Meet Frank Scott, Jr.

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Roots

“My roots are in Southwest Little Rock. Growing up, too often I witnessed the results of life without purpose. These lives were often filled with poor circumstances and a sense of hopelessness for the future. These scenes pushed me to live my life directed and motivated by purpose. Most people didn’t believe a kid from Southwest Little Rock would grow up to be a banker, an associate pastor, a state Highway Commissioner, or even walk the halls of the State Capitol shaping Arkansas public policy. Many may not believe that same kid from Southwest Little Rock can become mayor of the state’s largest city, but anything is possible if we unite vision and purpose to our potential.”

Frank knows something about the power of purpose. His mother continued high school after having his older sister when she was a high school freshman. She balanced being a mom and completing high school, marrying Frank’s father not long after. They sacrificed to raise Frank and his siblings with the values of faith, hard work, community, and self-determination. Those values drove Frank to become the first person in his family to graduate college.

“I’m a product of Little Rock public schools and a graduate of the University of Arkansas – Little Rock's Master of Business Administration program. Despite a modest beginning, I have been able to live out my potential because of the foundation I had right here in Little Rock. I know firsthand that with a clear purpose, and adequate support systems, we have within ourselves – and our city – all that we need to see Little Rock become all that she can be.”

Career

Frank is an executive with First Security Bank, where he focuses on growing the regional economy with new business development, commercial lending and strategy. He spent five years in leadership in the Office of Governor Mike Beebe, first serving as deputy policy director and later as director of intergovernmental affairs. Prior to his work on state issues, Frank was a distribution operations manager for Target’s Central Arkansas distribution center.

Frank served as a state highway commissioner and on the board of directors for both the Little Rock Port Authority and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. Frank has focused his professional career on giving back to the community, city, and state that has invested so much in him.

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Public Service

Frank has dedicated much of his adult life to public service, in the pulpit as an associate pastor, as a mentor to young teenagers, and as a leader in public policy.  As a board member of the Little Rock Port Authority and a state highway commissioner, Frank rolled up his sleeves and went to work on the local and state infrastructure needed in order to build a stronger city and region.

Frank learned about hard work and public service from his father, a retired Little Rock firefighter.  So when the opportunity presented itself Frank worked two jobs, one as the night shift supervisor at a Target distribution center for Central Arkansas and a second with the 2006 campaign of Governor Mike Beebe.  Frank went on to serve as the deputy policy director and later as the intergovernmental affairs director in the governor’s office. 

During his tenure with Governor Mike Beebe, Frank contributed to balancing the state budget, expanding economic development and job creation, enacting the largest tax cut in state history – the phase-out of the grocery tax, and supporting Arkansas public education reaching its all-time highest in national rankings.

A firm believer in education and the opportunity that it can provide, Frank is a former member of the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees (now UA-PTC) and currently serves on the UA-Little Rock Board of Visitors.

Values

As an associate pastor, youth mentor, and professional, Frank lives out the values he learned growing up. He recognizes the difference that a values-driven purpose can have in one’s life and is guided by the following – faith, family, community, and cooperation. In fact, he resides in the same area he grew up in, he gives back to the City that invested in him and reminds young people regularly that values are the foundation of a purpose-filled life. 

“With faith in God and a desire to better one’s city and community, anything is possible. When we come together we are more than just a series of neighborhoods and zip codes, we are the people of Little Rock and we can change course for a better direction for our city if we have the will to do it.”

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