The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame (ASHOF) announced Thursday morning the appointment of 14 new members to its board of directors.
The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, incorporated on Aug. 16, 1958. The Hall of Fame brings the fulfillment of a dream, and the recollection of more than four decades of highly successful induction ceremonies honoring the athletic greats of Arkansas. With more than 150 individuals recommended for induction every year, the Hall of Fame aims to encourage and promote higher education through the funding of scholarships to deserving student-athletes.
“We are thrilled to welcome such a fantastic group of professionals to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame board,” said Greg Hatcher, president. “Each of them brings unique contributions to the team and will help grow our organization’s reach and impact exponentially.”
Newly appointed board members include:
- John Ashby, financial analyst supervisor at Arkansas State Bank Department, of Conway
- David Bazzel, radio personality and sports promoter for 103.7 The Buzz/Little Rock Touchdown Club, of Little Rock
- Jason Bone, sales agent at The Hatcher Agency, of Maumelle, Ark.
- Tom Bowen, director of athletics at Arkansas State University, of Jonesboro, Ark.
- George Burks, manager of group sales at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, of Little Rock
- Neil Erisman, head wrestling coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, of Little Rock
- Schawnee Hightower, managing partner at Verizon, of Little Rock
- Chris Robinson, director of athletics at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, of Maumelle, Ark.
- Matt Rush, executive vice president at Strategic Financial Partners, of Little Rock
- Lisa Sparks-Walker, women’s track and field sprinter at the University of Arkansas, of Little Rock
- Steve Sullivan, sports director and anchor at KATV, of Little Rock
- Justin Wells, owner at A-1 Built on Site & Wells Family Nursery, of Benton, Ark.
- Matt Whiting, associate athletic director for external relations at the University of Central Arkansas, of Conway
- Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl, president and CEO of MHP/Team SI, of Little Rock, who will be leading the marketing and membership committee.
Individuals can become a member of the ASHOF and experience unlimited visits to the museum, inductee nominating and voting rights, invitations to all ASHOF events, special recognition in the ASHOF induction program book and more. Memberships start at $100 a year with special pricing for coaches, athletic administrators and past inductees.
The ASHOF exists to preserve the history of individuals and teams who have brought honor, prestige and fame to the state of Arkansas through outstanding achievement and contributions in amateur and professional sports. Board members work to garner and leverage resources to advance the organization’s mission, encourage and promote higher education through the funding of scholarships to deserving student-athletes, and raise awareness of the organization across the state.