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We invite you to attend the 2018 Bryant Business Educational Summit, presented by McLarty Nissan of Benton and First Security Bank. This will be a hard hitting, upscale business conference with educational breakout sessions and industry leading speakers. The event will take place on Thursday, November 15th from 8am to 3pm inside the Center at Bishop Park.

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US Bank RoomShelby & Co. RoomEGP PLLC RoomFirst Electric Cooperative Room
8:00 – 9:00Registration and Business Networking
9:00 – 9:50Don’t Get Shut Down! Small Business Checklist
Everything you need to know to finance and start a business. presented by Richard Ricciardi
Social Media 101
Does your business need Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? presented by Ashley Jones
Quickbooks 101
Crash Course with a Quickbooks expert. presented by Kathryn Mateljan
Hold on to your Compensation Hat Compensation, pay gap and a host of new regulations are a top priority. This presentation will set the stage for the work place environment, trends, and strategies. presented by Tim Orellano
10:00-10:50Understanding Your Market Learn how to use free market research that is available to you. presented by Whitney HortonYou have 30 seconds, make it count! Do you have your elevator pitch? How to introduce yourself and more! presented by Phillip JettSales and Use 101 Sales and Use tax and how it applies to your business. presented by BJ PritchettDo you have a prescription for that? Medical Marijuana laws and how they will affect your business presented by Mike Moore of The Friday Firm
11:00-11:50Can we do this? Can we do that? Panel discussion with City of Bryant Planning, Permits and Code Enforcement. You ask, they answer. presented by Truett SmithAP Social Media: Advanced social media with a panel of experts. featuring Shelby Joiner of Shelby & Co, Shelli Poole of MySaline.com and Rock City DigitalReal Customer Service: The soft skill called customer service. presented by Holly FishWorkers Comp 101: Workers comp and safety issues in the workplace. presented by Robert Magri
12:00-1:30Luncheon with Christina Munoz
1:30-2:30Cash is King: Making your cash work for you and cash management. presented by John ScuderiSales Training 101: Motivate your sales team and increase sales. presented by Mike HarbourToss it or keep it? What records do you need to keep, how long to keep, and what you need to shred. presented by Phil Rogers of Document DepotDo you Google? Take the guess work out of Google Docs and how it can help your business. presented by Renee Curtis
2:30-3:30Political reception with your representatives

Many thanks to our amazing sponsors!

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Presenter Bios

Renee Curtis

Renee Curtis received her latest degree, Educational Specialist, from Henderson State University and is currently serving as the Director of Student Services for Bryant Public Schools. She obtained her degree of Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Central Arkansas and her Masters in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University. She is a member of Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators and Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators. She has a strong desire to ensure a safe learning environment that meets and addresses all students’ social and emotional needs. She continuously seeks instructional practices to infuse technology into classroom instruction so that all students are actively engaged in learning. She obtained her Google Admin Certification Level 1 and Level 2 while attending Google Summit.

Renee enjoys being active in the Bryant community and supporting the Bryant Hornets with her husband, Scott and their two sons, Luke and Clay.

Holly Fish

Holly is a marketing and business growth specialist who assists EGP, PLLC with all aspects of client service, client satisfaction, business development, Public Relations and marketing. She has a strong business, sales and marketing background, which includes over 14 years accounting and information technology consulting experience. One of the important roles for Holly is to take these consulting services to the market which requires Holly to be very active in many philanthropy and community involved events on both a personal and business level, hold many board, committee, and chair positions as well as run a few networking organizations she single handily created for this market place. Her community and committee involvement was noted by being named Women in Business Champion of the Year of 2010 by the U.S. Small Business Administration of Arkansas.

Mike Harbour

Mike Harbour is the Founder and President of Harbour Resources, a leadership consulting, training, and talent management firm based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mike is an Executive Director with The John Maxwell Team, the largest leadership coaching and training organization in the world.

Mike has over 25 years of “REAL WORLD” leadership experience in hospital operations, leadership training and development, sales, talent management, and executive search.

Mike has become a leading Founding Partner on the world-renowned John C. Maxwell Team as a Certified Coach, Trainer, and Speaker.  Mike is a Peer Teaching Partner on this team of 20,000 plus members. Mike is the Chair Person for the annual John C Maxwell Transformational Leadership Award.

