Hospitality Administration Advisory Committee

The Hospitality Administration Program has an Advisory Committee composed of 28 members from the hospitality industry, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Arkansas Hospitality Administration, ATU hospitality alumni, faculty and administration. The goal is to have an annual meeting of the Advisory Committee to review curriculum and program issues, as well as internship opportunities.

The advisory committee members are asked to provide comments about curricular items. Many of the committee members have supervised interns and are aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the academic preparation of the HA students.

The HA Advisory Committee members represent a relatively diverse mix of professional interests, agencies, geographic locations, ages and gender. The HA Advisory Committee members are as follows:

Name Title Business City
Todd Nixon Director of Dining Services Chartwells - AR Tech University Russellville
Lesleigh Smith Owner The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch


Stephanie Beerman Executive Vice President Russellville Chamber of Commerce Russellville
Matt Disheroom Operations Support Raymond Management Company Rogers
Benny Baker Director of Sales Arlington Hotel Hot Springs
Mike Coats Owner Mikes Place Little Rock
Susan Curtis General Manager Market Place Grill Conway
Kasey Bare Director of Human Resources John Q. Hammons Rogers
Jon Brown Operations Manager State Parks Little Rock
Amanda Glover Education Coordinator Arkansas Hospitality Association Little Rock
Montine McNulty Executive Director Arkansas Hospitality Association Little Rock
Erin Riley Communications and Employee Development Coordinator Capital Hotel Little Rock
Joseph Post Sales Manger Post Familie Vineyards Altus
Eric Markle General Manager Fat Daddy's Bar-B-Que Russellville
Dusti Derrick-Yarber General Manager LaQuinta Inn and Suites Russellville
Jack Moyer Vice President & General Manager Crescent Hotel and Spa Eureka Springs
Cora Easterday Group Travel & Visitor Services Assistant Visit Hot Springs Hot Springs
Bill Barnes Owner Mountain Harbor Resort Mount Ida
Aaron Dawson General Manager Chenal Country Club Little Rock
Leslie Klancher Owner St. John's Chapel by the Creek/Choice Hotels Benton
Dirk Merle President/CEO Value Added Perfection Alva
Darin Gray President Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods Springdale
Rick Tankersley Culinary Specialist Sysco Foods Little Rock
Nick Patel General Manager Super 8 - Russellville Russellville
Jennifer Keaton Owner Kruton's Festivites & Botanicals of NWA Springdale
Tiffane Housley Student Arkansas Tech University Russellville
Adrian Speck Student Arkansas Tech University Russellville
Note. HA Advisory Committee for 2014-2015