Who Is The Richland Group?

The Richland Group is a Fort Smith, Arkansas web design and digital marketing firm. Our company is unique in the Fort Smith area – our focus on Internet communication. We design and build your website and we create and execute a traffic building marketing plan to grow your business.

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Mark Harper
CEO (Chief Engine Optimizer)

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WHAT MAKES ME QUALIFIED:

  • 20+ years of web development experience.
  • 30+ years of experience in marketing, promotion and advertising.
  • 10+ years of experience growing a small business startup.

WHAT MAKES ME FUN:

  • Attended the University of Arkansas for two terms – Carter and Reagan.
  • I’ve floated the 6-Day 104 mile long Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Twice.
  • I’ve attended Razorback football games in every form of weather known to man.
  • I can quote about 90% of the lines in Lonesome Dove.
  • I once took a woman wilderness day hiking and we were forced to spend the night in the open with no supplies. Still married to her.
  • I have been called thrifty, frugal, cheap, tight and stingy with a dollar. I consider these compliments.
  • If I close my eyes I can actually ride in the car when my daughters are driving.

Cheslea Harper
Director of People Pleasing

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WHAT MAKES ME QUALIFIED:

  • BA Broadcast Journalism, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Over 25 years of marketing and business development experience
  • Community Advocate serving on over 27 Boards & committees since 1982

WHAT MAKES ME FUN:

  • Will Call the Hogs anywhere, anytime
  • Rides a Specialized Hybrid Road Bike
  • Loves Yoga! Namaste
  • NPR junkie
  • Learned to play Mah Jongg when I was 8 years old. (Thank you, Gama)
  • Has seen Sting in concert 4 times…not done yet
  • Loves to travel. Called the Hogs in Florence, Italy (see first bullet on list)
  • Thinks dogs are nicer than most people

Rham Cunningham
Creative Director
“Zookeeper”

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WHAT MAKES ME QUALIFIED:

  • UAFS Graduate
  • 18+ years of marketing experience
  • Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2013
  • 2017 Polly Crews Hospitality Person of the Year Finalist
  • Currently (actively) serving on multiple non-profit/community boards (and volunteers on many others)
  • Mentor/Partner in Education, Spradling Elementary (since 2004)
  • Focused on community and things to do in the area (ttdifs.com)
  • Can drive a stick & easily back a trailer into a tight spot

WHAT MAKES ME FUN

  • “Mr. Fort Smith”
  • Mountain Bike racer (AMBCS, CAT 2, 30-39)
  • Golf fanatic (C+ player, wanna be commentator)
  • Actor/Comedian (commercial, film, theatre)
  • Friends with Dawson Meadows (but don’t judge him)

Jordan Harper
Social Media Manager
“Director of Chatter”

WHAT MAKES ME QUALIFIED:

  • BA Communications, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Social Media Manager for The Richland Group since 2013
  • Social Media Manager for Her Story Matters – Women’s Empowerment organization based in Africa
  • Manages social media for UA Alumni Chapter of Denver

WHAT MAKES ME FUN:

  • Hardcore Razorback fan
  • Dog sitting ALL the time!
  • Hiking in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains
  • Spending my summers at Red Rocks
  • Yoga in the park

A.J. Kirk
Lead Developer
“Captain Kirk”

WHAT MAKES ME QUALIFIED:

  • Has worked on 1700 websites and counting
  • Personally owns 4 domains, so work is also a hobby
  • When given a little time, can learn anything
  • Stackoverflow has all the answers
  • Knows at least 20 programmer jokes

WHAT MAKES ME FUN:

  • Reviews movies and TV shows on Dorkstate.com
  • Has a tattoo of Serenity from Firefly
  • Is almost always wearing a superhero T-shirt
  • Self-taught guitar player
  • Can sing along with Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog (without reading the words)

Ashley White
Art Director
“Master of Design”

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WHAT MAKES ME QUALIFIED:

  • Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
  • Graduated with a 3.80 GPA and honors
  • Dean’s List Fall 2011 – Spring 2015 (every semester of my college career)
  • Received a Gold and Bronze Local Addy Award in 2014
  • Adobe Creative Suite Whiz and Master of Key Commands

WHAT MAKES ME FUN:

  • Dog Whisperer
  • Blocks out whole days to play Xbox One or PS4
  • Enjoys 3D Archery
  • Claims to have a Semi-Pro Kayak Fishing Team
  • Extreme Hiker and avid camper

Allison Kyrouac
Project Coordinator
“Zoo Organizer”

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WHAT MAKES ME QUALIFIED:

  • BA in Media Communication, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
  • Member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Council at UAFS
  • Served as Editor of The Lion’s Chronicle
  • Runs Dawson Meadows’ teleprompter

WHAT MAKES ME FUN:

  • Project Coordinator by day, singer by night
  • Married to my best friend
  • Dog Mom
  • Dedicated “This American Life” listener
  • Proud big sister of three beauties
  • Drinks at least 3 cups of coffee a day

Devin Dishner
Opportunities Director
“Befriender of Clients”

WHAT MAKES ME QUALIFIED:

  • BA in Public Relations from University of Central Arkansas
  • Minors in Marketing and Journalism
  • 4 years marketing promotions experience

WHAT MAKES ME FUN:

  • Baseball fanatic (working on seeing every MLB stadium)
  • Avid golfer, skier and movie enthusiast
  • My dog calls me the Dog Father
  • Quoter of Seinfeld
  • Announced the 2016 Southland Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament

Corri Tran
Graphic Designer
“Corri the Creative”

WHAT MAKES ME QUALIFIED:

  • UAFS Junior Graphic Design Student
  • 5 years practical design experience
  • Adobe Suite Master
  • Always willing to learn something new

WHAT MAKES ME FUN:

  • Novice communicator in 5 languages
  • Proud mother of the cutest & most wonderful kid on the planet (completely unbiased opinion)
  • Nicknamed “Gaming & Designing Dragon Queen”
  • Loves learning about and being immersed in other cultures
  • Always game for a good nerd out sesh over coffee/tea (popular topics include video games, movies, anime, art & design)
  • Proud owner and fanatic player of entire The Sims game series

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