Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan guest speaker at Nov. 21 Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce General Meeting (Posted by Ginger Smith)

Arkansas State Treasurer Dennis Milligan will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 21 Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce general meeting, announced SRACC President Laura Sackett Clute. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at Rhythm & Brews in Hardy at noon. Lunch will be available.

On November 4, 2014, Dennis Milligan was elected to the Office of Treasurer of State securing 56% of the vote. The Treasurer of State serves as the State’s banker and is responsible for an investment portfolio of approximately $3 billion.

Dennis previously served as Saline County Circuit Clerk from 2011-2015. He is a successful small business owner who started his company, Water Treatment Services (WTS), from scratch in 1985. WTS has grown from serving central Arkansas to serving customers in 17 states. Dennis also owns a real estate developing company and is a home builder.

As Treasurer of State, Dennis has brought his innovate spirit and mindset to the office, and has not just accepted “that’s the way we’ve always done it.” In his first full fiscal year in office, he has doubled the receipted earnings on the State’s investments going from an average of $20 million to nearly $49 million. He implemented the AR Finance. AR Future. program to increase the awareness and teaching of financial education all across the state, and in its first year has impacted over 9500 students in 86 schools.

Additionally, he has led a renewed focus and energy in the Arkansas 529 program which has resulted in a 36 percent growth in newly funded accounts and record levels of assets under management.

Milligan is a lifelong Arkansan and graduated from McClellan High School in Little Rock in 1976.

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.