Bobby Franklin assumed the position of Executive Vice-President in May, 2006, following two-and-a-half years as Vice-President, Government Affairs.
Prior to that, he was Vice President, Federal Government Affairs and head of ALLTEL’s Washington, D.C. office. In that capacity he was responsible for the company’s legislative and regulatory advocacy. Franklin originally joined ALLTEL in 1998 as Vice President of Federal Legislative Affairs, where he focused on legislative advocacy on Capitol Hill. Prior to serving at ALLTEL, Franklin spent a year and a half as a consultant representing the nation’s land-grant colleges and universities. He helped the deans and directors of various colleges of agriculture secure passage of the Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998.
Franklin began his professional career with nearly a decade of experience on Capitol Hill working on various issues in the office of Senator David Pryor (D-AR) and on various Senate Committees including Agriculture, Finance, and Governmental Affairs.
Franklin earned his B.S.B.A. in Finance and Banking from the University of Arkansas.