Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration
For Harrison Arkansas native Joan Bell, each day brings new opportunities to shine. In 1999, the Summa Cum Laude graduate of Harding University returned to her hometown with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She began a career in the Marketing Department at First Federal Bank, a publically held community bank founded in 1934. She quickly rose to meet other challenges in several other departments. First Federal Bank merged with two other financial institutions in 2015 and became Bear State Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bear State Financial, Inc., whose stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol BSF. The institution completed additional acquisitions in 2016 and maintains offices in three states. She currently serves as Vice President/Director of the Bank Secrecy Act, where she focuses on customized education, risk analysis, and legal and regulatory compliance with Anti-Money Laundering efforts. The financial industry is ever-changing, and Joan continues to operate, communicate, and plan strategically to meet the challenges ahead.
She and her husband David (Harding ’99) enjoy two children. As a family, they attend Northside Church of Christ where they seek to use their talents to bring glory to the Lord. Joan is active in the Harrison Kiwanis Club, serves as President of the Junior Auxiliary of Harrison, and was instrumental in reviving the Youth Leadership Academy for the Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Her advice to others is to strive to be a lifelong learner. She adds "Look for people that can mentor you and then volunteer to mentor others."
Brett Biggs is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Walmart. He is responsible for shared services, accounting and control, corporate strategy and development, business planning and analysis, internal auditing, treasury, tax, and several other key areas of the company.
Before being appointed to his current role, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Walmart International. In this complex division of Walmart's operations, Brett was responsible for international finance activities including business planning and analysis, M&A and Strategy and financial services.
Brett also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Walmart U.S. In this role, Brett was responsible for U.S. finance functions including strategy, merchandising, logistics, financial services, real estate, operations, and financial planning and analysis.
Previously, Brett was Senior Vice President, International Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions. In this capacity, Brett led the strategy and execution for Walmart’s entry into Japan and India, as well as acquisitions and partnerships in China, the U.K., Brazil and Central America. He has also served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance, in which Brett led Walmart’s Treasury operations and capital markets functions. He was then promoted to Chief Financial Officer, Sam's Club, leading the finance and strategy functions for Sam's Club. Following this role he served as Senior Vice President, Operations for Sam's Club. In this role, he led all facets of Sam's Club operations in the southern part of the U.S.
Prior to joining Walmart in 2000, Brett held various M&A and corporate finance positions with Leggett & Platt, Phillips Petroleum Co. and Price Waterhouse.
Brett is involved in various civic functions including serving on the Board of Directors for MANA, a nonprofit group focused on acute malnutrition in African children. Brett also serves on the Cancer Challenge Board. Within Walmart he serves on the Walmart Foundation Board as well as being an executive sponsor for the Hispanic/Latino Resource Group and the Women in Finance leadership group.
Brett graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harding University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and later received a MBA with Honors from Oklahoma State University. He serves in various advisory roles at Harding University.
Brett and his wife, Kara, have two daughters and live in Rogers, Arkansas.
Erin BrogdonErin Brogdon is a partner at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings law firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she chairs the Stewardship Committee. Erin's legal practice centers on corporate and nonprofit law, regulatory, government relations and real estate. Erin previously served as in-house counsel at Alltel Communications. A native of Mountain View, Arkansas, Erin earned her BBA in Accounting at Harding University, graduating summa cum laude, and obtained her juris doctorate at the University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law. Erin serves on Central Arkansas Christian Schools board of directors, Vine & Village board of directors, and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXIX (2014).
Erin and her husband, Jay, have two sons, Hoover and Hutson. The Brogdons are members of Sylvan Hills Church of Christ.
Brooks Davis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harding University's College of Business in 1989 with a degree in Management. While at Harding he was a 3 year starter for the Bison football team and served as chairman of the Student Association Spiritual Life Committee.
In 1990, Brooks began his career with Arvest Bank of Rogers, eventually progressing to Vice President/Commercial Lender and managing a $30 million portfolio. In 1995, he accepted the job of Senior credit Officer for First Bank of Arkansas in Searcy.
Simmons First acquired First Bank in 2001. In 1997, Brooks was given the opportunity to lead Simmons First Bank of Searcy as President and CEO at the age of 34. During this period, the bank grew to $150 Million in assets and consistently achieved returns on assets above 1.0%.
In April, 2014 Simmons First combined the charters of their community banks into one and Brooks took the opportunity to transition to the community board of the Searcy bank and pursue a second career in consulting. Brooks' primary focus is on helping community banks stay independent through world class management practices. He is also serving local businesses with continuous improvement of their financial operations.
Brooks and his wife, Jill, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 2015. They have three children, Jace (21), Trey (19), and Ally (16). They are members of the Downtown Church of Christ. A native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, he has lived in Arkansas for 30 years now and is a dual fan of both states' teams.
Brad joined ORIX USA in 2001 as the Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for all technology support and development activities for the corporation.
ORIX USA Corporation is a diversified financial conglomerate with approximately $6 billion in assets and $25 billion of assets under management. ORIX USA is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with approximately 1,100 employees and principal offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Frankfurt, London, and Paris. ORIX USA Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of ORIX Corporation, a publicly owned Tokyo-based international financial services company established in 1964. ORIX Corporation is listed on the Tokyo (8591) and New York (NYSE:IX) stock exchanges.
Prior to his employment with ORIX, DeLong was one of the founding Principals in the Business Process Automation practice with Perot Systems. DeLong led multiple strategic business and technology initiatives for a variety of industries on a global basis. Prior to his 10 year career with Perot Systems, DeLong held various operational and technology roles for a large Texas banking corporation where he supported several banking systems and business processes.
