UA Arkansas Business Hall of Fame to Induct 4 Into 2010 Class

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2009 8:52 am  

The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame has selected the late William E. "Bill" Clark, Jerry Jones, Jim Lindsey and Tommy May for its 12th class.

The four will be inducted into the 2010 Hall of Fame.

The inductees were announced by the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame board.

"We are excited that it is our 12th year to showcase the significant contributions of business leaders - who are Arkansans either by birth or by choice," Dan L. Worrell, dean of the Walton College, said in a news release. "The Arkansas economy has been blessed with a tremendous base of business talent. We believe it is vital to the state and its future business leaders to honor and perpetuate these inductees' names and accomplishments."

The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is permanently housed in the atrium of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development at the Walton College on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.

William E. "Bill" Clark, who died in May 2007, was the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of CDI Contractors Inc. of Little Rock. Jerral Wayne "Jerry" Jones is the owner, president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys and president and CEO of Jerry Jones Oil & Gas Co. James E. "Jim" Lindsey is chief executive officer of Lindsey Management Inc. and owner and chairman of Lindsey & Associates Inc. of Fayetteville. J. Thomas "Tommy" May is chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Bank and Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff.

The selection process was chaired by Walton College alumnus Larry Wilson, chairman and chief executive officer of First Arkansas Bank & Trust of Jacksonville. A nominating committee of 25 business leaders encouraged people throughout the state and beyond to make nominations, and then a selection committee of 12 business and community leaders reviewed the nominations and chose the inductees.

Criteria for selection included the significance of the impact made as a business leader, the concern demonstrated for improving the community, and the display of ethics in all business dealings. In addition, the inductee must be over the age of 60.

 Wilson said, "We are very excited about this year's inductees. They join 46 other Arkansas business leaders in a place of prominence. Each of these remarkable people has made major contributions to the state of Arkansas and beyond to the nation and the world."

Tickets to the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, a black-tie optional event, are $150 per person. For more information about tickets and event sponsorships, please contact the Office of External Relations at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, Business Building 117, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201, (479) 575-6146, by e-mail at, or on the Web at



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