Arkansas Business Hall of Fame 2013: Buddy Coleman Jr.

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 12:00 am  

W.C. “Buddy” Coleman Jr.

In 2010, the family donated 10 acres of the original 200-acre dairy farm land to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for a recreation and sports complex.

Buddy Coleman was recognized for his business and industry accomplishments many times, but none more important than his service as vice president and four years as president of the Quality Chekd Dairy Products Association, a member-owned organization of 27 independent dairy processors that focuses on quality and food safety. Coleman was a respected force for Quality Chekd when many significant issues faced the organization and the dairy industry.

He also was president of the Southern Association of Dairy Food Manufacturers and the Arkansas Dairy Products Association, a board member of the National Dairy Council and a member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Arkansas Grade “A” Milk Program.

In 1988, Coleman was honored as the Top Manager of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives Association of Little Rock. He was voted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1997.

Coleman is also known as a sportsman and civic leader. He was chairman of the Pioneer District of the Boy Scouts of America and president of the Little Rock Boy’s Club. He also was widely known for his and the dairy’s involvement with Little League baseball.

He was a 50-year member — with a 42-year perfect attendance record — in the Little Rock Downtown Kiwanis Club, where he also served as president. He also was chairman of Kiwanis Activities Inc., which runs the Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp for children. He was a 20-year plus member of the Little Rock Executives Association.

Coleman also served as president of the St. Vincent Infirmary Development Foundation and was named the Honorary Big Brother of the Year in 1975 by the Big Brothers of Pulaski County. In his long and distinguished civic career, he also served on the boards of the Associated Industries of Arkansas, the Young Presidents Organization and the Salvation Army.

Coleman also was highly visible on Friday nights and Saturdays as a football official. He was a Southwest Conference official for 26 years, working in more than 250 college football games. He officiated in two Cotton Bowl games, five Sugar Bowl games, two Gator Bowl games, two Orange Bowl games, two Fiesta Bowl games and the Mirage Bowl in Tokyo. His numerous bowl officiating assignments included two national championship games.

He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Arkansas High School Officials Hall of Fame in 1995.

Buddy Coleman kept the support of his community through his dedication to its people and especially his concern for its children. He always had the support of his family: his wife Carolynn; Walt and his wife Cynthia; Bob and his wife Beverly; Charlie and his wife Patti; and Cherb and his wife Connie; plus his seven grandchildren: Bob Jr.; Walt IV and wife Morgan; Turner and wife Anna; Courtney; Arden; Jacob and wife Lindsay and Jonathan; and one great-granddaughter, Ella Arden Coleman.

Coleman passed away on Oct. 24, 2011.



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