Fryer to Provide Keynote for Student Leadership Event

Steve Fryer
Steve Fryer

Arkansas Tech University students are invited to participate in the spring 2024 ATU Student Leadership Conference on Saturday, April 20.

The conference will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Chambers Cafeteria West Dining Room. It is presented by the ATU Student Government Association.

Conference registration is open at

The keynote speaker will be ATU alumnus Steve Fryer.

Fryer graduated from Arkansas Tech in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English education.

He was a letterman for the Wonder Boys tennis team and the recipient of the 1978 Alfred J. Crabaugh Award as ATU’s most outstanding senior male student.

After serving as an English instructor and tennis coach at Russellville High School from 1979-83, Fryer gained admission to the Harvard University School of Law. He completed his Juris Doctor in 1986 and went to work in Los Angeles, California, as the manager of legal affairs for the Transit Casualty receivership, the largest insurance company bankruptcy in history.

Upon the completion of that project in 1994, Fryer pivoted into a career with the Walt Disney Company. He started in publicity for ABC television and ultimately became director of guest services for Disney Consumer Products and Disney Stores from 2007-16. He is a recipient of the Spirit of Disney Award, the highest honor the Walt Disney Company bestows upon its employees.

Fryer founded CX Opportunity in 2016 and continues to lead the customer experience operations business as its president and chief executive officer.

He has accepted numerous invitations to return to ATU and speak before a wide variety of audiences. Fryer was president of the ATU Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2022. That same year, Arkansas Tech bestowed its highest honor — induction into the ATU Hall of Distinction — upon Fryer.

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