Martie North Hamilton and Scott Hamilton have always called Arkansas home. Scott was born in Little Rock and Martie at the Little Rock Air Force Base; Scott attended Hall High School and Martie attended Searcy High School; Scott completed his bachelor’s degree at Hendrix College and Martie completed hers at Harding University.
Every step of the way, Arkansas was there.
Scott shook things up when he attended Rockhurst College for his MBA and the University of Missouri at Kansas City for his J.D., but he returned home. He currently serves as CEO of the Urban League of Arkansas, a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote economic and social prosperity through advocacy, community partnerships, programs and services. The Urban League is one of the few statewide affiliates of the National Urban League, the oldest and largest community-based, civil rights organization in America.
When Scott isn’t at the Urban League or working on cars, he can be found volunteering with ARORA, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas, City Year and Philander Smith College.
Meanwhile, Martie is the senior vice president for community impact and CRA strategy for Simmons Bank, and her work doesn’t stop there. Martie shares her husband’s love for helping the community and is an avid volunteer for the following groups: ACHANGE, Friends of Mosaic Templars, Arkansas Advocates, University District Development Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Community Development Advisory Committee, American Bankers Community Engagement and Reinvestment Committee, Diversity Council, Arkansas Bankers Association and CRA Association.
The couple has learned a thing or two while living in and serving Arkansas, and they each found pieces of advice along the way they believe to be the best.
Scott encourages people to, “Take the time to understand as much of any situation that you’re in before acting or responding,” and Martie would like to remind anyone doubting themselves, “You are enough.”
The couple has learned a thing or two while living in and serving Arkansas