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Flake & Kelley’s Partner and Executive Vice President, Nicholas Kelley, Selected to Participate in the Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy

Flake & Kelley Commercial congratulates Nicholas Kelley on being selected to participate in the 2018 Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy.  Nicholas joined Flake & Kelley in July 2017 as Executive Vice President and serves on the company’s Executive Committee.

Arkansas Business’s Executive Leadership Academy is designed to foster personal development and professional growth for the state’s emerging business and nonprofit leaders.  Bank of the Ozarks CEO George Gleason, J.B. Hunt Transport Chairman of the Board Kirk Thompson, Sage Partners Principal Mark Saviers, Cameron Smith & Associates CEO Cameron Smith and former Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith will serve as featured speakers for the academy’s inaugural year.

“We have developed the Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy with the state’s next-generation leaders in mind,” said Chris Bahn, publisher for business special publications at Arkansas Business Publishing Group. “We have access to some of the best business minds in the world right here in Arkansas, and we are thrilled to have them play a part in this unique learning experience.”

 

https://www.ableadershipacademy.com/

Flake & Kelley CEO Commits to $50,000 University of Arkansas Gift

A $50,000 gift commitment from a Little Rock couple to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville will support a scholarship for in-state students.

The Henry C. Kelley Jr. and Stephanie Dailey Kelley Advance Arkansas Endowed Scholarship will give preference to students from Heber Springs or Cleburne County who are studying real estate, finance or accounting, or are enrolled in UA’s business college.

Hank Kelley is chief executive officer and a partner in Flake & Kelley Commercial, a real estate business. He and his wife, Stephanie, both earned degrees from UA.

In fall 2017, UA enrolled 34 students from Cleburne County, according to UA data. Heber Springs is the county seat. The county has a population of about 25,264, according to a 2016 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Hank Kelley, who grew up in Heber Springs, in a statement released by UA said he wants students from small schools “to feel like they can be a part of the university.”

 

 

To view the original article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, click here.

Jessica Dearnley Recognized as One of NWA Business Journal’s Women in Business for 2017

Flake & Kelley is proud to announce that Jessica Dearnley, Principal Broker and Executive Vice President for our NWA office, has been recognized as one of NWA Business Journal’s Women in Business.

The NWA Women in Business award recognizes 10 of the area’s top women business leaders, who have shown strong records of innovation in their fields, exceptional performance in their businesses and meaningful community involvement.

Congratulations and well-deserved, Jessica!

https://talkbusiness.net/2017/06/women-in-business-jessica-elizabeth-flake-dearnley/

 

 

Eat My Catfish to Open in Little Rock

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Eat My Catfish lease signing with Travis Hester and his business partner.

Benton-based Eat My Catfish has announced construction on a new location in Little Rock. The restaurant will open at 10301 N Rodney Parham Rd, the former location of Barbara Graves. The plaza sits directly in front of the Breckenridge Theatre at the corner of I-430 and Rodney Parham Rd. Eat My Catfish started as a food truck in Benton in 2008. Owner and President Travis Hester was 24 at the time. In January of 2012, Hester opened their first brick & mortar location in Benton, and their second in Conway in 2013. Eat My Catfish currently operates these two dine-in restaurants, as well as two on-site catering trailers. In 2015, they catered over 350 events. They are also the largest seller of crawfish (cooked and live) in the state of Arkansas, and the 2016 winner of Arkansas Times’ “Best Seafood around the State” award. The new Little Rock store have live crawfish and fresh Gulf Shrimp available for purchase. Diners can expect a wide variety of quick-serve food, including catfish, crawfish, chicken, shrimp, and more. Their philosophy is simple, start with good fresh food, serve it fast and give great customer service. Each location provides ample seating indoors, and the Benton and Little Rock locations include outdoor patio seating. The new restaurant is expected to open in June of 2016 – just in time for Fourth of July crawfish boils. For more information about Eat My Catfish, visit eatmycatfish.com. For media inquiries, please contact info@kangabloo.com.