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Steuart L. Walton is the co-founder of Runway Group, a holding company that invests in real estate, hospitality and other businesses in Northwest Arkansas. He is the founder and chairman of Game Composites, LLC., a company that designs and builds small composite aircraft. Steuart serves on the board of directors of Walmart, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
In 2020, Steuart was appointed Chairman of the Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force to lead the re-opening of businesses in the wake of the state’s COVID-19 crisis response. He previously worked in London for Allen & Overy, LLP, and Walmart’s international division, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Steuart holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Born in Bentonville, Arkansas, Steuart’s philanthropic efforts support his hometown and state.
Tom Walton is the co-founder of Runway Group, a Bentonville, Arkansas-based holding company. Committed to making Arkansas the best place to live, Runway investments include real estate, outdoor initiatives, hospitality, and aviation. He is also Chairman of the Walton Family Foundation Home Region Program. In 2023, he was appointed to the Natural State Advisory Board. As part of the Natural State Initiative, the board was created to further establish Arkansas as a leader in the outdoor economy and a destination for outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Born and raised in Bentonville, Tom spends his time giving back through regional investments and philanthropy. Through Runway, personal support, and the Walton Family Foundation’s Home Region Program, Tom plays an important role in revitalizing Northwest Arkansas downtown areas with a desire to create collaborative spaces for the region’s growing population.
Tom is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and resides in Bentonville with his wife Olivia and their children.
Executive Leadership Team
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Chris Seay has served as CEO of the Runway Group since October 2021. Prior to his current role, he served as Runway’s COO.
Chris began his career as an attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana. Reorienting from law to business, Chris joined Wal-Mart Stores’ international accounting & finance team and worked with its foreign affiliates in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, and China and, later, as advisor to and acting CFO of Wal-Mart’s retail venture in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he and his wife, Kim, lived. Following his time at Walmart, Chris co-founded and was principal of the SEAYCO Group, a Bentonville, Arkansas-based real estate development company that specialized in the development of commercial shopping centers throughout the United States.
Chris and Kim share a hobby farm with an unruly assortment of dogs, cats, sheep and goats in Bentonville. They enjoy the beauty, the people and the hilly, woodsy and watery places of OZ.
Landon joined Runway Group as Chief Financial Officer in 2020. He oversees finance and accounting operations for Runway Group and our operating companies and is involved in the day-to-day management of Runway’s operations.
Prior to joining Runway Group, Landon was an Advisor at Walton Enterprises, where he provided financial and operational support to principal-owned companies. Prior to Walton Enterprises, he served as Vice President of Investments at Prothro Clark Company, where he was a member of the investment committee and responsible for evaluating public and private investments. Previously, he analyzed public market investment opportunities at Key Point Capital and Greenlight Capital. He began his career as an Analyst at Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm.
Landon earned a BBA in Finance and Economics from Northwood University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Brenda is currently engaged as the Chief Strategy Office for Runway Group, where she works with leaders throughout the Runway ecosystem to create holistic strategies for business, philanthropic, and community investment and engagement.
In her previous role, Brenda led Blue Crane as the Director of Real Estate Development. During her six-year tenure, Blue Crane developed a diverse portfolio including unique hospitality, food and beverage, entertainment, commercial and residential products located in downtown neighborhoods across NWA.
Prior to her tenure with Blue Crane, Brenda spent 15 years as the Executive Director of Community Development Corporation, Bentonville/Bella Vista, Inc. The CDC is a local non-profit focused on providing affordable housing and housing with services for the elderly. Under Brenda’s leadership, the CDC developed the first licensed assisted living facility in Arkansas as well as the first housing cooperative in the state. Brenda’s work experience also includes over a decade working in municipal and county planning.
Brenda is past President of Downtown Bentonville, Inc., and was a founding member of NWA Land Trust; she currently serves on the ULI Northwest Executive Committee as the Chair for Mission Advancement, is the Secretary of the Downtown Springdale Alliance, and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the newly formed Workforce Housing Center at the NWA Council.
Scott King is Chief Experience Officer at Runway Group where he focuses on strategies, design, placemaking, and the delivery of world-class experiences. Scott has more than 30 years of experience in business strategy, experience strategy, retail &brand strategy, design research, business process development, systems integration, product development, and supply chain management.
Organizations he has worked for, or with, include frog Design, AT&T, General Motors, CVS, Arvest, 7–eleven, Abercrombie&Fitch, Kohl’s, Whole Foods, Dell Computer, Best Buy, Microsoft, Intuit, Ulta Beauty, Capital One, Accenture, and multiple start–ups.
Scott is also a print maker, photographer, reader, and cyclist (powered by motors or legs).
Krista Cupp is Vice President, Corporate and Community Affairs, for the Runway Group, where she is responsible for communications and marketing across Runway’s businesses, investments and executive leadership.
Her previous roles include Vice President of The Herald Group, a public affairs agency in Washington D.C.; Corporate Identity and Executive Communications lead for Tyson Foods; and Senior Elections and Grassroots Coordinator for the National Rifle Association. She also served as Communications Specialist for U.S. Senator Kit Bond.
Krista sits on the Leadership Circle for the Independent Women’s Forum and is a member of the Arthur Page Society. She grew up in Missouri and earned a political science degree from William Jewell College.
Krista is active in her church’s women’s ministry and is a firm believer in servant leadership. She enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, jogging, and being on the water. She married her high school sweetheart Cameron and lives in Bentonville with her two children.
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