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Governor Asa Hutchinson

Asa Hutchinson was sworn in as the 46th Governor of Arkansas on January 13, 2015, promising to bring more jobs and economic growth to his native state.

During his first full day on the job, Governor Hutchinson called the executives of six companies to let them know Arkansas wanted their business.

He has already fulfilled his pledge to lower taxes and to create a more business-friendly climate. He has forged a consensus on the funding for the private option healthcare initiative through 2016 and to create a task force to recommend future changes.

Governor Hutchinson has worked in a bipartisan way to require computer science in every high school. He crafted a solution to prison overcrowding, refunded our parole system and increased support for alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders.

Before being elected governor, Asa Hutchinson served in a variety of posts in the private and public sector. He served as Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and as the first Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Voters in Arkansas's Third District also elected him to Congress three times.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas law school, Asa Hutchinson, at age 31, was appointed by President Reagan as the nation's youngest U.S. attorney.

He and his wife Susan have been married 41 years. They have four children and five grandchildren.

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Legends' Dinner honoring Judy McReynolds
President/CEO ArcBest Corporation
October 20, 2016 at 6 pm
Fort Smith Convention Center

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Judy R. McReynolds is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of ArcBest Corporation, responsible for managing the multi-billion dollar freight transportation and logistics services company, including oversight of the operating companies ABF Freight, ABF Logistics, Panther Premium Logistics and FleetNet America. Since 2010, Ms. McReynolds has also held the post of Director of ArcBest Corporation, and is the only member of the company's senior management who serves on the board. April 26, 2016, Ms. McReynolds was elected as Chairman of the Board of ArcBest Corporation. Her 26 years of transportation industry experience, including 19 years at ArcBest, provides significant value to the board.

During her tenure, Ms. McReynolds has evolved the ArcBest strategic focus to expand beyond its core less-than-truckload services in order to better serve customers across the supply chain spectrum. Building upon ABF Freight's 90-year-old roots as an LTL leader, she is diversifying ArcBest into a logistics provider through the addition of asset-light businesses. These include the 2012 purchase of Panther, which provides time-sensitive, mission-critical delivery and premium logistics, and the 2013 formation of ABF Logistics as a complementary sister company to ABF Freight.

Ms. McReynolds serves on numerous outside boards including OGE Energy Corp., First Bank Corp., First National Bank of Fort Smith, and the Transportation Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She also serves on the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, and is chair of the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Foundation Board. She is also the current chair of the American Transportation Research Institute Board, and a member of the American Trucking Associations Board of Directors and Executive Committee. A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. McReynolds holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Oklahoma.

Judy and her husband, Lance, who is an active Fort Smith community volunteer, have two grown sons.

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2018 Legends Dinner honoring Mike Anderson
Head Basketball Coach, Arkansas Razorbacks
August 17th, 2018 at 6 pm
Fayetteville Town Center

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Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Arkansas head men's basketball coach Mike Anderson was an All-State and All-City guard at Jackson Olin High School. Following high school, Anderson went on to play two seasons at the University of Tulsa after transferring to the Golden Hurricane program from Jefferson (Ala.) Junior College. A two-year starter, Anderson averaged 12 points per game. His hard-nosed play helped Tulsa win the NIT Championship in 1981 and make the NCAA Tournament in 1982. He earned his bachelor's degree in education during the spring of 1982 from University of Tulsa.Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Arkansas head men's basketball coach Mike Anderson was an All-State and All-City guard at Jackson Olin High School. Following high school, Anderson went on to play two seasons at the University of Tulsa after transferring to the Golden Hurricane program from Jefferson (Ala.) Junior College. A two-year starter, Anderson averaged 12 points per game. His hard-nosed play helped Tulsa win the NIT Championship in 1981 and make the NCAA Tournament in 1982. He earned his bachelor's degree in education during the spring of 1982 from University of Tulsa.

