Banking & Finance Archive

Jeffrey Busch to Lead Arvest Branch in Springdale

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/14/2015 11:48 am

Jeffrey Busch was named manager of Arvest Bank's branch on South Pleasant Street in Springdale.

Arvest Survey Shows Rising Consumer Sentiment in Arkansas

by Lance Turner 5/12/2015 09:00 am

Rising optimism among Arkansas couples with no children and the unemployed helped drive an increase in consumer sentiment this year, according to the Spring 2015 Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey.

Steve Bauman Joins Rose Law Firm (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Steve Bauman has joined the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock. He comes with experience in the areas of trusts, estate planning, real estate and taxation.

Jerry Spratt Honored by Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountains

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Jerry Spratt of Maumelle is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner who spent 38 years with the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit. As assistant legislative auditor and legislative audit administrator between 1980 and 2006, he was involved with more than 1,000 government audits that found shortages and obtained more than 100 confessions.

The Business Value of Listening (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 5/11/2015 12:00 am

There are reams of articles on listening, with approaches that vary widely. Most of what is required to listen, however, is to pay attention, remove distractions and remain fully present for the work in front of us.

Enrollment Continues Post-Recession Slump at Top Universities, Colleges

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

College enrollment in Arkansas topped out in the 2011-12 academic year, the second year of lottery scholarships when the state's unemployment rate was near its post-recession peak.

Professional Degrees Edge Doctoral in Earnings, Unemployment Rates

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The education categories in the graphic reflect only the highest level of education attained. They don't take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates.

Student Loan Guarantee Foundation of Arkansas Finding New Mission

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

A new identity, GuidEd Solutions, is in place for the Student Loan Guarantee Foundation of Arkansas. It's the first in a long list of new products that the SLGFA has the expertise to deliver if it can round up colleges and universities that are willing and able to pay.

Arkansas Worker Education Ready for Makeover

by Jan Cottingham 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Over a year after state Sen. Jane English began her crusade to reform workforce education in Arkansas, Charisse Childers is poised to carry out what English thinks is the centerpiece of that reformation: Act 892 of 2015, signed into law last month.

Bank of the Ozarks to Buy Bank of the Carolinas in $65M Deal

by Lance Turner 5/6/2015 03:48 pm

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock said Wednesday that it has agreed to purchase Bank of the Carolinas Corp. and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, Bank of the Carolinas, in an all-stock deal worth about $64.7 million.

Simmons First Proxy: Pay Rise for George Makris, Payments to French Hill in 2014

by George Waldon 5/6/2015 02:31 pm

The compensation of the top executive at Simmons First National Corp. mushroomed by 135 percent in 2014, the year he succeeded J. Thomas May as CEO.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 10:48 am

Tickets are available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

Rex Nelson Joins Simmons First as Director of Corporate Communications

by Gwen Moritz 5/4/2015 10:11 am

Rex Nelson will leave his job as president of Arkansas Independent Colleges & Universities at the end of May to become director of corporate communications for Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff.

Judge Finds Arvest Violated Bankruptcy Code by Firing Employee

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ben Barry has ordered back pay for David Dwelle of Arkadelphia, who challenged his firing from an Arvest subsidiary because he couldn't repay a credit card issued by Arvest Bank.

Bank of Rison Seeks Rebranding to Gateway Bank

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The Bank of Rison is the second-smallest bank in the state, but its owners — CEO Troy Duke and Hot Springs businessman LR Gardner — have aspirations.

Turner Grain's Dale Bartlett Receives Chapter 7

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Dale C. Bartlett has his Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization converted to a Chapter 7 liquidation — and not everyone's happy about it.

Nathan Rutledge Promoted at Crews & Associates

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Nathan Rutledge has worked in the public finance department at Crews & Associates of Little Rock since 2009 in roles that have included in-house attorney, investment banker, financial analyst and business development officer.

Executive Moves Made at Simmons First Investment Group (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Carolyn May has joined Simmons First Investment Group in Little Rock and Ken Adams, David Seay, Joe France, Reed Willett and Angela Johnson have been promoted.

Sue Owens on the Educational Impact of Economics Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

After more than 20 years in banking, Sue Owens became executive director of Economics Arkansas — then known as the Arkansas Council on Economic Education — in 2004.