Pine State Regional Center is managed by a team of professionals possessing the requisite skills and experience to ensure that Pine State Regional Center is an effective and dynamic organization.
Arkansas Capital Corporation’s loan underwriting process provides a strong foundation, establishing an appropriately high standard for an EB-5 Project seeking to associate with Pine State Regional Center.
Mr. Sam Walls, III – Managing Director
Mr. Walls III is a Managing Director of Pine State Regional Center, has more than ten years of relevant corporate finance experience, including significant work arranging tax credit financings. Prior to joining Arkansas Capital Corporation and designated as a Managing Director of Pine State Regional Center, Mr. Walls worked at The Hartford where he was responsible for structuring a range of financial products tailored to meet specific client needs. Mr. Walls joined The Hartford, from the Baptist Health Foundations, where he was severed as Director of Planned Giving.
Mr. Walls has served on numerous volunteer boards and committees.
Mr. Walls earned an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Mr. Leslie Lane, III – Managing Director
Mr. Lane is a Managing Director of Pine State Regional Center and has more than ten years of relevant corporate finance experience, including significant work arranging tax credit financings, managing venture capital and private equity investments, and acting as an investment banker. Prior to joining Arkansas Capital Corporation and designated as a Managing Director of Pine State Regional Center, Mr. Lane was Vice President for the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority where he was responsible for executing financings for companies in the technology and healthcare sectors. Mr. Lane joined the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority from 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, which is the Technology Licensing Office and the Life Science Business Incubator for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Mr. Lane also serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Arkansas Little Rock Center for Innovation & Commercialization.
Mr. Lane earned a BBA and an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Ms. Christa S. Clark – Director
Ms. Clark is a Director of Pine State Regional Center and has more than twelve years of relevant experience structuring a diverse range of real estate, leveraged finance and private equity transactions.
Prior to joining Arkansas Capital Corporation in early 2011 and designated as a Director of Pine State Regional Center, Ms. Clark served as the Chief of Legal Counsel to Arkansas Teachers Retirement System (ATRS), Arkansas’s largest public pension plan with an estimated $13 billion in assets under management. At Arkansas Teachers Retirement System, Ms. Clark was responsible for negotiating and structuring the pension fund’s private placement and real estate investments as well as the pension fund’s management agreements with its third-party institutional asset managers. Ms. Clark joined Arkansas Teachers Retirement System from Dover Dixon Horne PLLC, where she worked as an associate attorney in the firm’s business law section.
Ms. Clark is involved with a number of non-profit organizations including the CARTI Foundation and the Junior League of Little Rock.
Ms. Clark earned a BA 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.