Industry Councils

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How is your community reflected in our work? Directors and advisory council members share their perspectives. Watch the videos and read the blogs.

The St. Louis Fed's four industry councils help to build a consistent line of communication between our staff and industry representatives. Council members' observations complement data and information developed through the Federal Reserve's Beige Book, and their keen insights on the economic conditions affecting their businesses, organizations and industries help to inform discussion at Federal Open Market Committee meetings. The councils were created in 2006; they meet twice a year. To learn more, download our Industry Council Brochure (PDF).

Each council is based at one of our offices and represents an industry critical to the Eighth Federal Reserve District:

  1. Agribusiness - Little Rock, Ark.
  2. Health Care - Louisville, Ky.
  3. Real Estate - St. Louis
  4. Transportation - Memphis, Tenn.

Agribusiness

  • Bruce L. Ahrendsen
    Professor, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture and Bumpers College
    Fayetteville, Ark.
    Little Rock Zone

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

  • Ray Dillon photo

    Ray Dillon
    Former President and CEO, Deltic Timber Corp.
    Little Rock, Ark.
    Little Rock Zone

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

  • Headshot of Sharon Furches

    Sharon Furches
    Owner, Furches Farms Partnership
    Murray, Ky.
    Louisville Zone

  • Dominique Gumirakiza
    Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, Department of Agriculture and Food Science, Western Kentucky University
    Bowling Green, Ky.
    Louisville Zone

  • Jennifer H. James
    Owner, H&J Land Co.
    Newport, Ark.
    Little Rock Zone

  • Susan L. Lang photo

    Susan L. Lang
    President, Bumper Crop Farm LLC
    Somerville, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • Wade Litton

    Wade Litton
    President and CEO, Wade Inc.
    Greenwood, Miss.
    Memphis Zone

  • Kathleen Roberts

    Kathleen Roberts
    Senior Vice President, Institutional Recovery Management, CoBank
    St. Louis
    St. Louis Zone

  • Shari Rogge-Fidler

    Shari Rogge-Fidler
    President and CEO, Farm Foundation
    Oak Brook, Ill.
    St. Louis Zone

  • Tania Seger
    Head of North America Finance, Bayer Crop Science
    St. Louis
    St. Louis Zone

  • Rick Siemer

    Richard C. Siemer
    President, Siemer Milling Co.
    Teutopolis, Ill.
    St. Louis Zone

Health Care

  • Rhamy Alejeal
    Founder and CEO, People Processes
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • Carla Balch
    Founder and CEO, Spesana Inc.
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • Headshot of Nick Barto

    Nick Barto
    Chief Financial Officer, BJC HealthCare
    St. Louis
    St. Louis Zone

  • Mike Castellano
    Strategic Advisor, Esse Health
    St. Louis
    St. Louis Zone

  • Zach Chandler
    Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • Headshot of Julie Erickson

    Julie Erickson
    President and CEO, Rx Outreach
    St. Louis
    St. Louis Zone

  • Diana Han
    Vice President, Global Health, Unilever
    Louisville, Ky.
    Louisville Zone

  • Lisa M. Klesges
    Professor and Founding Dean Emeritus, University of Memphis, School of Public Health
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • Leanne L. Lefler
    Professor and Associate Dean for Research, University of Memphis, Loewenberg College of Nursing
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • Headshot of Dr. Pearl Anna McElfish

    Pearl Anna McElfish
    Director, Office of Community Health and Research, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    Springdale, Ark.
    Little Rock Zone

  • Brandy N. Kelly Pryor
    Founder and CEO, BKP Strategies
    Louisville, Ky.
    Louisville 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

Real Estate

  • Amy Berg
    President, S. M. Wilson & Co.
    St. Louis
    St. Louis Zone

  • Bill Burns

    William “Bill” Burns
    Broker/Owner, RE/MAX FIRST
    Jeffersonville, Ind.
    Louisville Zone

  • Andy Cates

    Andy Cates
    CEO, Colliers International-Memphis
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • Lisa C. Ferrell

    Lisa C. Ferrell
    Founder, President and CEO
    North Bluffs Development Corp.
    North Little Rock, Ark.
    Little Rock Zone

  • J.T. Ferstl
    President, Ferstl Valuation Services
    Little Rock, Ark.
    Little Rock Zone

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

  • Larry K. Jensen photo

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

  • Greg M. Joslin

    Greg M. Joslin
    Senior Broker, Colliers International Arkansas
    Little Rock, Ark.
    Little Rock Zone

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

  • Lester T. Sanders
    Vice Chair, Housing Opportunity Committee, National Association of REALTORS®
    Louisville, Ky.
    Louisville Zone

  • Headshot of IC member Melissa Setser

    Melissa Setser
    Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management, The DESCO Group
    St. Louis
    St. Louis Zone

  • Madison C. Silvert

    Madison C. Silvert
    President, The Malcolm Bryant Corp.
    Owensboro, Ky.
    Louisville Zone

Transportation

  • Scott Brockman

    Scott A. Brockman
    President and CEO, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone


  • Aaron S. Burkes
    CEO, Northwest Arkansas National Airport
    Bentonville, Ark.
    Little Rock Zone

  • Headshot of Condrad Daniels

    Condrad Daniels
    President, HJI Supply Chain Solutions
    Louisville, Ky.
    Louisville Zone

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

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

  • Bertram C. “Bert” Hodge

    Bertram C. “Bert” Hodge
    General Manager, Heritage Ford
    Corydon, Ind.
    Louisville Zone

  • Stephanie Ivey
    Director, Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute, University of Memphis
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • Woman in grey suit jacket and orange blouse

    Stacey Lyons
    Manager, Government and Public Affairs, Canadian National Railway
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • John Waggoner

    John Waggoner
    Founder and Chairman, American Queen Voyages
    New Albany, Ind.
    Louisville Zone

  • Zach Wagner
    CEO, Gateway Truck & Refrigeration
    Collinsville, Ill.
    St. Louis Zone

  • Brent Wood
    President, Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
    St. Louis
    St. Louis Zone

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