Board of Directors

Mike Akin '79

CEO, Akin Holdings, Inc.
Monticello, AR ▼ Read More

Mike Akin is CEO of Akin Holdings, Inc., an owner/operator of multi-family housing, hotel, commercial and industrial real estate. From 1988 until its sale in 2008, Mike served as president and CEO of Akin Industries, a manufacturer of contract furniture catering to the university housing, health care, and hospitality markets with distribution across the U.S., Canada and South America.

Akin earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas in 1975 and is currently a member of the board of directors for Union Bank of Monticello and the Arkansas Economic Development Foundation. From 1997-2003, Akin served on the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and he was a member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees from 2003-2013. He served as chairman of the UA Board of Trustees in 2012.

Charles Balentine '11

Fayetteville, AR ▼ Read More

Balentine was a four-year letter winner for the Razorbacks from 1982-1985. The 6'6" forward hit 58.3 percent of his shots during his career as a Razorback, but none were more important than the one against undefeated and No. 1 ranked North Carolina. Balentine was selected by the Sacramento Kings as a sixth-round pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.

He earned his Bachelor of Art in Communication from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences in 2011. Balentine was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2013.

Ralph E. Bradbury '79

Chief Operating Officer, Whiting Systems, Inc.
Little Rock, AR ▼ Read More

Ralph E. Bradbury graduated from Little Rock Central High School and was a baseball letterman at the University of Arkansas from 1974-1977.

Bradbury's interest in trucking began while earning his B.S.B.A. in transportation at the University, where he was also a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Following graduation, he worked for the Arkansas Transportation Commission.

Bradbury later worked for two trucking companies before co-founding Continental Express, Inc., of Little Rock in 1985. He served as its President until July 1999, when he left to pursue other interests. He returned to Continental Express as President in 2005 and remained with the company until it sold to Celadon Group, Inc., in 2008. Today, he serves as Chief Operating Officer for Whiting Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of wash systems for high profile vehicles such as trucks, buses and trains.

Along with being on the board of the Razorback Foundation, he has also served multiple terms on the Arkansas Trucking Association Board of Directors, chairing the organization from 1994-1995.

Scott Bull '76

Fayetteville, AR ▼ Read More

Originally from Jonesboro, Scott Bull was a Razorback football letterman from 1972-75 and a baseball letterman in 1972 and 1976. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, he played professional football for three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

In 1979, Bull returned to Fayetteville and joined Pace Industries, Inc., North America's largest aluminum die casting company, as a Sales Manager. In 1983, he was promoted to Vice President of Marketing and has been President of the company since 1994.

Bull formerly served as a member of the University of Arkansas' Walton College Dean's Executive Advisory Board, Baptist Collegiate Ministry and Baptist Students Organization. His community involvement includes work with Arkansas Athletes Outreach. He was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2006 and serves as Secretary for the Razorback Foundation Board of Directors.

Richard D. Chapman '76

Chief Financial Officer, Walton Enterprises, LLC.
Bentonville, AR ▼ Read More

Richard D. Chapman received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in 1976 and serves as Chief Financial Officer of Walton Enterprises, LLC, where he has been employed since 1983. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects of the Walton Family Office in Arkansas. From 1976-1983, he worked for the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Chapman's community involvement includes service on the boards of the University of Arkansas Foundation, Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Additionally, Chapman serves on the boards of Arvest Bank Group, Inc., the holding company for a diversified financial services company, and First Solar, a S&P 500 company that designs, builds and operates utility scale solar power plants.

Chapman is married with two children and lives in Bentonville, AR.

Dr. James S. Counce '79, '86

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Fayetteville, AR ▼ Read More

Jim Counce was a four-year basketball letterman from 1975-1978 and an Academic All-American in 1978 when the Razorbacks played in the Final Four. He earned his Bachelor of Art in chemistry in 1979 and his MD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1986. He completed his training in cardiothoracic surgery at Cornell University Medical Center/New York Hospital in 1993.

Counce is currently a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon in Northwest Arkansas. He was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2009.

Ed Drilling ‘78

President AT&T Arkansas
AT&T Services, Inc.▼ Read More

Ed Drilling joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1979. During his career, he has served in various operations positions including customer service, sales and marketing, and the external affairs organization. He was named President of the Arkansas Division in 2002.

Ed has served on numerous boards over the last 30 years, including: past Chairman of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Children's Hospital Board of Trustees, University of Arkansas Board of Advisors, former President of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, UAMS Arkansas BioVentures Advisory Board, former President of Fifty for the Future, former Vice Chairman of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Drilling also serves on the Simmons First National Corporation Board. He received the Pinnacle Award in 2003 from the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the highest honor the chamber gives for service to the community.

