Who is DBI?


We are...

a small team making a big difference in downtown Bentonville. Downtown Bentonville Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization creating the social infrastructure of the community by fostering a welcoming environment when the world, including our neighbors, comes to work, live, and play in Bentonville. DBI’s events bring the community together so they may interact, engage, and build relationships with one another.

Our Mission

Be a place-maker in the economic and cultural development landscape of downtown Bentonville, while creating the social fabric that makes Bentonville so unique, welcoming, and one of the best places to live, work, and play.


Downtown Bentonville today barely resembles the Downtown Bentonville of yesterday. What was once was a virtual ghost town has been reinvested as a vibrant, bustling, world-class destination. We were created to bring Bentonville to life – to make the downtown region a place people wanted to visit. 

Throughout the more than 15 years in existence, DBI has been a leader in bringing the community together to celebrate what makes Bentonville so special and unique. Through the seamless executive of events, DBI has introduced food, music, and culture to a community on the cutting edge of social and economic change.

We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable when visiting downtown Bentonville. So, on behalf of everyone at DBI, welcome home!

How can you help?

In order to do what we do, we rely on sponsorships, grants and personal contributions. Maybe you're a vendor that wants to garner attention? Consider sponsoring one of our events! It's a great way to get recognized. Heck, we can even work with you to bring something new and refreshing to town. Or, maybe you're a member of our community and love attending the markets and First Fridays. It's easy to give $25, $50, $100 or more to help the cause. Every contribution helps – they add up fast and we'll love you for it. If you like what we do, please consider it.

Our Team

Who does what and who to call.

Andrew Heath

Executive Director

Andrew leads the small DBI team in making big things happen. He can help you sponsor or start an event Downtown or give you a quick overview on who's who.

Tracie Kivisto

Event Manager

Tracie plans any event that isn't Farmers Market related. She can help with vendors, applying and general questions the day-of.

Stephanie Marpe

Farmers Market Manager

Stephanie answers all question pertaining to the market, inspects the farms and manages all the markets during the year.

Brad Stallcup


Brad brings our ideas to life through design. He can help you with everything pertaining to our website, video production, app, and branding.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee
Aaron Lawson | President

VP of Operations & Business Development at Lawco Exploration

Charles Rateliff | Treasurer

President of The Windfield Group

Dana Schlagenhaft | President

Founder/Owner of Hello Local

Jake Newell | Vice President

Owner/CEO of Newell Development

Board Members

Beth Bobbit

Director of Public Affairs, Crystal Bridges

Craig Soos

Rule 10 LLC

Katie Howe

Leadership for the Future

Kelly Carlson

VP Commercial Banker, Arvest

Kirk Gober


Lee Culpepper

Vice President of Public Affairs, Walmart

Lisa Jones

Owner, Elysian Boutique

Michelle Dearing

Owner, Midtown Associates

Rafael Rios

Owner, Yeyo's NWA

Ex Officio

David Wright

City of Bentonville

Graham Cobb

President of Bentonville Chamber of Commerce

Judge Barry Moehring

Benton County Courts

Kalene Griffith

Visit Bentonville

Leslee Wright

Bentonville Public School District

Mayor Stephanie Orman

City of Bentonville

Troy Galloway

City of Bentonville