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Walton College Executive Education Hosts Insight to Strategy Event

Sam M. Walton College of Business Executive Education will host a conversation and lecture exploring strategic planning with Graham Cobb, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, on Dec. 3 in Bentonville.

Graham Cobb, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Graham Cobb, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce.

This program provides a roadmap for strategy, from vision to concept and eventually a living product. Cobb will share the strategic implications of the #BecauseBentonville campaign. Walton College Executive Education instructor Blake Woolsey will break down techniques and approaches of strategic conversations.

The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Live Room at Haxton Road Studios located at 222 SE 2nd St., #100, in Bentonville. Pre-registration is required. Registration costs $75 and includes appetizers with beverages.

Register now.

For more information about this and other offerings, contact Walton College Executive Education at ExecEd@walton.uark.edu or visit ExecEd.uark.edu/upcoming-programs.

Razorbacks: The Spice of Life

“Woooo Pigs Soey! Great game for the hogs. This copy of the paper came out after I had you a copy of the quilter program. I will bore you with another copy of events in Ruston.”

The Razorbacks were on the mind of 98-year-old Lundy E. Cavender as he wrote a quick note to accompany a newspaper article he sent to his two great nieces Lisa and Cara of Harrison, Arkansas.

Although he has lived in Ruston, Louisiana, since 1961, Lundy is a proud graduate of the University of Arkansas and several generations of Cavenders have followed in his footsteps to the university.

The Sam M. Walton College of Business recently solicited stories of multi-generational Razorbacks to learn why Walton College and the University of Arkansas is a way of life for many families. With four generations of graduates, the Cavender family of the Cavender Greek Seasoning fame shows how allegiance to the U of A is often a family affair.

Lundy Cavender
Lundy Cavender

“I got my degree on June 3, 1950, in business administration,” Lundy said. “All of my time at the university was just great. At that time, Fayetteville was filled up with veterans.”

Lundy, who was “almost 99” when he was interviewed, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a senior radioman. He supervised a team of 38 on the USS Louisville and directed gunfire for the ship. While doing so, he lost his hearing in his right ear due to the loud ammunition.

“I was awarded 10 battle stars.”

Originally from Idabel, Oklahoma, Lundy met and married a young woman from Little Rock after the war. He attended a community college in Little Rock and then moved to Fayetteville to complete his degree.

“The professors were so nice to me when I told them I had no hearing in my right ear,” Lundy said. “They’d put me on the front row. I was so thankful. They treated us like kings.”

His studies focused on marketing. His favorite subjects were sales and distribution. His least favorite class was accounting.

Due to a housing shortage, Lundy had to find accommodations off campus.

“For one year, I had to live in Prairie Grove. We arranged carpools to go to school. The last year I lived in Fayetteville in a little bitty apartment. The kitchen barely had enough room to get in it. But we survived it!”

“All the football games were on Saturday afternoons because Fayetteville didn’t have lights. I had a car and there would be only 10 or 15 cars on the north side of the stadium.”

The university built a special platform at Razorback Stadium on the 50-yard line for graduation, which was where Lundy received his diploma.

“I watch all the Razorback games I can,” said Lundy, the father of three daughters and one son. “But there’s a conflict at my house.”

Barbara Cavender Lewis
Barbara Cavender Lewis

While eldest daughter Barbara graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas, daughter Beverly graduated from Louisiana State University. The family calls Louisiana home now and he cheers for LSU … when they play anyone but the University of Arkansas.

“I still call for the Razorbacks! Remember when we beat Duke for the (NCAA basketball) championship?”

After completing his degree, he lived with his wife Mary Joan and 3-year-old daughter Barbara in California while working at the North American Aviation Company for only four months before being called back to active duty.

Lundy Cavender
Lundy Cavender

In his second stint with the Navy, Lundy traveled from Oakland, California, to the Panama Canal, up to Greenland and the Artic Circle on the USS Oakhill. At the end of his military service, he decided to visit friends in Fayetteville. One friend helped him get a job for the Chamber of Commerce in Helena, Arkansas, which was a stepping-stone for a job for the Chamber of Commerce in Shreveport, Louisiana, and then the Chamber of Commerce in Ruston in 1961.

Birds of a Feather

Like his great-great Uncle Lundy, Austin Price, who graduated from the Walton College in the spring of 2019 with a focus in marketing, has wonderful memories of the university.

“My dad has held the same football tickets since I was six years old,” Price said.  His family would attend football games and tailgate with friends. They would toss a football around and then walk to the stadium.

“That’s what got me to love the Razorbacks.”

Price notes four marketing professors that he credits with making the subject interesting and relevant to a part-time job at PAM Transport in Tontitown, Arkansas, where he interned during his last semester at Walton College:  Dub Ashton, John Cole, Molly Rapert and Anne Velliquette. In class, he learned a lot about relationships, “the biggest thing in business.”

“I love the campus – the beauty of it,” Price said.  “I’ll really miss tailgating as a student. Students are the leaders of the stadium.”

