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

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

"We walked outside afterward and saw a crowd that we thought was fired up about USA Truck. Our company name was on the marquee overlooking the street and everything. We later found out the crowd was gathered because the Jonas Brothers were down the street at MTV Total Request Live."
Clifton Beckham, president and CEO of the truckload carrier based in Van Buren, after ringing the closing bell in recognition of the company's 15th anniversary of trading on the Nasdaq exchange.

"Banking used to be fun. You could help people and help them build things, and everyone made money. Now, you're just wanting to see if you can get out of some of these traps you're in."
Johnny Chambers, CEO of Chambers Bancshares Inc., on the changing climate for lenders.

"We're the party of the people, and we're not going to wall ourselves off. That's in keeping with the memory of Chairman Gwatney. That's not what he would've wanted us to do us."
Darinda Sharp, director of communications for the Democratic Party of Arkansas, on the decision not to go overboard with security changes at party headquarters, where Bill Gwatney was gunned down.

"If that's their attitude, they may have trouble getting another library tax approved."
Jimmy Moses, principal in Little Rock's Moses Tucker Real Estate, regarding a comment by Bobby Roberts, executive director of the Central Arkansas Library System, that the tax contributions of a proposed seven-story Aloft Hotel were inconsequential.

"I would like to think the public would support that."
Bobby Roberts on the ever-increasing cost and open-ended nature of the $21 million Arkansas Studies Institute project budget.

"I've heard Mr. Whitbeck's explanation, and I just simply do not believe his explanation. ... Here's what I think was going on: that Mr. Whitbeck was looting Winrock Grass Farms, taking all the money out that he possibly could, either spending it on his personal expenses, paying these tax debts, these other personal obligations and then converting it over to [Butterfield Investments] and then when Winrock ran completely out of resources, it would be easy enough just to let the case get dismissed or die on the vine. The transactions when viewed in that light make sense."
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James Mixon on Frank Whitbeck's financial management.

"We can only get so many prisoners. But one thing you can count on is they always make it to work on time."
Tom Schueck, Lexicon president, on filling job openings by hiring inmates who are shuttled to work by jailers.

"We won all our lawsuits including the big momma. If you read the press coverage before the trial, I was [going to get] 150 years in the pen."
Jay DeHaven, controversial Maumelle developer, looking back on surviving a 32-count indictment in 1993 only to emerge from Little Rock's U.S. District Court a free man on Aug. 24, 1994.

"Yeah, the same guy that inspects tanning beds inspects us."
William Burgess, vice president of operations of Alexander's Power Technology Inc., on the odd federal bureaucracy that oversees his family's laser firm.

"Everything is bad in the department store sector. Now Dillard's was bad when other people were good. Now when things are bad, [Dillard's] is worse."
Howard Davidowitz of Davidowitz & Associates Inc. of New York, a national retail consulting and investment banking firm.

"There's absolutely nothing in the securities law that says you can't sell a risky investment, a chancy investment. You can do that; you just have to tell them that's what it is."
Arkansas Securities Commissioner A. Heath Abshure. He also summed up Arkansas' securities fraud law thusly: "It's, you know what, don't lie."

"We are not going to have good journalism unless we find some way to do this on the Internet. We are all trying to answer that question, how are we going to pay for journalism in the future?"
Jim Hopkins, former Arkansas Gazette business editor, about his attempts to earn a living from his blog that is all about his former employer, Gannett Co. Inc.



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