Vice President of Sales
Buster is Vice President of Sales at Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a leading Global FMCPG manufacturer. Buster is originally from Tennessee, where he studied Supply Chain at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Buster brings a diverse background spanning across multiple functions, working with a variety of customers as well as brands from the FMCPG field. In 2004, Buster started his career in supply chain where he gained experience in customer service, forecasting, and transportation. After serving in various successful roles in Supply Chain, at both Unilever and RB, Buster moved to the Sales and Marketing side of the business in 2010. Previously, Buster has held the following positions, including Lysol Trade Manager, Sam’s Club Sales Director, and US Healthcare Trade Director. Currently, Buster is enjoying serving as the VP of Sales for the RB Walmart team in Northwest Arkansas.
Ignite Digital Design and Photography Instructor
Sarah is a NWA native, was homeschooled k12, and graduated from Arkansas Tech University 2004. She has been teaching in NW Arkansas in various roles from Bentonville middle school to the University of Arkansas since 2004. She has a passion for helping people learn new skills to enrich their lives and help them be more successful in their career paths.
Along with teaching Sarah is a professional photographer/independent graphic artist. Her photography specializes in "life" style Seniors, Families, and Weddings. She is passionate about capturing real life as it happens in a way that provokes emotion and the feeling of being in the moment from the viewer.
Currently, Sarah is teaching Ignite Digital Design and Photography for Bentonville
Public Schools. Ignite is a Professional Studies program that engages high school
juniors and seniors
in real, relevant learning through professional partner projects and internships.
HR and Training
Pam is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She has worked over 20 years in training and development for many Oklahoma/Arkansas area companies, in industries such as: education, manufacturing, healthcare, restaurant management, and child care/learning center operation. Her areas of expertise are: Leadership, Management and Team Development; Interpersonal Skills; Safety; and Customer Service.
Her experience in training and development has been with such organizations as: Tulsa Technology Center, OSU Okmulgee, University of Tulsa, Tulsa Community College, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, and currently with the University of Arkansas Global Campus.
Pam is a certified instructor of Achieve Global, Development Dimensions International, and American Management programs, as well as Appreciative Inquiry and Appreciation at Work. Pam is a practitioner of the instruments: MBTI and CPI 260.
Brenna Blackwell is a mobile developer at RevUnit, a software development shop focusing on innovative mobile and web solutions. She got her start in mobile development while she was an engineering student at the University of Arkansas, where she wrote native iOS apps for the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. She was able to continue improving those skills upon joining RevUnit's development team after her graduation in 2014. Since starting at RevUnit, she has expanded her role to include back-end web development using Hapi and Node.js as well as cross-platform mobile development using frameworks such as Ionic. She looks forward to continuing to diversify her tech abilities by working on clients' most challenging problems.
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
University of Arkansas
In addition to Dr. Andrew Braham's six years of academic experience at the University of Arkansas, he worked with Koch Materials Company for two years. Through 2016, he has published 24 peer reviewed publications and graduated 10 graduate students. Dr. Braham is a member of three Transportation Research Board committees (AFK20, AFK50, and AHD18) and an active member of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists and the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association. You can find out more about Dr. Braham by going to his website: www.andrewbraham.com.
Instructional Leadership Consulting, Founder and Managing Principal
Sharon Deloach, Ed.D., is an Instructional Leader and staunch education reformer. Sharon gained years of experience serving as an education administration executive, municipal social service administrator, and a leader in the financial services industry. The culmination of her experiences ignited passion to author the book "An Answer to Disenfranchised Students: High School Credit Recovery and Accelerated Programs Increasing Graduation Rates for Disenfranchised, Disengaged, and At-Risk Students at Nontraditional Alternative High Schools".
A native of central Texas, Sharon has worked with thousands of educators, students, parents, legislators, industry leaders, and inspiration congregations, to inspire lifelong learning. She has conducted specialized training, conference empowerment seminars, staff development workshops, and convocations across the country and abroad. Sharon earned her Doctor of Education and Master of Education degrees from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. She graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Science degree. She completed international studies in Europe, collaborating with the University of Maastricht, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, and Fontys University of Applied Sciences. She holds EC-12 superintendent, principal, and teacher certifications. Additionally, Sharon holds counseling certificates and a nonprofit certification. She has been recognized with a number of honors from business councils, civic organizations, military, and education organizations. Sharon is the founder of Instructional Leadership Consulting.
