Commission Chairman | 2011-2018
Governor Mike Beebe appointed Steve Cook of Malvern to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 2011.
“Steve was imbued with a philosophy of conservation as a young man, and has never wavered from his dedication to that cause,” Governor Beebe said. “I am confident that he will work to protect fish and wildlife and their habitats for both current and future generations.”
Cook, 49, was born and raised in Hot Spring County, and grew up learning to hunt and fish along the Ouachita River. He has been involved with Ducks Unlimited for more than 30 years, serving previously as the Arkansas state chairman. Currently, he is a regional vice-president for the national organization. Cook is a member of the Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, and other conservation causes.
In addition, Cook has served on the executive committee of the Arkansas State Police Foundation and as a longtime commander of the Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Office’s Reserve Deputies.
Cook, whose term will expire July 1, 2018, replaced Craig Campbell of Little Rock.
19638 Hwy. 51, Malvern, AR 72104
501-626-5975 | Steve.Cook@agfc.ar.gov
Commission Vice Chairman | 2012-2019
Governor Mike Beebe named Ford Overton of Little Rock to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 2012. Overton replaced George Dunklin of DeWitt.
Overton, 46, owns West Tree Service in Little Rock and is currently a member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Board. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Overton is an avid outdoorsman who is especially interested in duck hunting, deer hunting, fishing and preservation.
“Ford has an enthusiasm for hunting, fishing and conservation, and a passion to ensure that our young people get the first-hand education to learn all three,” Beebe said. “He has already worked toward that end with the Game and Fish Foundation, and is ready to bring that same drive to the Commission.”
Overton's term will expire July 1, 2019.
8800 Ferndale Cutoff, Little Rock, AR 72223
501-978-6508 | Ford.Overton@agfc.ar.gov
AGFC Commissioner | 2013-2020
Governor Mike Beebe named Ken Reeves of Harrison as commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 2013.
“Ken grew up hunting and fishing in the natural beauty of north Arkansas, and has experienced our entire state’s outdoor destinations that need to be both enjoyed and conserved. His lifetime of legal experience will also serve him well as matters come before the Commission requiring thoughtful and objective review.”
Reeves, 69, former Vice President and General Counsel for FedEx Freight in Harrison, is now retired. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. An angler on Bull Shoals Lake since childhood, Reeves is also an avid turkey hunter, and enjoys hunting duck, deer, elk, squirrel and quail.
A veteran of the Arkansas Army National Guard, Reeves has been a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and Quail Forever.
Reeves’ term will expire June 30, 2020.
3520 Robin Hill Lane, Harrison, AR 72601
870-754-9086 | Ken.Reeves@agfc.ar.gov
AGFC Commissioner | 2014-2021
Beginning in 2012, Andrew Parker has served as the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce / Associated Industries of Arkansas. Since coming aboard, Parker has focused his efforts on promoting and advocating for a constructive business climate for the organizations’ roughly 1,400 business and manufacturing members located across Arkansas. In addition to his legal and lobbying responsibilities, Andrew is the architect of the State Chamber Foundation’s Be Pro. Be Proud. Initiative and also as the Director of the Chamber’s Leadership Arkansas program. Before joining the State Chamber/AIA, Parker served as Regulatory Counsel at the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission and spent over ten years working directly with Governor Mike Beebe, from the time he was Senate President through his first term as Governor of Arkansas.
In July, 2014, Andrew was appointed to a seven-year term on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and is an advocate for the protection and enhancement of the State’s natural areas for the benefit of the State and its hunting and fishing enthusiasts. Parker received a law degree from the UALR Bowen School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arkansas State University. Parker is actively involved with both community and professional organizations and is married with one son.
Parker’s term will expire July 1, 2021. He replaces Ty Patterson of Texarkana whose term expired.
Arkansas State Chamber, 1200 West Capitol Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201
501-210-4202 | Andrew.Parker@agfc.ar.gov
AGFC Commissioner | 2015-2022
Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Joe Morgan of Little Rock and Stuttgart to serve on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 2015. This was the Hutchinson’s first appointment to the commission.
Hutchinson said he wanted someone like Morgan who understands the breadth of the outdoors culture in Arkansas. “I wanted someone who is engaged and passionate, who values, respects and treasures our incredible natural resources. Joe Morgan is an ideal fit. He understands the importance of the work of the Game and Fish Commission and what it means to the general public, to the average Arkansan,” Hutchinson said. “He's an avid hunter and fisherman with a lifelong love and appreciation of the outdoors,” he added.
Hutchinson said Morgan understands that being on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission means being a steward of all The Natural State has to offer. “It means protecting and improving our natural resources for this generation and for generations to come. We want to sustain and build our outdoor life, which makes Arkansas so very special,” Hutchinson explained.
Morgan is a lifelong hunter and fisherman with a working knowledge of game and fish issues statewide, especially in Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area. He has served on the Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission for 14 years, spending three of those years as Chairman. Morgan is a retired Chevrolet auto dealer and lives in Little Rock and spends the winters hunting in Stuttgart.
