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1120 South Walton Blvd
Bentonville, AR 72712
Reception at Executive Escapes Lounge
Intros and Round Robin, exchange business cards
Our Next Speaker
Upon graduating from the University of Arkansas with a Masters in Business Administration, Rogers native Bobby Bland entered into the grocery business, starting a 13-year run which saw him serve as Director of Merchandising for both The Phillips/Food4Less Company and Wal-Mart Supercenter Division. This led him to a 20-year career as Vice President of Village Insurance in Bentonville. Bobby has also coached youth in many sports over 18 years.
During his years of service, Bobby knows firsthand what happens when you do not care for your own personal health. As he was quoted, “I have seen up close and personally how your health can be destroyed if you don’t take the time to nourish and care for the body God gave you.” In 2011 he was faced with a critical life decision: Change the way he was living or continue his current destructive course, knowing his years would be very limited. He chose to drastically change his lifestyle, and in the process it changed the course of his life. This lifestyle change resulted in shedding over 180 pounds, entering the world of endurance training, and changing the direction of his coaching career. Bobby is now a Certified Holistic Health Coach, working with clients on how to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
As Bobby continued his journey toward living that healthier lifestyle, it become clear to him that there was a huge need in the marketplace for healthy, affordable, and ready-to-eat food. Bobby tells how the Snack Lab concept was born:
“A friend was lamenting how difficult it is to find a healthy snack for her kids. We originally talked about just healthy snacks for kids, but after a little time, we soon began to realize that adults have a hard time finding healthy snacks, as well as healthy meals that aren’t in a sit-down restaurant.” Thus was born the “Snack Lab” concept- delicious healthy foods for people living an active, busy lifestyle. “We are very excited to bring you a brand new concept in healthy eating: whole, natural foods prepared and packed with your health and your taste buds in mind!
Shannon Butler Dixon
Shannon Butler Dixon joined the Scott Family Amazeum in November 2016 as Director of Development and Communications. The Scott Family Amazeum is an interactive, hands-on museum for kids and families with a goal of sparking curiosity and nurturing creativity. In her role, Shannon is developing a multi-faceted philanthropic giving program to increase contributed revenue from individuals, corporations and foundations. She also heads a development team of seven who manage membership, marketing, and events and rentals. Shannon has close to 18 years of experience working to build capacity for non-profits in Arkansas. Shannon has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Dr. Cynthia Sides
Dr. Cynthia Sides is the Director of Industry Engagement in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation at the University of Arkansas. In this role, she facilitates a unique network of relationships between industry, non-profits, communities, and the university with a focus on strengthening the university’s land-grant and flagship missions and building Arkansas’ knowledge-based economy through university research and innovation. Her goal is to connect the talent, expertise, and innovative research of students and faculty to the most pressing challenges in Arkansas and the country, with specific interest in helping improve economic development in the state. Sides was also recently the Associate Director for Entrepreneurship at the U of A and continues to mentor graduate students and faculty in idea generation and commercialization.
Sides is a native Arkansan and grew up in the Fort Smith area. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in English. She earned her Ph.D. and completed a postdoc in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of Arkansas. Between her graduate school and postdoc years, Sides volunteered extensively by participating in and developing community outreach programs, such as for the Community Services Clearinghouse in Fort Smith where she was a co-chair for the first annual True Grit Bike Ride. She currently serves on the board for the Startup Junkie Foundation and works closely with other universities and K-12 schools across the state.
Gary E. Griffin
Gary Griffin currently works as a Records Management Consultant for Advanced Information Management, the only AAA NAID Certified Records Management Center in Northwest Arkansas. Prior to working at AIM Records, he spent over thirty years in the document and information management business to include Xerox and Ricoh USA.
Gary is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He has also been a mentor at the USC Marshall School of Business in their Career Advantage Program, and is currently a board member of the Kenneth Kalmbach Scholarship Committee for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Bronte graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelors in Health Sciences, and moved to NWA from Michigan a year after. She was hired as the Community Outreach Specialist for Ozark Guidance’s Therapeutic Foster Care program in 2016. Her role is to educate communities about the therapeutic foster care population, advocate on behalf of the children in foster care, recruit more foster homes, and create awareness for the need.
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