Meet Our Team

The Heartland Renaissance Fund (HRF) team is a talented and knowledgeable group of individuals who work hard to provide the best service to its clients and partners. Our experienced team is dedicated to employing New Markets Tax Credits in the best way to make a difference in our state.

Sam Walls, III – President

Mr. Walls III has more than ten years of corporate finance experience, including tax credit financing. Prior to joining Heartland Renaissance Fund, Mr. Walls was involved with The Hartford where he was involved in structuring financial products to address specific client needs. Prior to The Hartford, he was involved with Baptist Health Foundation as Director of Planned Giving.

Mr. Walls has served on numerous volunteer boards and committees. Presently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Little Rock Zoo and the Board of Directors for the Pulaski County Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Mr. Walls earned an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Leslie Lane, III – Senior Vice President

Mr. Lane has more than ten years of corporate finance experience, including tax credit financing, venture capital/private equity and investment banking. Prior to Heartland Renaissance Fund, Mr. Lane was Vice President for the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority responsible for executing financings for companies in the technology and healthcare sectors. Before joining the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority, Mr. Lane worked with Stephens Inc.

Mr. Lane has served on numerous volunteer boards and committees. Presently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences BioVentures incubator and the University of Arkansas Little Rock Center for Innovation & Commercialization. Lane earned a BBA and an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Christa S. Clark – Vice President

Ms. Clark has more than 12 years of experience structuring commercial transactions, including real estate, leveraged financing, and private equity. She has served as counsel for both public and private companies in a variety of transactions. Prior to joining Heartland Renaissance Fund in early 2011, Ms. Clark served as the Chief Legal Counsel to Arkansas’s largest public pension plan, negotiating and structuring its direct real estate investments, private placements, and public market investment funds. Ms. Clark serves on numerous nonprofit and volunteer positions in the community including the CARTI Foundation, Ecological Conservation Organization, and the Junior League. She previously worked as an associate attorney in the business law section of Dover Dixon Horne PLLC. She holds degrees in Political Science and Business from Baylor University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law, where she was elected Associate Editor in Chief of the Law Review.

Becka Webb – Vice President

Mrs. Webb has more than fifteen years’ experience in the accounting and finance industry including investment banking, public finance and corporate accounting.  Prior to joining HRF, Mrs. Webb previously served as a senior analyst at Allied Wireless and as a loan officer at Arkansas Department Finance Authority.  Mrs. Webb has served in leadership roles with many volunteer organizations including the Junior League of Little Rock and Forest Park Elementary School Parent Teacher Association.  She holds degrees in Financial Management and International Economics with a minor in French from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Linda Abrams – Executive Assistant

Ms. Abrams has over 35 years of executive assistance experience, 20 of those years have been with Arkansas Capital.  Over the years, she has played an important role in the various lending, tax credit and venture capital operations of Arkansas Capital.  Prior to Arkansas Capital, she was an Executive Assistant for Vining Sparks Investment Banking group, assisting Stock Brokers in sales and service.  Ms. Abrams graduated from Draughon’s School of Business in 1986.

Ms. Abrams is an active volunteer for a number of causes in her community.