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By Emily ThompsonU of A System Division of AgricultureJan. 26, 2018
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FERNDALE, Ark. — An Arkansas native with nearly a decade of experience in the hospitality
industry has been hired as the marketing specialist for the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H
Center – an opportunity his heart couldn’t pass up.
Marshall Robertson grew up in Pocahontas and graduated from Arkansas State University
with a degree in journalism and minor in marketing. Before taking his new position
with the 4-H center, he spent nearly a decade working for Delaware North, a hospitality
company that manages dining, retail and lodging at large venues. While with Delaware
North, Robertson worked for the Nashville Predators and Southland Park Gaming and
Racing in West Memphis.
“I was seeking an opportunity to use my marketing skills in a position that provided
some real fulfillment on a day-to-day basis,” Robertson said. “Working at this beautiful
facility with such nice people and being affiliated with 4-H has given me that wonderful
Job one for Robertson is to bring to the center to the forefront of people’s minds
when looking for an event space to accommodate their organization. The center is located
about 18 miles west of downtown Little Rock, surrounded by the eastern Ouachita Mountains.
The center was built to house 4-H programs, but also serves as a conference center
for a wide variety of groups.
“I would like to really generate some buzz about the Arkansas 4-H Center -- to make
it truly become ‘top of mind’ for groups, organizations and corporations across the
state, so that it may be recognized and appreciated for the amazing facility it is,”
Robertson also said he wants the world to know that the center is not only a great
destination for 4-Her’s and youth to gather, but also a prime location for adults
“My goal is to help adult groups understand that we provide exciting, engaging experiences
that are like no other in the state - while being affordable, convenient and hospitable,”
Having a marketing specialist on board was necessary for the center’s sustainability,
said Ewell Welch, executive director of the Arkansas 4-H Foundation, which owns the
“We are very fortunate to have someone with the background and qualifications of Marshall
working to promote the C.A. Vine Arkansas 4 H Center and helping us to further the
mission of the Foundation,” Welch said.
The Arkansas 4-H Foundation supports the programs of the youth development program
operated by the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture.
About the C.A. Vines 4-H Center
The C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center is located in the foothills of the Ouachita mountains,
just outside Little Rock. The 228 wooded acres were purchased by the Arkansas 4-H
Foundation in 1976. In 1986, they opened the doors to the "Arkansas 4-H Educational
Center.” It was later renamed the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center after its founder
C.A. Vines. The center is an ideal for educational organizations, businesses, civic
clubs, schools, church groups, government agencies and professional organizations
to hold their next conference or meeting at a reasonable price. For more about the
C.A. Vines 4-H Center visit, http://www.arkansas4hcenter.org.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org