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VC Fireside Chat with Herren Hickingbotham, Serial Entrepreneur - TCBY

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Don't miss this one! Pull up a seat for an informative Fireside Chat with former TCBY President and serial entrepreneur, Herren Hickingbotham! Come learn the secrets to over 30 years of "froyo" success as well as the stories of his other entrepreneurial endeavors.

And we'll have a little surprise for attendees after the chat!


About Herren Hickingbotham

Herren Hickingbotham is the owner in his family business, Hickingbotham Family Limited Partnership (HFLP), which owns several automobile franchises including Mercedes, Infiniti, and Hyundai. Previously, the family, for over 17 years, owned several other auto franchises including BMW, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Maserati, Porsche, Land Rover, Audi, and Jaguar. Additionally, HFLP owns and operates seven Harley-Davidson motorcycle locations in Arkansas,Oklahoma and Tennessee, and AIMCO, a regional restaurant equipment distribution company located in Little Rock, along with real estate investments.

Herren is the former owner of Big Orange, a gourmet hamburgers, salads, and shakes restaurant that was selected as the “Best New Restaurant in Arkansas” by the Readers’ Choice poll of Arkansas Times. Mr. Hickingbotham also was the owner of Local Lime, a gourmet taco and fresh Mexican restaurant that was also selected “Best New Restaurant” and “Best Mexican Restaurant” by a number of local publications. He is also an owner of Park Hill Collections, a wholesale distribution company of home accessories, furniture, and garden accessories.

Formerly President, COO, and Board Member of TCBY Enterprises, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange company. The family divested TCBY in May 2000, at which time TCBY operated over 3,000 locations in 70 countries.

In addition to being a member and former Chairman of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Foundation Board of Directors, Mr. Hickingbotham is a member of the Baptist Health Board of Trustees, Ouachita Baptist University Hickingbotham School of Business Executive Advisory Board and a past member of the Board of Directors for Fifty for the Future. Mr. Hickingbotham recently served as Chairman of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and is still serving as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board of the Chamber.

Mr. Hickingbotham has worked closely with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Arkansas affiliate since its beginning in 1993. He has served as former Director of the Sales and Marketing Executives Association. He also was a member of the United Cerebral Palsy Association’s National Advisory Board. Herren is a past member of First Commercial and Arkansas Regions Bank Board of Directors.

Awards: Recognized as an Outstanding Young Executive of the Year by the Metropolitan Little Rock Chamber of Commerce; was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Arkansans by the Arkansas Junior Chamber of Commerce; was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) by the U. S. Jaycees; also named as one of Arkansas’ “Top 40 Under 40” by Arkansas Business Times.

Mr. Hickingbotham is a native of Arkansas and resides in Little Rock. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a degree in Business Administration and a major in Finance and Banking. He and his wife Susan have two children, Hayden and Christian. The family are members of Immanuel Baptist Church.