University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Dean's Alumni Advisory Council

The Dean's Alumni Advisory Council is comprised of a diverse group of Walton alumni who function as ambassadors and use their experience and insight to develop and support the advancement of the college.



Richard Appleton

Richard Appleton
MKTG '07

Senior Sales Director
Freeosk, Inc.
Fayetteville, AR

Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold
ACCT '10

Attorney
Hope, Trice, O'Dwyer & Wilson, PA
Little Rock, AR

Kenneth Biesterveld

Kenneth Biesterveld
FINN/ISYS '05, MBA '10

Director - Finance & Strategy, Logistics
Walmart
Bentonville, AR

Andrew Bogner

Andrew Bogner
SCM '14

Senior M&A Analyst
EcoArk Holdings
Rogers, AR

Ethan Bonar

Ethan Bonar
FINN '99

CEO
Aquifer Resources, LLC
Allen, TX

Marlena Bond

Marlena Bond
MKTG '04

Senior Director of Business Development - Private Brands, Dry Grocery
Walmart
Bentonville, AR

Ryan Boyd

Ryan Boyd
FINN '99

Founding Advisor
AnchorPoint Financial, LLC
Cabot, AR

Luke Briggs

Luke Briggs
MBA '10

CEO
New Nexus Group &
Monroe Meat Company 
Fayetteville, AR

Michael Brown

Michael Brown
ECON '06, MA '07

Vice President, Economist
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Charlotte, NC

Emi Cardarelli, Chair

Emi Cardarelli
MBA '04

Director,
Walmart International & Sustainability - 
Unilever
Rogers, AR

Uberto Carles

Uberto Carles
ENGR '03, MBA '14

Project Director
Hacienda Santa Monica
Panama

Caroline Clarke

Caroline Clarke
FINN/RE '97, MBA '98

Vice President, Facilities Management (retired)
Walmart
Bentonville, AR

J.J. Coleman

J. J. Coleman
MKTG '03

Director of Sales
Triad Retail Media
Springdale, AR

Stormey Collins

Stormey Collins
MKTG '02, MBA '10

Partner/CMO
OmniiX
Bentonville, AR

Brandon Corley

Brandon Corley
MKTG '08

Senior Account Executive
Archer Malmo
Memphis, TN

Dewayne Cotten

Dewayne Cotten
MGMT '87

Director of Strategic Alliances
Microsoft
Atlanta, GA

Rashad Delph

Rashad Delph
MGMT '05

Director - Talent Branding, Pipeline Strategy & Global Mobility
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Springdale, AR

Jack Dewald

Jack Dewald
FINN '82

President/Owner
Agency Services, Inc.
Memphis, TN

Tyler Garman

Tyler Garman
ISYS '00

President
The ROARK Group
Rogers, AR

Tyler Gill

Tyler Gill
FINN/MKTG '06

Vice President, Client Development
Acosta Sales & Marketing
Rogers, AR

Chad Hendrix

Chad Hendrix
FINN '04

Sales Manager
Everett Buick Pontiac GMC
Bryant, AR

Burt Hicks

Burt Hicks
FINN '08

President/CEO
Simmons First Investment Group
Little Rock, AR

Tim Higginbotham

Tim Higginbotham
FINN '87

Director of Procurement
Southcross Energy
Dallas, TX

John Knight

John Knight
MKTG '88

Director of Operations for U.S. & Mexico
Kansas City Southern Railroad
Dallas, TX

Jolene Lakey

Jolene Lakey
MKTG '90, MIS '01

Senior Data Scientist - ISD, EIM - Global Customer Insights
Walmart
Bentonville, AR

Sarah Langham

Sarah Langham, Chair
ACCT '05, MACC '06

Assurance Senior Manager
HoganTaylor LLP
Fayetteville, AR

Weston Lewey

Weston Lewey
FINN '85

Owner/Publisher
Times-Herald Publishing Co.
Forrest City, AR

Nate Looney

Nate Looney
BA '09

Associate
Waddell, Cole and Jones
Jonesboro, AR

Matt Machen

Matt Machen
FINN '03

President & CEO
Bear State Financial
Little Rock, AR

Alice McMillan

Alice McMillan
MKTG '12

Director of Strategic Initiatives
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Austin, TX

