Arkansas Talent

Chris Chunn & Stephanie Shine

The Arkansas Talent podcast showcases influential business professionals in Arkansas across a variety of industries including; Accounting, Finance, and Human Resources where they share their journey, knowledge, and thought leadership. With our Co-Hosts Chris Chunn & Stephanie Shine, and featured guests, you'll find information related to hiring trends, market updates, job search & career advice, and how to hire, train, and retain top talent in the state of Arkansas. This podcast was created by two experts in the recruitment industry to help both the job seeker and hiring leader find success and thrive in today's job market.

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Ep.35- Andrea Parnell: Winning the War on Talent at Southern Bancorp
Jun 12 2024
Ep.35- Andrea Parnell: Winning the War on Talent at Southern Bancorp
Discover how Andrea Parnell and her team at Southern Bancorp have mastered the art of talent acquisition. They have had incredible growth requiring over 200 new hires in which they've implemented strategic processes and HR initiatives to streamline recruitment and onboarding. In this insightful discussion, we'll uncover Southern Bancorp's preparation and innovative tactics for winning the war on talent. From targeted recruitment campaigns to onboarding, gain valuable insights to elevate your organization's ability to attract and retain top professionals. Join us as we explore Southern Bancorp's talent acquisition success story and learn strategies to conquer your own talent challenges. Andrea Parnell is a seasoned professional in the field of human resources and currently serves in the role of Chief People Officer at Southern Bancorp. With a proven track record of driving organizational success through effective people strategies, she plays a pivotal role in shaping the company’s culture and driving employee engagement.Prior to joining Southern Bancorp, she held key leadership positions in HR within the information technology and telecommunications industries where she spearheaded initiatives such as talent acquisition, performance management, succession planning, and leadership development programs.  She has a proven ability to align talent initiatives with business objectives to achieve strategic goals.She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. Andrea Parnell is also actively involved in industry associations and regularly contributes to thought leadership on topics related to HR.As Chief People Officer at Southern Bancorp, Andrea Parnell is dedicated to driving the human capital strategy forward, ensuring that the organization remains an employer of choice in a competitive labor market where talented people have options.Connect with Andrea:  (2) Andrea Parnell | LinkedIn Learn more about Southern Bancorp:  Careers - Southern Bancorp (banksouthern.com) For more information, staffing, or career advice, get in touch with Chris Chunn and Stephanie Shine via Linkedin.
Ep. 34-Matthew Duckworth: Creating a High Performing Accounting Team
May 15 2024
Ep. 34-Matthew Duckworth: Creating a High Performing Accounting Team
Join us as we sit down with our friend Matt Duckworth to discuss how to build a high performing accounting department. He will break down the different positions of an accounting team and their importance and will detail how to craft a winning team. Matthew is the founder of Rhapsodi, a financial services firm that helps early & mid-career CEOs achieve $100 million exits through acquisition and smarter financial management.  He has acted as CFO or Advisor to some of the southeast US’s top-performing businesses, including the region’s second-largest fitness chain and one of the region’s largest funeral home chains.  During this time, he led multiple M&A transactions for himself and his clients and has helped create over $30 million in equity value for clients in the last 3 years. Matt is a former Adjunct Professor in Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and has contributed to two published books, The Minimum Wage Millionaire by Bill Edgar and Bonds: The Unbeaten Path to Secure Investment Growth by Stan & Hildy Richelson (Bloomberg Press). Matt holds a Master of Business Administration, has passed FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities certifications, and holds an Advanced Certification in Value Investing from Columbia University.  Follow or Connect with Matt at https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-duckworth-53529711/For more information, staffing, or career advice, get in touch with Chris Chunn and Stephanie Shine via Linkedin.
Ep. 27-Sarah Walters: "Actually That Good"
Jan 9 2024
Ep. 27-Sarah Walters: "Actually That Good"
Sarah is the Vice President of People at ATG (Applied Technology Group) and is a passionate HR professional and an exceptional leader at ATG. We talk with Sarah about her background and career in HR, including her new role at ATG, and all of the industry leading initiatives that her and her teams are doing to help their employees achieve work/life balance that is "actually that good", including introducing a sabbatical program. Throughout her career, Sarah has worked in various industries, including technology, telecommunications, transportation, and banking, where she gained experience in talent acquisition, leadership development, corporate training, strategic HR, and mergers and acquisitions. Her exceptional skills and dedication have also been recognized, leading to her nomination and selection to attend WICT’s (Women in Cable Telecommunications) Rising Leaders program. This program offers intensive immersion in leadership analysis and case study work to enhance cable business acumen. Most recently, Sarah has been accepted as a member of the CHIEF network: a private network for executive women with a mission to change the face of leadership. Sarah graduated from Arkansas State with a degree in Psychology.  Connect with Sarah:  Sarah Walters SPHR | LinkedIn Applied Technology Group (ATG):   https://atgusa.com/ For more information, staffing, or career advice, get in touch with Chris Chunn and Stephanie Shine via Linkedin.
