Top 100 Women of Impact: Lexanne Horton

Lexanne Horton

CFO, Ritter Communications

About me: I have worked at Ritter Communications for eight years, starting as controller with E. Ritter & Company in 2015. Prior to that, I worked in health care for 24 years and oversaw design and construction of the NEA Baptist Clinic and Cancer Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas. 

I currently serve as treasurer of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas and have served on the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce of Jonesboro, Hope Found of Northeast Arkansas and CASA of the 2nd Judicial District. I hold an MBA from Union University and a BBA in accounting from the University of Memphis.

Lives/Works in: Jonesboro

Best Career Advice: Choose your battles intentionally to be heard, because not every battle is strategic to your goals.

Lesson Learned the Hard Way: Everyone won’t see the opportunities in front of them, and you cannot make them decide to succeed. You must keep going with those who can see a better life.

Proudest Moment of Impact: Hearing from the rural customers of RightFiber and Ritter Communications that now have access to high-speed internet has been an eye-opener to the need in these areas for the ability to work, learn and communicate. We need to continue to reach these remote areas with reliable services through federal and state partnerships to support their local economies.

Call to Action: Being involved in Hope Found of Northeast Arkansas has opened my eyes to how many in our community are at risk for exploitation, either through unfair labor practices or through sex trafficking. Raising awareness in our community and with our children who are at risk is critical to protecting them and preventing trafficking.

What Keeps Me Motivated: I was raised to always leave the world a better place than how I found it, whether with family, work or community. That advice aligns well with the Ritter mission to provide connectivity to rural areas so they can have the same opportunities urban areas have.

A Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Initiative

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