Former Alltel Exec McElhanon Opens Elevate Speaker Series; Simmons of Simmons Foods and Simon of Nature Conservancy to Speak in February

Steve McElhanon, former Area President of Alltel, responsible for over $1.5 billion in revenues and thought to be one of Alltel’s best leaders, opened the Elevate Speaker Series in January, a monthly series of speakers held on “Invest in Yourself” Fourth Friday’s where we strive to access people of experience, wisdom and brillaint minds around topics of business, strategy, macro-important topics and leading people.

Steve’s presentation will soon come out in video format on the CEOForums YouTube Channel.   The complete presentation will be available to members and clips of the presentation will be made available to the public.  Steve’s presentation on Leadership Matters has received outstanding reviews and we look forward to reviewing the video to pick up even more nuggets of wisdom about how Steve executed leading people at a very level and with outstanding proven results.

Steve, an avid reader, recommended to our audience six books relating to leadership.  They are:

1. Gung Ho! by Ken Blanchard

2. The Leadership Pill by Ken Blanchard

3. The Servant by James Hunter

4. Obstacles Welcome by Ralph De La Vega

5.  Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy

6. Onward by Howard Shultz

Thank you Steve for your willingness and efforts to make an awesome presentation for the benefit of our CEO Forum members and guests!

February Speakers

Mark Simmons, Chairman and CEO of Simmons Foods along with Scott Simon, CEO of The Nature Conservancy will be our speakers in February.

March Speaker

We have an invite out to a special speaker that, should he accept, you wont want to miss.

April Speaker

Dr. John James, CEO of Acumen Brands, a venture backed high growth enterprise in NWA that recently recieved a $5 million round of growth capital that included a $4 million investment from Dillards, will be our speaker in April.

Seating of the series is limited to members and their guests yet should additional seating be available, we welcome additional guests and ask that you e-mail Melissa Freeman at to see what can be worked out and if seating is available.