National Account Director
Anthony O. Hicks is father of four and married to the former Maria Baez. He is from Strong, Arkansas and has been a resident of Fayetteville for over 20 years. Anthony obtained his Retail Marketing and Administration degree from the Sam Walton School of Business after his junior year of eligibility and began his master’s coursework. He was a four year letterman for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team and a member of the 1995 SEC West Championship Team. In 1997, Anthony was drafted in the 5th round 160 pick in the National Football League by the 1996 Super Bowl Champions Green Bay Packers. He spent a total of 4 years in professional football between the NFL and the CFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Edmonton Eskimos.
After he retired from professional football, Anthony returned to Northwest Arkansas where he began his new career with Tyson Foods—first in their HR training group, and then with the Walmart and Sam's Club sales team. He later continued his career with the Dial Corporation as a National Account Manager. Since then, he has worked for large and small consumer goods companies in the cosmetics, HBA, household chemicals, and Dry Grocery/Food categories. In each instance, he has sold hundreds of new items, expanded existing item distribution, and surpassed sales goals. Anthony has successfully managed retail operations groups and currently leads a joint venture with Retail Integrity Merchandising Solutions, Inc. as VP of Business Development. Anthony has over 13 years’ experience in Sales and Operations. Currently, he works for Champions for Kids, a national 501C3 nonprofit organization, working to help kids obtain the items and support they need to strive. He is also the sales and operations manager of MARA Sales and Consulting, Retail Broker Firm.