WE ADVANCE THE VISION OF ENTREPRENEURS
Arena is invested in your success
MEET OUR HIGHLY SKILLED TEAM
CEO and Founder
Dan oversees the vision of The Happy Group Inc., which encompasses The Happy Egg Co. and Arena. He brings 20 years of experience in go-to-market strategy, branding, business development and executive management to the enterprise. Dan and his wife Catherine have three sons. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, sports, and finding ways to compete in every area of life.
Tom Addington, PhD
As President of Arena, Tom is responsible for helping the organization devote all energy to serving clients and to building their brands at retail. He has decades of experience across academic and business sectors, including: Strategy consulting, executive leadership, organizational start-ups, and as a university professor. He serves on both corporate and non-profit boards. Tom and Susan have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They love traveling and spending time together.
Senior Account Manager
With a diverse background in higher education and business, Shannon assists the Sales Directors in multiple ways, including in sales, analytics, retail strategy, project management, and marketing. She also leads several small and mid-sized brands as they grow their business at Walmart. Shannon and her husband, Mark, live in Lowell with their two dogs, Edmund and Murphy.
Jessica provides meaningful insights and data solutions to help shape the strategy of her client businesses. She has 12+ years of analytics experience in CPG categories, including personal care, OTC pharmacy, impulse, home and grocery. Jessica has a BA in Communications – Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. She lives in Rogers with her husband and three sons.
Brand Insights Manager
As our Brand Insights Manager, Sarah provides brand insights and industry trends across her client portfolio. From instore analysis, online presence, product design, and overall brand strategy, Sarah helps to identify future drivers of brand growth and success. She has a BS in Marketing and Business Analytics from the University of Arkansas. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys anything arts and crafts, playing guitar, and hosting game nights with friends.
Cory serves as Arena’s Operations Manager where he is responsible for implementing & improving processes across the organization. His expertise in interpreting & managing data makes him impactful across all departments & his insight enhances the trajectory of Arena’s operational goals. For fun, Cory enjoys learning new knots, boxing, critiquing whatever city he is in, & pondering
National Account Manager
Laura serves as a National Account Manager. She joined us from Sam’s Club where she spent time in corporate strategy and in buying for over 5 years. She is a Northwest Arkansas native and has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance from the University of Arkansas. She is passionate about retail, has a strong partnership-focused mindset and is fervently invested in growing her clients’ business at Walmart and Sam’s. Laura and her husband have 2 children and she enjoys running, swimming, reading, hiking, and lengthy strategic board games.
Key Account Manager
Jason brings over 12 years of Retail Sales Management experience and a passion for helping clients exceed organizational goals. With a unique approach, he quickly develops new business by staying focused on the consumer and bringing our clients vision to life with intuition and data driven analysis. In addition to his experience, he has an MBA from John Brown University. Jason and his wife stay busy chasing their 4 kids around ball fields and gymnasiums. He also serves as a worship leader in his hometown of Jay, Oklahoma. In his spare time, Jason loves playing music, watching sports, and trying to catch a fish when he can.
Shawn oversees the replenishment side of the business utilizing his experience gained through working at multiple startups and Walmart. He desires to use his expertise and drive to help businesses reach their full selling potential within the retail space. Shawn and his wife, Ragan, live in Fayetteville and argue it’s the best city in NWA. House projects, presidential biographies, and grabbing drinks with friends are usually on his weekend to-do list.
Chief of Staff
Gena supports Arena as Chief Of Staff. In addition, she carries responsibility for revenue-generating Special Projects. Gena loves helping teammates shine, including creating a positive environment around the office for employees and clients. She has a BA in Communications from the University of Arkansas. Gena and her husband Bart and have two adult children, Taylor and Kate. She enjoys remodeling homes, being an Airbnb superhost, and living off the Bentonville Square in Walmart’s hometown.
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