve Nelson


In this episode of Be Epic, Matt sits down with Steve Nelson, co-founder of 3-D printing technology company Carbon, Inc and empowerment initiative Re Inc.

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Episode 155: Bringing Job Sites to Life with Byron Alley


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Byron Alley, division manager of CR-Edge.

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Episode 154: Illuminating CPG Data with Meagan Bowman


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Meagan Bowman, founder and CEO of STOPWATCH, a cloud-based ERP software for retailers.

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Episode 153: Cutting-Edge Innovation in NWA with Toby Teeter


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Toby Teeter, director of The Collaborative, the University of Arkansas innovation catalyst in Bentonville.

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Episode 152: Revitalizing A Region Through Real Estate with Jonathan Navallo


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Jonathan Navallo, Walton College alumnus and head of real estate at Ocean State Job Lot.

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Episode 151: Walmart’s Global Supply Chain with Jason Evans


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Jason Evans, vice president of international realty and supply chain at Walmart.

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Episode 150: Matt Waller: History of the Walton College


In this landmark 150th episode of Be EPIC, host Matt Waller takes us on a trip through the comprehensive history of the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Episode 149: Jeff Simmons


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Jeff Simmons, president and CEO of Elanco, a leader in farm animal and pet health solutions, treating and preventing disease in more than 90 countries.

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Episode 148: Janis Kearney


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Janis Kearney, co-founder and president of Read.Write.Share and published author.

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Episode 147: Denise Thomas


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Denise Thomas, the Chief Executive Officer and 14-year veteran of the World Trade Center Arkansas.

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Episode 146: Zak Heald


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Zak Heald, owner of NorthWest Arkansas ALIVE!, partner in Farm Studios, owner of Intercut Productions, and partner in Fyrecycle.

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Episode 145: Carol Goforth


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Carol Goforth, university professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

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Episode 144: Molly Rapert, Anastasia Thyroff and Sarah Grace


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by professor Molly Rapert of the University of Arkansas, professor Anastasia Thyroff of Clemson University, and Sarah Grace, senior manager of customer insights and strategy at Walmart.

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Episode 143: Charles Morgan


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Charles Morgan, a University of Arkansas alumnus, CEO, chairman of First Orion, and Arkansas Business Hall of Fame inductee.

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Episode 142: Warren Stephens


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Warren Stephens, the chairman, president, and CEO of Stephens Inc., an independent financial services firm.

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Episode 141: Ryan Frazier and Kenny Cason


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Ryan Frazier and Kenny Cason, co-founders of Arrived and University of Arkansas alumni.

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Episode 140: Bob Nash


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Bob Nash, a nonprofit and political consultant, and former Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel under President Clinton.

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Episode 139: Elpida Ormanidou


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Elpida Ormanidou, VP of Data Science at Starbucks and Sam M. Walton College of Business alumna.

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Episode 138: Sarah Langham


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Sarah Langham, an assurance partner at HoganTaylor LLP, alumna at Sam M. Walton College of Business and member of the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Council.

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Episode 137: Claiborne Deming


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Claiborne Deming, former CEO and current chairman of the board at Murphy Oil Corporation and inductee to the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

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Episode 136: Alan Ellstrand


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Alan Ellstrand, associate dean for programs and research and professor in the Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Venture Innovation at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Episode 135: Bob Sauerberg


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Bob Sauerberg, a Walton College alumnus and the current lead director and board member at Reddit.

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Episode 134: Ben Hasan


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Ben Hasan, senior vice president and chief culture diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Walmart.

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Episode 133: Brendon Merkley


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Brendon Merkley, Chief Operating Officer at GoodLeap to discuss his ten year career in solar and how solar can improve sustainability of our world’s energy.

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Episode 132: Rich Lawrence


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Rich Lawrence, vice president of special markets at Helen of Troy and adjunct professor of leadership in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, to discuss being a lifelong learner.

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Episode 131: Adam Stoverink


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Adam Stoverink, director of MBA Programs and associate professor of management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

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Episode 130: Matt McLelland


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt Waller is joined by Matt McLelland to discuss his career in sustainability and innovation at Covenant.

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Episode 129: Joseph Sinay


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Joseph Sinay to discuss his research on J.B. Hunt Transport Services.

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Episode 128: David Loseby


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by David Loseby, director of procurement at Rolls-Royce, to discuss his experiences in purchasing and procurement.

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Episode 127: Rachel Mooreland


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Rachel Mooreland, a brand manager for Tyson Foods and alum of the Walton College.

