Jay C. Hartman, Vice Chair for Central Arkansas Water Board of Commissioners, is Manager of Customer Relations for Entergy Arkansas, Inc. Entergy is the fourth largest investor-owned electric utility in America. Commissioner Hartman is a member of the Transportation Advisory Council of Metroplan, Council of Local Governments; the LGLR Alumni Association Board of Directors; and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Board of Visitors. He is past president of the UALR Board of Visitors and the College of Business Alumni Board at UALR, an officer and past president of the National Society of Black Engineers-Arkansas Alumni Extension Chapter (NSBE-AAEC), and past chairman of the Leadership Greater Little Rock Board of Trustees. Mr. Hartman is also a recipient of the 2009 UALR Distinguished Alumnus and President’s Award.
He dedicates his time between work, church, and the NSBE-AAEC’s “Starting Block Program,” an initiative that seeks to increase the number of minority students pursuing a career in the field of engineering. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Prairie View A & M University at Prairie View, Texas, and a Master of Science Degree in business administration from UALR. He has been with Entergy since 1989.
His business background includes commercial and industrial accounts, engineering planning, resource and operations, and customer relations. In 1998, he received Entergy’s Humanitarian Award for his involvement with the “Starting Block Program” and his work with high school students. In 2003, he was among Arkansas Business journal’s 40-Under-40 business leaders. He also is on U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine’s listing of the Most Distinguished Black College and University Graduates. Commissioner Hartman is a Little Rock representative on the CAW Board.