Gretchen Hall, president and CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, will receive the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma award presented by Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield at a ceremony scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013 in Engle Hall, the Bailey Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.Â Â A reception for Ms. Hall, students newly inducted into the international honor society, and their families will follow the ceremony.
Dr. Jane Wayland, Stephen Harrow Smith Dean of Business, noted, â€śWe are pleased to recognize Gretchen Hallâ€™s accomplishments through this annual Beta Gamma Sigma honor. She plays a leadership role in promoting Little Rock and central Arkansas, finding new ways to conduct outreach and effectively bringing others to our community.â€ťÂ Previous recipients of the Beta Gamma Sigma award are Sam Walls of Arkansas Capital Corporation (November 2012), Michael Brown of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield (May 2012), Walter Smiley of SI Bank (May 2011), and Michael A. Shelley of US Bank (May 2010).
A Sheridan native, honoree Gretchen Hall received the B.A. from Lyon College in Batesville, AR. Â Competitive basketball playing and related sports event planning there did much to guide her career path. She earned her MBA at UALR in 2010. Â Hallâ€™s first job out of college was as a tournament coordinator for USA Hoops Inc. of Dallas. She joined Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2001 as an events coordinator, later taking roles as director of destination meetings and convention services and director of merchandising and communications. She gained her current position as president & CEO in 2011.Â At the LRCVB, Hall oversees a staff of 120 working on all aspects of individual and professional travel to the area, interconnecting with both private business and public sectors. Basketball continues to figure in Hallâ€™s life; she volunteers annually in a showcase and fundraiser for high school girls.
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by the AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition that a business student can receive in programs accredited throughout its system. The UALR College of Business is an AACSB program.