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Episode 126: Blythe Eggleston


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Blythe Eggleston, the Director for Executive Education at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Episode 125: Brent Williams


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Brent Williams, the Associate Dean for Executive Education and Outreach and Garrison Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

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Episode 124: Reginald Miller


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Reginald Miller, the Vice President, Global Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer at McDonald’s and two-time University of Arkansas graduate.

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Episode 123: Outstanding Students


Kirsten James and Torey Morris are two recent graduates of the Walton College who used the resources and opportunities Walton College provides to their advantage professionally.

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Episode 122: Co-Founders of MORE Technologies


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by four University of Arkansas students, Peyton Smith; Canon Reeves; Rex Hearn; and Kaushik Ramini, co-founders of MORE Technologies.

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Episode 121: Dominique Lebigot and Remko Van Hoek


In this episode of Be EPIC, Matt is joined by Dominique Lebigot, chief purchasing officer at LVMH Wines & Spirits, and Remko Van Hoek, full professor of practice of Supply Chain Management at the Walton College.

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Episode 120: Anne O'Leary-Kelly


In this episode of Be EPIC, we discuss how employee expectations have adjusted in a remote environment and making conscious strides towards fair treatment in the workplace.

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Episode 119: Bobby Franklin


Bobby Franklin is the president and CEO of National Venture Capital Association, which advocates for public policy that supports the American entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Episode 118: Collin Jones


In this episode of Be EPIC, Collin provides insight on experiences that can be valuable to pursue in college and skills that will position you to find success in the tech and digital industry.

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Episode 117: Karen Boston


Karen Boston, senior assistant dean and chief student officer at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, shares her insights on the student success activities and initiatives within the University of Arkansas and specifically Walton College.

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Episode 116: Ammen Jordan


In this episode of Be EPIC, Ammen and I discuss his passion for the outdoors and sustainability, how he navigated his different professional roles, and the physical and emotional benefits of active transportation.

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Episode 115: Robert Hatcher


Robert Hatcher is the founder and CEO of Aurign. Aurign is a music publishing tech startup that uses blockchain technology and data analytics.

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Episode 114: Gary Norcross


Born and raised in Arkansas and a proud Walton alumnus, Gary Norcross is now the chairman, president, and CEO of FIS, a financial technology company.

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Episode 113: Brett Biggs


Matt Waller talks with Biggs about his hefty responsibilities, how to develop leadership and managerial skills, and what makes a strong team.

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Episode 112: J.K. Symancyk


In this episode of the Be EPIC Podcast, J.K. and Matt talk about the importance of teaching and learning from others throughout your career, and what separates great retailers from the rest of the pack.

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Episode 111: Katie Greenway


Katie Greenway is a market research manager for SMART CPG Consulting and creator of Culinary Wanderings, a digital platform featuring Greenway’s culinary recipes.

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Episode 110: Tucker Taylor and Dan Sanker


Tucker Taylor has rich experience in logistics and supply chain management and is on the board of SupplyPike. He worked for Federal Express for nine years. Dan Sanker, is the founder of CaseStack, and president at CaseStack Retail Supplier Solutions, which is a part of Hub Group.

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Episode 109: Lisa Williams


Dr. Lisa Williams is a former professor at the University of Arkansas who went on to start her own business.

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Episode 108: Quinn and Austin Simkins


On this episode of the Be EPIC Podcast, The Simkins brothers sat down with Matt Waller to discuss founding their company and the triumphs and challenges of entrepreneurship.

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Episode 107: Cindy Moehring


In this episode of the Be EPIC Podcast, Moehring shares the importance of business integrity and her upcoming program, “Let’s Talk About Fraud.”

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Episode 106: Craig Harper


In this week’s Be EPIC Podcast episode, Harper discusses sustainability, alternative fuels, and his advice to college students on how to be a successful leader.

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Episode 105: Johnathan Thompson


In today’s episode of the Be Epic podcast, Jonathan Thompson sits down with Matt Waller to discuss his experience as a young CEO and what led to his success in the industry.

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Episode 104: Michelle Segar


In today’s episode of the Be EPIC podcast, Segar discusses the importance of physical fitness, maintaining motivation, and her book.

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Episode 103: John Foley


In today's episode of the Be EPIC podcast, Foley explains how the Blue Angels' practical model can benefit an organization's performance and shares his advice for students wanting to Be EPIC in all they do.

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Episode 102: Mark Saviers


In this episode of the Be EPIC podcast, we discuss Savier's epic journey to real estate and becoming an author.

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Episode 101: Amber Young


Young sits down with host Matt Waller to discuss how her expertise in information systems and interest in using technology for social good led to her future-oriented research.

