Industry Councils

The St. Louis Fed's four industry councils were created in 2006, and each council represents a specific industry that is critical to the Federal Reserve's Eighth District. The councils are designed to build a consistent and dependable line of communication about economic conditions between St. Louis Fed staff members and industry representatives throughout the District. The council members' observations complement the data and information developed through the Federal Reserve's Beige Book, the St. Louis Fed's Burgundy Books and meetings of the Reserve Bank's boards of directors.

Each council is based in one of the St. Louis Fed's four offices: Little Rock, Ark. (agribusiness), Louisville, Ky. (health care), Memphis, Tenn. (transportation) and St. Louis (real estate). The councils meet twice a year.

Agribusiness | Health Care | Real Estate | Transportation

Agribusiness Council


Meredith B. Allen
President and CEO, Staple Cotton Cooperative Association
Greenwood, Miss.
Memphis Zone

Cecil C. (Barney) Barnett
Chairman, Algood Food Company
Louisville, Ky.
Louisville Zone

John Rodgers Brashier
Vice President, Consolidated Catfish Producers LLC
Isola, Miss.
Memphis Zone

Cynthia Edwards
Deputy Secretary, Arkansas Agriculture Department
Little Rock, Ark.
Little Rock Zone

Sam Fiorello
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and President of the Bio Research & Development Growth Park St. Louis
St. Louis, Mo.
St. Louis Zone

Edward O. Fryar Jr.
CEO and Founder, Ozark Mountain Poultry
Rogers, Ark.
Little Rock Zone

Dana Huber
Vice President, Marketing/Public Relations, Huber's Orchard, Winery and Vineyards, and Starlight Distillery
Borden, Ind.
Louisville Zone

Wayne Hunt
President, H&R Agri-Power
Hopkinsville, Ky.
Louisville Zone

Ted Longacre
CEO, Mesa Foods LLC
Louisville, Ky.
Louisville Zone

Brett Norman
CEO and co-founder, AgSmarts
St. Louis
St. Louis Zone

Chris Novak

Chris Novak
CEO, National Corn Growers Association
St. Louis
St. Louis Zone

Tania Seger
Vice President, Finance, North America Commercial Operations, Monsanto Co.
St. Louis
St. Louis Zone

Health Care Council

Rhamy Alejeal
Owner and CEO, Poplar Financial
Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis Zone

Mike Castellano
CEO, Esse Health
St. Louis
St. Louis Zone

Cynthia Crone
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
Little Rock, Ark.
Little Rock Zone

June McAllister Fowler
Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing, BJC HealthCare
St. Louis
St. Louis Zone

Diana Han
Chief Medical Officer, GE Appliances
Louisville, Ky.
Louisville Zone

Lisa M. Klesges
Professor of Epidemiology, University of Memphis
Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis Zone

Susan L. Lang
CEO, HooPayz.com
St. Louis
St. Louis Zone

Jason M. Little
President and CEO, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation
Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis Zone

Robert "Bo" Ryall
President and CEO, Arkansas Hospital Association
Little Rock, Ark.
Little Rock Zone

Alan Wheatley
President, Retail Segment, Humana
Louisville, Ky.
Louisville Zone

Anthony Zipple
President and CEO, Seven Counties Services Inc.
Louisville, Ky.
Louisville Zone

Real Estate Council

Mark A. Bentley
Principal, Managing Director
Central Arkansas, Colliers International
Little Rock, Ark.
Little Rock Zone

Kathy Deck

Katherine A. Deck
Director, Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas
Little Rock, Ark.
Little Rock Zone

Martin Edwards Jr.
President, Edwards Management Inc., Realtors
Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis Zone

David L. Hardy
Managing Director, CBRE, Inc.
Louisville, Ky.
Louisville Zone

Janet Horlacher
President, Janet McAfee Inc.
St. Louis
St. Louis Zone

Larry K. Jensen
President and CEO
Cushman & Wakefield │ Commercial Advisors
Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis Zone

Gregory J. Kozicz
President and CEO, Alberici Corp.
St. Louis
St. Louis Zone

Joshua Poag
President and CEO,
Poag Shopping Centers, LLC
Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis Zone

Lester T. Sanders
Realtor, Semonin Realtors
Louisville, Ky.
Louisville Zone

Transportation Council

Bryan Day
Executive Director, Little Rock Port Authority
Little Rock, Ark.
Little Rock Zone

Michael D. Garriga
Executive Director of State Government Affairs,
BNSF Railway
Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis Zone

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge
Director of Airports, Lambert International Airport
St. Louis
St. Louis Zone

Stephanie Ivey
Associate Professor, University of Memphis
Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis Zone

David Keach
President and CEO, Gateway Truck & Refrigeration
Collinsville, Ill.
St. Louis Zone

Mike McCarthy
President, Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
St. Louis
St. Louis Zone

Mark L. McCloud
Chief Financial Officer, UPS Airlines
Louisville, Ky.
Louisville Zone

Judy R. McReynolds
Chairman, President and CEO, ArcBest Corp.
Fort Smith, Ark.
Little Rock Zone

Brent Stottlemyre

Brent Stottlemyre
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,
UniGroup
St. Louis
St. Louis Zone