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2018 First Friday Breakfast-October 5th

Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 7:30am to 9:00am
Location: UAFS Smith-Pendergraft Center Reynolds Room

Event Description:
Join us as we celebrate National Manufacturing Day!
Interested in More details for the week? 
Please click on the link below for more details for free access to Tours & Educational Sessions:
  http://public.fortsmithchamber.com/events/details/2018-manufacturing-week-6754

“The State of Manufacturing in Arkansas”

GUEST SPEAKERS

Clint O'Neal & Col. Robert Ator
 

  
Clint O’Neal 
  Executive Vice President of Global Business 
    


 Col. (Ret) Rob “Gator” Ator
Director, Military Affairs


Bios:
Clint O’Neal is the Executive Vice President of Global Business at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Clint brings 11 years of economic development experience to the agency and is passionate about making a difference in communities by winning projects and equipping community leaders to elevate their competitiveness through capacity building.

Clint is responsible for overseeing the following AEDC divisions: Business Development, Business Finance, Community Development, Existing Business Resources, Film, Military Affairs, and Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise. 

Before joining AEDC, Clint served as Vice President of Business Recruitment for the Missouri Partnership, the state’s principal business recruitment and marketing organization, where he led more than 35 successful business attraction projects. Prior to that position, he was a Project Manager at AEDC for four years.  

Clint is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and holds a Master’s degree in Community and Economic Development from the University of Central Arkansas. He is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, and the Arkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives.

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Robert Ator currently serves as the Director of Military Affairs for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission after his retirement from military service. Rob retired after serving as the Commander of the 189th Airlift Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard, the largest Air National Guard C-130 Wing in the U.S. The 189th provides all C-130H aircrew training for the U.S. Department of Defense and its allied nations, trains and equips forces for deployment in active duty service, and serves the citizens of Arkansas as the Governor’s Quick Reaction Force.

As Commander, Col. Ator was responsible for leading the Wing’s 14 subordinate units with over a thousand members, assets valued in excess of $2 billion and an annual operating budget of $70 million. During his command, the 189th opened the Cyber Skills Validation School to meet the new demand for cyber warrior training and the Wing twice earned the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Rob and his wife, Michelle, live in Little Rock while their son is a sophomore at the United States Air Force Academy and daughter a freshman at the University of Colorado.