Prime: River Valley Professional Summit

Prime: River Valley Professional Summit is led by a volunteer board of local leaders committed to the attraction, retention, and development of the rising young talent in the River Valley.

Prime: River Valley Professional Summit is led by a volunteer board of local leaders committed to the attraction, retention, and development of the rising young talent necessary to drive economic growth and encourage a growing entrepreneurial culture in the River Valley.

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PIVOT!!! Rise. Thrive. --> That's our 2020 theme!
Get tickets to the 3rd Annual Prime: River Valley Professional Summit! $10 General Admission, FREE for UAFS students


Prime: River Valley Professional Summit

Pivot. Rise. Thrive. -- Has there ever been a more timely theme for an event? Join us on Friday, November 6 for the 3rd annual Prime River Valley Professional Summit. Tickets on sale NOW - $10 General Admission!

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students can attend for free.

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More details coming soon including speakers and schedule. #PrimeFortSmith Attend the 3rd Annual Prime: River Valley Professional Summit on Friday, November 6, at The Bakery District in downtown Fort Smith.

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PRIME: Jason Turner Aug. 13, 2020

Wow! What a great turnout today for our Lunch & Learn Event with Jason Turner of ArcBest. If you missed the event, don't worry! You can watch it at this link at your convenience:

Thank you, Jason, for your time and message, and thank you to all who attended. We hope you found some great takeaways from the Leadership vs. Management message. #PrimeFortSmith

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TODAY is the day! Join us at NOON for a virtual lunch and learn event with Jason Turner, ArcBest Vice President of Talent and Growth Initiatives. Link to join:

Leadership vs. Management
Leadership is about getting people to understand and believe in your vision and to work with you to achieve your goals while managing is more about administering and making sure the day-to-day things are happening as they should. Is one better than the other? Join Jason as he explains the difference in detail and what he has learned through many years of wading the waters of how to be an effective manager while adopting a strong leadership approach.

About Jason Turner
Jason Turner: Vice President — Talent and Growth Initiatives at ArcBest
Jason previously served as Chief Operating Officer of ABF Logistics, an ArcBest company, from January 2015 to July 2016. He was President of the Albert Companies, an ArcBest subsidiary, since 2009 where he led Albert’s moving and storage brands that serve customers in the consumer, corporate account and government segments. Before joining ArcBest, he held several leadership positions with POCO Graphite Inc., leading numerous quality and change management initiatives. Mr. Turner has served on several trade association boards and committees and with nonprofit organizations. Mr. Turner earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Northwestern State University and a master’s degree in business administration from North Texas University. Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, confer...

Prime Update! Our Lunch & Learn Event with Jason Turner of ArcBest is going virtual! We will host this event virtually on Thursday, August 13. Access to view the virtual event will be provided closer to date. Registration is encouraged but not required to join.

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Prime Lunch & Learn with Jason Turner

Have you registered for the Prime Lunch & Learn with Jason Turner? It's not too late to secure your spot AND get a free lunch! Sign up here:

We will also live stream the event on Facebook for those who cannot make it in-person. If you choose to attend in-person, you must register. Join us for our Lunch & Learn Event. Free to attend but registration is required. Lunch provided for in-person attendees (50 person limit).

Join us for a free lunch and learn event with Jason Turner, ArcBest Vice President of Talent and Growth Initiatives. Lunch is provided only for those who register to attend. This event is limited to 50 people, per the guidelines of the Arkansas Department of Health. The event will be live-streamed on Facebook for those who cannot attend in person. Registration will close once 50 people have registered to attend in-person. Thank you for your understanding! Masks will be required and provided for attendees.


University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Alumni

Today's #AlumniSpotlight is on May 2007 graduate, Keith Lux! Keith was a Business Admin major and currents works as a Financial Advisor for Ameriprise Financial in Fort Smith.

Keith said he enjoyed his time on campus and " Made a lot of great friends and developed connections with professors that I still run into today! I was fortunate enough to find an internship with Ameriprise at the end of my freshman year. That internship led to a career for me. This month marks my 16th year working for Ameriprise in a variety of different roles. Since graduation, I have enjoyed returning to campus and being able to help students. I have been involved in the Mentor Connections program for 3 years as a young alumni mentor. It has been a great way to develop connections in the community and learn from both the students and the executive mentors".

