Governor Appoints Foundation Fundraiser to Commission Seat

Gov. Asa Hutchinson today appointed Bobby L. Martin of Rogers to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

AGFC Bobby Martin of Rogers Ark

Bobby Martin of Rogers, Ark.

“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.

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