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Episode 100: Brian Fugate and Daniel Stanton


On this week's episode of the Be EPIC podcast, Brian Fugate and Daniel Stanton join Matt Waller to discuss the importance of thought leadership in the Supply Chain field.

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Episode 99: Nicholas Hinrichsen


Nicholas Hinrichsen, Co-Founder of Clutch and Carlypso, went to Stanford University in 2011 after studying in Chile and Germany. At Stanford, he co-founded Carlypso, an online marketplace that gave consumers access to vehicles usually sold in wholesale markets.

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Episode 98: Bjorn Simmons


Bjorn Simmons is the managing partner and co-founder for Venture Noire, whose mission is to accelerate diverse businesses in the digital economy. They focus on providing curriculum, mentorship and access to capital to high potential diverse entrepreneurs.

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Episode 97: Anne O’Leary-Kelly and Molly Rapert


Molly and Anne have recognized the hardships students face as it relates to the pandemic. Through this, they have learned more about the identity loss students have experienced, in addition to the resilience they have learned.

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Episode 96: Ross DeVol


Ross DeVol is the CEO and president of Heartland Forward, a company with a goal of promoting regional innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems that foster job creation, wage gains, and economic growth for the American Heartland.

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Episode 95: Dinesh Gauri


Dinesh Gauri is a Professor of Marketing at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Dinesh has expertise in marketing science as well as retail strategy, pricing, analytics, big data, omnichannel, and shopper marketing.

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Episode 94: Liz Wiseman


Liz Wiseman is the CEO of The Wiseman Group, a researcher, and an executive advisor who teaches leadership to other executives around the world.

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Episode 93: Walt Rakowich


Walt Rakowich is the former CEO of Prologis, a global leader in logistics real estate. Rakowich took over as CEO during the economic recession in 2008.

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Episode 92: Mary Lacity


Mary Lacity is a Walton College of Business Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Blockchain Center of Excellence.

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Episode 91: Brandy Yelton


Brandy Yelton is the Director of Treasury and Marketing for Surge Energy America. As a student in the Walton College of Business, Brandy was the recipient of the Boyer Fellowship -- the largest awarded on the University of Arkansas campus.

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Episode 90: Mark Sanborn


Mark Sanborn is a leadership speaker and best-selling author. As the president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc, Mark helps others become better leaders in their personal and professional lives.

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Episode 89: Gary Peters


Gary Peters’ passion for the outdoors led him to work at a sporting goods store, where he decided he had a larger interest in business. As he studied business, Gary decided to pursue accounting and went on to teach at the University of Georgia.

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Episode 88: Patrick Sbarra


Patrick Sbarra is the co-founder and co-owner of Lamplighter Restoration, a home renovation company based out of Northwest Arkansas with a mission of crafting community.

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Episode 87: Meng Chee and Brent Williams


Meng Chee is Walmart’s first Chief Product Officer. Brent Williams is the Associate Dean for Executive Education and Outreach and Garrison Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Episode 86: Cindy Moehring and Barbara Lofton


Cindy Moehring is the Founder and Executive Chair of the Business Integrity Leadership Initiative at the Walton College. Barbara Lofton is the Assistant Dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business and Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Episode 85: Andy Murray


Andy Murray is a subject matter expert and thought leader in retail and shopper marketing. He has extensive leadership experience through senior roles as SVP of Marketing at Walmart, Chief Customer Officer of Asda UK, as well as founding several startups including ThompsonMurray, Saatchi and Saatchi X, Mercury 11, and most recently, BigQuest.

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Episode 84: Sandy Asch


Sandy Asch is a TEDx speaker, bestselling author, and resilience expert. Sandy has helped many major organizations such as the famous San Diego Zoo develop and build resilient leaders.

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Episode 83: Jason Fried


Jason Fried is the Co-Founder and CEO of Basecamp, a software company out of Chicago. Fried has authored several books, most recently, “It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work.”

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Episode 82: Dani Monroe


Dani Monroe is the Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer - Mass. General Brigham, the largest healthcare organization in Massachusetts. Dani has a master's degree in organizational development from Pepperdine University.

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Episode 81: Mark Goulston


Dr. Mark Goulston is a former UCLA professor of psychiatry and FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer. Dr. Goulston is now an executive coach and consultant to major organizations and fortune 500 companies.

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Episode 80: Max Viana


Max Viana is the Business Development Manager for Trading and Supply at Shell. Max grew up in Honduras in a family that prioritized school heavily. His focus on school and drive for success eventually opened up an opportunity for him to come to the U.S. to pursue his undergraduate degree.