Morgan’s term will expire in 2022. He replaces Ron Duncan of Springdale whose term expired in June.
Little Rock, AR
501-425-5977 | Joe.Morgan@agfc.ar.gov
AGFC Commissioner | 2016-2023
Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed Bobby L. Martin of Rogers to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on July 7, 2016.
“Bobby Martin is an avid outdoorsman, conservationist, and a strong advocate for youth in the outdoors,” Hutchinson said in a news release. “I admire his passion for waterfowl, deer hunting, and fishing. His deep knowledge and appreciation for the incredible natural resources of our state will make him a valuable asset to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, as they work to preserve Arkansas’s beautiful nature areas and wildlife to ensure that The Natural State remains true to its name for generations to come.”
Martin recently was chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Board, which is the fundraising auxiliary of the AGFC. During his time with the Foundation, he helped develop the concept and plans for its highly successful shooting sports complex in Jacksonville.
“I know it’s tireless work and I look forward to the opportunity to come alongside the current commissioners,” Martin said. “I’ve had a long-standing respect for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. . . . It’s not by accident that we do have the public lands that so many states probably are jealous of us having.
“My pledge that I make to all the people of Arkansas is that I understand the guiding principles of doing the right thing. The right thing for the resource, the right thing for the people of Arkansas, and not ever compromising that.”
Martin is an operating partner of The Stephens Group and was chief executive officer and president of Walmart International, where he led the development of its international business from 1993 to 1999. He began his career at another Arkansas retailer, Dillard’s Department Stores, where he climbed the ladder from third-shift computer operations staff to many positions at the top of the organization’s technology services department.
Martin’s term will expire in 2023. He replaces Emon Mahony, whose term expired in June.
6 West Nottingham Lane Rogers, AR 72758
479-366-9221 | Bobby.Martin@agfc.ar.gov
AGFC Commissioner | 2017-2024
Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Stan Jones of Walnut Ridge to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on July 11, 2017.
Jones is a farmer and avid outdoorsman who was born and raised in Clover Bend, Arkansas, where his family has farmed for five generations. Although rich in farming heritage, Jones has expanded his family’s original 80-acre farm into thousands of acres of rice and soybean fields as well as prime habitat for a variety of wildlife species. His passion for duck hunting led to his second career as a successful guide for more than 30 years, and the culmination of his dream in Stan Jones Mallard Lodge.
“To me, the appointment of a Game and Fish Commissioner is one of the most important appointments a governor can make,” Gov. Hutchinson said. “When I look for a (Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioner), I look for someone who values deep in their heart the hunting culture we have in Arkansas. They respect that culture, they want to preserve that culture and want to pass it along to the next generation. I also look for someone who understands the importance of protecting the habitat we have.”
Hutchinson said he has worked for the last two years, interviewing and getting to know Jones for the possibility of becoming a Commissioner.
“I’ve spent a lot of time around Stan in the last two years in the duck woods and around him,” Hutchinson said. “I’ve seen how he knows the habitat. He appreciates and works to protect it, and that is the essence of a Game and Fish Commissioner.”
Jones commented on the excellent work the AGFC had done in the past and thanked Hutchinson for the honor to serve on the Commission.
“I think the Game and Fish is doing something pretty good, and I’m in awe of what the Game and Fish has done in the past,” Jones said. “By that same token, I want to leave it better than I found it. My commitment to you is to leave this Commission and The Natural State better than I found it.”
Jones is an owner of Banded outdoor sporting apparel, Avery Outdoors and the Stan Jones Mallard Lodge. He is a graduate of Arkansas State University and serves on the Chancellor’s Cabinet. Jones was a member of ASU’s 1970 undefeated, untied National College Division Champion football team, which was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. He serves on the Red Wolves Foundation 500 Club and the Clover Bend Historical Society.
Jones’ term will expire in 2024. He replaces Fred Brown of Corning, whose term expired in June.
1185 Lawrence Rd. 547, Alicia, AR 72410
870-886-3000 | Stan.Jones@agfc.ar.gov
Dr. Steven J. Beaupre
AGFC Commissioner, Ex-Officio
Steve Beaupre is a professor and chair of the department of biological sciences at the University of Arkansas. He received his master’s degree from the department of zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1987. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. After two years of post-doctoral work for Arizona State University-West Campus in Glendale, he accepted a position at the University of Arkansas in 1995. His primary area of research concerns the physiological ecology of reptiles, and the influence of environmental change on their populations. His work is widely published in books and scientific literature, and his research was recognized by a Fulbright College Master Researcher Award in 2009. Beaupre served as the 2012 president of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. He is a passionate outdoors enthusiast, enjoying hunting, fishing, backpacking and field research in deserts, mountains and forests of the United States.
University of Arkansas, Science and Engineering Building, Room 601
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479-575-3787 | Steven.Beaupre@agfc.ar.gov