Category: Community Involvement

Hank Kelley recognized by UALR School of Business

Hank Kelley, Whitney Burgess

Hank Kelley, CEO, Executive Broker, and Partner at Kelley Commercial Partners
Whitney Burgess, Vice President of Client Services and Strategy at Team SI

Today the University of Arkansas Little Rock School of Business announced it will honor Kelley Commercial Partners’ CEO, Hank Kelley, as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for his the mark he has made in business and for his service to the community and UA Little Rock. Whitney Burgess, vice president of client services and strategy at Team SI, will receive the Dean’s Award for Excellence. Awards will be presented at the Distinguished Alumni Luncheon to be held Oct. 16.

Kelley received his MBA from the UA Little Rock School of Business in 1984, the same year he joined the firm which is now Kelley Commercial Partners. He has stayed connected at UA Little Rock over the years by serving on the Business Advisory Council and as adjunct instructor at the School of Business. Last year, Kelley and his wife, Stephanie, made a generous donation to A.P. Vibhakar Endowed Scholarship.

“I’m honored to be recognized by the university and appreciate the efforts of the faculty and administration to engage and stay connected to the business community,” said Kelley.

 

Morrilton — Small City. No limits.

Downtown Morrilton

Our vice president of government relations, Jim Dailey, made a recent trip to the City of Morrilton and visited with Mayor Allen Lipsmeyer. This charming, historic city in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley is located in Conway County, just 50 miles northwest of Little Rock and about 20 minutes from Petit Jean State Park.

Mayor Lipsmeyer has been in office since 2015 and has dedicated himself to improving housing, employment, and business opportunities in Morrilton. Some of the city’s major employers include Green Bay Packaging, South Conway County School District, Walmart, and the University of Arkansas Community College Morrilton.

The residential real estate market in Morrilton is booming. One of the newest subdivisions has already sold every home built so far and further development is still in the works. Lipsmeyer is proud of this small town and the sense of community it offers its residents and visitors alike. The historic downtown includes the Rialto Community Arts Center, a venue for stage performances, concerts, and other events. Their first Thursday Farmer’s Market will reopen this Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. as a drive-thru market on the 100 block of Commerce.

On your next trip west on interstate 40, take a break and spend some time in Morrilton. Small city. No limits.

Rotary Club 99/Dunbar Middle School Mentoring Partnership

Hank Kelley with James Gray

The LRSD recently produced a video featuring Hank Kelley, Rotary Club of Little Rock 99 president, interacting with James Gray, an eighth-grader at Dunbar Magnet Middle School. The signature project of the Rotary Club is a partnership with Dunbar Magnet Middle School. The club currently has 20 members active in different stages of mentorship at Dunbar.

Hank mentors eighth-grader, James Gray, offering guidance, support, encouragement, and sometimes just an ear. Hank has tutored James in math, offered football tips, and donated his daughter’s drum set to the band. James is a member of the school band and football team and at a recent school assembly, he was presented with a music award and recognized for his grades — all A’s and B’s including an A in math. Both James and Hank look forward to a relationship beyond Dunbar and look forward to learning from each other.

Hank Kelley, guest lecturer at UALR College of Business

Hank Kelley, Jr.

On Monday evening, Hank Kelley was invited by instructor Elizabeth Small to lecture her UALR College of Business Finance 4371 class. This senior-level class teaches elements of mortgage financing for housing and investment property; sources of funds; application and approval; real estate investment analysis; effects of financing and income taxation upon investment returns and is part of the college’s real estate program.

Kelley discussed the types of mapping and demographic information Flake & Kelley provides clients. National retailers rely heavily on location, traffic counts, other retailers, and competition, as well as demographics before deciding on a site. He also covered current trends in the commercial real estate market. He noted the increased interest from investors in multi-family properties. An investment group out of Cinncinati recently purchased the 84-unit Barrister Court apartments. Retailers, on the other hand, are figuring out how to do more with less. Kelley commented that Little Rock’s newest national retailer, Trader Joe’s, prefers keeping shelves stocked rather than leasing more space for storing goods. The Little Rock Port was recently in the news because the Michigan-based company, HMS Manufacturing, chose a 550,000 SF industrial space in the port to open its fourth manufacturing facility.

On the subject of investing in real estate, Kelley shared advice his father, who was also in the real estate business, shared with him, “Every piece of property you own owns a piece of you.”

Hank’s executive assistant and current student at the College of Business, Tara Mitchell, was invited to sit in on the lecture.

“I was so excited when Professor Small gave me permission to sit in on this class. It’s great to watch Hank share his knowledge with the next generation, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from such a successful person on a daily basis,” said Tara Mitchell.

Nicholas Kelley Joins LGLR Class XXXV

LGLR Class XXXV Announcement

We are pleased to announce Nicholas (“Nick”) Kelley has been selected to participate in Class XXXV of the Little Rock Chamber’s Leadership Greater Little Rock program.

“I’m honored to be part of the Chamber’s leadership program and look forward to the experience, camaraderie, and commitment,” said Nick Kelley.

This is the third consecutive year Flake & Kelley has had an associate accepted into the Leadership program and Kelley is the eighth associate of the firm to participate. Former alums include Jim Dailey (Class I), Hank Kelley (Class V), Daryl Peeples (Class VI), Bill Pendergist (Class XXIX), Drew Laning (Class XXXIII), Jessica Kokinos (Class XXXIII), and Cynthia Lu (Class XXXIV).

As an attorney specializing in real estate, Nick’s expertise brings a high level of real estate services to the firm. Prior to joining Flake & Kelley Commercial in 2017, Kelley served as a real estate associate with McGuireWoods in Atlanta, Ga. He also was a commercial real estate associate for Quattlebam, Grooms, Tull, & Burrow of Little Rock, Ark. He has represented real estate developers, Fortune 500 retailers, lenders, borrowers, and other clients on complex commercial transactions. In addition to his roles as executive vice president and partner at Flake & Kelley Commercial, Kelley serves as a member of the Central Arkansas Executives Association (CAEA) and Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future.

We congratulate all of the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXV, presented yesterday in the Great Hall of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center.

“It’s an incredible program where participants not only learn to maximize their leadership potential but how to put it into action in the community,” said Hank Kelley.

The announcement was followed by a reception sponsored by Simmons Bank.