Senior Vice President Robert Hopkins leads the Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, serving the majority of Arkansas, except northeast Arkansas. Our staff supervise banks, offer cash services for such institutions, participate in community development efforts and provide economic education, among other duties.
Ray Dillon is the former chairman of the Little Rock Branch board of directors and former CEO of Arkansas-based Deltic Timber Corp. He now serves on the St. Louis Fed’s real estate council. Dillon respects how much attention is paid to gathering accurate data — “real data from the grassroots level of this country” — to help form monetary policy.
On an April 2018 tour, President James Bullard met with bankers, spoke at a breakfast presentation during the Arkansas Bankers Association and Arkansas State Bank Department’s Day with the Commissioner, visited Kimberly-Clark’s plant in Maumelle, Ark., and met with the Branch board of directors.
Learn about upcoming events, news and data pertaining to the Little Rock Zone.
The Little Rock Branch’s board of directors provides one of the most direct ways for Branch staff to gauge the economic conditions of the area. Representing all parts of the Little Rock Zone, the seven members of the board play a major role in helping the St. Louis Fed monitor the economic pulse of the area.
The St. Louis Fed’s Industry Councils are also a significant part of the conversation. The four councils—Health Care, Real Estate, Agribusiness and Transportation, the last of which is headed by the Little Rock regional executive—consist of industry leaders around the District who gather semiannually to discuss business conditions.
Executives from organizations throughout the Federal Reserve's Eighth District serve on the Bank’s Community Development Advisory Council. The executives represent nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, universities, government and foundations.
Members of the Educator Advisory Boards strengthen the Branch’s connections to schools and universities, and provide feedback about materials and opportunities for teachers.
The Little Rock Branch hosts and sponsors community development events and facilitates partnerships with local and regional nonprofits to ensure fair and equal access to credit for low-income populations.
The economic education staff promotes the teaching and learning of economics and personal finance. By working with advisory boards of local educators, the staff produces online curriculum and other lesson plans to benefit students in the region.