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Episode 79: Brian Shaw


Brian Shaw is the CEO and Principal of Cushman & Wakefield | Sage Partners in Rogers, AR. Brian first became interested in studying real estate in high school, and chose to study industrial engineering. However, Brian decided to study in the Sam M. Walton College of Business in pursuit of the strategic business side of real estate. He then went on to earn his MBA at the University of Denver with a focus in real estate and construction management.

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Episode 78: Pu Liu


Dr. Pu Liu is a professor of finance and chairman of the department of finance at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Liu recognized the importance of a Master of Science in Finance program after seeing the need to address the challenges of a digital economy driven by technology and innovation. In this program, students learn essential financial skills and gain the expertise to excel in their careers.

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Episode 77: Reynie Rutledge


Reynie Rutledge is the President and CEO of First Security Bancorp, a bank that began in Searcy, AR, and now has locations throughout the state. Reynie is a recent inductee into the Arkansas Business Hall of fame. After graduating with a degree in industrial engineering, he returned to get an MBA from the Walton College of Business.

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Episode 76: Terry Esper


Terry Esper is an Associate Professor of Logistics in the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Dr. Esper was previously the Oren Harris Endowed Chair of Logistics and associate professor of supply chain management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Episode 75: Gerald Alley


Gerald Alley is the founder and CEO of Con-Real, LP, a diverse company providing construction, real estate, program management, and technology and innovation services to clients and is one of the nation’s largest minority-owned businesses. He was recently inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

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Episode 74: Brian Fugate


Brian Fugate is a professor, Oren Harris Chair in transportation, and chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. His innovation in this area led to the creation of the Masters of Science in Supply Chain Management program.

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Episode 73: Vikas Anand


Vikas Anand is the Executive Director of MBA Programs and Graduate Innovation at Sam M. Walton College of Business. He is also a professor in the department of strategy, entrepreneurship, and venture innovation.

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Episode 72: Joe Hickman


Joe Hickman is the president and general manager of Blue Star Land and is an alum of the Walton College. Through relationships he developed while at the U of A, Joe has had the opportunity to work for the Dallas Cowboys in their real estate endeavors.

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Episode 71: Rajiv Sabherwal and Paul Cronan


Rajiv Sabherwal is a distinguished professor and chair of the department of information systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. He is the Edwin & Karlee Bradberry Chair and a Fellow of IEEE and the Association of Information Systems. Paul Cronan is a professor of information systems and the director of MIS and graduate certificate programs at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. He is an alum of the Walton College and is the MD Matthews Endowed Chair.

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Episode 70: Mike Novogratz


Mike Novogratz is the CEO and Investor at Galaxy Digital, a diversified financial services firm dedicated to the digital asset, cryptocurrency and blockchain technology industry. Before his role at Galaxy Digital, Mike served as a partner at Goldman Sachs and CIO of Fortress Investment Group.

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Episode 69: Brent Robinson


Brent Robinson is a 2004 Walton MBA alumnus and the CEO and Chief Thought Officer of Modthink Marketing, an agile marketing agency in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Modthink provides digital media solutions to many clients including subject matter experts in the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Episode 68: Sheila Colclasure


Sheila Colclasure is the Global Chief Digital Responsibility and Public Policy Officer at IPG Kinesso. Prior to working at IPG Kinesso, she held multiple positions at Acxiom.

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Episode 67: Nathaniel Burke


Nathaniel Burke is a Ph.D. candidate at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. He received his BA in economics from Manhattan College, then earned his MS in resource and applied economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Episode 66: Charles Nabholz


Charles Nabholz is the Chairman Emeritus of the Nabholz Corporation. Charles' brother, Bob, founded Nabholz Corporation in 1949. Charles joined his brother in 1959 and has been with the company for over 60 years. He is an active member of Arkansas’ trade associations, including the local chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors of America and the Associated General Contractors of America.

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Episode 65: Dave Wengel and Mary Lacity


Dave Wengel is the Founder & CEO of iDatafy, a real-time information services company. Mary Lacity is a Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Blockchain Center of Excellence at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Episode 64: Elaine Longer


Elaine Longer is the Founder and Portfolio Manager of Longer Financial. She received her MBA from the Walton College and the CFA designation shortly after. Elaine served as the President for Longer Investments Inc which later became Longer Financial, an affiliate of Prime Capital Investment Advisors.

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Episode 63: Sarah Goforth, Jon Johnson, Canon Reeves and Kyle Sadler


Sarah Goforth is the Executive Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Arkansas. Jon Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Sustainability Consortium. Canon Reeves is a Computer Science major at the University of Arkansas and the CEO and Co-Founder of MORE Technologies.Kyle Sadler is a Computer Science major at the University of Arkansas.

