Arkansas Business Presents the 2014 Power List

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Jul. 28, 2014 12:00 am  

Arkansas Business introduced “The Power List” in 2006, and after updating it annually for a few years, we decided to spread it out. That means there have been a lot of changes in 20 industries and professions since our last installment in 2011, so we’ve been doing a lot of rounding up of resumes and photos in the last few weeks.

View The Power List by clicking here.

The total number on our list this time is 181, but our goal has never been a particular number. Our goal is to give readers a resource to help navigate the leadership of the largest companies or institutions in the individual industries. And some industries have broader bases than others.

No attempt was made to ensure women and minorities were well represented or that the breadth of the state’s geography was covered. Instead, we simply profiled the people running Arkansas’ leading business, professional and nonprofit entities.

The vast majority of the biggest businesses are still being run by white males, although the number of women has grown, and most are in the population centers of Pulaski, Benton and Washington counties. While the leaders range in age from 30-something to 70-something, most of those on our Power List are in their 40s and 50s.

This project truly is just a snapshot in time, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the Government category. A lot of the power concentrated there in 2014 will be in entirely new hands a year from now.

It may be awhile before we do this project again, but we are open to suggestions and certainly to corrections. You can reach me at



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