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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

  • 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 Co.
    Newport, Ark.
    Little Rock Zone

  • Brett Norman photo

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

  • Chris Novak photo

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

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

  • Tania Seger photo

    Tania Seger
    Vice President of Finance, North American 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 and COO, TransMed Systems
    Memphis, Tenn.
    Memphis Zone

  • Mike Castellano photo

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

  • Cynthia Crone photo

    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 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, a Haier company
    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

  • Leanne L. Lefler
    Associate Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Nursing
    Little Rock, Ark.
    Little Rock 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
    Senior Director of Programs, Humana Foundation
    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

  • 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. photo

    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 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

  • Greg M. Joslin

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

  • Madison C. Silvert

    Madison C. Silvert
    President, The Malcolm Bryant Corp.
    Owensboro, 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

  • Bertram C. “Bert” Hodge

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

  • Stephanie Ivey photo

    Stephanie Ivey
    Director, 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

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

  • Judy R. McReynolds photo

    Judy R. McReynolds
    Chairman, President and CEO, ArcBest Corp.
    Fort Smith, 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 photo

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