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Episode 62: Mitchell Webb


Mitchell Webb is the Senior Director, Walmart at Blue Yonder in Northwest Arkansas. He has been involved in supply chain since the 1980s. Mitchell started his career in capacity and has held roles at JDA Software, IBM, and SAP.

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Episode 61: Tom Seay


Tom Seay is a two-time alumnus of the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Throughout his career, Tom developed expertise in both retail and real estate. Tom's leadership, perseverance, and work ethic progressed him through many roles at Walmart.

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Episode 60: Jason Illian


Jason Illian is the Managing Director at Koch Disruptive Technologies. He has 20+ years of experience leading and building technology companies. Prior to assuming his role at Koch Disruptive Technologies, Jason was the Founder and CEO of BookShout.

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Episode 59: Jane Henry


Jane Henry is the Founder & CEO of SeeHerWork, a safety consultancy and product manufacturing company that designs, manufactures, and sells workwear. Jane was recently selected as the Walton College Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Episode 58: Amy Watson


Amy Watson is an Assistant Professor of Marketing and TED Talk Fellow at Oregon State University-Cascades. She received her Ph.D. in Marketing from the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Amy's teaching areas include Principles of Marketing, digital analytics, advertising/promotions, consumer behavior, and statistics.

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Episode 57: Lindsey Wagaman and Trey Robinson


Lindsey Wagaman is a senior Marketing and Supply Chain Management double major in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Lindsey has worked at Modthink Marketing as a Content Marketing Strategist since 2018. Trey Robinson is a senior Marketing major and Business Analytics minor at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Trey is a Content Designer at Modthink Marketing. He has recently accepted a full-time offer with Modthink after graduation.

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Episode 56: Kris Allee


Kris Allee is an Associate Professor & Doyle Z. Williams Chair in Professional Accounting at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. After receiving his Master of Accountancy from BYU, Kris received his Ph.D. in Accounting from Indiana University. Kris specializes in Firm Disclosure Policies, Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation, Banking, and Taxation. His research has been published in many accounting journals.

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Episode 55: Doug Parker


Doug Parker is the CEO of American Airlines Group Inc. He has served as the CEO of multiple airlines and has led companies through challenging times like 9/11 and the Great Recession. Doug also serves as the chairman of the Airlines for America (A4A) Board of Directors and sits on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors.

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Episode 54: Marat Daveltshin


Marat Davletshin is a PhD student in the Department of Supply Chain Management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Marat is a co-author of "Integrating Blockchain Into Supply Chain Management: A Toolkit for Practical Implementation."

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Episode 53: Kurt Green


Kurt Green is the President and CEO of Vetsource. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Vetsource develops and delivers innovative technology, pharmacy, and business solutions for the veterinary industry.

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Episode 52: Carter Clark


Carter Clark is the Owner/Broker of Weichert Realtors - The Griffin Company. In addition to playing on the Razorback men's basketball team, he graduated from the Walton College in 2001 with a degree in Finance and Small Business Entrepreneurship. Carter's interest in real estate began in college, where he started a Christmas light hanging business and began buying rental properties.

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Episode 51: Stephanie Thomas


Stephanie Thomas is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Stephanie also serves as the faculty advisor for Women Impacting Supply Chain Excellence. Stephanie received her BSBA and MBA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and PhD from Georgia Southern University.

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Episode 50: Mary Beth Brooks


Mary Beth Brooks is the Director of the Arkansas Small Business Technology and Development Center. Before assuming this role in 2018, she was president and CEO of The Bank of Fayetteville from 2004 to 2015. Mary Beth is an alumna of the Walton College and received her BSBA in Finance and Financial Management Services.

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Episode 49: Jessica Salmon and Sarah Goforth


Jessica Salmon is the Senior Director, Strategy and Innovation of the McMillon Innovation Studio. She is passionate about driving retail innovation by starting with the customer and designing a new future. Sarah Goforth is the Director of Outreach for the Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Sarah co-teaches New Venture Development and supports student teams forming high-growth science and technology businesses.

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Episode 48: Stephen Rutner


Stephen Rutner is a Professor of Supply Chain at Texas Tech University. In addition to this, Stephen has also served as a Brigadier General for the United States Army Reserve for over 30 years. Stephen has extensive experience in transportation management, strategic leadership, and received his PhD in Logistics and Transportation from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Episode 47: John Kent


John Kent is the Director of Supply Chain China Initiatives at the University of Arkansas. John has experience in both supply chain management and higher education. He has held various roles within the Walton College over the past 5 years. John has also taken significant strides in facilitating a relationship with Soochow University in China.

