John Hugg, Jill Darling Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 7:31 am  

John Hugg of Hugg & Hall Equipment Co. in Little Rock and Jill Darling of United Way of Northwest Arkansas won executive of the year awards at Tuesday's 26th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, presented by Centennial Bank.

Each year, Arkansas Business Publishing Group sponsors the awards to honor businesses in three categories related to number of employees as well as business executives, nonprofit executives and nonprofit organizations in Arkansas.

(Video: Click any of the links below to see video from Tuesday night's event. And read more about all the winners and finalists here.)

Hugg received the Business Executive of the Year Award for his work at Hugg & Hall, the $160 million equipment rental company based in Little Rock. It employs 420 people in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Darling received the Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award for her work with United Way of Northwest Arkansas based in Lowell, including her role in the establishment of the 211 information and referral system in the region.

Other winners at Tuesday night's event:

The event also includes the Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Awards, given by the Arkansas Community Foundation to honor businesses that support charitable and nonprofit endeavors in their communities.

Those honorees are:

Arkansas Business readers nominate businesses, executives and nonprofits for the awards, and an independent panel of judges determines the winners.

Arkansas Business is accepting nominations now for the 27th Arkansas Business of the Year awards. You can nominate businesses, executives and nonprofits here.

Below, Arkansas Business Online Editor Lance Turner talks about the winners and finalists on "THV 11 This Morning."



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