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College of Business to Recognize Business Executive of Year


JONESBORO – Three outstanding business leaders, including the 2017 Business Executive of the Year, will be honored, Thursday, Oct. 12, at Arkansas State University’s College of Business Homecoming alumni dinner. The event is held at the Woodard McAlister Family Club level inside Centennial Bank Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

Davy Carter, a local banker and attorney, is the Business Executive of the Year. Carter is a regional president for Centennial Bank where he sits on the company’s executive committee and serves as chairman of its regional board of directors and its trust committee.

He is a former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives (2009-15) and served as the House speaker from 2013-15. Prior to serving as speaker, Carter served as chairman of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.

He earned his undergraduate degree in corporate finance from Arkansas State and a juris doctor with honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review.

Carter is involved with several civic and youth organizations in the state of Arkansas. He and his wife, Cara, have three children — Jackson, John David and Anna.  

Also receiving recognition at the dinner as emerging alumni are A-State graduates Samantha Kenyeri Washam and Anderson Childress. Washam is presently the manager of global treasury at Walmart in Bentonville. Childress is the treasury manager for eBay, Inc. in the San Francisco Bay area.

For additional information, contact Natalie Johnson in the College of Business at 870-972-3985 or through email at njohnson@AState.edu.

Davy Carter
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