Mike Maulden

Mike Maulden, director of external affairs for Entergy Arkansas, will be the keynote speaker at the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce and Monticello Economic Development Commission’s annual awards banquet on December 13.

Maulden is responsible for directing Entergy’s Office of Economic Development known as “Teamwork Arkansas,” a private sector economic development initiative focused on recruiting new businesses to Arkansas and assisting communities in developing themselves into places that are attractive to new and existing businesses.

The banquet will be held at the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Gibson Center in the Green Room. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the program which will include the annual awards: Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Business of the Year, Industry of the Year, Teacher of the Year, and recognition of the 2011 Farm Family, as well as a presentation by the Monticello Tree Board.

Tickets are $25 per person. A 8-seat table can be reserved for a business or group for $225. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Glenda Nichols, director of the Monticello-Drew County Chamber of Commerce, at (870)367-6741 or call the Monticello Economic Development Commission office at (870)367-3076.