Rankin College of Business

SOAR Sustainability Conference

April 24, 2024

at Southern Arkansas University

2024 Conference Program


8:30 AM

Registration – Grand Hall, Reynolds Center

8:45 AM

Welcome – Grand Hall, Reynolds Center

9:00 AM


Robert Mintak, CEO of Standard Lithium
Lithium Opportunities and Challenges for Southern Arkansas
Grand Hall, Reynolds Center

10:00 – 10:50 AM

Parallel Sessions 1 – Presentations in Blanchard Hall

10:50 – 11:00 AM


11:00 – 11:50 AM

Parallel Sessions 2 – Presentations in Blanchard Hall

12:00 PM

Lunch in Grand Hall, Reynolds Center

Lunch Video

SAU Dept. of Communications


The Good Steward Leadership Award

Rankin College of Business Sustainability Award

New Generations Impact Award

1:20 – 2:10 PM

Student Poster Presentations – Blanchard Hall 1st Floor

Outdoor Demonstrations – Blanchard Lawn

2:10 – 2:20 PM


2:20 – 3:10 PM

Outdoor Demonstrations – Blanchard Hall 1st Floor

Networking Session – Blanchard Hall Student Lounge


Robert Mintak

Lithium Opportunities and Challenges for Southern Arkansas

Robert Mintak, as the CEO of Standard Lithium, leads a skilled team dedicated to the advanced development of U.S. critical mineral projects in Arkansas and Texas. Through the application of Direct Lithium Extraction technologies, he ensures that these endeavors are both adaptable and scalable, key factors in their success. Robert creates a collaborative environment, effectively bridging the gap between his team and local stakeholders, thereby fostering a culture of shared success and integrated risk management.

His strategic vision and emphasis on a team-centered approach are fundamental in cementing Standard Lithium’s position as a frontrunner in the U.S. lithium supply chain’s development. Robert’s leadership is instrumental in strengthening the company’s role in promoting a sustainable future for U.S. lithium production, showcasing Standard Lithium’s commitment to innovation and sustainability in this critical industry sector.

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