Outstanding Alumni, Students Recognized at Walton Awards Banquet…
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Sam M. Walton College of Business recognized three exceptional alumni and nearly 60 students for outstanding achievement at its annual awards banquet.
Walton College presented the following alumni awards at its 26th annual awards banquet on Thursday, April 18:
Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob East ’70
Entrepreneur of the Year – Heather R. Nelson ’94
Outstanding Service Award – Joanne Tam Fuller ’14
Bob East is a native of Little Rock and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Walton College in 1970. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972 and then embarked on a career of serial entrepreneurship.
East was named Arkansas Business Executive of the Year in 1996 and was a member of the U.S. Commerce Department Advisory Committee for Trade Policy Matters from 1995 to 1998. He is past chair of the national board of directors of Associated Builders and Contractors and a member of the American Institute of Constructors.
Heavily involved in his community, East was president for three years of the Little Rock Downtown Partnership and a member of the Little Rock Airport Commission for 10 years. He has previously served as chair of the Arkansas Nature Conservancy board and Arkansas Cancer Research Center, among many others. He currently serves on the board of Bank OZK.
Always in search of adventure, he has climbed Mount Everest, floated the entire length of the Mississippi River, run with the bulls in Pamplona and across the Grand Canyon. East lives with his wife in Little Rock and has two children.
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