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Hiland Dairy executive, NFL official to speak at Chamber luncheon

Posted: March 14, 2014 - 1:58pm

Walter Coleman III, controller for Hiland Dairy Foods in Little Rock, will be the guest speaker at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming CEO Luncheon. The event, presented by Nabholz Corporation, will take place Tuesday, April 1, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Central Baptist College.

Coleman began working for Coleman Dairy Foods in June 1974, making him the fifth generation of Colemans to operate the business since it was founded in 1862. Coleman Dairy became a division of Hiland Dairy Foods in 2006. In January 2013, Coleman Dairy began marketing its dairy products under the Hiland Dairy Foods label. Combined, the companies have served for more than 220 years as farmer-owned, local dairies in the Midwest. Hiland Dairy operates 11 plants in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

In addition to serving as an executive for Hiland Dairy Foods, Walter Coleman III has spent the past 25 years as a referee for the National Football League. He wears the number 65 on the back of his striped shirt.

Coleman graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has been involved with a number of community organizations, including serving as past president of the Arkansas Dairy Products Association and Downtown Little Rock Kiwanis Club, past board member for the Milk Industry Foundation in Washington, D.C., past chairman of the Arkansas Area Council of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a current board member of the Little Rock Boys & Girls Club.

CEO Luncheons are open to all employees of Chamber member businesses. Individual tickets are $25 per person.

Reserved tables of eight are available for $200.

For reservations, call 501-327-7788 or email Whitney@ConwayArkansas.org. The reservation deadline is Monday, March 24.

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