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Episode 46: Raja Kali


Raja Kali is the Chair and Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Kali is skilled in Economics, and has played a key role in developing the Walton College's new Master of Science in Economic Analytics program. This new program is an intensive 10-month program that will guide students through economic modeling and theory to computational practice and cutting-edge tools, providing a thorough training in descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics.

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Episode 45: Kyle Berger and Natalie Means


Kyle Berger is the Undergraduate Director for the McMillon Innovation Studio. In the Walton College, he is studying Finance and Entrepreneurship with a focus in Small Business Administration. Natalie Means is the Graduate Director for the McMillon Innovation Studio. Natalie is currently in the full-time MBA program at the Walton College.

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Episode 44: Simone Peinkofer


Simone Peinkofer is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. Simone is an alumnus of the Walton College and received her PhD in Supply Chain Management in 2016. With a strong focus in inventory visibility, Simone's research focuses on how price promotions affect consumer responses to online stockouts.

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Episode 43: Brad Henry


Brad Henry is the Managing Partner at Natural Capital. He's an alumnus of the Walton College and has held many finance roles around Arkansas. Brad is passionate about the future of Arkansas and sees great value in investing in the heartland of the U.S.

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Episode 42: Leslie Keating


Leslie Keating served as Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy and Transformation for Advance Auto Parts before retiring in 2018. Before taking this role, she served as Senior Vice President Supply Chain for Frito-Lay North America. During Leslie's 32-year career at PepsiCo, she was a mentor and sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion, earning her the Harvey C. Russell Inclusion Award for inclusion leadership.

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Episode 41: Suresh Sreeramulu


Suresh Sreeramulu is the Senior Director at Cognizant Technology Solutions. Suresh has been with cognizant for over 15 years and received his MBA from the Sam M. Walton College of Business in 2019. In addition to his 20+ years of experience in building platforms, Suresh is skilled in setting and driving IT strategy, financial management, and more.

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Episode 40: Wayne Miller


Wayne Miller is the Executive Director at the Venture Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Wayne has experience in Health Care, IT, Professional Services, Retail, Transportation, and Fintech. Wayne is passionate about driving corporate innovation and is dedicated to creating collaborative working environments for both teams and individuals to excel.

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Episode 39: Trammell Crow and Tony Keane


Trammell Crow is the founder of EarthX, the largest annual exposition and forum showcasing initiatives, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices serving the environment. Tony Keane is the CEO at EarthX. Tony has international leadership in sustainable facility management and has developed environmental solutions that have greatly impacted the world.

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Episode 38: Lisa Barrentine


Lisa Barrentine is the President and CEO at First Preston HT in Dallas, TX. Lisa is an alumnus of the Sam M. Walton College of Business where she received her BSBA in Accounting. Lisa has an impressive accounting background, and is well-known for property management and real estate.

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Episode 37: Mario Ramirez


Mario Ramirez is the President of MRamirez Group, LLC, a consulting firm based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Mario is an alumnus of the Walton College and has been a member of the Dean's Executive Advisory Board for nine years. In addition to this, Mario also serves as the Managing Director of Avalon Net Worth and a Strategic Advisor at NewRoad Capital Partners. Mario has a passion for bringing people together, and has a unique background in financial markets, government relations, the Hispanic market, and higher education

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Episode 36: Tom Verdery


Tom Verdery is a Professor Emeritus at John Brown University and an Associate at Milestone Leadership. Tom spent 34 years at Procter & Gamble as an International Team Leader and Global Training & Development Manager before retiring in 2009. Tom is well known for his leadership and strategic planning throughout his career.

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Episode 35: Jim Karrh


Jim Karrh is the Founder & CEO of Karrh & Associates. Jim is also the Host of the "Manage Your Message Podcast," a podcast that emphasizes how the secret to growing your business is through natural, everyday conversations. Join us to learn more about the three legs that make up the process of managing the message.

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Episode 34: Alan Ellstrand


Alan Ellstrand is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Each year, Alan teaches Freshman Business Connections to first year students. This class helps students transition from high school to college, understand the resources available to them, and learn the importance of networking in business.

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Episode 33: Brian Fugate, Stephanie Thomas, and Brian Johnson


Supply chain leaders discuss the talents and attributes that are needed in the market. Stephanie Thomas is a professor in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Brain Johnson, an executive with Gartner, shares his experience leading organizations to optimize their Supply Chain Organization. Brian Fugate is the Department Chair of Supply Chain Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

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Episode 32: Mary Lacity


Mary Lacity is a Walton Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Blockchain Center of Excellence at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. In addition to this, Mary serves as an Editorial Board Member for The British Blockchain Association and a Senior Editor for MIS Quarterly Executive. Mary's passion is educating and challenging students and professionals about emerging blockchain technology.