At Arkansas, Anderson is a part of the history and tradition that is Razorback basketball. Anderson was a volunteer assistant, assistant coach, recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach over 17 seasons with the Arkansas basketball program under Richardson. During that run, the Razorbacks made 15 postseason appearances, five Sweet 16's, four Elite Eights, three Final Fours, finished as national runner-up in 1995 and won the 1994 National Championship.

Anderson has been a part of perhaps the greatest run of basketball in Arkansas history as it matched many of the biggest names in the sport in total wins, NCAA Tournament appearances and Final Fours. The Razorbacks won five outright conference championships during his 17 years on the bench, an SEC Western Division title and Arkansas' only SEC Tournament championship.

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Legends' Dinner honoring Curt Bradbury
Chief Operating Officer and Director of Stephens Inc.
October 10, 2017 at 6 pm
State House Convention Center - Little Rock

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Mr. Bradbury is Chief Operating Officer and Director of Stephens Inc., a full service investment banking firm based in Little Rock, Arkansas. He joined the Firm in 1972 and has been COO of Stephens Inc. since 1995. Mr. Bradbury took a hiatus from Stephens Inc. in 1985 to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Worthen Banking Corporation, a public company, a post he held until 1995.

Throughout his career at Stephens, Mr. Bradbury has worked on hundreds of key investment banking transactions as well as private investments on behalf of the Stephens family and Stephens Inc. Currently, in his leadership position, Mr. Bradbury works with Chairman, President and CEO, Warren Stephens, in the development and execution of strategic initiatives for the Firm’s future. These include the continued expansion of the Stephens Private Client Group, the growth of Stephens Investment Management Group, and the continued development of the Stephens Capital Markets Group, which includes investment banking, research, and institutional sales.

Mr. Bradbury is and has been active in the Arts and he and his wife Chucki are avid collectors of 19th and 20thcentury and contemporary works on paper. In 1993, President Clinton appointed him to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities on which he served until 2000. Mr. Bradbury is a former Director of the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

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2019 Legends Dinner Honoring John Brown III
Windgate Charitable Foundation
Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 6 pm
Fayetteville Town Center

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John E. Brown, III, served as the Executive Director of the Windgate Charitable Foundation from its opening in July of 1993 in Northwest Arkansas until June of 2018. He continues to work as a “Senior Advisor” with the Board and the new Windgate office and staff in Little Rock, AR. The Foundation’s grants are primarily directed to arts education projects, K-12 school improvement programs, higher education initiatives, and some human service programs. The annual grant program reaches out to many non-profit organizations spread throughout the United States.John E. Brown, III, served as the Executive Director of the Windgate Charitable Foundation from its opening in July of 1993 in Northwest Arkansas until June of 2018. He continues to work as a “Senior Advisor” with the Board and the new Windgate office and staff in Little Rock, AR. The Foundation’s grants are primarily directed to arts education projects, K-12 school improvement programs, higher education initiatives, and some human service programs. The annual grant program reaches out to many non-profit organizations spread throughout the United States.

Brown is a former president of John Brown University, the Christian college founded by his late grandfather in 1919.  He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from JBU in 1971 and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, School of Law in 1974.  Brown also joined the JBU staff in 1974 and served as its third president from 1979-1993.   

From 1995-2002, Brown served two-terms as a Senator in the Arkansas Legislature.  He sat on various committees, including the Senate Education Committee, the Joint Budget Committee, and the Legislative Council.  For one term he served as co-chair of the Joint Interim Committee on Children and Youth.  While a State Senator, he authored and passed major legislation in juvenile justice, nursing home care, and education. 

Brown served twice as Chairman of the Board of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), a national coalition of (then) over 1200 Christian ministries which subscribe to fund-raising and financial disclosure standards for membership.  He was a trustee of John Brown University from 2004 to 2017, and is a past Board President of Philanthropy Southwest, a professional association of some 240 grantmakers from seven states. He currently serves as a Commissioner for AETN in Arkansas, and is a Board member with the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education in Fort Smith.

Brown and his wife, Stephania, live in Siloam Springs, AR, and are now blessed to have five married children and twelve grandchildren.

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