One thing Price won’t miss is walking up the hills! He encourages all freshmen to learn how to hide the huffing and puffing incurred while walking across campus.

Austin Price
Austin Price

He also encourages incoming freshmen to:

  1. Go to class! Even if you are tired, just wake up and go. It is amazing how much better you do.
  2. Meet as many people as you can. Join organizations.
  3. Don’t be afraid to speak up in class.
  4. It is okay if you don’t know what your major is; just take care of classes.

Price comes by his love of the Razorbacks naturally. His mom Lisa Cavender and his aunt Cara Cavender Wohlgemuthare both U of A graduates. They own and operate, along with Cara’s husband Lance, S-C Seasoning Company – the maker of Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning – in Harrison, which is in north central Arkansas not far from the Missouri border.

(l-r) Lisa Cavender, Cara Cavender Wohlgemuth and Lance Wohlgemuth
(l-r) Lisa Cavender, Cara Cavender Wohlgemuth and Lance Wohlgemuth

Lisa and Cara grew up knowing they would attend the university because of their father Steve’s and grandfather Spike’s attitude. Spike, the co-founder of Cavender’s Greek Seasoning, only had an 8thgrade education. Steve, also a co-founder, urged his daughters to get a college education.

“He (dad) was adamant that Cara and I go to college,” Lisa said. “I chose Walton because I wanted a business degree.”

Lisa traveled around the country with her granddad “Spike” Cavender in the mid-1970s when he sold Cavender’s spice out of his car. It is no surprise that she earned a B.S.B.A. in marketing. Her younger sister Cara earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education.

“I never thought of going anywhere else,” Cara said.  The two siblings lived together during Cara’s freshman year.

“That lasted about three months,” Cara said and laughed.

Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning
Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning

The two sisters began to work at S-C Seasoning Company in 1994 after their father Steve issued an invitation to both of them and their spouses to join him.

“We were fortunate to have 15 years with our dad,” Lisa said.

“It’s a family business,” Cara added. “We all respect each other.”

When Lisa took her son Austin to Walton College for a tour, she immediately sought counsel from one of her favorite marketing professors Dub Ashton.

“Dub laid out Austin’s four year plan,” Lisa said.

Cara’s two daughters Katherine and Emily also chose the university earning social work and human environment science degrees respectively.

“We have a super sense of pride,” Lisa said of the three cousins. “All three of them have done well.”

With children in Fayetteville and an ongoing love of Razorback sports, Lisa and Cara travel to Fayetteville frequently.

“We keep the road hot,” Cara said.

Walton College and TheatreSquared Host Change Management Lecture

Sam M. Walton College of Business Executive Education will host a conversation and lecture exploring change management with TheatreSquared executive director Martin Miller on Nov. 21.

Martin Miller, executive director of TheatreSquared, will share his change management experiences with instructor Chris Case on Nov. 21. The public is invited to attend. Photo courtesy of TheatreSquared.
Martin Miller, executive director of TheatreSquared, will share his change management experiences with instructor Chris Case on Nov. 21. The public is invited to attend. Photo courtesy of TheatreSquared.

As executive director, Miller assisted TheatreSquared, Northwest Arkansas’s regional theater company, in building a $160,000 annual budget to more than $4 million, growing from two full-time employees to more than 30 and expanding its audience from 3,000 to 60,000 over the past decade. In August, the company moved into a new 50,000 square-foot home in downtown Fayetteville, adjacent to the Walton Arts Center.

Walton College Executive Education instructor Chris Case and  Miller will discuss Miller’s experiences working with a team of artists and community members to expand the organization. Case will deconstruct  how to use proactive and creative practices to create positive change management within any organization.

The program will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Walker Rehearsal Room at TheatreSquared, located at 477 W. Spring Street in Fayetteville. Pre-registration is required. Registration costs $75 and includes appetizers, beverages and parking. Register now.

For more information about this and other offerings, contact Walton College Executive Education at ExecEd@walton.uark.edu or visit ExecEd.uark.edu/upcoming-programs.

Eiler Selected as Walton College Employee of the Quarter

Carolyn Eiler, director of special events and projects, Office of External Relations, has been named employee of the first quarter of 2019 by the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Anyone in the college may nominate colleagues for the award, which is given to employees who show superior customer service that enhances the image of the college above and beyond the scope of that employee’s job description.

Carolyn Eiler was selected as the employee of the first quarter for 2019.
Carolyn Eiler was selected as the employee of the first quarter for 2019.

Along with Eiler, Meredith Adkins, director, Corporate Relations and Outreach; Amanda Jacobson, academic counselor, Undergraduate Programs; Alisha Waddell, fiscal support analyst, Accounting Center; and Wren Wallace, assistant director of development, Office of External Relations, were also nominated for their contributions to Walton College.

The winner receives a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize. Winners are chosen by Walton College Dean Matt Waller, the associate deans, the assistant deans and the Walton College Staff Council.

