Northwest Arkansas

NWA's 'Vendorville' Lets Down Guard as Millennials Blend In
Cameron Smith admits there is a process to recruitment. “It's just the way you do it," he says, "the way you broach the subject.”

NWA's 'Vendorville' Lets Down Guard as Millennials Blend In

Cameron Smith, whose efforts to place women on corporate boards of directors was the subject of a front-page story last week, says it's not always easy persuading denizens of New York and Silicon Valley to move to Vendorville, the Bentonville-Rogers-Springdale-Fayetteville metroplex that's home to 1,390 suppliers to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
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CEO Dan Cushman Shares 'Secret' on Turning Around PAM Transport

Dan Cushman became CEO of PAM Transport in 2009 after the company had reported nearly $19 million in annual losses in 2008. During the past three years, PAM entered positive territory, earning $5.91 million in 2013, and it's headed to another profitable year in 2014.
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Wal-Mart's Top Merchant Out as Key Holiday Nears

Wal-Mart's chief merchandising officer for its namesake U.S. division has left as the discounter makes leadership changes to perk up sales as the holiday shopping season revs up.
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J.B. Hunt's Kirk Thompson Appointed to Rand Logistics Board of Directors

Kirk Thompson, chairman of the board at J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell, has been appointed to the board of directors at Rand Logistics Inc. of New York City.
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Former American Airlines CEO Tom Horton Joins Wal-Mart Board

The executive who led American Airlines successfully through bankruptcy reorganization but did not remain long after a huge merger with another carrier has joined the board of Wal-Mart. read more >

Wendy Riggs Assumes Role as Vice President of Operations for Walton Arts Center

As VP of operations for the Walton Arts Center, a new position, Wendy Riggs will manage and maintain practices and policies for all facilities, according to Peter B. Lane, president and CEO of the Walton Arts Center. read more >

Grand Bancorp Reassembles Lending Duo

Grand Bancorp Inc. of Grove, Oklahoma, is moving forward with the $6 million purchase of Decatur State Bank. The transaction will be funded through a $2.75 million stock offering and a $3.2 million loan from Grand Bancorp. When the deal is completed before year's end, the $128 million-asset Benton County bank will rejoin its sister company, Grand Savings Bank in Grove. read more >

Car-Mart Uses GPS To Improve ‘Efficiency'

Car-Mart announced in its quarterly earnings report in August that it had invested in the GPS technology and the devices were now in about 67 percent of the cars it had sold. It should be no shocking news flash that many car buyers at dealerships such as Car-Mart have little credit or not the best of credit and thus are considered high risk. read more >

Watson Furniture Gets New Lease on Life (NWA Real Deals)

Philip Taldo has had a busy, happy month. Top on his list is his purchase of Watson Furniture Store on Main Street in downtown Springdale. Taldo, a Springdale real estate agent, paid $250,000 for the two-story, 10,720-SF building that he remembers fondly as the place his father started working at in 1951. read more >

Fayetteville Anti-bias Ordinance Splits City, Chamber

On Dec. 9, Fayetteville voters will decide the fate of Ordinance 5703 — commonly known as Chapter 119 — which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace or in housing based on veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic background. read more >

Wendy Riggs Named Walton Arts Center's VP of Operations

Walton Arts Center named Wendy Riggs as its vice president of operations. Riggs' management will include the oversight of a $20 million renovation of the Walton Arts Center and the newly opened Wal-Mart AMP in Rogers. read more >

Little Greek Restaurant Opens in Fayetteville

Little Greek Restaurant is expanding into northwest Arkansas. The Florida-based Greek restaurant opens its second location in Arkansas on Wednesday read more >

Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans' Opinion of Economy Improving

Arkansas consumer sentiment is up slightly in Arvest Bank's most recent survey, but it's still lower than surrounding states and considerably lower than the national outlook on the economy. read more >

UAMS Northwest Opens Comprehensive Rehabilitation Clinic

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has opened a comprehensive rehabilitation clinic on its northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville, it announced Tuesday. read more >

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