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AEDC Dedicates Floor in Honor of Maria Haley

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (February 5, 2015) – Danny Games, interim executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), joined AEDC employees to officially dedicate the agency’s office at 900 West Capitol, Suite 400 as the Maria Haley Floor. Haley was appointed AEDC’s executive director by then Gov. Mike Beebe in March 2007 and served until her death in September 2011.

“Maria Haley’s representation of the state was marked by professionalism and contributed to elevating the image of Arkansas,” said Games. “She was a true public servant who wanted the best for our state and our citizens. It is an honor today to name AEDC’s office in memory of Maria.”

A large plaque including Haley’s photo was unveiled at the dedication and is prominently displayed in the agency’s entrance.

MARIA HALEY BIO

Born in the Philippines, Haley attended the Universidad Central de Madrid in Spain. The daughter of a Philippine diplomat, she lived and worked in 7 countries in Asia and Europe before immigrating to the United States and becoming a U.S. citizen.

Haley was an official of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission (AIDC) from 1979 to 1992. She served in numerous capacities as an International Marketing Consultant, Director of International and National Marketing and Director of Communications. She was in charge of the Arkansas overseas offices in Brussels, Tokyo and Taipei. She coordinated then Governor Bill Clinton’s trade and investment mission overseas and was staff advisor to the governor on trade at the National Governors’ Association. She was also in charge of the Arkansas Motion Picture Office and as Communications Director, was responsible for media relations, advertising, promotions and public relations. She served as Protocol Officer for the State and governor’s office for 10 years.

Haley was Senior Director with Kissinger McLarty Associates (KMA), a partnership headed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former White House Chief of Staff and Envoy for the Americas Thomas F. McLarty. KMA provides global strategic advice and assistance to U.S. and multinational companies in the areas of partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, investment opportunities and government relations.

She served on the board of the Export Import Bank of the United States from 1994 to 1999, helping to manage a $55 billion portfolio aimed at promoting U.S. exports, business development and international investments. She was also Deputy Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel at the White House, focusing on Cabinet and Senior level appointments in the areas of trade, economics, investment and finance. Ms. Haley has organized and led trade missions and represented the United States at banking and trade summits around the world, primarily in Asia and Africa.

After her work at the White House, Ms. Haley served as an advisor and consultant to President Gloria Arroyo and the Philippine government for one year.

From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Haley was a member of the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, a $100 billion institution that serves the U.S. housing industry.

Haley was awarded the Ron Brown Award for advancing trade opportunities by the U.S. Small Business Exporters Association and the Philippine Presidential Award by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. She was the recipient of the 2000 Stan Suyat Memorial Leadership Award from the Asian American Government Executives Network and received the 2006 Corporate Leadership Award from Filipinas Magazines. In 2012, she posthumously received the Arkansas Economic Developer’s Lifetime Leadership Award.