Public Companies Archive

Mike Beebe Names 36 Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 03:08 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday announced a judicial appointment as well as 36 appointments to state boards and commissions.

Opening Today, Wal-Mart Tests Convenience Store Prototype

by Marty Cook 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hopes to put the convenience back in convenience stores. The Bentonville retail giant is having a grand opening of its “Walmart To Go” store on March 19. The store is at 1300 S. Walton Blvd., less than a mile from the corporate headquarters.

Dennis Smiley Leaves CEO Post at Arvest Bank of Benton County

by Marty Cook 3/14/2014 03:53 pm

Dennis Smiley resigned Thursday as president and CEO of Arvest Bank of Benton County.

J.B. Hunt CEO John Roberts Paid $4M in 2013

by Marty Cook 3/14/2014 12:28 pm

The general pattern with executive pay at J.B. Hunt last year: salaries stable to slightly higher, smaller cash bonuses but big jumps in the value of stock awards, thanks to the runup in the stock's value.

Arkansas Business Seeking 40 Under 40 Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 08:15 am

The 2014 class of 40 Under 40 honorees will be profiled in the June 23 issue of Arkansas Business. Included in this issue will be a listing of their accomplishments within their businesses, organizations and/or community.

Rick Thomason Named President, GM of Tyson de Mexico

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/13/2014 03:58 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale promotes Rick Thomason to president and general manager of Tyson de Mexico.

6 Arkansas Banks Lost Money in 2013

by George Waldon 3/11/2014 11:10 am

Six of the 120 lenders based in Arkansas lost money during 2013, according to call reports compiled by BauerFinancial Inc. of Coral Gables, Fla.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services In $500M Bond Underwriting Agreement

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/10/2014 03:24 pm

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell enters into an underwriting agreement with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co., and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC to issue and sell $500 million in bonds.

Watch The '60 Minutes' Report on Data Brokers Here

by Lance Turner 3/10/2014 11:22 am

CBS News' "60 Minutes" aired a report Sunday on the data brokers that are mining the Internet for your personal information.

Minimum Wage Proposals Spark Disagreement

by Mark Friedman 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it's aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy.

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.

New Walmart Convenience Store To Open in Bentonville

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

The debut project will be at the northwest corner of Walton Boulevard and 14th Street in Wal-Mart's hometown of Bentonville, where the ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on March 19.

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.

Bank of the Ozarks Completes Purchase of Texas Bank

by Lance Turner 3/5/2014 05:05 pm

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock completes its acquisition of Omnibank parent Bancshares Inc., a $301 million-asset holding company based in Houston.

Simmons First Announces Plans to Combine Bank Charters

by Lance Turner 3/5/2014 04:24 pm

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff says it will collapse its six state bank charters into its flagship Pine Bluff charter, Simmons First National Bank. The company expects the move save money and increase efficiency.

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.

Experts See Web Sales Leveling Off After Quick Growth

by Mark Friedman 3/3/2014 12:00 am

From basically zero 20 years ago, online sales have already taken 6 percent of all U.S. retail sales. By 2017, that share is expected to jump to 10 percent. But then what?