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#VCLiftTheRock Presents: Arkansas Research Alliance + Angel Eye

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Our goal is to highlight Central Arkansas resources for economic development and entrepreneurship, and connect those resources with entrepreneurs and small businesses – all over lunch! Whether you are an entrepreneur, business leader, investor, or just an interested community member, come connect and learn from our featured speakers about topics like starting a business, building strategic relationships, growth hacking, and more.

This month, Lift the Rock features Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) President, Jerry Adams, Chief Operating Officer, Bryan Barnhouse and Angel Eye Camera Systems President & CEO, Steve Bethel.

Enjoy learning about resources available through the ARA over lunch at the Venture Center and get ready to be inspired by the startup story of the Little Rock company that is transforming neonatal care, Angel Eye Camera Systems!

About Jerry Adams:

Jerry Adams is the President/CEO of the Arkansas Research Alliance, an economic development non-profit modeled on the very sccessful Georgia Research Alliance. Its primary focus is to leverage university-based job-creating research in Arkansas. Jerry retired from Acxiom Corp. in October 2007, after 34 years serving a variety of senior leadership roles and started the ARA in April 2008. Jerry has an extensive history of public service that includes education, entrepreneurship/innovation, healthcare and philanthropy.

Each of the last three governors of Arkansas have appointed Jerry to Blue Ribbon Commissions--Higher Education, Healthcare, Computing & Data Analytics--reflecting a strong commitment to the state of Arkansas.

About Bryan Barnhouse:

Bryan comes to the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) as an experienced economic developer. In his previous six years with the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County (Arkansas), he directed business recruitment and retention, which included landing a $3.7 billion project that converts natural gas to clean diesel on more than 1,000 acres, and led programs that re-oriented the research and curriculum of higher education institutions to match corporate needs in the area. Prior to that, he managed the promotion of industrial recruitment from Asia and global trade and export development for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

His educational background includes a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis on Intergovernmental Management and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California.

About Steve Bethel:

Steve Bethel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Angel Eye Camera Systems. He is responsible for the overall management and direction of the company’s operating activity, including directing the company’s technology development efforts. Prior to Angel Eye, Mr. Bethel founded Bethel Consulting Services focusing on management services to healthcare service and technology firms. Mr. Bethel has 20 years of management experience in the healthcare and financial industries that includes companies such as Arkansas Research Medical Testing, Stephens Inc., U.S. Orthopedics, GE Capital Corporation, HCA Healthcare, Citicorp and Bank One Texas.

Mr. Bethel received his Bachelor of the Arts in Finance from Southern Methodist University and his MBA from Cornell University.