Investments Archive

Acumen's Goal: To Own the Southern Lifestyle Marketplace

by Marty Cook 3/10/2014 12:00 am

In December, Acumen Brands of Fayetteville announced objectives for 2014 that one company executive called “insane.” The leadership wanted five new programs to keep the company vibrant and growing, among those programs “flash sales” and “Marketplace.”

Proposed Change in State Securities Law Out of Step With Neighboring States

by George Waldon 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Arbitration clauses and courtroom avoidance are common in the securities business. That norm stands in contrast to a not-so-modest proposal by Stephens Inc. to go straight to a judge to rule on enforcement actions by the Arkansas Securities Department.

Accountability Sans Jerkiness (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 3/10/2014 12:00 am

A CEO can delegate just about everything except culture. And every company will have a culture, whether it just happens or is implemented purposefully and continually by leadership in every decision and hire.

Updated: Winner, Loser in Simmons Charters Consolidation

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Last week's news that Simmons First National Corp. will be collapsing its six smaller charters into its flagship Pine Bluff bank was surprising only in that it took so long.

Bank of the Ozarks Settles In at Park Avenue Digs

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Not much has been written about the loan production office opened by Bank of the Ozarks in New York City, a decision that was announced last summer, so your Whispers staff thinks it's time to introduce readers to the classy digs.

Windstream Compensation: Down For Jeff Gardner, Up For Other Execs

by Luke Jones 3/7/2014 04:54 pm

Total compensation for Windstream Holdings Inc. CEO Jeffrey Gardner was down by almost $1 million in 2013 compared to 2012, but other named executive officers saw their compensation increase.

Mountain Valley Spring Water Acquired by Great Range Capital

by Mark Carter 3/4/2014 04:12 pm

Mountain Valley Spring Water of Hot Springs has been acquired for an undisclosed price by an investment group led by Great Range Capital of Kansas City, the company announced Tuesday.

Compensation Unchanged for Most Home BancShares Execs

by George Waldon 3/4/2014 03:38 pm

The 2013 compensation packages among the five top executives at Home BancShares Inc. of Conway didn't grow except for one: Tracy French, regional president of Centennial Bank, was awarded an 18 percent increase.

Arkansas Best Execs Enjoy Fruit of Profitable 2013

by Gwen Moritz 3/4/2014 03:35 pm

A cash incentive of nearly $600,000 bumped Judy McReynolds total compensation as CEO of Arkansas Best Corp. above $1.54 million in 2013, according to company's annual proxy statement.

Made By Few Tech Conference Sets Dates, Expands to 2 Days

by Mark Carter 3/3/2014 09:08 am

In its third year, Made By Few is a tech conference for designers, developers and entrepreneurs who design and create web and mobile applications. It drew attendees from 15 states to its 2013 version held at the Clinton Presidential Center.

AY Drops Publication of Talk Business

by Luke Jones 3/3/2014 12:00 am

A shakeup has occured between former publication partners Vicki Vowell and Roby Brock. Since 2012, Vowell Inc., which publishes Little Rock's AY Magazine, had also been printing Brock's bimonthly Talk Business Arkansas publication. But late last month Brock announced that he and Vowell were no longer working together.

Knowing Your Stakeholders Is Essential (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 3/3/2014 12:00 am

A stake is more than a share. And as consumers — all types of consumers —understand their stake in the products, services, issues and people they choose, the better equipped they will be to influence producers and providers.

Missouri Company Digs Into Market With Foothills Buy

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Did you know one of the largest apartment complexes in North Little Rock has a new owner? Three affiliates of Maxus Realty Trust Inc. of North Kansas City, Mo., bought the three phases of Foothills Apartments at 2401 Lakeview Road.

Stephens Among Shareholders Who See Stock Drop in Conn's Shop

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/3/2014 12:00 am

Yes, helpful tipsters, we saw the stock price of Conn's Inc. plummet a couple of weeks back, and yes, we realize that Little Rock's Stephens family and Jon Jacoby are major shareholders in Conn's.

Sale of Bald Knob Bank Completed

by Gwen Moritz 2/26/2014 11:18 am

Southern Missouri Bancorp Inc. of Poplar Bluff completes its acquisition of Citizens State Bankshares of Bald Knob Inc. on Friday.

OZRK CEO George Gleason's Pay, Options Exceed $8M in 2013

by Gwen Moritz 2/26/2014 11:08 am

George Gleason, chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Bank of the Ozarks Inc., was paid $4.3 million in total compensation last year and realized an additional $3.8 million by exercising stock options.

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2014 07:31 am

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.

After 22 Years, Lane Kidd Ready for A New Stretch of Road

by Marty Cook 2/25/2014 08:22 am

Lane Kidd, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association for 22 years, talks about the next stage in his career, leading an investment and public relations company called The Kidd Group.

Lane Kidd Leaves Arkansas Trucking Association

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/24/2014 09:01 am

Lane Kidd says he's leaving the Arkansas Trucking Association after 22 years as president of the group.

Dillard's 4Q Profit Down 26 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/24/2014 07:18 am

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock reports fourth-quarter profit of $119.1 million, down 26 percent from the same time last year.