Fast 15: Alexis Durham Brown

Congratulations to Alexis Brown, customer experience manager for both Harry Robinson Buick GMC & Sallisaw Ford. She has been honored by Talk Business & Politics as a member of their 2021 Fast 15 class.

Fast 15 honorees are young professionals who are following their passions with enthusiasm and confidence & have already achieved a level of success. Alexis started working at HRBG as a receptionist when she was 16; she was promoted to executive assistant and then to Dedicated Delivery Coordinator shortly after that. In 2017, at 22 years old, Alexis was promoted to Customer Experience Manager. As customer experience manager, she is a customer advocate & deals with any issues as they arise in every department. She also manages our receptionists and our service BDC, helps with remodeling & generally anything we throw at her. She excels in her career and serves as the Communications Vice President on the Junior League of Fort Smith board. Alexis is also active in the PTA at her daughter’s school. Artistic talent oozes from her as she takes on everything from styling, wedding planning, designing workspaces, and making custom shirts & other items for her friends. I cannot say enough great things about Alexis. She is good through & through, she gives her everything to all she does, and she is a leader. I can’t wait to see what she’s up to at 40! We celebrate with you today, Alexis. This honor is truly deserved. Thank you & Congratulations! We Love Ya!

The Fast 15 recognition program is designed to spotlight the best and brightest in our area. Candidates were not limited to a particular industry or activity. They include fast-risers who make impacts in large organizations, have enjoyed success as an entrepreneur, or have made their mark locally in some other way.

They were chosen by the editorial staff of the Business Journal, selected from nearly 50 finalists.

For the second consecutive year, to maintain safe social distancing, we decided not to schedule a photo session for our honorees with Fayetteville photographer Wendy Dunn. Instead, we asked them to submit selfies. We think they hit the mark and look great, too.

I always look forward to learning more about these young professionals, and I hope you’ll take the time to do the same. They will inspire you.

Always on the search for new flavors is maybe the thing to know about Alexis Durham Brown.

The daughter of a single mother who spent the first 14 years of life in a very rural and poor part of central Kentucky, Brown focuses on being independent and improving her life.

She moved to Fort Smith at the age of 14 and began working at a snow cone shack.

“I could get there on foot and leave every day with a little cash in my pocket,” she said.

She was 16 years old when the clothing boutique store where she worked closed. She called “Aunt Renee” (Renee Durham, general manager of Harry Robinson Automotive), who gave her a few odd jobs. That morphed into a receptionist opening. Then she “progressed in the business and found my home.”

“Ten years ago, I would have told you I was going to be here to make a little money and then move on to something else, but I’m here,” Brown said, adding that Renee has been a critical mentor “who took me under her wing when I was just 16, and I’ve really tried to learn all I can from her.”

Brown’s independence isn’t limited to money and a career. She and her wife Jasmine, who serves in the Air Force with the 188th Wing in Fort Smith, have built much of the furniture in their home, including their daughter’s bed.

Brown is also self-taught with technology. She is the communications vice president for the Junior League of Fort Smith, where she supports website and graphic design work. She also helps the dealership with graphic design work.

She said part of her push to be independent resulted in a desire to be a part of the community.

“I want to see the dealership grow. I want to see the community grow. … I want to have a small piece to play in helping this community to keep growing and getting better,” Brown said about future goals.

She also said she should be an example to anyone that they can make it in the world.

“I think people see us [Fast 15 honorees] and think we have it made, but we may also be trying to figure things out.”

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Congratulations to all the honorees and thanks to Talk Business & Politics.

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