Buddy Philpot, Walton Family Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: K-12 education, environment, Arkansas communities

CONTACT:  479-464-1570, philpot@wffmail.com

PROFILE:  Buddy Philpot is the executive director of the Walton Family Foundation. This is a position he has held since February 2001. He previously worked as the president and CEO or Arvest Bank and the senior vice president and commercial lending manager for First State Bank of Springdale.

His foundation bio shares:

Buddy D. Philpot is the foundation’s executive director overseeing all foundation operations, grant making, research and evaluation, and communications. Prior to joining the foundation, Buddy spent more than 20 years in community banking, joining the Walton family owned Arvest Bank Group in 1987. He served for more than 10 years as president and CEO of the Springdale, Arkansas, Arvest bank. He joined the Walton Family Foundation as executive director in 2001. Buddy holds banking degrees from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

In August 2015, the foundation announced that Philpot would be stepping down as executive director once a new leader was foundation through a nationwide search.