Public Companies Archive

Diane Gilleland on the 'Dramatic Change' of a Diverse Board of Directors

by Alexis Hosticka 6/30/2015 08:56 am

Diane Gilleland, an adjunct professor at UALR and an independent director for Navient Corp., talks to Arkansas Business about how the company worked to achieve more diversity on its board of directors.

Slideshow: 40 Under 40 Honorees Recognized At Luncheon

by Alexis Hosticka 6/29/2015 12:00 am

The 2015 class of Arkansas Business' 40 Under 40 were honored at a luncheon at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock on Wednesday. Each honoree gave a brief acceptance speech and answered questions such as, “What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?” and “What do you want your legacy to be 20 years from now?”

Wal-Mart's Job 1 (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 6/29/2015 12:00 am

When Wal-Mart announced in February that it would raise the hourly pay of its lowest-paid employees to at least $10 within the following 12 months, I thought the company had finally decided its Everyday Low Price strategy might not be the be-all and end-all at Wal-Mart going forward.

Northwest Arkansas Transforming Into a Tech Hub

by Marty Cook 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Northwest Arkansas isn't California's Silicon Valley and has a long way to go before it can be considered remotely comparable, but technology industry leaders say the area is proving to be on the short list of best places in the field.

Wal-Mart SVP Rick Webb: NWA Needs Employees Educated in STEM

by Marty Cook 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Wal-Mart needs vast numbers of technologically advanced workers and needs them as soon as possible, says SVP Rick Webb.

Modern Grid Improvements Drawing Billions of Dollars

by Sean Beherec 6/29/2015 12:00 am

In the utility industry, the ongoing pursuit of greater efficiency and reliability drives many large-scale capital improvements. From new computer modeling to upgrading building materials to maximize efficiency, utilities and operators around the state are focusing on ways to modernize the grid.

Wal-Mart Imposes Charges on Suppliers as Costs Mount

by Reuters 6/24/2015 09:30 am

Wal-Mart Stores will begin charging fees to almost all vendors for stocking their items in new stores and for warehousing inventory, raising pressure on suppliers as the world's largest retailer battles higher costs from wage hikes.

Car Mart Execs Received No Bonuses in 2014

by Marty Cook 6/23/2015 01:26 pm

For the second consecutive year, the two top executives at America's Car-Mart of Bentonville did not receive cash incentive bonuses, according to a proxy statement filed Tuesday by the company.

Bear State to Buy Missouri Bank for $70M

by Gwen Moritz 6/22/2015 04:29 pm

Bear State Financial Inc. of Little Rock, the publicly traded holding company for Bear State Bank, announced Monday that it will pay $70 million for a bank in Springfield, Missouri. The deal will push Bear State's asset base to about $2 billion and expand its network to 55 branches.

Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Inductees

by Alexis Hosticka 6/22/2015 11:38 am

The Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame on Monday announced its inaugural 11 inductees, including four historic figures and one organization.

Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under 40 Class of 2015

by Gwen Moritz 6/22/2015 12:00 am

This week's Arkansas Business is dedicated to our 22nd class of 40 Under 40 honorees, those young leaders of business, government and nonprofits that our internal selection team believes readers need to know.

UA Plans To Revamp Passenger Plane Donated by Tyson

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/22/2015 12:00 am

The nine-passenger turboprop plane that Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale donated to the University of Arkansas is getting a makeover.

Bruised Lender Makes Showing Atop Best ROAs

by George Waldon 6/22/2015 12:00 am

An eclectic group emerged from the first quarter as top-performing lenders based in Arkansas. Measured by return on assets, the group of 10 represented large and small banks sprinkled around the state and a credit union. Two of the lenders are led by women.

The Value of Humility (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 6/22/2015 12:00 am

Interviewing our 40 Under 40 honorees remains for the Arkansas Business staff an interesting and often uplifting assignment despite years of experience. Reading the stories of so many productive people is a cure for cynicism.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Steady at 5.7 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/19/2015 09:30 am

The state's unemployment rate was steady at 5.7 percent in May, according to data released Friday by the Arkansas Department for Workforce Services.

Deltic Timber Expands Board of Directors

by Alexis Hosticka 6/18/2015 04:13 pm

Deltic Timber Corp. will expand its board of directors and elected Bert H. Jones and Leonore M. Sullivan to fill the additional positions.

Report: Benton County Tops in US in Wage Growth

by Mark Carter 6/18/2015 09:07 am

The bureau measured the nation's 339 largest "jobs" counties, and Benton County's 9.9 percent wage growth from December 2013 to December 2014 was the highest in the U.S.

Home BancShares to Buy Florida Business BancGroup of Tampa

by George Waldon 6/17/2015 04:07 pm

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway is making another Florida bank buy, scooping up Florida Business BancGroup Inc. of Tampa. The $101.6 million transaction will push the company's asset total to $8.5 billion and its Tampa area branch network to 12.

Wal-Mart Used Charity to Ease Market Entry, Critics Say

by Reuters 6/16/2015 09:12 am

A collection of labor and community groups filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service accusing Wal-Mart Stores Inc's charitable foundation of violating its tax exempt status by using donations in an attempt to facilitate store openings in urban areas.

Windstream Appoints Christie Grumbos Treasurer

by Sean Beherec 6/15/2015 04:02 pm

Windstream Corp. on Monday named Christie Grumbos as the company's new treasurer.