Professor, Department of Horticulture
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, University of Arkansas
Dr. Evans began his career in horticulture working at a local nursery near Danville, VA. He also worked on local tobacco farms and was highly active in FFA programs. After completing high school, which included two years of vocational horticulture classes, he earned his B.S. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech in 1985 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Minnesota in 1988 and 1990, respectively. He has served on the faculties at University of Florida and Iowa State University. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Arkansas where he conducts research on the production of fresh greens, herbs and strawberries in greenhouses and controlled environment systems. Dr. Evans teaches classes in Greenhouse Management/Controlled Environment Agriculture and Greenhouse Crops Production. Through various distance education technologies he also teaches Greenhouse Management/Controlled Environment Agriculture at Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University and Oklahoma State University.
Instigator and Facilitator of Meaningful Strategic Change
Grace Judson is a team dynamics and communication coach and an instigator of meaningful strategic change. For 16 years, she held executive leadership positions in global organizations, until realizing she could have a more meaningful impact as an external strategic consultant.
Now, she's dedicated to helping business owners, leaders, and teams realign with their purpose so they make more money doing work they love – while staying true to their desire to change the world. She's taught business and communication courses at local colleges and has written the manual on navigating office politics: The Five Deadly Shoulds of Office Politics: how they mangle your career (and what to do about them).
Chief Strategy Officer @ Modthink
An expert media strategist and veteran of several small businesses and startups, Brad possesses deep knowledge of digital, social, influencer, and content marketing as well as how to connect them all together in an effective campaign strategy. He holds two degrees from the university of Arkansas (B.A. in English and Master's of Information Systems). His industry experience spans healthcare, technology, large scale retail, and ecommerce. Brad is passionate about video, writing, and podcasting. He enjoys spending his free time reading and exploring the trails and rivers of Northwest Arkansas.
Walmart, Talent Development
For the past 24 years, Katie has worked for Walmart Stores, Inc. and has held several positions in Training and Development and Global Talent Management. She currently works in Global Talent Management as a Program Manager, where she develops and manages top-talent leadership development programs for the HR function.
Katie Morris is a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, IN with a BS in Marketing. She serves in several leadership positions within the Bentonville Public Schools PTOs and is an active volunteer in various community organizations, including the Sharing and Caring program of NWA.
Certified PLE Coach and Trainer
Paneitz is a seasoned consultant, speaker, and coach – dedicated mentor, motivator, and business leader who collaborates, instructs, and inspires for success.
Paneitz is best known for her 10 years as president of Northwest Arkansas Community College. She was the first woman in Arkansas to receive President Emeritus distinction, which she was awarded for her commitment and dedication to the college after her July 2013 retirement.
Paneitz is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council, serves on the board of WorkMatters, and is a member of the NWA ALPFA Corporate Advisory Board. She is actively involved in the Northwest Arkansas community and is passionate about women's issues. She is an adjunct faculty member for National American University.
Director, Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics, Department
University of Arkansas
Dr. Pope got his start in technical and professional writing early, serving as the primary technical writer for his family's third-generation tire and auto shop in West Tennessee from his teenage years onward. He earned a dual major from Freed-Hardeman University in Spanish and English in 2006, his M.A. in English from the University of Arkansas in 2008, and his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition specializing in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics from Purdue University in 2013. At the University of Arkansas, he created and directs the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing and Public Rhetorics, an online graduate level program designed to help working professionals from Northwest Arkansas and around the world develop writing skills for the modern workplace. He teaches courses in document design, writing for the web, technical editing, user experience design, and grant writing. His research focuses on technical writing in online spaces and crowdfunding in particular as an emerging genre of professional writing.
Outside of his academic work, Dr. Pope works as a technical editor and organizational writing consultant. He has edited numerous academic articles as well as a book published by Oxford University Press. Additionally, while working as a Ph.D. student at Purdue University he developed and maintained a custom learning management system based on the open-source content management system Drupal. He also served as a content author for TOWN, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant project run by the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).
Senior Programmer and UX
Aaron is a senior software developer at Walmart with 10 years of experience developing desktop, mobile and web applications. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brigham Young University - Idaho. While working toward his degree, Aaron started an internet-based textbook rental business that he used to finance his education. Post-graduation, he began his career in the national defense industry for Lockheed Martin. There, he performed research and development in military logistics and developed software for a satellite ground system. Aaron started with Walmart in 2014, where he has worked on mobile application development, enterprise master data management and retail analytics. In his current role, Aaron is the UI/UX lead developer for the next version of the Decision Support System, which is responsible for storing and delivering the data that drives Walmart's business decisions, as well as those of its suppliers.
