Jeremy Sparks, CCMP

Chief Innovation Officer

Mr. Sparks was named Chief Innovation Officer of Central Arkansas Water (CAW) in August 2018. In such position, he is responsible for Human Resources, Communications and Public Affairs, and the Environment Health and Safety sections of the Administration department. In addition, he oversees the strategic planning process and directs all organizational change and continuous improvement initiatives. Sparks is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a change agent certified by Prosci and the Association of Change Management Professionals (CCMP). A native of southeast Arkansas, Sparks earned his commission in the United States Air Force shortly after 9/11 and held numerous leadership positions including Chief of Plans and Actions and Joint Forces Headquarters Commander. In 2013, Sparks transitioned from active duty joining Tyson Foods where he spent five years leading the largest organizational change management department in Fortune 100. During that time, Sparks helped guide the $8.4 billion Hillshire Brands acquisition and led multiple SAP/ERP projects. Sparks holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Arkansas-Monticello and a Master of Business Administration from Trident University. He is also a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and Leadership Arkansas Class XII. Sparks was recognized by Arkansas Business as 40 Under 40 and he received the Alumni Award for Achievement & Merit from the University of Arkansas–Monticello. Sparks continues to serve in the Air National Guard and on the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission.

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