"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand." -- Colin Powell
Although I was born in Odessa, Texas and lived for a short while in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I am by definition an Arkansas Guy at heart. I love the outdoors and everything that the natural state has from its beautiful lakes to its scenic vistas. I grew up in a small town called Dierks, Arkansas in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. After leaving to attend college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, I worked at a variety of locations in central and southwest Arkansas, before making the Magnolia area home.
I have been married to my lovely wife, Lorrie Fugitt Lightfoot, for over 31 years and we have been blessed with two children, John Lightfoot of Russellville, Arkansas and Rebekah Lightfoot Wagner of Pembroke, Kentucky.
My professional career has afforded me the opportunity to see business management from many perspectives, from serving as a small business owner in Magnolia, AR to working as a management and staff training manager.
Over many years I have found that my true passion lies in teaching and developing others. The most rewarding aspect of the job, for me, is to see others utilize their potential to realize success.
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, BSBA
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, School of Graduate Studies, MBA
Seminars and Professional Coursework --
Social Media Advertising, Local Ace Branding, Interviewing and Selection, Management Skills Training, Upper Level Management and Multi-Unit Operations, Local Market Advertising Strategies, Cost Analysis and Budget Planning, Microsoft Excel
2009- present Marketing Manager, S&S Home Center, Magnolia, AR
Responsible for developing and implementing all advertising ideas, from graphic design to creative writing, coordinating and purchasing the media outlet all the way through to the consumer. Work closely with all outside media sources providing product information, design and ad layout / proofing. Digital road sign ad creation and scheduling. Web page and social media administrator, responsible for generating all ad graphics and copy. Create in house sound system advertising. Programming sales and tracking into the store register system. Redesign and update customer product counter books. Generate in store signage for sales or new products. Oversee and update new products inventory book. Responsible for public speaking, such as live radio remote broadcast and community events. Coordinating all special events involving the public. Negotiate media contracts. In charge of all donation request. Responsible for approving promotional expenditures.
1991-2008 Owner/Operator, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Magnolia, AR
In1991 I became a partner in a KFC franchise located in Magnolia, AR. In 1998 I formed a S-corporation and bought out my partner, becoming the franchisee of record. In 2008 I concluded the sale of this corporation. Responsibilities: day to day operations and customer satisfaction of a restaurant establishment with annual sales of $800K; ordering and inventory control; cost analysis; prepare and operate within annual budget; capital expenditure decisions; managing accounts receivable and payable along with administering other accounting activities; managing human resources including-- assessing staffing requirements, scheduling recruitment and selection of new employees, developing, implementing and ensuring compliance with employee training and safety programs, team building, employee retention and growth, termination policies and administering payroll; ensure compliance with all governmental agencies such as the Health Dept. or operating in acquiescence of labor laws’ gather market research in trade area and develop successful marketing and advertising campaigns; meeting legal, insurance and financial requirements and other task associated with operating a small business.
1987-1991 KFC Restaurant Recruitment/Training Manager
Responsible for effectively communicating and implementing all store level management and hourly employee training programs, company policy transitions, employee testing, developing needs analysis, devising and overseeing action plans, provide one on one coaching to managers to, recruiting, training and development of new management candidates in a 10 store market South Arkansas. Assist in developing cost analysis and budgets for each store and the market. Developed customized curriculum for each store location based on needs analysis. RTM responsible for the daily operations of a single unit and multi-units on occasion.
1984-1987 KFC Restaurant General Manager
Single Unit Management at multiple locations in Little Rock and Southern Arkansas.
ARK-LA-TEX KFC Advertising Co-Op President
Served five consecutive terms in an elected non-salary position on the Shreveport KFC Advertising Co-Op Board, comprised of 20 plus stores and 8 franchises. Consulting with members about varying business needs and developed resolutions to common problems. As president I presided over meetings, communicated and resolved differences between a host of different opinions and motives involving franchises, KFC Corporation and our advertising agency. During this tenure, I was able to facilitate a harmonious marketing effort to the benefit of the entire co-op. I was offered this position again in 2007 but declined.
Magnolia, AR Jaycees, Community Development VP
Worked with fellow members to help plan events like the annual fireworks show to foster community involvement. Helped plan chapter meetings and presided over meetings in absence of the president. Coordinated with other local groups for community activities. Managed volunteers at events like the Columbia County Fair and Livestock Show.
Member, Deacon and Teacher, First Baptist Church, Waldo, AR
Serve on varying committees to plan group activities and coordinate volunteer member efforts; work with a team of five as a deacon to help members and their families through various programs, activities and outreach ministries; Teach Sunday school for the Senior Class by preparing lessons and moderating discussions on biblical topics; moderate business meetings in absence of pastor and developed and taught lessons in pastor’s absence for Wednesday services.
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Member
Member of President’s Council, RNC
170 Columbia 76, Waldo, AR 71770 870.693.5826 email@example.com