Mr. DeLong attended Abilene Christian University majoring in Management Information Systems and completed the Executive Education program at Harvard Business School for Technology and Operations. Mr. DeLong serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees to Fort Worth Christian School and is President of the Board of The Cardinal Education Foundation.
Charlie Elkins graduated cum laude from Harding in 1982 with a BBA in Accounting and is a CPA. He currently is Senior Managing Director, Business Development for Aviall, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and the world's leading diversified distributor of aircraft parts to the airline, military, and general aviation market segments.
During his 30 years with Aviall, Charlie has worked in a variety of leadership roles including marketing, supplier management, repair operations, customer service and internal audit. In his business development role, Charlie leads synergy efforts for Aviall at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle. Prior to joining Aviall, Charlie worked for Arthur Andersen & Co., the large CPA firm, from 1982-1985.
Charlie is married and has two grown children. He was born and raised in the Atlanta, Georgia area, but now lives in Seattle, Washington. He enjoys driving sports cars and reading.
Sean (pronounced “Seen”) is the general counsel for Walton Enterprises, LLC. In this role, Sean oversees all legal aspects of the Walton Family Office and its affiliated entities.
Prior to joining Walton Enterprises, Sean was a partner at Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP, the largest law firm in the State of Arkansas. While there, he lead the Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax, and Corporate practices in Northwest Arkansas. Prior to joining the Friday Firm, Sean worked at two international law firms in Dallas, Texas as a lawyer working on transactional matters.
Sean graduated summa cum laude from Harding University with a degree in accounting and a minor in Bible, magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and with an advanced law degree in tax from New York University School of Law. Sean is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
Sean is married to Rachel (Mitchusson) Evans. She graduated from Harding University in 2000 with a degree in Health Care Management. They live in Bentonville, Arkansas with their three children: Ava (8), Eli (5), and Owen (3). They are members of Bentonville Church of Christ. Sean is a member of the Board of Directors of Bentonville Christian Academy, a private, Christian preschool and elementary school. Rachel serves as the PTO president for Bentonville Christian Academy. Together, they chair the annual fundraiser for the school. Sean enjoys playing golf, watching Kansas University basketball, and spending time with his family.
Nancee Roberson Caldwell
Nancee Roberson Caldwell attended Harding from 1989 to 1994 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harding with a degree in business administration and a minor in accounting. Nancee has worked from American Fidelity for 20 plus years holding many different positions including sales representation, benefit consultant, area manager, district manager, regional manager, National Director of New Markets, and currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer.
Nancee is married to Chris Caldwell of Searcy, Arkansas. Chis and Nancee have four children. (Caleb 16, Peyton 15, Caden 12, and Cali 8.) Nancee has received her CLU, ChFC, RHU, and REBC from The American College as well as her MBA from North Alabama University. Nancee is currently working on her Masters in Leadership through The American College.
Scott Teague is the Commercial Banking Executive for U.S. Bank in the Arkansas Region. He has more than 27 years banking experience in Central Arkansas. He began his career in 1988 with Union National Bank and spent 14 years there through several acquisitions (Worthen Bank, Boatmens Bank, NationsBank, and Bank of America). He served in various capacities from a Management Trainee, Branch Manager, Manager of Direct Lending and then Manager of Business Banking for Arkansas. In July of 2002 he joined U.S. Bank as a Middle Market Relationship Manager. In 2004 he became the Commercial Team Leader for Arkansas and over the past decade his position evolved into the Commercial Banking Executive where he oversees Middle Market Banking, Commercial Real Estate Banking, Private Banking, Small Business Banking, Treasury Management and Commercial Loan Operations.
Teague is a native of Mena, Arkansas and graduated from Mena High School in 1984. He received his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Harding University in May of 1988. In January of 1995 he received a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Teague has served on the North Little Rock Board of Education since 2005 (serving as Board President twice). In his capacity on the NLR Board of Education he has been involved in settlement of the long standing desegregation case and in helping pass a millage that enabled the school district to embark on a $265M construction project that is completely rebuilding/remodeling every school in the entire district. He is also on the Harding University Presidents Council, State Chamber Board and the Board of Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities. Teague was a class XV (2000) Leadership Greater Little Rock graduate. He was recognized in 2005 in Arkansas Business as a 40 under 40. He serves as a Deacon at the Sylvan Hills Church of Christ.
He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 28 years and have 3 children, Leighton, Jantzen, and Dawson. They have lived in the North Little Rock area for 27 years.
Paul Woolard is Director - Commercial Development at Archer Daniels Midland Company, a Fortune 50 Agribusiness serving customers in 160 countries. In that role, he is responsible for developing and commercializing bio-based technologies and repurposing large-scale fermentation assets and setting strategy and direction for the Renewable Chemicals business. Paul joined ADM in 2009 and most recently served as Director, Corporate Planning and M&A. Prior to joining ADM he spent 10 years with Tate & Lyle, a London based food ingredient manufacturer in a series of business development and finance roles. Earlier in his career he held finance leadership roles in the retail food and energy industries and began his career with KPMG in Little Rock in public accounting.
Paul graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harding University with a bachelor's degree in Accounting. He later completed an MBA from Harding. He holds the professional designations of CPA, CGMA, and CertICM. He is a member of the President's Council at Harding University, the Greater Decatur YMCA Board of Directors, and is a member of the Board of Directors of BioBlend Renewable Resources, LLC.
Paul and his wife, Heidi (BA 1989), have a son and daughter, the latter of which graduated from Harding in 2016. The Woolards make their home in Forsyth, IL.