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Rex Nelson      

Nationally Recognized Writer and Expert on Southern Culture

Mr. Rex Nelson served as Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications at Simmons First National Bank. Mr. Nelson has been Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications at Simmons First National Corporation since May 2015. Mr. Nelson has served as President of AICU since January 2011. He served as the Senior Vice President for government relations and public outreach at The Communications Group. He served at senior levels of state and federal governments. He is viewed as an expert on Arkansas history, Southern culture and Southern politics and has appeared on radio and television stations across the country. He writes a weekly column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; and his feature stories regularly appear in magazines such as Arkansas Life and Talk Business & Politics. He was president of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Foundation and was the longtime chairman of the board of the Oxford American literary quarterly. He is the board chairman of Connect Arkansas, the chairman of the Political Animals Club of Little Rock, the vice president of the board of the Arkansas Travelers Baseball Club Inc., the vice president of the Little Rock Touchdown Club and a member of the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council and the advisory board of the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History. In 2005, he was named as one of two appointees of President to the Delta Regional Authority, a regional planning and economic development agency. He served in the full-time position for four years. He has served as the radio voice for the Ouachita football team for three decades at Ouachita Baptist University. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Ouachita Baptist University.

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