Each year, Arkansas Business presents its 40 Under 40 list to recognize intriguing business and political leaders under 40 years old. Qualifications are simple. The individual must…
- Be under 40 years old as of 6/1/2018
- Not have been a previous honoree
- Have made an impact on his or her company or community.
- Show the potential to be a leader in business or politics during the next decade.
Eddie oversees compliance for the system. He has been a health care compliance executive, first in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., then in Chattanooga,Tenn., and now in Arkansas, where he relocated in 2012. Eddie obtained his bachelor’s degree at Rhodes College in Memphis in Political Science and received a master’s degree in Health Administration and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Eddie implemented the compliance program here at St. Vincent by himself when he arrived in Little Rock. He used a similar model in a successful transformation of the compliance program at CHI Memorial in Chattanooga from 2008 to 2011. By integrating CHI’s organizational framework and adhering to the mission of the ministry, he successfully strengthened the compliance program into a high-performing position.
The Corporate Responsibility Officer essentially serves as the conscience of an organization, and Eddie believes that all must attribute to that conscience by fostering an open dialogue, even when faced with tough decisions.
Eddie is perhaps most passionate about his service to the poor and vulnerable, such as the individuals served by the Jericho Way Resource Center. As vice chairman of fundraising, last year he helped Jericho Way raise more than $35,000 from its signature event – a night where participants sleep outside to emulate the plight of the homeless. Jericho Way is a nonprofit organization that provides services to the homeless with the ultimate goal of transitioning individuals out of homelessness.
He recently participated in Leadership Little Rock, an extensive year-long program of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce intended to provide support and encouragement to the next generation of civic leaders in central Arkansas. As a result of his leadership and community efforts, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network named him as one of its “20 over 20” award winners.
Currently, he serves as a board member for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, where he provides direction to an organization that benefits hundreds of underprivileged children within the region.
As a member of 100 Black Men, he touches the lives of young people through a mentoring program driven by the premise that it is vastly important for African-American youth to have positive African-American male role models.