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Dana Schlagenhaft

Interim Executive Director

Liz Gonzalez

Digital Engagement Manager

Stephanie Marpe

Farmers Market Manager

Tracie Kivisto

Event Manager

You may be wondering...


Downtown Bentonville Inc. is a non-profit that builds and promotes a welcoming and lively downtown through experiences, education, and storytelling.

What's the history of DBI?

Downtown Bentonville today barely resembles the Downtown Bentonville of yesterday. Over the last decades, our city has been reinvested as a welcoming, vibrant, world-class destination. Our organization was created to bring Bentonville’s downtown to life – and make the city a place people wanted to visit, explore, and share with others.

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

Our team works to make everyone feel safe and comfortable when visiting downtown Bentonville.

On behalf of everyone at DBI, welcome home! 

How Can I Join Your Mission?

Our non-profit relies on sponsorships, grants, and personal contributions. From event execution to storytelling to supporting our local businesses, we can’t do what we do without our partners. 

Learn more about giving to Downtown Bentonville here. 

“Over the lifetime of this organization, the staff, Board, DBI members, sponsors, numerous volunteers, and downtown stakeholders have been focused on one thing – a stronger downtown in service to an exceptional Bentonville and Northwest Arkansas.”
Daniel Hintz
Downtown Bentonville Inc. Executive Director, 2007-2014
“I’m amazed to see the progress made over the last 20 years; the growth and vibrancy of our city’s downtown have ushered in a new Bentonville experience for both a new generation and longtime residents to enjoy together.”
David Short
Community Leader
“From Saturday Farmers Markets to big, welcoming events like First Friday, we’ve seen our community grow and thrive through the years thanks to the work of DBI and its community partners.”
Nancy Leake
Community Leader


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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Kirk Gober | President

Regional Manager, Schlumberger Scherer Construction

Charles Rateliff | Treasurer

President of The Windfield Group

Katie Parsons | Secretary

Director of Municipal Affairs, Runaway

Board Members

Makele Ndessokia

Chief People Officer, Crystal Bridges

Jeremiah “BAANG” Pickett

Hip-Hop Artist

Megha Rao

Director, Dhirana Academy of Classical Dance

Aaron Nolan

Network News Reporter

Rob Husong


Randall Hurban

Hight Jackson and Associates

Michelle Dearing

Owner, Engel & Völkers

Lee Culpepper

Vice President of Public Affairs, Walmart

Kelly Carlson

VP Commercial Banker, Arvest

Crystal Rascoe

Blue Crane

Craig Soos

Rule 10 LLC

Ex Officio

Mayor Stephanie Orman

City of Bentonville

Leslee Wright

Bentonville Public School District

Kalene Griffith

Visit Bentonville

Judge Barry Moehring

Benton County

David Wright

City of Bentonville