Conway Corp announced today that its Board of Directors named Bret Carroll as Chief Executive Officer to replace current CEO Richard Arnold who will retire May 31. Carroll currently serves as the company’s chief financial officer.
Carroll will be the sixth person to lead the organization in its 88 year history.
“Conway Corp and the services they provide are vital to the community,” Board Chair John Adams said. “Richie and his predecessors have provided excellent leadership for Conway Corp and our community over the years. We are confident that Bret will continue that strong leadership tradition.”
The board of directors engaged with a nationwide executive search firm in October to manage the hiring process after Arnold announced his upcoming retirement.
“The search firm brought us a field of highly qualified candidates,” Adams said. “Bret has painted a vision for Conway Corp’s continued position as an innovative company deeply invested and providing exceptional service to our community. We are excited to work with Bret as we continue to provide excellent service and enhance the quality of life in our community.
Carroll holds a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from the University of Central Arkansas. He is recognized by the American Public Power Association as a Certified Public Power Manager and serves on the board of directors for the Mid-America Cable and Telecommunication Association and as chairman of the Arkansas Municipal Power Association Accounting, Finance and Customer Service group.
In addition to his professional associations, Carroll is active in the Conway community currently serving as president of the United Way of Central Arkansas board of directors, treasurer of the Salvation Armory advisory board and is a member of the Conway Noon Rotary Club and Gideons International. He has previously served on the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, Choosing to Excel and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Arkansas boards of directors.
“I am honored that the board of directors has named me to the CEO position. I understand the standard of excellence that has been set by those who have held this role previously. Conway Corp has a rich history of impact in our community and I am excited to lead and continue to provide the community with the reliable and innovative services our customers have come to expect,” said Carroll.
Carroll will take his position as CEO on June 1.