Ronnie Dedman has only had one employer for more than 41 years: AT&T. In 1974, he began work at what was then Southwestern Bell as a summer intern in Newport, Arkansas. Three summers later he returned to the company and worked as a directory assistance operator until May 1978, when he graduated from Arkansas State University. Upon graduation, Ronnie accepted a promotion, relocating to Pine Bluff, then, later, to Little Rock, and he built the foundation for his career by gaining experience in the areas of operator services, marketing and external affairs.
On January 1, 2018, Ronnie was promoted to regional director of external affairs for AT&T Arkansas, and, on June 4 of that year, he was named president of the state. Ronnie's responsibilities grew from central Arkansas to the entire state, providing him an opportunity to promote the growth and development of AT&T through legislative, business and community affairs for the benefit of the communities and customers AT&T serves.
Because AT&T's mission includes serving the communities in which we live and work, Ronnie has had the privilege to serve throughout his career. He previously served as the chairman of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce's board of directors ? the first African American to hold the position. Ronnie is also particularly proud to have been appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee, then reappointed by Governor Mike Beebe, to the board of trustees for Pulaski Technical College, where he served as a board member for ten years and had the unique opportunity to twice serve as the chairman of the board. As chairman, Ronnie led the effort to merge Pulaski Technical College, now known as UA-PTC, with the University of Arkansas System.
Serving as a member on other boards, whether associated with his work or due to personal conviction, has allowed Ronnie to make a positive difference in many areas. His other board memberships include the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Arkansas State University Foundation, the Little Rock Boys and Girls Clubs, the American Lung Association of Arkansas, Little Rock Work Force Investment and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.
Ronnie is a graduate of both Leadership Greater Little Rock, sponsored by the Little Rock Chamber, and Leadership Arkansas, the Arkansas State Chamber's leadership program. He has served as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and, as a past member of the Little Rock Rotary Club, was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Ronnie is married to Margaret Preston Dedman, and he is the proud father of Ronald Mitchell Dedman and grandfather of Reese Kingston Dedman.