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Episode 31: Molly Rapert


Molly Rapert is one of the most revered professors in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Molly has served as an Associate Professor of Marketing for 21 years and Director of the Walton College of Business Center for Teaching Effectiveness for 13 years. Students often describe Molly's Marketing Management course as one of the best classes to transition into the workforce. Each year, Molly's course incorporates guest speakers, retail safaris, and dynamic projects into the curriculum to give students a sense of what to expect after graduation.

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Episode 30: Barry Davidson


Barry Davidson founded Caddo Mountain Spring Water, LLC in 2014. The idea for the company came to Barry when he and his wife were road tripping across the southwest. During their trip, they were shocked to see how low the water levels were in some of the lakes they visited. After researching water depletion in the US, Barry decided to challenge himself to create a company that sources spring water in a sustainable way. After driving over 6,000 miles to scope out good water prospects, Barry and his wife settled on a sustainable, protected source in the mountains of west central Arkansas.

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Episode 29: Oliver L. Sims III


Oliver L. Sims III is the Americas Technical Sales Leader at Broadcom Inc. He is a business executive with a proven track record in starting, transforming, and growing businesses, sales, and technical sales organizations.

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Episode 28: Bob East


Bob East is the owner of East Harding Inc. & Advanced Cabling Systems. He received a BSBA in Finance and Administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Bob's past positions include positions at Little Rock National Airport Commission, Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, Associated Builders and Contractors, Arkansas Nature Conservancy, Vision Little Rock and Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

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Episode 27: Graham Cobb


Graham Cobb stank at sports so he played in punk rock bands to learn teamwork. He Spent 20+ years earning a PhD in Pizza before heading to Arkansas Business to learn how to engage an audience with content in order find customers for local and national businesses.

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Episode 26: Jade Terminella


Jade Terminella is the Founder of Company Club, a clubhouse for the modern woman. She has been a Partner at Thatch jewelry for the last 5 years, Co-founded NWA Fashion Week and Lola, where she served as the Apparel Buyer for over 10 years. Jade received her BSBA in Transportation and Logistics from the University of Arkansas in 2006.

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Episode 25: Brian Fugate and Remko Van Hoek


Brian Fugate is the Chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Remko Van Hoek is a clinical full professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Arkansas in the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Episode 24: Darrell Chambliss


Darrell W. Chambliss has been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Waste Connections since October 2003. From October 1, 1997, to that date, Mr. Chambliss served as Executive Vice President – Operations of Waste Connections. Darrell has more than 28 years of experience in the solid waste industry and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas.

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Episode 23: John Collins


John Collins is the Founder & CEO of OmniiX, a B2B marketing and advertising firm that specializes in helping brands thrive on Amazon and other e-commerce sites. John is an alumnus of the Walton College and received his BSBA in Financial Management and Investments.

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Episode 22: Jim Coleman


Jim Coleman is the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and professor of biological sciences at the University of Arkansas. He is a plant physiological ecologist and academic administrator with a broad background that crosses multiple disciplines. Jim is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the University of Arkansas’ strategic plan and oversight of all of the university’s academic operations.

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Episode 21: Anthony Lewis


Anthony Lewis is the Vice President of Value Portfolio Holdings at AT&T and a Walton College Alumnus. He has been with AT&T for 35 years. Before working at AT&T, Anthony worked as the Director of Finance at Telkom in South Africa and Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young. Anthony received his BSBA in Accounting from the University of Arkansas and MBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Episode 20: Jon Johnson


Jon Johnson is a Walton College Professor of Sustainability and is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Sustainability Consortium. His areas of expertise include sustainability, environment, climate change, corporate governance, and social networks within and between organizations. He received his BS and MBA at the University of Arkansas and PhD from Indiana University.

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Episode 19: Katie Terrell and Vern Richardson


Vernon J. Richardson is Distinguished Professor of Accounting and the Glezen Chair in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Katie Terrell is an instructor in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

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Episode 18: Brent Williams


Brent D. Williams, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Executive Education and Outreach and Garrison Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

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Episode 17: Scot Burton


Scot Burton is a Distinguished Professor and Tyson Chair in Food and Consumer Products Retailing at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Professor Burton's research interests include consumer health and welfare issues, price perceptions, consumer response to advertising and sales promotion, and measurement issues associated with survey research. Scot has over 100 refereed journal articles in various publications. Scot received his B.B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Houston.

