Amargos Stresses Mentors At Annual Fast 15 Event

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Jay Amargos urged members of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s 2014 Fast 15 class to never stop learning during her remarks to the group of up-and-coming business professionals.

“I try to learn something from every person I meet,” Amargos said, citing three longtime mentors in her life. “Everyone that crosses my path has something to offer. If you cross paths, listen.”

Amargos is the chief operating officer of Grandslam Performance Associates LLC of Fayetteville, a consulting firm specializing in diversity and inclusion, strategic relationship management and talent management.

She previously spent 12 years as an executive at Arvest Bank, followed by a job as vice president of operations for the ALPHA Institute in Fayetteville, an association of Latin American professionals.

Amargos was the featured speaker during the Fast 15 event held May 13 at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Amargos also advised this year’s honorees to be servant leaders and expect nothing in return, and to not let titles limit their career.

“Don’t be afraid to do more if you feel like it,” she said. “Go [to work] every day and ask yourself, ‘How can I change the world?’”

The Fast 15 program is designed to recognize a small, exclusive group of 20-something professionals on the fast track to success.

Members of this year’s class, the sixth to be recognized by the Business Journal, are: Brett Amerine, Ellen Brune, Krista Cupp, Sam Duncan, Jordan Garcia, Ashlie Hilbun, Ben Hundley, Jamie Claire Kiser, Kennon Largent, Maggie Owens, Will Pannell, Matt Seubert, James Smith, Stacy Tan and John Whitman.

Great Southern Bank sponsored the event.