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October Chapter Meeting

October 20, 2017
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
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The Little Rock Club; Regions Bank, 30th Floor
400 W. Capitol, Suite 1601
Little Rock, AR 72201

Internet Killed the Retail/Restaurant Star: A panel discussion on national vs. local trends and how local retailers and restaurateurs are thriving in today's consumer climate.

Friday, October 20
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Little Rock Club

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Nationally, we're seeing trends of major retailers, big box stores and restaurant groups struggling to compete in today's market. Consumers have changed their shopping and buying habits and online retailers, such as Amazon, are claiming more and more market share. Nine major retailers have filed for bankruptcy in 2017, as well as a host of restaurant groups. Just this month, Toys-R-Us announced it will join the growing list filing for Chapter 11. While locally, we're seeing restaurant groups and retailers thrive.

Please join PRSA on October 20 for a panel discussion with local entrepreneurs from E.Leigh's, JTJ Restaurants and Rhea Lana's Children's Consignment Event to talk about how their businesses have adapted to a changing climate and the role PR and strategic communications has had in growing a small business to a regional powerhouse.


Erin Hohnbaum

Erin Hohnbaum

Erin Leigh Hohnbaum is the owner and CEO of E.Leigh’s Contemporary Boutiques. In 2011, at the age of 26, Erin took a leap of faith, quitting her full-time public relations position to start her own online clothing and accessories store. After less than a year of selling her products at home trunk shows and through Facebook, she opened the first brick and mortar E.Leigh’s location in Little Rock in 2012. What started as a small, home-based business has now grown into a six-store, multi-million-dollar operation spanning Arkansas, Texas and Kentucky. Erin was named Top 20 in their 20s by Arkansas Business in 2013 and one of Soiree Magazine’s Women to Watch in 2012. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arkansas and is a member of the CARTI Auxiliary. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, Jackson Farrow, and their two rescue dogs, Penny and Charlotte.

Jim Keet

Jim Keet

Jim Keet is the current President of Keet Management Company – a consulting and real estate management firm he started in 1982. He is chairman of JTJ Restaurants in Little Rock and chairman/CEO of KO Construction Management. A hospitality- and real estate-industry veteran, Keet has helped create more than 5,000 jobs in hotels, restaurants, apartments and real estate development. During his career spanning more than 40 years, he served as one of the youngest innkeepers in the Holiday Inn system, brought Wendy’s Restaurants to Arkansas, and opened nine Taziki’s Mediterranean Café locations as well as Petit and Keet, a polished casual restaurant in Little Rock. Keet has also held top leadership roles at regional restaurant chains, an international hotel licensing company and a publicly traded extended-stay lodging company.

A public servant, Keet was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1988 and was then elected to the Arkansas State Senate in 1992. He also served as U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson's state director from September 2001 until June 2002. Keet was the Republican nominee for Governor in 2010, facing challenger Gov. Mike Beebe. He has served on more than 20 civic and charitable boards and is a member of the Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Keet is a member of St. Andrew Church and has been married to Margaret Keet for 46 years. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Rhea Lana Riner

Rhea Lana Riner

In 1997, Rhea Lana Riner began her small business as a young mom with three small children after her husband changed careers, taking her family from a corporate salary to a ministry salary. Like so many people, she had a passion for fashion, but on a limited budget, she could not afford to dress her children as she hoped. Knowing many other moms who experienced the same challenge, she came up with an idea that would help them all: she invited a few friends to a small event in her living room to buy and sell their children’s used clothing. The positive feedback from the first event was overwhelming, and she quickly realized that there was an eager market among families of all kinds for gently used children’s clothing.

From this humble beginning, Rhea Lana’s was born and grew. Now 20 years later Rhea Lana’s Franchise Systems supports 88 franchises operating in 21 states and has received numerous awards, most recently being named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises in 2017.

As a champion in her industry, Rhea Lana Riner has appeared in Washington D.C. before the Senate HELP committee to discuss Women in the Workforce and before the House subcommittee for Workforce Protections. She lives in Conway with her husband Dave. They enjoy visiting their grown children in Oklahoma and Texas.

Wayne Miller (Moderator)

Wayne Miller

With more than three decades of proven performance in a variety of industries and leadership roles, Wayne serves as managing director of the VC Fintech Accelerator. He serves as the primary leader of the program (which is sometimes not unlike herding cats).

Before relocating to Little Rock from the Washington D.C. metro area, Miller was actively involved in the Kaufman Foundation’s Million Cups program where he served as an organizer and mentor. In 2006, he was inducted as a lifetime member of Kiwanis International for his fundraising efforts for children and is a recipient of the Governor’s Service Award from the State of Virginia for his efforts as a board member of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program to reduce impaired driving.

Yes, he knows he looks like Jeff Goldblum and/or Matt Lauer, and he doesn't mind if you say so. Also, he does a pretty mean Sinatra if given enough red wine.

Advice to entrepreneurs: You don't have to win and lose all on your own. It's OK to ask for help.


$0.00 Arkansas PRSA Members

$25.00 Non-members

$15.00 Student Ticket (must present current student ID at check-in)