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NFIB/Arkansas State Director
Sylvester L. Smith III became state director of NFIB/Arkansas in 2007.
He is a graduate of Philander Smith College, a Certified Public Manager (CPM), and earned his MBA at Harding University.
Sylvester has built a strong reputation in Arkansas earning the confidence and respect of state leaders on both sides of the political spectrum. He received his first gubernatorial appointment at the age of 19 from then Governor Jim Guy Tucker and has served or worked with Republican Governor Mike Huckabee and Democrat Mike Beebe, who appointed him to the Arkansas Real Estate Commission on which he presently serves.
He became the youngest member of Governor Huckabee’s senior staff when he was appointed as a policy advisor at the age of 24. Sylvester worked in various capacities in the Huckabee Administration including; Deputy Director of the state’s Washington D.C. Office; serving on the Arkansas Transitional Employment board, which managed the state’s welfare to work program; and as the Governor’s alternate on the Delta Regional Authority Board of Directors, which oversees the multimillion dollar federal delta development initiative. He worked in both the Beebe and Huckabee Administrations as Director of Small Business Development at the Arkansas Department of Economic Development.
Sylvester has been named one of the 40 under 40 business leaders by Arkansas Business, and one of the 20 most influential African Americans in Arkansas by Powerplay Magazine and has represented the United States as a delegate to Eastern Europe through the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a prestigious accomplishment.
Sylvester is also a member of the North Little Rock Sewer Commission, which manages the city’s $70,000,000 sewer system, and has a $14,000,000 annual budget.
523 Louisiana St., Suite 222
Little Rock, AR 72201
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