Posted on October 9, 2017 in News

METRO is proud to announce Assistant Director of Finance Justin Avery’s membership in the Little Rock Regional Chamber’s Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXIII. Avery joins METRO board and staff members who are Leadership Greater Little Rock alumni in carrying on the tradition of community service and is the first METRO employee to join the program.

From the chamber:

Chamber Announces Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXIII

The Little Rock Regional Chamber formally announced the members of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXIII Wednesday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m. at an event held in the Great Hall of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and presented by Simmons Bank. Following the announcement, Simmons honored the new class members with a reception. Class XXXIII is Presented by Chase Bank in partnership with Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Clark Contractors, CHI St. Vincent, Relyance Bank and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings.

Each year, approximately 50 class members are selected from many applicants to participate in the nine-month program.  One day a month, October through June, the class meets at a different Central Arkansas venue to explore a variety of topics through expert speakers, panelists, tours and group presentations.  Designed to develop a network of skilled leaders, the program informs, educates and trains participants on a wide variety of local and public issues.

In its 33rd year, Leadership Greater Little Rock has graduated 1,539 community leaders, including a Secretary of State, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, two University Presidents, an Adjutant General of the National Guard, six Chamber Chairmen and two Federal Judges.  Class XXXII will be led by volunteer Co-Chairs Robin Connell (Class XXVIII), PLANTation services and Bobby Harris (Class XXIII) Ifrah Financial Services.

Leadership Greater Little Rock is an initiative of the Little Rock Regional Chamber. 


Heather Albright                                  Bank of America

Dan Anderson                                     Central Presbyterian Church of Little Rock

Justin   Avery                                      Rock Region Metro

Kim Battle                                           Colliers International

Cory Biggs                                          Forward Arkansas

Scott Bradshaw                                  Baldwin & Shell Construction Company

Vivian Brittenum                                 Department of Workforce Services

Whitney Burgess                                 Mangan Holcomb Partners/Team SI

Carl Carter                                          Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Paula Coffield                                     Relyance Bank

David Coleman                                   Malvern National Bank

Karyn Coleman                                   Democratic Party of Arkansas

David Curran                                      University of Arkansas System

Kathryn Davis                                     Philander Smith College

Susan Desselle                                   Desselle Real Estate

John T. Elkins                                     Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation

Neemah Esmaeilpour                         Wright, Lindsey & Jennings

Caleb Garcia                                       City of Little Rock

Jennifer Goss                                     KLRE/KUAR

Stacy   Hamilton                                  Pulaski Heights Realty

Tanya  James                                     Arvest Bank

Jamie Jones                                       Friday, Eldredge & Clark

Jessica Kokinos                                  Davidson Law Firm

Drew Laning                                        Flake & Kelley Commercial

Kim Logue                                           Junior League of Little Rock

Edward Loveless                                Adkins, McNeill, Smith & Associates

Kelly Lyon                                           Webster University

Greg McCarroll                                   Centennial Bank

Randi Metcalf                                     CareLink

Clay Mosley                                        Rock City Digital

Julie Nix                                              Baptist Health

Brett Parker                                        Stone Ward

Cara Petrus                                         CHI  St. Vincent

Shawn Richardson                             HoganTaylor LLP

Janessa Rogerson                              UA Little Rock

Derek Rudkin                                      Pulaski County Medical Society

Susie Shinn                                         Razorback Foundation

Clay Shuffield                                     Arkansas Children’s

Kelley Sims                                         Habitat for Humanity

Jordan Smith                                      Iprov

Rebecca Smithson Moll                     Representing the Rotaract Club of Little Rock, Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Little Rock

Tom Spinnato                                     Heifer Project International

David Stogsdill                                    Regions Bank

Jess Sweere                                       Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus

Ventrell Thompson                              Entergy Arkansas

Adam Verhalen                                   Hope Filled Homes

Amy Westlake                                    Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Maria Weyrens                                   First Security Bank

Keith Whitworth                                   UAMS

Harold Williams                                   Arkansas National Guard

Ben Wingfield                                      Arkansas Heart Hospital

Scott Worth                                         MISO