Ep. 23-Kait Hill, CEO Rock City Digital: The 4 Day Work Week
Dec 6 2023
Ep. 23-Kait Hill, CEO Rock City Digital: The 4 Day Work Week
In this episode of Arkansas Talent, we talk with Kait Hill about her personal story and her journey with the implementing the 4-day work week in her organization. She discusses what worked and what didn't and what she ultimately landed on for her company.  As the founder and driving force behind Rock City Digital, Kait Hill is one of Arkansas' most promising young business leaders. With a clear vision for the future of business, Kait is committed to cultivating a culture of innovation and efficiency. Her progressive thinking and remarkable achievements have garnered widespread recognition, including the Small Business Owner 30 & Under award from the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce in 2019 and a feature in Local Magazine as a Woman to Watch in 2020. Setting herself apart with a unique approach, Kait distinguishes herself in the business world through her fresh and innovative perspective. She recognizes the vital role played by individuals within an organization and highly values their contributions. Emphasizing a team-centered philosophy, Kait has carefully curated a group of passionate professionals who share a deep love for their work and a genuine connection with their colleagues. This valuable teamwork is evident in the exceptional level of dedication and consistent quality of service that Rock City Digital delivers to its clients. Moreover, her company has been recognized for it’s excellence, receiving the Best Web Designer & Best Advertising Agency awards from highly regarded publications such as AY Magazine, Arkansas Money & Politics, and Arkansas Times for three consecutive years.Get in touch with Kait on Linkedin: (2) Kait Hill ☀️ | LinkedInCheck out Rock City Digital: Little Rock's Best Digital Marketing Agency | Rock City DigitalFor more information, staffing, or career advice, get in touch with Chris Chunn and Stephanie Shine via Linkedin.
Ep. 22-Gina Smith, PHR- DEIB Unplugged: Real Talk on Diversity and Belonging
Nov 29 2023
Ep. 22-Gina Smith, PHR- DEIB Unplugged: Real Talk on Diversity and Belonging
Gina Smith is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant of Rock Region Consulting, Inc., which helps small to mid-size businesses improve their human resources by creating a culture of compliance, supporting employee engagement and building efficient administrative processes.Gina talks with us about what DEIB, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. She discusses how to foster a DEIB culture, which includes training & education, recruitment & hiring, how to measure your success, and what we can expect the future of DEIB. As a specialist on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace, Gina is frequently sought-after to advise on critical workforce concerns—from sexual harassment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Experienced in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space, her decade of industry leadership includes roles in retail, manufacturing, healthcare, communications, IT, hospitality and unionized environments.Gina holds a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Webster University. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a Professional Human Resource (PHR) certification as well as several other certifications such as a (DDI), Certified Facilitator and Ken Blanchard Certified Trainer certifications. and a HR Consultant certification.Get in touch with Gina through LinkedIn: Gina Smith, PHR, MA | LinkedInRock Region Consulting: Human Resource Consulting | Rock Region Consulting | Little RockFor more information, staffing, or career advice, get in touch with Chris Chunn and Stephanie Shine via Linkedin.