CEO/Founder @ Modthink
With three small business, a social media startup, and five years in San Francisco during the dot com boom, Brent draws from an array of experiences in technology and digital marketing. After returning to Arkansas in 2003 to earn his MBA, he's started a Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop, managed CPG projects at Rockfish, and designed social media campaigns for Collective Bias. Getting back to his small business roots, Brent launched Modthink in 2012 and has provided digital, social and web marketing to hundreds of businesses in the region and across the country. He specializes in website design, SEO, and paid advertising. Brent is a Wilderness First Aid instructor, a fly fisherman, and an active parent volunteer with his boys' scout troop (BSA 102) and when he's not in front of a screen, he's out camping and canoeing.
Sr. Compensation Manager
J.B. Hunt Transportation Services, Inc.
In his current position, Cliff is responsible for the design and development of competitive compensation and incentive pay systems. He has over twenty years of experience in Human Resource Management.
Cliff completed graduate courses at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and earned his MBA from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He has taught undergraduate classes at the Walton College and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Bell Graduate School of Engineering for the Masters of Science in Operations Management. Cliff is also a Senior Instructor for the SHRM Learning System Certification preparation program at the Global Campus.
Cliff received NOARK’s HR Pillar Award for outstanding service to the HR community in 2012, was the Chapter President for NOARK in 2014, and is serving as Co-Chair for the 2016 ARSHRM Conference & Exhibition.
Assistant Professor, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
University of Arkansas
Dr. Kate Shoulders is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and Technology at the University of Arkansas. Her work is devoted to agriculture teacher education, and impacting teaching and learning. She was a high school agriculture teacher in Kentucky before getting her Ph.D. at the University of Florida.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Cristy is an Instructor that specializes in teaching Microsoft Office programs. Cristy holds a Bachelor’s degree (Business Education) and Master’s degree (MAT) from The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has been an Instructor in the Computer Information Department at the Northwest Arkansas Community College for the last 16 years while serving on various boards and committees including Assessment, First Year Task Force, Professional Development & Advisory. She is a member of the National Business Education Association. Cristy has a passion for teaching, education and lifelong learning.
Vice President of Sales
Infinity Product Group
After receiving his bachelor's degree from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in 2002, Ryan spent five years working for Sears and a major Budweiser distributor in sales and management before returning for his MBA in 2008. During the full-time MBA program, Ryan interned for Procter & Gamble before accepting a position with Alltel Wireless in Little Rock upon graduation. Late in 2009, he moved back to Northwest Arkansas to join the Walmart Vendor Community, and he and his family have been here since. Over the past five years, Ryan has held a variety of marketing and sales leadership positions with Alberto Culver, The Coleman Co., Rawlings Sporting Goods, and Allegro (a division of the Conair Corporation). He is currently the Vice President of Sales for Infinity Product Group in Rogers, AR. He met and married his beautiful wife, Keisha, while they were both attending the University of Arkansas in 2002, and they have three amazing boys.
Mike Sypult is a computer training professional that conducts seminars and speaks
at conferences on matters related to the use of computer applications and technology.
Mike's background in information technology spans 24 years as an instructor for Northwest
Arkansas Community College and the University of Arkansas, where he served as Director
of Computer Training Services. Mike holds the Microsoft Office Specialist Master certification
and provides training across the State of Arkansas in the latest version of Microsoft
TransAmericas Human Resources, LLC
Rick is a Human Resources Generalist with a Bachelor’s Degree (BBA) and Masters Degree (MA) in Business Administration. He has 35 years HRM experience working with three of Fortune 100s Most Admired Companies: McKesson, Nestle and Raytheon. Rick is also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Arkansas, College of Engineering. He is the certification chair for the northwest Arkansas chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (NOARK), and a life member of SHRM. In April 2013, he launched a new human resources consulting firm for small to medium-size businesses known as TransAmericas Human Resources, LLC.
Daniel Worthy started his career with Rockfish in 2007 as an entry level Asp.net developer. He would go on to contribute to a wide variety of projects including: mobile web, e-commerce, retail operations, blogs, interactive video rooms, and sweepstakes. As a Technology Architect, Daniel is responsible for understanding which new technologies to utilize and then bringing the rest of the technology organization up to speed to implement. Daniel is passionate about development and the unique problem solving challenges that come with it.