Arkansas Business: Best Quotes of 2012

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 12:00 am  

— Johnny Allison, chairman and founder of Conway’s Centennial Bank, on the bank’s FDIC-assisted expansion into Florida and the Alabama Gulf Coast

“I got into this business when I was 20. Now I’m 35 and if I had to do it all over again, it wouldn’t be in Arkansas.”

— Audrey House, founder of Chateau Aux Arc winery in Altus

“1) Family is always more important than business; 2) You don’t have to be the smartest guy in the room; and 3) Never, never, never borrow money using a swap to fix the interest rate.”

— Burt Hanna, founder of Hanna’s Candles of Fayetteville, on the three things he wishes he’d known before starting his company in 1987

“With Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, she has placed a daring bet that a small town can become a big art-world destination. We’re betting she’s right.”

— Time magazine in naming Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton to its 2012 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

“I think the separation makes eminent sense. It’s an odd combination to have an [exploration and production] company that also owns gas stations. For investors … having this fuel marketing business is just confusing.”

— Raymond James analyst Pavel Molchanov, speaking on Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado spinning off its subsidiary, Murphy Oil USA Inc., into its own separate publicly traded company

“We’re on the bottom, but at least we aren’t looking for a new bottom at the moment.”

— Aubra Anthony, president and CEO of Anthony Forest Products of El Dorado

“Sam would have been furious about how much data they share with the world.”



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