Gala 2017

The Annual LULAC Education Fund Gala is scheduled for Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at 6:00PM at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center of NWA at 1500 S. 48th St. Springdale, AR. 72762.  The event commences at 6:00 pm and concludes at 9:00 pm followed by dancing.

Andres Mejia, Group VP Shopper Marketing, Coca-Cola

He began his professional career with Coca Cola back in 2003 in his natal Colombia and returned to it last year. He also has experience with other corporations such as Procter & Gamble and Pepsi Co.

Andres has an extensive international experience in the consumer goods industry (Brazil, Colombia, Central America, Canada and USA) and is recognized for his negotiation skills, the expertise in several areas such as: sales, shopper marketing, supply chain and market strategy.

During his career, he has received numerous top awards and recognitions at P&G for his outstanding achievements and leadership. He was recognized as one of the top 10 executives of Coca-Cola Colombia in 2001 and also awarded a scholarship to study High Management at La Sabana University.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Management Engineering, 2001 from the Antioquia Engineering University in Colombia and has extended his education in Logistics, High Management and Negotiation.

Andres lives in Fayeteville, AR, with his wife Margarita and his two boys Martin and Sebastian. His hobbies include spending time with my family, traveling, waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, scuba diving and fishing.

R. Jason Bohannon, VP of Sales, JB Hunt

He began with J.B. Hunt in 1998 upon graduation from college and he has developed his entire professional career with the same company.  During his 19 years with the company, he has held a variety of positions in Customer Service, Operations, Customer On Site, Brokerage, and Sales.

After 4 years as a Vice President of our brokerage division, Jason most recently joined the sales side in 2015, where he has sales responsibility for the East Coast.  Jason leads JB Hunt’s Customer Experience initiative for Sales, and is also part of the board of the company Latino Employee Resource Group.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Arkansas.

Jason lives in Rogers, AR, with his wife and seven children (4 boys and 3 girls). His hobbies include golf, coaching and watching his kids play sports, and spending quality time with his family.


  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM  Cocktails & Networking
  • 7:00 – 7:35 PM  Dinner
  • 7:35 -7:45 PM    Welcome/Pledge
  • 7:45 – 7:50 PM  Invocation
  • 7:50 – 8:05 PM  Sponsorship Recognition
  • 8:05 – 8:15 PM  Recipient
  • 8:15 – 8:30 PM  Special Activity
  • 8:30 – 8:40 PM  Announcements
  • 8:40 – 9:00 PM  Keynote Speakers –

Andres Mejia

Group VP Shopper Marketing


Jason Bohannon

VP of Sales

JB Hunt

2017 Sponsors