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Episode 16: Dan Worrell


Dan Worrell is the Interim Department Chair in the Department of Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Dan served as Dean of the Walton College from 2005 to 2012. Dr. Worrell also currently holds the Corporate Responsibility Professorship in Management. He has served in a variety of higher education administrative positions spanning over two decades. Positions have included: department chair; associate dean; and 15 years of service as a dean at three different business schools.

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Episode 15: Paul Forness, Toby Johnson and Raleigh Woods


Walton Students Paul Forness, Toby Johnson and Raleigh Woods were all students in Matt Waller's Entrepreneurs Honors Forum Class in the fall of 2018. Paul Forness is a junior Supply Chain Management and Information Systems major from Rockwall, Texas. Toby Johnson is a junior Finance major from Harrison, Arkansas. Raleigh Woods is a sophomore Management and Marketing major from Branson, Missouri.

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Episode 14: Rebecca Garner


Rebecca Garner has experience working for a number of major institutions, including municipalities, insurance companies, banks, foundations, endowments, mutual funds, and trusts, as well as family offices and private investors. She has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School and for the University of Arkansas Honors Portfolio classes. Rebecca is now happily retired.

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Episode 13: Allan Peretz


Allan Peretz is the Co-Founder and President at Bold Retail, Inc. Bold Retail is a management consulting company that helps potential businesses grow faster. They specialize in eCommerce Marketplace and Direct-to-Consumer selling.

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Episode 12: Remko Van Hoek


Remko is a clinical full professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Arkansas in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. He took this position in January 2018. In addition to this, Remko also serves as an independent advisor of sourcing and procurement.

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Episode 11: Phillip Keene


Phillip Keene is a Director of Corporate Communications for Walmart, overseeing State and Local Communications for the East Coast since January, 2016. He works out of the company's Home Office in Bentonville and has been a Walmart associate for more than 10 years overall. In addition, he has a media, government and retail operations background, along with a Masters degree in Political Studies. Phillip is currently working toward his Executive MBA at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Episode 10: Bill Dillard II


William (Bill) T. Dillard II is the current CEO and Chairman of Dillard's. Bill has served as the CEO since 1998 and Chairman since 2002. In addition to this, Bill is a Walton alumnus and a current member of the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

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Episode 9: Jonathon Schilling


Jonathon Schilling is a 2017 alumnus of the Sam M. Walton College of Business. He received his degree in International Business with an Economics Concentration and graduated summa cum laude. Jonathon currently works in the Business Skills Rotation Program at Boeing where he administers contractual operations and functions for Boeing's Global Services Group Program.

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Episode 8: Brent Robinson


Brent Robinson is a 2004 Walton MBA alumnus and the CEO and Chief Thought Officer of Modthink Marketing, a Fayetteville based full-service digital marketing agency. Modthink provides digital media solutions to many clients including subject matter experts in the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Episode 7: Carol Goforth


Carol Goforth is a University Professor and the Clayton N. Little Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is the former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a former Arkansas Bar Foundation Professor of Law.

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Episode 6: Anne O'Leary-Kelly


Anne O'Leary-Kelly is the Senior Associate Dean of the Walton College of Business. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and received her Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management from Michigan State University.

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Episode 5: Sarah Goforth


Sarah Goforth is the Director of Outreach for the Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Sarah co-teaches New Venture Development and supports student teams forming high-growth science and technology businesses.

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Episode 4: Neal Dellett


Neal Dellett is a Senior Consultant at Simpactful, a CPG/retail consultancy firm. Neal specializes in end-to-end supply chain and has a proven track record of leading organizations to best-in-class results.

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Episode 3: Michael Paladino


Michael is the Co-Founder of RevUnit, a digital product studio focused on building digital strategies and intelligent platforms to help clients. RevUnit specializes in elite, product focused digital teams and works with early stage to mid-size companies to build, learn and iterate on innovative digital products. In this episode, Michael and Matt discuss intelligent machines.

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Episode 2: John James


John James is an ex-physician who gave up his practice for the adventure of innovation. He is the founder of Engine Ecommerce, Hayseed Ventures, Acumen Holdings, Legal Sense Publishing, Egora Group and Champions Quiz Preparation. In this episode, John talks about his career path and developing an e-commerce platform.

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Episode 1: The Dean Team


In this episode, the Walton College Dean Team including Matt Waller, Anne O'Leary-Kelly, Alan Ellstrand, and Brent Williams discuss topics related to higher education and beyond.

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