State of Northwest Arkansas Region, Business Analysis Set for Nov. 5

The Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, in collaboration with the Northwest Arkansas Council, will release the eighth yearly State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report on Nov. 5.

The State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report, first published in 2011, will be shared at a luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Northwest Arkansas Board of Realtors Event Center at 314 N. Goad Springs Road in Lowell. Attendees can arrive at 10:45 a.m. for networking.

Greg Pogue, left, and Mervin Jebaraj, right.
Greg Pogue, left, and Mervin Jebaraj, right.

Speakers will include Greg Pogue of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, which is a “think-and-do tank” that explores factors that promote economic development and creates programs to promote good business practices around the world, and economist Mervin Jebaraj, director of the university’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

Pogue and his team at the IC2 Institute spent more than a year studying entrepreneurship in Northwest Arkansas. Pogue will share his final report, called “Innovate Again, Innovate Here,” at the luncheon. His Northwest Arkansas research and assessment was funded by the Walton Family Foundation.

Jebaraj will outline the economic highlights in the State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report as well as economic data and statistics from the Center for Business and Economic Research’s Quarterly Business Analysis. The report is widely viewed as one of the best measures of performances compared to peer regions such as Madison, Wisconsin; Raleigh, North Carolina; Provo, Utah; Des Moines, Iowa; and Austin, Texas.

The cost for the program and luncheon is $45. Preregistration is required, and the deadline is Friday, Nov. 1. Reservations can be made for the luncheon at cber.uark.edu or by calling 479-575-4151.

Walton College to Host Retailing Thought Leadership Conference

The Sam M. Walton College of Business will host the Retailing Thought Leadership Conference on the University of Arkansas campus Oct. 11-12. Representatives from more than a dozen companies and nearly 20 colleges and universities will be on hand to share insights on the future of retail.

The National Retail Federation estimates that retail supports 42 million jobs, provides $1.6 trillion in labor income and contributes $2.6 trillion annually to U.S. GDP. The Retailing Thought Leadership Conference will feature retail industry leaders and scholarly experts presenting their views on what’s next for retail. The collaborative nature of the conference, aimed to establish ties between research and practice, will generate fresh topics for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Retailing.

The event will include several keynote speakers and conference breakout sessions. The breakout sessions are by invitation only, but students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the main program on Oct. 11.

Speakers for the main program of the conference include:

  • Cecilia Wu, vice president, customer science at Walmart
  • Erin Campbell, senior vice president at Saatchi & Saatchi X
  • Andres Mejia, vice president, Sam’s Club team lead at the Coca-Cola Company
  • John Karsberg, head of tests and insights at H&M
  • Suzanne Jervis, director, product insights and decision sciences at Sam’s Club
  • Rida Moustafa, distinguished data scientist at Walmart
  • Marcel Uphues, director of finance at Metro Group
  • Rand Waddoups, senior director, Omnichannel at Walmart
  • Renee Brandon, vice president, research and data at Field Agent
  • Tom Duncan, associate brand director at Proctor & Gamble

The event will be informative for students planning for careers in the retail industry involving various aspects such as omnichannel commerce, in-store marketing measurement, disruption through technology and retail formats of the future. Faculty, staff and students interested in these topics are encouraged to attend.

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to sign up for the first day of the two-day event by using the Regular Registration button.

Conference sponsors include the Walton College and its Center for Retailing Excellence, the Retailing & Pricing special interest group of the American Marketing Association and the Retail Supply Chain Institute at Babson College.

Participating companies include Walmart, Sam’s Club, H&M, Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble, Saatchi & Saatchi X, ConAgra, Whyte Spyder, Dillard’s, J.M. Smucker, J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., Metro Group, Field Agent, Elateral, and more.

Participating colleges and universities include the University of Arkansas, Arizona State University, Babson College, Dartmouth College, Drexel University, ESCP Europe, Florida State University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Georgia State University, Indian School of Business, Loyola Marymount University, McGill University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, Rice University, Santa Clara University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Tilburg University, University of Bath, University of California, University of Houston, University of Muenster, University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina, University of Texas, University of Tennessee, University of Tulsa, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and University of Washington.

Registration is at the website of the Retailing Thought Leadership Conference. For more information, contact Dinesh Gauri, professor of marketing and Walmart Chair in Marketing, at dkgauri@uark.edu or (479) 575-3903.

Parker Selected as Walton College Employee of the Year

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Autumn Parker, director for Undergraduate Recruitment and Enrollment Management, has been named the 2018-2019 Employee of the Year for the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Anyone in the college may nominate colleagues for the award, which is given to employees who show superior customer service that enhances the image of the college above and beyond the scope of that employee’s job description.

Along with Parker, nominees were Amy Moore, administrative specialist III for Outreach, Shannon Bullock, conference coordinator for the Conference Hub, and Alice Frizzell, assistant director for the Department of Information Systems Graduate Programs.

The winner of the award receives a certificate of appreciation and a cash prize. Winners are chosen by Walton College Dean Matt Waller, the associate deans, assistant deans and the Walton College Staff Council.