Minority business leaders recognized at annual awards event

Dr. Charlotte Green receives Lifetime Achievement Award


CONWAY, Ark. (Oct. 14, 2019) – Dr. Charlotte Green, assistant professor at the University of Central Arkansas and former district administrator at Conway Public Schools, is the 2019 recipient of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Together with four other award winners, Green accepted the award at the Chamber’s eighth annual Minority Enterprise Development Awards reception, presented by Northwestern Mutual.

The awards reception took place Thursday, Oct. 3, at Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas. Since 2012, the event has celebrated the achievements of minority entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the individuals and organizations committed to advancing minority business enterprise. With the exception of the Chamber-appointed Advocate for Opportunity Award, community members nominated individuals or organizations for each award category.

Held in partnership with UCA Public Appearances, the MED Awards included remarks by John Quiñones, renowned journalist, speaker, and host and creator of ABC’s What Would You Do? All MED ticket holders received admission to Quiñones’ lecture at Reynolds Performance Hall.

In addition to honoring Dr. Charlotte Green with the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Chamber presented the Minority Business of the Year Award to Chris Hervey of Christopher Hervey: Allstate Insurance; the Outstanding Young Minority Professional Award to Dr. George Parks Jr. of New Hope Baptist Church; the Minority Executive of the Year Award to Marcus Elliott of Conway Regional Health System; and the Advocate for Opportunity Award to Robert “Bunny” Adcock Jr. for his work with Opportunity Matters Arkansas.


The 2019 MED award recipients are pictured with representatives of the event’s sponsors (from left): Marcus Elliott, Conway Regional Health System – Minority Executive of the Year; Meryll Soriano, Sam's Club – Awards Sponsor; Dr. Charlotte Green, University of Central Arkansas – Lifetime Achievement Award; Dr. George Parks Jr., New Hope Baptist Church – Outstanding Young Minority Professional; Chris Hervey, Christopher Hervey: Allstate Insurance – Minority Business of the Year; Bunny Adcock, Opportunity Matters Arkansas – Advocate for Opportunity; and Jessica Clawson, Northwestern Mutual – Presenting Sponsor.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Charlotte Green

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates high standards of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment over a sustained period of time. The award is granted to an individual who has played an integral role in the creative, technical, or professional progress of minority business development over the course of their life. 

Throughout her 23-year career, Dr. Charlotte Green has made a positive impact on countless lives. As an educator, she understands that quality communities build educational pipelines for students’ success. Those pipelines start at birth and continue through college. Her goal is to work with communities to create uncompromised systems at every level of the pipeline.

Within Conway Public Schools, she served as an elementary teacher, gifted specialist, principal, and district administrator. At the University of Central Arkansas, she is an assistant professor in the College of Education and created the Cultural Proficient Institute, giving students who plan to teach an opportunity to become more culturally competent and better equipped to teach in any school district. In 2011, Green founded Arkansas Preschool Plus, a nonprofit that focuses on school readiness, putting books in the homes of countless children. She worked with a state steering committee and Arkansas legislators to establish Arkansas Imagination Library and now serves as its executive director.

Green serves on the boards for the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Faulkner County Community Foundation, as well as United Way of Faulkner County. She previously served as the education chair of the Faulkner County NAACP, the curriculum chair for the Conway Area Leadership Institute, and the planning committee chair for Community Action Program for Central Arkansas. She travels nationally, discussing the correlation between strategic parenting and student achievement.

Minority Business of the Year: Christopher Hervey: Allstate Insurance

The Minority Business of the Year recognizes a business whose practices have had a significant impact on the community.

hervey-agency-allstate-med-2019-minority-businessAs a business owner, Chris Hervey has made it his mission to use his professional platform to enrich and diversify the Conway and Faulkner County community. Through staff development and outreach efforts, he has done just that.

Driven by his passion to help the community, Hervey began his work as an Allstate agent in 2016. Each day, the team at the Hervey Agency works to educate clients about the importance of protecting what is important to them. Hervey prides himself on hiring local talent within the Faulkner County community, providing a quality training program for employees, and offering outstanding customer service.

Several local youth-based nonprofit organizations have benefitted from the support of the Hervey Agency, including Young Empowered Sisters (Y.E.S.), Distinguished Gentleman’s Club Mentor Program, the Academics First Scholarship Program, and others.

Outstanding Young Minority Professional: Dr. George Parks Jr.

The Outstanding Young Minority Professional Award is presented to a minority business owner or professional between the ages of 21-39 who has committed themself to business and community service.

george-parks-2019-med-young-minority-professionalWith a mission of “building faith and sharing love,” Dr. George Parks Jr. has led his 92-year-old church to be a community of faith for all ages. Under his direction, New Hope Baptist Church has expanded the scope of existing local partnerships to better serve the needs of neighborhood residents, providing activities and resources to accommodate the personal, social, and spiritual needs of adults, college students, and children alike.

Together with church leadership, Parks has led his congregation to be a minority church on the cutting edge of soul transformation through worship and systematic community engagement.

Minority Executive of the Year: Marcus Elliott

The Minority Executive of the Year is presented to the owner, executive, or leader of a business who has displayed outstanding performance in either an individual or collaborative endeavor.

marcus-elliott-minority-exec-med-2019As director of corporate health services for Conway Regional Health System, Marcus Elliott works with employers throughout central Arkansas to develop initiatives to promote the health of their employees, coordinating with several areas throughout the hospital. During his two years at Conway Regional, Elliott has developed and implemented comprehensive heart and health screenings and formed steadfast partnerships with employers.

The community may recognize him best from his design of the first VIP Colonoscopy Screenings at Conway Regional this past February, where he gathered nine community leaders to raise awareness of the steps that can be taken to prevent colon cancer. His experience as a leader and team player with Arkansas Razorback Football carries over to his work still today.

Advocate for Opportunity Award: Bunny Adcock

The Advocate for Opportunity Award is presented to an individual, organization, or business that has demonstrated significant accomplishments in advocating for minority business enterprises.

In a surprise announcement, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Robert “Bunny” Adcock Jr. with the Advocate for Opportunity Award for his work with Opportunity Matters Arkansas, a nonprofit organization that provides home ownership opportunities to ITIN – Individual Taxpayer Identification Number – holders. Adcock is vice chairman for Centennial Bank.

At the reception, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Brad Lacy announced that the award will be named the Bunny Adcock Advocate for Opportunity Award in the future.


In addition to presenting sponsor Northwestern Mutual, sponsors of the 2019 MED Awards included NABCO Mechanical & Electrical Inc., Sam’s Club, Acxiom, and Simmons Bank.