Arkansas Business: Best Quotes of 2012

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

— Charles Fishman, author of “The Wal-Mart Effect,” on how the retail giant’s founder would view the company’s public reporting on its sustainability efforts

“The obligation is beyond our ability to handle, to be frank.”

— Pine Bluff Finance Director Steve Miller on the city fire and police pension funds that ended 2011 with $36.8 million in unfunded liabilities

“That was just a one-time, lucky deal.”

— Phillips County farmer Michael Taylor on the sky-high prices of 2011 that encouraged Arkansas farmers to start planting peanuts for the first time in decades

“With email and all the other technology changes, clients expect a lot, and they expect it sooner, faster, better. We have attorneys that are able to essentially practice 24/7 wherever they are in the world.”

— Harry Hamlin, managing director of Little Rock law firm Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard

“People feel like investing in farmland is very safe and very secure. You can grow stuff on it. You can get buried on it. You can get back to the basics.”

— Tommy Drew, Little Rock real estate broker specializing in agri and hunting properties, on the growing popularity and value of Arkansas farmland

“During 2009, that was really the worst year in terms of the recession. We consider that year to be the worst recession since the Great Depression. And its impact on our business was very dramatic.”

— Judy McReynolds, CEO of Arkansas Best Corp. of Fort Smith

“Smith was not duped into signing the Notes, but instead had sufficient time to read the agreements, ask questions and/or seek legal counsel regarding the documents’ terms.”



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