The Pines general manager speaker at recent DuBocage ABWA meeting

Scott Green, general manager of The Pines mall, was guest speaker for the DuBocage Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association at their meeting held recently at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Green was born and raised at Pine Bluff and attended White Hall Schools. In 1993, Green, his mother and stepfather opened Chuck’s Steakhouse at Heber Springs, which quickly became an award-winning restaurant. After selling the steakhouse, they built a plaza there in Heber Springs and opened a Sears store and a Sav-A-Lot grocery store. He worked in the family businesses until 2001 when he went to work for USA Drug in Searcy. Later he moved to Russellville to take a USA Drug store there and then home to Pine Bluff for USA Drug as store manager of the 28th Avenue store. When he heard about The Pines Mall being sold, he knew he wanted to be part of the revitalizing of the mall. He was named general manager of The Pines mall in early February of 2012.

Green’s goals for the mall were 3-5-7, meaning he wanted to open three new stores the first year at the mall, then five the next year and seven the next. The first year six new stores were opened — the last one was Rosie’s Eye Brow Threading, where you can get your eyebrows shaped for only $10. He is looking for a national retailer.

The mall security has been upgraded and the parking lot lights have been fixed. The bushes in front of the café court have been thinned and cleaned out for a more inviting entrance. There is a meeting room for any one who would like to hold an event. There are several events already planned for March at the mall.

The mall doors open at 7 a.m. for the early morning walkers Monday through Saturday. The stores open at 10 a.m.

During the business meeting it was announced the spring enrollment would be from March 1 through May 31. The discussion on whether to have the event during a regular meeting was tabled until the March meeting with everyone thinking on who they wanted to invite as prospective members and when to hold the event.

Fundraising chairman Mary Baxter reported on the pecan sales and recognized two members for selling over 100 pounds of pecans each — Joyce Ann Green and Elaine Roan. She also announced a fundraising weekend in Hot Springs for April 19-21 to be held at Judy Kittler’s home for $25 a night or $50 for the weekend. No scheduled activities are planned just relaxing, shopping and eating out.

A voluntary donation from the members will be taken up in March to be sent to National for the SBMEF Scholarship fund (Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund) in the name of Flo Smithwick. Smithwick was a member of DuBocage Chapter who passed away this year.

The Woman of the Year chairman, Rhonda Gammel, read a letter from Baxter nominating Mary Coburn for the 2013 Woman of the Year. Coburn joined DuBocage in 2003 and has served as corresponding secretary, treasurer, hospitality chair, door prize chair, and vice president. Some of the offices she held more than one year. She works in the accounting department at Pine Bluff National Bank. She and her husband have three children and six grandchildren.

Green won the dollar pot. Gammel and Patsy Stone won the birthday gift. Christy Bush, Marnelle Clement and Roan won the door prizes.