Greg BarnesIn 1991, Arthur Andersen sent Greg Barnes from its Memphis office to help open an office in Little Rock with seven other Arthur Andersen employees.
It didn't take very long for the Big Five firm to make itself known.
Barnes, 38, and Arthur Andersen's staff soon began seeking the business of Arkansas' public companies. It now represents eight public firms in the state as independent auditors.
And the Arthur Andersen staff has grown to 40 employees in Little Rock. The Little Rock office is now as large as the firm's Jackson, Miss., branch, the other location for Arthur Andersen in its Memphis region.
"Growth has been pretty fast and furious," says Barnes, who became a partner in 1996. "We've been very pleased and very fortunate with the growth of our practice. We've got a lot of quality companies we represent."
Barnes says the firm has performed so well because it is "very customer focused and very committed to the success of our clients." He says his personal success can be attributed to hard work.
Barnes is a member of the board of Arkansas Children's Hospital, the Arkansas Arts Center and the Children's Museum of Arkansas. He is also treasurer for the latter two organizations.
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