Keith will be doing a special free virtual presentation on Pandemic Personal Finance tomorrow, April 14th on our page! #UAFS #LionPride #UAFSAlumni

[03/16/20]   Due to concerns about COVID-19 and based on recommendations from the CDC, the Prime: River Valley Professional Summit Board has voted to CANCEL the Prime Lunch & Learn with Jason Turner. We WILL reschedule this event, so please stay tuned to our page for the latest.

Thank you for your understanding!

Prime Lunch & Learn with Jason Turner

We're getting close to the Prime Lunch & Learn with Jason Turner! Get registered and get a free lunch! Sign up here: Join us for our first Lunch & Learn Event. This event is free to attend but registration is required. Lunch provided.

Congratulations to Prime Board Member Dalton Person on his appointment to the Fort Smith Public Schools Board of Education!

We are very excited to welcome Dalton Person to the Fort Smith Public Schools Board of Education. Dalton was officially elected to the school board yesterday and will be sworn in at our next board of education meeting on March 16. Get to know Dalton in a Q&A feature below and join us in welcoming him to the Board of Education! #FSPSProud

Q. Where did you graduate high school?
A. I'm a proud graduate of Southside High School and the Fort Smith Public School District.

Q. Where did you go to college?
A. I graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago before obtaining a juris doctor from the University of Arkansas.

Q. What was your undergraduate program of study?
A. My major was in political science with a focus in international relations and political theory.

Q. Who was your favorite teacher?
A. Every teacher from kindergarten through law school influenced me and deepened my knowledge in some way. I never had a single teacher that I did not admire. I have a great amount of respect for those who choose such an honorable profession molding future generations.

Q. Why are you interested in serving on the school board?
A. I am a product of this school system. I have several relatives, including my mother, who work for this school system, as well as friends and colleagues whose families remain involved. I want Fort Smith Public Schools to succeed. My hope is that each student in the district will confidently graduate one day with a skill and plan for their future.

Q. What do you think are the top three biggest challenges that face public education?
A. Universally, I think the biggest challenge for educators is meeting children where they are. More than 70% of students in our district receive a free or reduced price meal. Their home lives are radically diverse. Yet, teachers only have them for a set number of hours each week. Being able to provide all students with a quality education regardless of their home life will always be a challenge, but it is our most important duty. At a state level, Arkansas has a unique and challenging process for funding our public education system. Using our allocated funds for maximum benefit is another challenge. Locally, it's important that we provide an equitable education at each of our schools. There are more than 25 schools in our district, and maintaining equity among each of them is very important.

Q. What opportunities do you see for the future of education?
A. In this information age with constant technological advances, there continue to be more innovative ways to offer a quality education to our students. The challenge is harnessing those advances in a way that allows for the most good.

Q. What is your favorite pastime?
A. I love watching sports, reading, and listening to podcasts. On occasion, all at the same time, at least until my wife makes me stop.

As we reflect on a successful 2019 Summit, we want to say a big THANK YOU to all of our 2019 Sponsors who shared in our vision to bring this event to life in Fort Smith. Our Presenting Sponsor was Propak Corporation.

Transportation Sponsor: Midwest Bus Sales

Platinum Sponsors: Baxter Investments, Rheem Manufacturing

Gold Sponsors: ABB, First National Bank of Fort Smith, Rotary Club of Fort Smith, OK Foods, Inc.

Silver Sponsors: Chambers Bank, Nabholz, Landmark CPAs

Bronze Sponsors: Trinity Multifamily - Zero St., Ameriprise Financial, Belle Point Beverages, Edward Jones - Financial Advisor Libby Meyer

More Great Sponsors: 64.6 Downtown, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Alumni, Rightmind Advertising

Meet our 2019 Sponsors! Interested in becoming a sponsor? Visit for more information.