Kirk Meyer

Kirk Meyer
FINN/RE '03

Partner
Meyer Dunlap
Dallas, TX

RJ Murphy

RJ Murphy
MKTG '04, MBA '08

Senior Buyer, Candy
Walmart
Bentonville, AR

Greg Nabholz

Greg Nabholz
FINN/RE '88, MBA '90

CEO
Nabholz Properties, Inc.
Conway, AR

Jordan Owens

Jordan Owens
ACCT '04

Director, Financial Planning & Analysis
Simmons Foods, Inc.
Siloam Springs, AR

Tammy Patton

Tammy Patton
ECON '08, JD '11, MBA '13

Associate Director - Adult Beverages
Walmart
Bentonville, AR

Creighton Ralls

Creighton Ralls
MBA '09

Director of Development
Gibraltar Properties
Little Rock, AR

Chris Rittelmeyer

Chris Rittelmeyer
FINN '08

Assistant Vice President, Private Bank
Simmons Bank
Fayetteville, AR

Adam Rutledge

Adam Rutledge
FINN '04

NWA Market President & CEO
First Security Bank
Fayetteville, AR

Bill Ryan

Bill Ryan
EMBA '14

Director of Category Development
Wrigley
Bentonville, AR

Emery Scism

Emery Scism
MKTG '02

Vice President/Private Banking Officer
Arvest Bank
Fayetteville, AR

Oliver Sims

Oliver Sims
ISYS '85

Senior Director
CA Technologies
Dallas, TX

Jarred Sneed

Jarred Sneed
ACCT '10, MACC '11

Manager - Financial Reporting & Analysis
Walmart
Bentonville, AR

Phil Stevenson

Phil Stevenson
FINN '88

Executive Vice President
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Memphis, TN

Stewart Stidham

Stewart Stidham
ECON '04

Assistant Vice President
Peoples National Bank
Checotah, OK

Drew Tappan

Drew Tappan
FINN '10

Structured Investments Group
Invesco Real Estate
Dallas, TX

Maya Todd

Maya Todd
MKTG/ISYS '96

Compliance Manager
Dell Inc.
Austin, TX

Blair Trotter

Blair Trotter
ACCT '10, MACC '11

Director of Finance
CaseStack
Fayetteville, AR

Kelly Truitt

Kelly Truitt
FINN/RE '85

Executive Vice President
CB Richard Ellis Memphis
Memphis, TN

Thomas Vo

Thomas Vo
ECON '08

Vice President
Wind Point Partners
Chicago, IL

Bryan Wilhelm

Bryan Wilhelm
ECON '99

Senior Merchandise Manager, Personal Care
Walmart
Bentonville, AR

Kayln Williams

Kayln Williams
BSIB '12

Senior Sourcing Manager, Private Brands
Walmart
Bentonville, AR

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson
MBA '01

SVP & Chief Credit Officer
First Arkansas Bank & Trust
Jacksonville, AR

Laura Lea Witt

Laura Lea Witt
MBA '09

Relationship Manager
1st Global Capital Corp.
Dallas, TX

Denny Woods

Denny Woods
ACCT '03, JD '06

Partner
Reece Moore Pendergraft, LLP
Fayetteville, AR

Ebony Wyatt

Ebony Wyatt
FINN '03

Director of Category Management
& Shopper Insights
General Mills
Minneapolis, MN

Brad Yaney

Brad Yaney
FINN '01

Senior Vice President
Simmons Bank
Little Rock, AR

Sustaining Members

Russell Butts

Russell Butts
FINN '98

Vice President - Underwriting & Portfolio Management
GE Capital - Industrial Finance Solutions
Danbury, CT

Jennifer Guthrie

Jennifer Guthrie
MBA '05

Senior Global Marketing Manager
Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Memphis, TN

Steven Hinds

Steven Hinds
BSPA '89

Director of Philanthropy and Development
Ozark Guidance
Springdale, AR

Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones
TLOG '05

Director, Corporate Strategy
Phillips 66
Houston, TX

Johnny Kincaid

Johnny Kincaid
FINN '77

Executive Broker
Commercial Realty, LLC
Little Rock, AR

Trisha McRoberts

Trisha McRoberts
MBA '07

Director, Procurement
McCormick & Company, Inc.
Sparks Glencoe, MD

Paul Morris

Paul Morris
ECON '97, JD '01

Managing Partner
Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, LLP
Rogers, AR

Joseph Mowery

Joseph Mowery
FINN/BANK '87, JD '90

Managing Director
Stephens Inc.
Little Rock, AR

Paul Parette

Paul Parette
ACCT '89

Partner - Audit & Enterprise Risk Services
Deloitte
Dallas, TX

Bryan Quinn

Bryan Quinn
MKTG '95

Farmers Insurance Group
Quinn Insurance Agency
Conway, AR

Ed Ralston

Ed Ralston
ACCT '91

Executive Vice President
Baldor Motors & Drives
Fort Smith, AR

Robbin Rodgers

Robbin Rodgers
MKTG '98

Director of Sales
Clearwater Paper Corporation
Deer Park, IL

Joel Sanders

Joel Sanders
FINN '07

Managing Director
Realstone Capital, LLC
Little Rock, AR

Riley Shearin

Riley Shearin
ISYS '99, MBA '07

Managing Partner
Workday
Rogers, AR

Traci Smith

Traci Smith
ISYS '94

Director
Acxiom Corporation
Conway, AR

Keith Williams

Keith Williams
MKTG '97

President/Lawyer
Fidelity National Financial
Dallas, TX