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Arkansas State Chamber/AIA Announces Leadership Arkansas Class VI Graduates

Posted on July 5, 2012

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Henry Florsheim, president and CEO of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, and Magen Olive, a business analyst with Murphy Oil USA, Inc., recently became a graduate of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce?s Leadership Arkansas Class VI.

Leadership Arkansas is a program designed to take a statewide view of the economic and political challenges that face Arkansas. The program offers leadership opportunities that expand the impact of community leaders across the state. Created by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, Leadership Arkansas builds a sense of statewide community by identifying and training individuals with the passion and commitment to become personally engaged in issues, programs and activities aimed at building a better Arkansas.

Leadership Arkansas Class VI graduated 39 leaders representing communities from all across the state. Scott Caldwell, Vice President for Market Services with Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, provided the class member?s assessment of the program during the Leadership Arkansas Graduation Ceremony, held at the Lavern E. Weber National Guard Bureau Professional Education Center at Camp Robinson. Tad Bohannon, partner with Wright, Lindsey, Jennings law firm in Little Rock was also on hand to present graduation certificates. Bohannon served as chairman of this year?s Leadership Arkansas Class.

Leadership Arkansas has been fortunate to have the support of the Arkansas General Assembly with the former Speaker of the House serving as class chairman and members of the General Assembly participating in the class.

Leadership Arkansas sessions include:

  • Annual educational, issues-oriented nine-month class program
  • Seven day and a half sessions are held in various communities throughout the state
  • Arkansas leaders who represent a wide geographic base and who have diverse backgrounds and vocations
  • Exposure to the many social and environmental complexities of the state
  • On-site demonstrations and tours
  • Diverse geographical and cultural experiences
  • Insight into the people, places and history that influence public policies
  • Fun and casual settings which foster new relationships and camaraderie

Leadership Arkansas now has over 350 alumni with a program goal of one participant from each of the 75 counties within five years.

Leadership Arkansas Class VI applications are available at until August 10, 2012.