The Cargill Leadership Springdale program, established in 1994, identifies, trains, and motivates current and emerging leaders who live or work in the Springdale area. Class members spend one day a month from August through May learning about the Springdale community. The experiences and knowledge gained through participation in the program have an immediate and positive effect on the participants, their associates, and our community.

One of the main program objectives is to recruit candidates with diverse backgrounds. Participants range from small business owners to corporate executives. The program also acquaints participants with the dynamics of leadership, and familiarizes the class with the duties of those in leadership positions. Participants are motivated to become involved and accept leadership roles within the community. The program agenda delivers focused review of economic development, healthcare, education, city and state government, quality of life and social services and includes an overnight trip to Little Rock for briefings with state agency heads. Individuals may nominate themselves, or they may be nominated by their businesses or organizations.


Members of this year’s class include:

Chelsey Baker (United Bank); Kendra Clay (Springdale Schools); Eddy Combs (NWA Supply & Rental); Nick Emerson (Gibson Realtors); Mark Fougerousse (Rockline Industries); Caroline Franco (The Jones Center); Pablo Fuentes (Cargill); Luis Garcia (City of Springdale); Jessica Hadlock (Springdale Water Department); Tron Hodges (Black Hills Energy); Derek Hudson (Springdale Police Department); Aaron Huffman (Springale Planning); Mandy James (Kawneer); Sam Johnson (Signature Bank); Jason Lance (Ozark Regional Transit); Tiffany Mallard (Springdale Water Department); Matt Manley (Legacy National Bank); Stacy Matlock (Arvest Bank); Amy Meadors (Northwest Technical Institute); Taylor Mehard (ESI, Inc.); Stephanie Nance (Arvest); Ethan Passmore (Tyson Foods); Elmer Rodriguez (First Security Bank); Marshall Rucker (Multi-Craft Contractors); Taylor Samples (City Attorney’s Office); Tracy Shepard (Rockline Industries); James Smith (Public Works); Vernon Tarver (Parks & Recreation); Jeff Taylor (Springdale Police Department); Chris Thornton (Arvest Bank);