Mike Maulden, director of business and economic development for Entergy Arkansas, will retire at the end of January after working 34 years for the company, CEO Rick Riley said.
“It is with mixed emotions that we announce Mike’s retirement,” Riley said. “He has been an incredible resource for our company and in turn, for the state of Arkansas. His contributions to our business and economic development have been outstanding, including the successful recruitment of Big River Steel, which is now Entergy Arkansas’ largest customer and in the top five for the Entergy system.”
In 1984, Maulden started with Entergy as an industrial engineer and has worked in several positions over the years, primarily focusing on areas of industrial customer marketing, according to a news release.
“The opportunities this company has given me are beyond anything I could have ever expected,” Maulden said. “I am forever humbled and blessed to have worked with such outstanding colleagues for the past 30 plus years. In short, it has been an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to contribute to Entergy Arkansas’ success and to the economic growth of Arkansas. I will miss every single person.”
In 1996, he started to lead the company’s economic development initiative, Teamwork Arkansas, and over the past 21 years, Entergy’s economic development efforts have been named 18 times by Site Selection magazine as a “Top Ten Utility Economic Development Organization in North America.”
Maulden has served on several external boards and earned awards, including the Bernard de la Harpe Community Service Award from the Leadership Greater Little Rock Alumni Association, Arkansas Business “40 under 40” and Arkansas Economic Developer Association’s “Outstanding Economic Developer for Arkansas,” according to the news release.
“His achievements will not be forgotten, and we certainly wish him the best in the next steps of his journey,” Riley said.