Robert (Bob) T. Harriell, Jr. was born and raised in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He worked to pay for his education at the University of Arkansas where he received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering as the Outstanding Senior and then completed his M.S.C.E degree in 1968. He was selected Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities for numerous leadership activities and graduated with Tau Beta Pi honors.
Bob worked for IBM in Arkansas. During 31 years in sales, he exceeded his quota every year plus he was in the top two percent of salesmen in the USA 11 times. He received more than 50 other leadership awards during his career. He sold 193 companies their first computer and sold 73 additional companies their second computer by replacing competitive systems. He worked with 348 companies in 18 different industries to provide innovative solutions. He has a long list of “firsts in Arkansas”, multiple “firsts in America” and three “firsts in the world”. Bob retired at age 56.
He served his church as Chairman of Trustees, Elder, Chairman of most standing committees, Chairman of pastoral search committees, Chairman of a multimillion dollar building campaign, and he wrote and implemented the Church Endowment Policy.
Bob worked with youth baseball for 29 years, serving as President of Fayetteville Babe Ruth for most of those years. Under his leadership, the teenage youth baseball program grew from 120 to 330 players. This is the most ever to play in Fayetteville, even 20 years later. He was instrumental in having baseball added to the High School athletic program.
He was President of Fayetteville Creative School, Cub Scout Pack Master, President of both the Junior High and High School Booster Clubs, coach of Youth Center programs, and active in Fayetteville civic organizations, including being Santa Claus many years.
After retirement, Bob began volunteer tutoring of underprivileged grade school students and became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children. Bob and his wife Kathy have become Foster Parents for special needs children.
Bob’s other retirement interests include working with real estate holdings, negotiating enterprise IS contracts as a corporate consultant, golfing with an 8.6 handicap, fishing, and Razorback athletics. He has been a member of the Statisticians Crew for Razorback football and basketball since 1971.
Bob and Kathy have four children and five grandchildren.