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USA Truck Executive Speaks at UAFS

USA Truck Executive Speaks at UAFS(Posted: March 24, 2013)

Cliff Beckham from Fort Smith, former USA Truck chief executive officer/president and current chief finance officer, shared his leadership insights and perspectives with business students on March 27 at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

Beckham, who attended UAFS when it was Westark Community College, spoke at the second College of Business Leadership Breakfast to nearly 75 business students and faculty.

Beckham targeted his comments specifically toward current students by telling them to work hard, sometimes against the odds, as well as to serve others before themselves, search for a cause and not just a paycheck, and focus on their strengths.

Dr. Steve Williams of Fort Smith, dean of the College of Business, said that Beckham, who has worked for Van Buren-based USA Truck since 1994, gave students sage advice that sounds simple but is a continual daily struggle for most.

"Cliff Beckham presented leadership insights centered around the themes of service before self, finding passion in what you do and emphasizing strengths rather than minimizing weaknesses," said Williams.

Rikki Hobbs, business administration senior from Fort Smith and a member of the College of Business Student Leadership Council, said she found Beckham's perspectives on leadership to be "very helpful and inspiring."

"Mr. Beckham made himself human in front of us students," said Hobbs. "He told us that he grew up in less than ideal circumstances, which immediately allowed students to see themselves attaining goals like he did regardless of the curveballs life might throw us."

Williams believes UAFS business students were fortunate to hear from such a recognized and successful leader.

"Cliff Beckham shared his insights and perspectives on success with students by letting them know what they need to do now to achieve the many levels of success Cliff has accomplished," said Williams. "Cliff is a true servant-leader who serves as a great role model for business graduates."

Beckham served as USA Truck president and CEO from 2007 to 2013 and currently serves as USA Truck's chief financial officer. He has also served as secretary, treasurer, controller and chief accountant. Beckham was named to the 2006 Northwest Arkansas Business Journal 40-Under-40 and 2007 Arkansas Business 40-Under-40 lists.

In the community, he serves on several non-profit boards, including the College of Business Dean's Leadership Council, Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Foundation and the Fort Smith Regional CEO Council where he is currently an officer.

The College of Business Leadership Breakfast Series, supported by donations through the UAFS Foundation, sponsors keynote community leaders who share their leadership philosophies and perspectives with business students.

Photo(s) by: Corey S. Krasko, Photographer, Marketing & Communications Office

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