Ep. 18-Antwan Phillips, #LOVELITTLEROCK
Oct 25 2023
Ep. 18-Antwan Phillips, #LOVELITTLEROCK
In this episode of the Arkansas Talent Podcast, we speak with Antwan Phillips regarding why Little Rock is a great place to live and work....and why we #lovelittlerock. Antwan discusses the recent and upcoming projects and initiatives the city has planned and what makes the state and city a great place to move to and reside.Antwan Phillips serves as the Position 9 At-Large City Director. Phillips was elected to his first term in November 2020, serving as the City of Little Rock’s newest Director. Phillips was born and built in Little Rock. He is a graduate of John L. McClellan High School. After earning a degree in American Politics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, he came back to Little Rock and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Director Phillips has practiced law for over a decade with Wright, Lindsey & Jennings law firm, where he is a partner. At Wright, Lindsey and Jennings, Phillips specializes in trucking litigation, dental malpractice, and municipal governmental relations. Director Phillips was recognized by Arkansas Business in 2013 as one of their “20 in their 20s” and in 2020 as one of their “40 under 40.” Phillips has also served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, Little Rock Public Education Foundation, Little Rock Area Public Education Stakeholder Group, and the Pulaski County Imagination Library. He served as cochair for the Think Big Little Rock strategic planning initiative, which was charged with strategizing ways to enhance life in Little Rock and the surrounding communities. Since 2017, Phillips has also been named by Arkansas Business’ as one of the 200 most influential Arkansans. In 2017, Phillips, along with other alums of McClellan, founded the Friends and Alumni of McClellan Foundation to provide scholarships for McClellan’s graduating seniors. In 2018, Phillips launched the “Rock the Culture” podcast to discuss and provide perspective and conversation on all things Central Arkansas, all things Little Rock, all things the Culture For more information, staffing, or career advice, get in touch with Chris Chunn and Stephanie Shine via Linkedin.
Ep. 17-Jon Harrison, Meaningful Culture Impact Using Accountability
Oct 18 2023
Ep. 17-Jon Harrison, Meaningful Culture Impact Using Accountability
In this episode of Arkansas Talent, we have the opportunity to chat with Jon Harrison,  Founder and CEO of the Jon Harrison company. Jon’s mission is to transform workplace cultures into positive, thriving entities. Early in his career at Caterpillar Inc., a Fortune 100 company, Jon was recognized for his leadership approach and people skills, and the ability to drive bottom line results. Over the last half of his career, Jon was tasked with leading and transforming under-performing entities around the globe into thriving businesses. Some of his accomplishments include: leading the revival of an underperforming facility in Melbourne, Australia and overseeing the restructuring of a joint venture and company culture for thousands of employees in Japan. In his last assignment, Jon led the startup of a $180 million state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Little Rock, AR. It was during his time at Caterpillar that Jon saw first-hand how disengaged employees not only affect the bottom line of a business, they also experience having a lack of purpose, physical and emotional health issues, and negative relationships with family and friends. After seeing first-hand the impact that a high expectations/values-based work environment had on people’s lives and business results, Jon felt called to help other organizations and people achieve the same results. In 2011, Jon did just that by taking a leap of faith, leaving his executive life behind, and starting his own firm. Jon’s firm addresses the issue of “disengaged employees” head-on and shares his simple and proven method to organizations via training, advising and one-on-one coaching. Jon holds a BS in Business Economics from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Duke University. For more information, staffing, or career advice, get in touch with Chris Chunn and Stephanie Shine via Linkedin.
Ep. 16-Daryl Seaton, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System)
Oct 11 2023
Ep. 16-Daryl Seaton, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System)
In this episode, Chris & Stephanie talk with Daryl Seaton, President of Sowell Managment about his personal story and his experience implementing and daily practice of EOS (The Entrepreneurial Operating System) at Sowell.  Daryl discusses what EOS is, how it has impacted the business and a few key topics in EOS like Right Person- Right Seat, Creating Rocks, and Scorecards as well as the importance of "letting go of the vine."Daryl is a native of Northern California, Daryl began his career in financial services in 2000 with a Fortune 100 company in Sacramento, Calif. Swiftly becoming a top producer, he was promoted and in due course held responsibilities for recruiting, developing, and leading 150-plus agents/financial advisors with more than $1 billion in assets! Daryl later formed his own firm that started as a hybrid and then a Registered Investment Advisory Firm. It was at that time that he met Bill Sowell and started a partnership with Sowell Management.  After a robust eight-year relationship, Daryl accepted an invitation in 2020 to join the Sowell Management team. In 2020 Daryl started as chief operating officer, his role as an integrator is taking the company to the next peak of growth. Daryl is central to the growth planning that remains focused on new horizons for advisors, varying the offerings, and integrated technologies. By the end of 2021 Daryl was promoted to President of Sowell Management. After more than 20 years, Daryl considers himself to be a true seasoned leader in finance. His career has spanned both corporate, business ownership and community involvement. Daryl is an outdoor enthusiast and food and wine aficionado. By far, his pride and joy is his family. With the love of his life, Tammy, they are raising two boys of great character and faith – Jake and Nate. For more information, staffing, or career advice, get in touch with Chris Chunn and Stephanie Shine via Linkedin.