'Get Over It' - Arkansas Business' Best Quotes of 2008

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 12:00 am  

"Get over it."
Scott Ford, CEO of Alltel Corp., to anyone who had hoped Alltel's sale to Verizon Communications Inc. wouldn't go through.

"Why would I want to do that? What possible reason? I'm gonna have a good life out here in the private sector. Why would I go back to telling everybody in the world how much money I make and being limited to what I can make and living in a very expensive city and barely surviving to have some obscure Cabinet post and have some 20-year-old from the White House telling me what I'm gonna do? Thanks but no thanks. I have better things to do with my life."
Mike Huckabee, on being asked by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette whether he would consider a spot in Sen. John McCain's administration had McCain won the presidential election.

"Mike Huckabee knows how to take care of Mike Huckabee."
Dennis Milligan, ex-chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party.

Crystal Bridges Museum will be "the greatest catalyst for growth that this area has ever, ever experienced."
Bob McCaslin, mayor of Bentonville, where previous growth was catalyzed by a little company called Wal-Mart.

"Enough is enough. The time has come for new leadership. ... To allow the current management team to continue in office is simply indefensible. Do your duty. Change the management team and bring in new leadership with a proven merchandising track record."
Geoffrey Rosenberger in a Nov. 26 letter to Dillard's Inc. director Robert C. Connor and other board members.

"This is certainly serious and something that I've given a great deal of reflection to. To say this has been a learning experience on how quickly I do business is an understatement."
Lu Hardin, then-president of the University of Central Arkansas at Conway, quoted in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and referring to a memo supporting bonuses for Hardin that contained the names of three UCA administrators who said they had never seen the document.

"The worse the binge, the worse the hangover, and this was a pretty bad binge. The lending crap that had been going on the past four years was just insanity, and we're paying for it."
Alex Lieblong, president of the Little Rock money management firm of Lieblong & Associates, on the overextended, overleveraged credit markets.

"If you were retired and living in your house and you needed income for spending money for food, you can't eat the house."
Karron Wages, president of Financial Decisions Institute Inc., on why a house shouldn't be considered an investment asset.

"It's bleak. And anybody who tries to deny that has got rose-colored glasses on."
Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Arkansas' Sam M. Walton College of Business, discussing the state's economic prospects for 2009.

"My guess is your grandma, or certainly your great-grandma, would think you're nuts."
Micah Brown, a certified financial planner with Ifrah Financial Services Inc., on a generation of Americans living well beyond their means.

"Peter Drucker was right: No matter how many women you assign to the task, it still takes nine months to have a baby."
Randy Dennis, bank consultant with DD&F Consulting of Little Rock, on the temporary problem of overbuilding in northwest Arkansas.

"Under Sarbanes-Oxley, they have to puke it all out this year or someone's going to jail."
John Allison, CEO of Home BancShares Inc. of Conway, on the problem loans that publicly traded banks would have to own up to in 2008.

"Every time I go and make a speech, I always tell the crowd they're going to need a box of tissues before I'm through."
Roger Rorie, mayor of Clinton, which in 2008 has endured the closing of the Pilgrim's Pride plant, the largest employer at 325 jobs, two tornadoes, three major flash floods, two regular floods, a thunderstorm that produced golf ball-sized hail and the remains of Hurricane Gustav.



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