Whitney Horton

Whitney Horton joined the ASBTDC staff in 2009. She was promoted to business consultant in 2011. Horton has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and completed her Master of Business Administration at UALR in 2013.

Horton provides potential and current small business owners with consulting, training and market research services to help them become well-rounded and prepared business owners. Horton consults on various issues such as starting a business, business planning, marketing, social media and loan packaging. Horton also provides outreach to the business community by working with local lenders and economic development organizations to serve potential clients with the foremost information in their community.

She is a certified Kauffman FastTrac NewVenture facilitator.

Phillip Jett

Phillip Jett is the President and manages the Central Arkansas market for IBERIABANK. The market consists of 10 full service branches providing commercial banking, business banking, private banking and consumer banking. We also provide financial services such as mortgage, title, trust and investment services. Our approach is to provide full service financial advice to business owners, business executives, healthcare professionals and consumers. IBERIABANK provides a market centric approach to our communities, clients and prospects.

Ashley Jones Bio coming soon.

Robert Magri Bio coming soon.

Kathryn Mateljan

Kathy earned her degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently employed as an Accountant at EGP, PLLC. She joined the EGP team in 2011 but has been working in the accounting industry since 1976. Before joining EGP Kathy was the Controller of a home health agency for 10 years and prior to that an accountant at a hospital in Little Rock for 22 years. She enjoys working with individuals to help them attain the goals they have set for themselves. Quickbooks consulting has been a great tool to allow her to do that.

Mike Moore

Michael S. Moore is a partner at the Friday, Eldredge and Clark law firm in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Mike is also deeply involved in the business community. He is a board member of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and is the chair of its Unemployment Insurance Committee. He is also a member of on the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Greater Little Rock Advisory Board. Mike is named Lawyer of the Year 2018 by Best Lawyers for his work in employment law management.

He is top-ranked by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Tim Orellano

Over 25 years of practical Human Resources experience in all functional areas of HR. Tim’s primary focus is the preparation and implementation of affirmative action plans and OFCCP audit preparedness. His goal is always to exceed his clients expectations with the delivery of tools, analysis and information that will help them.
Tim is a frequent speaker regionally and nationally at conferences on topics such as affirmative action compliance, handling discipline, leadership, and dealing with change with a humorous approach and insights.
Recipient of the Ark HR Professional of the Year Award and in 2012 received the Jim Wilkins Life Time Achievement Award in HR

B. J. Pritchett

B.J. Pritchett is the President/Owner of Pritchett Sales and Use Tax Consulting located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Ms. Pritchett’s 35 years of experience includes senior positions with a nationwide sales and use consulting firm and “Big 6” (SALT) firm, as well as working in private industry as a cost account and controller. She also spent ten years as a top Senior Tax Auditor II for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Ms. Pritchett has operated her own sales and use tax practice since 1992, providing Arkansas taxpayers with refund reviews, audit defense, legal opinion requests and educational and training services.

Phil and Tonya Rogers

Phil and Tonya Rogers are the owners of Document Depot, established in 2001. Phil, known as Buc, spent 20 years with Arkansas Children’s Hospital serving on the Angel One transport medical staff team. Tonya is currently the Director of Internal Operations for a major Arkansas Health insurer, and has spent 28 years with the same company. Document Depot specializes in offsite office records storage, records destruction, shredding, and recycling. Document Depot is a full service company, pick up, file deliveries, boxing, re boxing, inventory, and whatever the customer needs. Servicing Central Arkansas, Document Depot has approximately 15,000 boxes in storage and destroys 20-30,000 lbs of paper per month.

Richard Ricciardi Bio coming soon.

John Scuderi 

 John Scuderi has been serving organizations and businesses for the past 18 years.  With experience in the beverage and communications industries he moved to Banking in 2010 as a payments consultant. During this time he has worked to provide payment solutions for middle market companies and governmental entities.  Since 2013 he helped improve collection and disbursement processes in the working capital cycle.  As the Treasury Management and Payments consultant for U.S. Bank in Arkansas he is responsible to match a client’s accounting needs with U.S. Bank’s innovative and advanced Treasury Management products.   He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Towson University in Maryland.  He is married with 3 children living in West Little Rock.

Shelby & Co.

