Life After Alltel: Businesses Rise From Ashes

by Jamie Walden  on Monday, May. 4, 2009 12:00 am  

Kevin Halpin, left, and Mike Stafford are using the skills they gained at Alltel to launch their own company, the Customer Experience Group.

“I want to contribute to the central Arkansas economy personally and then through helping other people that have a lot of value to add by helping them find employment.”

After the go-private sale of Alltel in 2007, Kevin Beebe, then-group president of operations, left the company to form a consulting company called 2BPartners LLC, which provides strategic and operational advice to private equity clients.

Beebe raked in more than $60 million in 2007 after the buyout by the two private equity firms.

But that’s not the end of the list of new enterprises.

“I know of a few others in the market for small businesses and a few others that are in the formulative stage of start-ups but can’t talk yet,” Halpin, of the Customer Experience Group, said. “So I think there will be more to come.



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