Drilling holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the Walton College at the University of Arkansas, and is a graduate of Emory's Advanced Management Program.


Jeanne Mailes Groff '79

Principal and Senior Consultant, JG & Associates
Bella Vista, AR ▼ Read More

Jeanne Mailes Groff has career experience in telecommunications sales and project management. Currently she works at JG & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the delivery of customer service, contact center and telecommunications project management and consulting services for clients across multiple industries nationwide.

Prior to forming JG & Associates in 2004, she held various positions at AT&T, including Client Business Manager, Global Account Manager and Global Account Director. While at AT&T, she managed and worked with some of the corporation's largest client accounts and was presented their Chairman's ACE, President's Club, Gold Club and other awards.

Groff earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas and was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She participated in the Leadership Benton County class of 2003-2004 and served as former President and current board member of the George Billingsley Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club.

She and her husband Doyle have three children and live in Bella Vista.

Quinn Grovey '90

District Human Resources Manager, Home Depot
Fayetteville, AR ▼ Read More

A football letterman from 1987-1990, Quinn Grovey led the Razorbacks to SWC titles in 1988 and 1989 as starting quarterback. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Grovey played in the Canadian Football League.

He returned to Arkansas and entered Wal-Mart's manager trainee program, becoming an Assistant Manager in Fayetteville and Memphis stores. He also served as a District Manager, a Merchandising Analyst and a Regional Personnel Manager.

Grovey joined Home Depot, Inc., in 1999 and serves as a District Human Resources Manager. A football sideline reporter and contributor to the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network radio for more than 10 seasons, he was inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2001 and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Richard N. Massey '84

Partner, Westrock Capital Partners
Little Rock, AR ▼ Read More

Rick Massey is a Partner of Westrock Capital Partners. He also serves as Chairman of First Federal Bank, Bear State Financial Holdings, LLC and First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas, Inc. He previously served as Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President/General Counsel at Alltel Corporation. He is also a director of Fidelity National Financial, Inc., is lead director of FIS, Inc. (both Fortune 500 companies) and a director of Black Knight, LLC, a privately held technology company.

Massey earned his JD with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1984.

Kenneth Mourton '72, '75

Partner and Managing Member, Ball and Mourton, Ltd., PLLC
Fayetteville, AR ▼ Read More

Kenneth Mourton is a partner at Ball and Mourton, Ltd., PLLC, a tax and business law firm. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Law degrees from the University of Arkansas.

Mourton owns and operates several businesses in various states related to beverage distribution, lodging, warehousing and travel. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Bar Association. Mourton sits on the boards of the Arkansas Rural Endowment Fund and Southwestern Energy Company in addition to serving as Chairman of the Razorback Foundation Board of Directors.

John R. Rutledge, Jr. '01

President and CEO, First Security Bank Pulaski County
Little Rock, AR ▼ Read More

Originally from Searcy, John Rutledge, Jr. was a Razorback football letterman and member of Sigma Chi fraternity from 1997-2001. After graduating from the Walton College of Business, he returned for his Master of Business Administration degree.

Rutledge is president and CEO of the Pulaski County market for First Security Bank, a career path he began while in college. Since his first job with the company in 1998, he has been employed by either the bank or its investment banking company, Crews and Associates.

Rutledge serves as chairman of the Business Alumni Advisory Council of the Walton College of Business, vice chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and incoming chairman of the Finance and Stewardship Committee of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. In addition, he serves as a board member of the Greater Little Rock Regional Chamber and Baptist Health Foundation.

Jim Williams, Jr. ‘66

C.E.O., LandPlan Development Corp.
Dallas, TX ▼ Read More

Jim Williams, Jr. is the founder and C.E.O. of LandPlan Development Corp. Since 1998, LandPlan has owned, developed, zoned and master planned residential medical, retail, senior-living and extended stay hotel projects in 19 towns and cities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

While earning his undergraduate degree at the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, Mr. Williams was a two-time All-Southwest Conference defensive tackle, a member of the 1964 national championship football team and captain of the undefeated 1965 Southwest Conference Champions. He went on to earn his MBA from the SMU Cox School of Business. A devoted Razorback, he is proud to have been named the 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year by the School of Business at the University of Arkansas. In 2010, he was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor and in 2012; he represented his Razorback team by being inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association and has previously served as President of the Cotton Bowl and on the Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas Area Rapid Transit System, and Goodwill Industries boards among others.