33 graduate from CALI | News

The Conway Area Leadership Institute (CALI) recognized an outstanding leader and graduated 33 members of its 2020 class during a lunch on Thursday at the Reynolds Performance Hall.

Among the graduates was Crystal Geraldson of the Log Cabin Democrat, who said it was an honor to be part of the program.

Jason Culpepper received the Dan Nabholz Emerging Leader Award over lunch. Culpepper is serving as the regional mayor for Simmons Bank’s North Central Arkansas market.

The award is given to someone who has graduated from CALI in the past five years and has “demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to the community,” said the CALI representatives.

Tara Mallett from First Community Bank also graduated from 2020 and said it was “an absolute treat.”

“I am so grateful for the knowledge we all received during this process, but most of all, I’m grateful for the friendships I made,” said Mallett. “It was an honor to be part of it.”

CALI is a program that prepares aspiring leaders to serve the Conway community through a curriculum inspired by Conway2025, a long-term strategic plan developed by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce involving more than 1,400 residents.

Students will learn firsthand how leaders, businesses and organizations at Conway are making a difference every day while developing their own leadership skills and role in community success.

Jimmy Dolan, Conway Corp’s Carrier Relations & Account Development coordinator, was among the graduates on Thursday.

“In his role at Conway Corp, Jimmy is focused on the fiber and broadband needs of our business customers,” said Crystal Kemp, chief marketing officer of Conway Corp. “Jimmy’s completion of the CALI program shows his commitment to our mission to exceed customer expectations for service. We are proud of his work for Conway Corp and the community. “

Further graduates of the CALI class 2020 were:

Ethan Bly from Arvest Bank.

Dusty Brand from Nabco M&E, Inc.

Carla Brockman of Roger Group, Inc.

Troy Brooks of the Conway Regional Health System.

Brandon Carpenter of MedEdge Solutions.

Mike Damron from Supreme Lending.

Morgan Drayton of the University of Central Arkansas.

Grace Evans of Plantation Services.

Gilberto Garcia from Garcia Wealth Management.

Karil Greeson from Bank of America.

Mary Beth Groce of the University of Arkansas, Department of Agriculture.

Justin Hardaway of Baptist Health.

LaKetra Hicks from Acxiom.

Amanda Hoelzeman from the UCA.

Evan Jones from Centennial Bank.

Taylor Koch of the Nationwide Insurance Agency, Noble Agency.

Anthony Labanca of Green Bay Packaging-Arkansas Kraft Division.

Angie Longing of the Conway Regional Health System.

Randy Ohide from Milestones Services.

Jeff Parker from Crafton Tull.

Bryce Richardson of the Coldwell Banker RPM Group.

Lucas Strack from H + N Architects.

Megan Sullins from Nabholz Construction.

Jenny Vallas from Insight Enterprises.

Adam Treece from Adam Greece, LLC.

Emily Walter from ReMax Elite.

Clara Weatherley of First Arkansas Bank and Trust.

Hunter Winston from HW Septic.