Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, Wife Give $1M to UA Walton Business College
Doug McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, Wife Give $1M to UA Walton Business College

Doug McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, and his wife, Shelley, are giving $1 million to the University of Arkansas' Sam M. Walton College of Business. The money will establish the McMillion Family Endowed Excellence Fund, which will help the UA create the proposed School of Global Retail Operations and Innovation.
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April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks.
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Simmons First 1Q Profit Down 27 Percent

Simmons First 1Q Profit Down 27 Percent

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff on Thursday reported a 27 percent decline in first-quarter profit but said "core earnings," which exclude one-time costs related to its purchase of Metropolitan National Bank of Little Rock, rose compared to the same quarter last year.
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Home BancShares' 1Q Profit A Record, Up 56 Percent

Home BancShares' 1Q Profit A Record, Up 56 Percent

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway on Thursday announced another record quarterly profit as it continues to integrate the operations of Liberty Bancshares Inc. of Jonesboro.
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Data includes most recent full year's sales, total units sold, no. of licensed agents/brokers, $2 million+ producers, branch offices, main geographic areas of concentration, primary broker or head of company and contact info.

Rank Name 2013 Total Sales Volume ($) Current number of active licensed agents and brokers
1 Crye-Leike Realtors 1,335,454,802 581
2 Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 547,122,876 203
3 Lindsey & Associates 473,540,118 216
4 Coldwell Banker Rector Phillips Morse 305,890,160 181
5 The Janet Jones Co. 244,332,889 38

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Franklin McLarty on What Big Auto Manufacturers Must Do to Stay on the Road

Franklin McLarty, 39, has had careers in hotels, automobiles, global business and politics. From 2003 to 2005, he was vice president of McKibbon Hotel Group. In 2005, he joined the family business, RML Automotive of Little Rock, helping manage auto dealership franchises across the country. He also is a senior adviser to the Markham Group of Little Rock, a political affairs and campaign management firm.