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, 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 photo

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

John Rodgers Brashier photo

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

Cynthia Edwards photo

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

Sam Fiorello photo

Sam J. Fiorello
COO and Senior Vice President, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; President, BRDG Park
St. Louis
St. Louis Zone

Edward O. Fryar Jr. photo

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

Dana Huber photo

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 photo

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

Ted Longacre photo

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

Brett Norman photo

Brett Norman
Director of Sales and Marketing, Mavrx Inc.
Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis Zone

Chris Novak photo

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

Tania Seger photo

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

Health Care Council

Rhamy Alejeal photo

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

Carla Balch photo

Carla Balch
President, NantCare;  Senior Vice President, Clinical Strategy, NantKwest Inc.
Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis Zone

Mike Castellano photo

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

Cynthia Crone photo

Cynthia Crone
Faculty Instructor, 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 photo

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

Diana Han photo

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

Lisa M. Klesges photo

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

Susan L. Lang photo

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

Jason M. Little photo

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

Brandy N. Kelly Pryor photo

Brandy N. Kelly Pryor
Director, Center for Health Equity for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
Louisville, Ky.
Louisville Zone

Robert Ryall

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

Alan Wheatley photo

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

Real Estate Council

Mark A. Bentley photo

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

Ray Dillon photo

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

Martin Edwards Jr. photo

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

J.T. Ferstl photo

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

David L. Hardy photo

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

Janet Horlacher photo

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

Larry K. Jensen photo

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

Joshua Poag photo

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

Lester T. Sanders photo

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

Transportation Council

Bryan Day photo

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

Michael D. Garriga photo

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

Stephanie Ivey photo

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

David Keach photo

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

Mike McCarthy photo

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

Mark L. McCloud photo

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

Judy R. McReynolds photo

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

Brent Stottlemyre photo

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

David Tatman photo

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