University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

MBA Alumni Advisory Board

The Walton MBA programs work collaboratively with a strong and active Alumni Advisory Board. The Board meets twice a year, and is active in providing necessary input and recommendations to the Walton MBA programs.


Alex Kieslich

Alex Kieslich

Full Time MBA

Class of 2011

Procter & Gamble

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Andrew Tucker

Andrew Tucker

Executive MBA

Class of 2013

Nickelodeon

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Angelo Welihindha

Angelo Welihindha

Full Time MBA

Class of 2006

Google

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Bethany Freeman

Bethany Freeman

Full Time MBA

Class of 2012

Hersheys

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Bill Akins

Bill Akins

Executive MBA

Class of 2005

Rockfish Interactive

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Dinesh Hegde

Dinesh Hegde

Executive MBA

Class of 2008

Tyson Foods

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Heather Cogburn

Heather Cogburn

Full Time MBA

Class of 2003

Heather Adams, Inc.

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Jacque Martini

Jacque Martini

Executive MBA

Class of 2009

M Squared Wines

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Jared Greer

Jared Greer

Executive MBA

Class of 2009

Medtronic

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Jason Evans

Jason Evans

Executive MBA

Class of 2011

Walmart

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Jason Evins

Jason Evins

Full Time MBA

Class of 2002

Walmart

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Joe Jensen

Joe Jensen

Executive MBA

Class of 2012

UAMS

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Kevin Oden

Kevin Oden

Executive MBA

Class of 2012

cycleWood Solutions

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Laura Phillips

Laura Phillips

Executive MBA

Class of 2001

Walmart

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Mandel Samuels

Mandel Samuels

Executive MBA

Class of 2004

University of Arkansas

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Max Viana

Max Viana

Full Time MBA

Class of 2000

Shell 

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Mike Fuchs

Mike Fuchs

Executive MBA

Class of 2011

Rich Products

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Mike Goldschmidt

Mike Goldschmidt

Executive MBA

Class of 2010

Walmart

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Rand Waddoups

Rand Waddoups

Executive MBA

Class of 2005

Walmart

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Riley Shearin

Riley Shearin

Executive MBA

Class of 2007

JB Hunt

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Ryan Stearle

Ryan Stearle

Full Time MBA

Class of 2008

Conair Corporation

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Spencer Andrews

Spencer Andrews

Full Time MBA

Class of 2009

Verizon

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Steve Fortner

Steve Fortner

Executive MBA

Class of 2008

Dannon

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Tami Hutchison

Tami Hutchison

Executive MBA

Class of 2009

Founder of eLuminate Health; Director of Dignity Health

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Teryn Weygandt Lawrence

Teryn Weygandt Lawrence

Full Time MBA

Class of 2010

Insignia Systems

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Marcus Monk

Marcus Monk

MBA

Class of 2014

 

 



  • The group will retain an informal structure. It will not be incorporated, and members of the Board will owe no duty to the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Its officers and members will serve voluntarily in a purely advisory capacity, and accordingly will incur no liability for failure to act upon any matter presented to the Board. Any action taken as a result of, or in spite of, recommendations by the Board will be solely the action of the Sam M. Walton College of Business, and neither the Board nor any member of the Board will be accountable for those actions. The group will focus primarily on providing inputs that will serve to improve the MBA and Managerial MBA (and similar) programs that are offered by the Graduate School of Business at the University of Arkansas.
  • The Board will consist of the MBA Director of the Sam M. Walton College of Business who will act as the Secretary of the Board, the Assistant Dean of the GSB, and Board members. The Dean and Sr. Associate Dean for Graduate Studies of the College will serve as honorary members. A limited number of faculty, staff, and other stakeholders of the Walton College of Business may be invited to some of the meetings at the discretion of the MBA Director.
  • The Chairman of the Board will be elected every year by a vote of board members. The Board Chairman will preside over the meetings of the Alumni Board and will work with the Board Secretary to set the agenda. In the absence of the Chair either the Secretary or a member designated by the Chair shall take on his duties.
  • The Board’s role is of an advisory nature only. The advice of the Board will be used as input by the MBA Director/MBA Strategic Planning Committee, along with input from other sources in developing key strategic initiatives for the Walton College.
  • Objective 1: Strategic Focus of the MBA Program – The Board will make recommendations about future strategic directions of the Walton College MBA programs. The members will also provide input on planned strategic directions and growth of the MBA programs. The MBA Director and the Walton College’s MBA Strategic Planning Committee will consider these and other inputs while developing the MBA program.
  • Objective 2: Advance & Support the goals and strategies of the Walton College MBA programs – Board members will aid the MBA Director in realizing the goals of the MBA Program by serving as ongoing consultants as strategies, programs, and curricula are revised and created.
  • Objective 3: Improve the MBA Brand & Increase Alumni Involvement – Board members will function as ambassadors for the MBA Program and utilize their experience and insight to develop and support ways and means of advancing the presence of the Walton College in the state, the region, and the nation.
  • Objective 4: Occasionally meet and interact with current, potential, and former students of the Walton College in order to further the mission of the College and to more effectively perform Objectives 1 through 3.