Things That Matter: The Best Quotes of 2013

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 12:00 am  

Conflicts, like the one between Stehens Inc. and Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure, and stress, as Scooter Stuart was under before his death, can lead to memorable comments.

“I’m not the only one.”

– Layton “Scooter” Stuart, owner and ousted chairman and CEO of Little Rock’s One Bank & Trust, regarding the federal investigation that would implicate others

“If we keep addressing each other with clenched fists, we’re never going to shake hands.”

– Richard Torti, executor of Layton Stuart’s estate, on the dispute over a $17.7 million life insurance payout that was to go to the Stuart Family Trust but was seized by federal agents

“I don’t think Stephens gives a rat’s ass where I send money from my other settlements. They’ve decided to attack me personally because we came after them.”

– A. Heath Abshure, Arkansas Securities Commissioner, on an ethics complaint filed against him by Stephens Inc.

“Here he was exhibiting the same conflicts of interest that he’s supposed to be protecting the public against. Nothing personal.”

– Stephens Inc. General Counsel David Knight, on the his ethics complaint against Abshure

“Nothing is so ugly as the Delta in winter or so beautiful in spring.”

–Barry Kelly, general manager of the $32 million Delta Resort & Conference Center under development near Tillar

“These folks that work for me are fiercely independent. They’re not college graduates. They want to make a living, they want to go hunting and fishing on the weekend, and then some of them want to start getting drunk on Friday afternoon.”

– Steve Richardson, a Warren-area logger and one of the founders of the Arkansas Timber Producers Association

“Throughout the bank, we were all very scared, from top down to a teller level.”

– Susie Smith, senior executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Metropolitan National Bank, discussing the financial crisis that peaked at the bank in 2009

“If you don’t like working holidays, if you don’t like working weekends, if you don’t like working on your birthday, your wife’s birthday, your son’s graduation day, you don’t belong in this business.”

– Adam Robinson, president of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, now in its fifth generation of family leadership

“My actions could not be further from what these institutions stand for.”

– Little Rock developer Steve Clary, apologizing to Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, Harding University and Central Arkansas Christian Schools, organizations in which he formerly had leadership roles, in a statement before he was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for diverting a bank loan

“That’s probably one of the gutsiest apologies I’ve heard.”

– Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Jegley on Clary’s statement, before encouraging U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to send him to prison

“The best defense is success.”

– Donald Broughton, transportation analyst with Avondale Partners in St. Louis, discussing USA Truck’s “poison pill” to ward off a hostile takeover attempt from Knight Transportation



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