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Industry Councils

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.

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

  • 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

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

  • Wayne Hunt photo

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

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

  • Susan L. Lang photo

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

  • Brett Norman
    Business Development Manager, Trace Genomics
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • Henry N. “Hank” Reichle Jr.
    President and CEO, Staple Cotton Cooperative Association (Staplcotn)
    Greenwood, Miss.
    Memphis Zone

  • Tania Seger
    Vice President of Finance, North American Commercial Operations, Monsanto Co.
    St. Louis
    St. Louis Zone

Health Care

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

  • Carla Balch
    President and COO, TransMed Systems
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

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

  • Cynthia Crone
    Research Faculty Member, 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, a Haier company
    Louisville, Ky.
    Louisville Zone

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

  • Leanne L. Lefler
    Associate Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Nursing
    Little Rock, Ark.
    Little Rock Zone

  • Brandy N. Kelly Pryor
    Senior Director of Programs, Humana Foundation
    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

  • Ray Dillon photo

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

  • Martin Edwards Jr.
    President, Edwards Management Inc., REALTORS®
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • John F. Eilermann Jr.
    Chairman and CEO, McBride & Son Homes
    Chesterfield, Mo.
    St. Louis 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
    Realtor, Semonin REALTORS®
    Louisville, Ky.
    Louisville Zone

  • Madison C. Silvert

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

Transportation

  • 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 photo

    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

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

  • William J. “Bill” Mines
    Senior Vice President of Finance and Strategy, Supply Chain, Walmart U.S.
    Bentonville, Ark.
    Little Rock Zone

  • Toks Omishakin

    Toks Omishakin
    Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Environment and Planning, Tennessee Department of Transportation
    Nashville, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • Brent Stottlemyre photo

    Brent Stottlemyre
    CFO, UniGroup Inc.
    Fenton, Mo.
    St. Louis Zone

  • David Tatman
    Executive Director, Kentucky Automotive Industry Association; Associate Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing, Western Kentucky University
    Rockfield, Ky.
    Louisville Zone