[01/07/20]   Long overdue shoutout to The Bakery District and Property Manager Lachelle Rolandelli for her attention to detail and all her help making our first two annual summits successful. Prime will be back at the The Bakery District in 2020!

PRIME SURVEY TIME! Let us know your thoughts on this year's event @

Did you attend Prime yesterday? We're looking for feedback. Leave a review on our page, drop a comment or send a message to let us know what you liked and where we can improve. Your opinion matters because we want to be even better next year. Thank you for attending! #primefortsmith

Professional summit hosted in Sebastian County

Thanks to KNWA - Northwest Arkansas News for covering our event! #primefortsmith The second annual PRIME summit brought together several organizations to attract young professionals to the area.

Downtown leaders encourage Fort Smith residents to use existing amenities

Thanks to the Southwest Times Record for covering our event! #primefortsmith Those invested in Fort Smith want residents to use amenities already in downtown even as more continue to move into the area. Unexpected Festival Director

Cheers to a great event! Thank you to our wonderful attendees and sponsors for making our event a success. #primefortsmith

Thanks to Pawfficer Fuzz for stopping by! #primefortsmith Fort Smith Police Department

It's PRIME time! We're excited for a great day of presentations and networking @ Prime: River Valley Professional Summit 2019! #primefortsmith


FREE parking is available in red and yellow circled lots. Shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes from the RED lot only to the Bakery Entrance from 8am through 9:15am.

Please do not attempt to park in the Bakery District parking lot. Thank you!

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Buses will run during the day to 5 Star and following the After Party through 7pm to the Red lot only.

•Red circled lot address: 600 Garland Avenue
•Yellow circled lot address: 742 Carnall Avenue
•The Bakery is located at 70 South 7th Street.

Remember -- metered parking is available in downtown Fort Smith and is free after 5 pm.

Thank you to Midwest Bus Sales for providing transportation!


Apple Watch Giveaway contest details! ⌚️ #primefortsmith

PRIME IS TOMORROW! 😁 Check as your information resource for schedule, parking info, speakers, sponsors and more.

Go to to get your tickets, or pay at the door!

Mark "Going" at Prime: River Valley Professional Summit 2019

🧐 YES, you're reading that right! We're giving away a $250 Best Buy gift card at our After Party event. If you're a REGISTERED Prime Attendee, you're in the drawing. Must be present to win!

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Live from Fort Smith Coffee Co., Dalton and Rham talk all things Prime: River Valley Professional Summit 2019!
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Live from Fort Smith Coffee Co. talking Prime: River Valley Professional Summit, an event coming up this Friday in Downtown Fort Smith at The Bakery District! Get your tickets at
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Catered by 21 West End and live music by Jon Dooly! Food and drinks FREE to Prime attendees (must show Prime wristband to enter and enjoy).

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What's for lunch on Friday? 😋 Glad you asked! We're letting our attendees loose on downtown to enjoy lunch at one of several options! Score 10% off when you show your Prime wristband.

Thank you to La Huerta Grill on Garrison, Fort Smith Brew Co Downtown, AJ's Oyster House, Fort Smith Coffee Co., Thai Curry Fort Smith, Gus's Bar and Grill, Neumeier's Rib Room & Beer Garden, The Artistic Bean Coffee House and Rolando's Nuevo Latino Restaurante for hosting our attendees!

Tags in comments! Lunch is 12-1:15 - plenty of time to grab a quick bite! :)

Want a better way to tell time? Attend PRIME on Friday for your shot at winning a brand new APPLE WATCH!

Register @ the link below or @ the door. Just $25 gets you full conference access + after party + a chance to win an Apple watch. 😁

Contest details announced at the event. Must be present to win!

When we say we're backed by the best, we mean it! Thank you to our awesome sponsors; we are so glad to have you on board. Prime Fall Summit is on Friday! Get tickets now at the link below or at the door on Friday.


Presenting Sponsor is Propak Corporation!

View sponsors at or in our album below!


We are proud to support Prime Board Member Jay Richardson, who is seeking to continue his position as State Representative for District 78 in Fort Smith!

State Representative Jay Richardson - District 78

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