Quinn Joe Quinn

Senior Director, Public Affairs And Government Relations, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Joe Quinn is Senior Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations. In this role Quinn helps build national Walmart relationships with elected officials, suppliers, customers, communities, and associates.  Quinn is currently focused on the major Walmart effort to bring manufacturing and jobs back to the United States. The company has committed to buying an additional $250 billion in American products during the next ten years.

Walmart is the largest retail store in the United States, serving 140 million customers weekly with more than 200 million transactions.  From it's start in a modest building in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962 Walmart has grown to operate under 69 banners in 27 countries.

During his time at Walmart Quinn has helped manage the company commitment to hire 100,000 veterans over five years, has worked in the Walmart Benefits Division that makes company benefits available to 1.3 million associates, and has helped lead the company effort to make healthier food more accessible and affordable for all families.

In 2006 Quinn was part of the Walmart team that rolled out the innovative $4 generic drug program that changed the national healthcare landscape by saving customers billions of dollars.  For that work Quinn was a co-winner of the 2007 Walmart Sam Walton Entrepreneurial Award.    

Before joining Walmart in 2006 Quinn was Director of Policy for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. In 2002 Quinn was Director of Communications for the successful Huckabee reelection campaign. Quinn previously was Director of Communications for the Arkansas Department of Human Services and a television journalist with the CBS TV affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas.   

Quinn is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Children's Museum of Arkansas, and a current member of the Bentonville School Board.  In 2010 Quinn  co-chaired a successful community campaign to raise $70 million in funding for new schools. Quinn is also a former member of the Northwest Arkansas Lacrosse Club Board of Directors. 

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Walmart's US Manufacturing Initiative

How the world's largest retailer is supporting U.S. manufacturing by working with companies to on-shore manufacturing, grow sales of U.S. made products, and source locally.