Shelli Poole

Shelli Poole started blogging in 2005 after noticing a need for online news. In 2007, that grew to become MySaline.com, News and Community for Saline County. Poole has a heart for helping small business and building a sense of community among local residents. She grew up in Little Rock and lived in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Northwest Arkansas, but made her home in Saline County in 2001. Poole has a degree in Radio TV and Film and has worked in all three. Formerly a radio DJ, a television producer, and a graphic designer, (and a peon in ad agencies and news rooms) these skills have come in handy in the daily operations of a news website. But when it comes to operating the actual website and marketing it to the public, she learned every bit on her own. She is active in volunteerism, including the Royal Players, The Van, and other organizations. Poole has garnered much attention over the years for MySaline, being featured in other media, and was named Bryant Chamber New Member of the Year in 2017.

Rock City Digital
Jessica Brown

Jessica started with Rock City Digital before they even had an office back when they worked out of the Innovation Hub in North Little Rock. She was the fourth hire in the company. For the past two years, she has proven her commitment to RCD and their clients by being a key piece of their digital marketing strategy. Her first marketing love is social media, and she knows the value of a great Facebook page for a business. She now handles the social media presence of Rock City Digital and helps make sure our clients feel the love RCD has for them. She’s a proud mom and wife and loves sharing her marketing knowledge with anyone who asks, especially if the meeting is over coffee.

P. Jordan

Chief Jordan began his career in the fire service at the Conway Fire Department in 1998 as a Firefighter/EMT. In 2001 he began work for the Stuttgart Fire Department and was promoted to Fire Chief there in 2003. He served as Fire Chief there until August 20 2012 when he was appointed Fire Chief of the Bryant Fire Department. Chief Jordan holds numerous certifications from the National Fire academy, the Arkansas Fire Academy, The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, The Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Department of Emergency management and FEMA. He also served as an Administrative Specialists in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Chief Jordan was appointed by the Governor and serves on the Arkansas Fire Protection Services Board and was Chairman of the Board for 6 years.  He has also served as a past Regional Director for the Arkansas Association of Fire Chiefs. He has an Associate’s degree in Surveying, an Associates degree in Drafting, an Associates degree in  Fire and Emergency response, a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis in Fire Administration and his Master’s degree in Emergency Services Management.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family that includes his wife Kandy and his two daughters Ashlyn and Anna Kate, cooking and hunting.

Truett Smith

Truett Smith is originally from El Dorado, AR where he is a 2011 graduate of Parkers Chapel High School. He received his Bachelor in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While at UA-Little Rock, Truett worked as a graduate assistant for the City of Bryant. During this time, he was instrumental in writing over $800,000 in grants, including the $250,000 grant awarded to the city for the newly opened, All Inclusive Playground at Mills Park. In 2016, he was hired by the City of Bryant as Assistant Planning Director leading to his current position as the Director of Planning and Community Development. During his time with the city, Truett has worked diligently to review existing processes for his department, identifying areas to be updated and improved.  Through these enhancements the planning department has increased the use of technology, allowing better service to both the citizens and those looking to build in Bryant. Truett is a recent graduate of the 2018 Saline County Leadership Class and is currently serving as President for the upcoming year.  He has also completed his second year at the Community Development Institute at UCA, and is looking forward to his final year and pursuing his PCEDD certification.

Christina Muñoz

Christina Muñoz is the co-owner and co-founder  of Munoz Pugh, a strategic marketing and communications firm which she opened in June 2018 with her business partner, Michelle Pugh. Before starting her own company, she was the Associate Vice President of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing for the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to joining UCA, Christina spent 11 years at KATV Channel 7. She started as a reporter in 2003 and in less than two years, she was promoted to evening anchor. Christina and Scott Inman anchored the state’s most-watched newscasts for nine years and she was recognized as Arkansas’ most popular news anchor.

Christina is also a published author. She and former KATV News Director, Randy Dixon, created a book in memory of Anne Pressly, a KATV anchor/reporter who was murdered in her home. The proceeds go to a scholarship in Anne’s name.

Christina and her husband Dave have two daughters, Sydney Raquel (born in 2008) and Reagan Anne (born in 2011). She’s a member of Conway Kiwanis and is an honorary member of the League of United Latin American Citizens. Her hobbies include singing, playing guitar and violin, dancing, and teaching Sunday School at First United Methodist Church in Conway. She is also the lead singer in a Conway-based band, Just Cause, which performs for various events in the central Arkansas area, and she teaches dance classes at Broadway Dance Academy at Conway’s Red Curtain Theatre.