As Account Executive at Celebrate Arkansas Magazine, Kristi Coats lives by the mantra ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’ (Maya Angelou). This is why Kristi has always gone above and beyond to build meaningful and productive relationships in every aspect of her life. Her extensive background in leadership, project management, business and fund development, and consulting has provided her with an abundance of opportunity to hone her interpersonal and communicative skills.
Upon obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from John Brown University, Kristi found a passion for helping non-profits succeed and became involved in Healing Hands of Mercy Massage Foundation and the Bentonville Rotary Club. Her active presence in these organizations has led to many prolific projects. Professionally, she also began to utilize her desire to help non-profits make a difference in the community. As Annual Giving Manager at the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter and Director of Development for AAO (Arkansas Athletes Outreach), Kristi fostered relationships with various constituencies to increase both volunteer participation and financial support, including the coordination of major events including the Starlight Gala, AAO Game Time Gala, Corporate Game Day and AAO Golf Classic. Kristi is a firm believer that all children deserve the chance to thrive and uses her skills and passion to further the relationships in the community to benefit all children in NWA.
In her spare time, Kristi can always be found spending time with her family and friends. Her joy for life is always apparent and her spirit is never higher than when she is at a Kansas City Chiefs game. She has a thirst for new experiences and meeting new people, whether locally or in her travels.
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