Garland E. ''Butch'' Rice

President and CEO

Stallion Transportation Group


Garland E. ''Butch'' Rice

To be successful, one doesn't necessarily need a college degree.

Garland E. "Butch" Rice, president and chief executive officer of Stallion Transportation Group, attended one year at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and one year at Arkansas State University in Beebe, but he now has a company with 2001 sales figures of $15.5 million, up from first-year sales of $600,000. This year, he hopes to top $18 million, and he said it won't be hard.

Rice doesn't attribute Stallion's success to anything he's done.

"I always try to hire individuals smarter than I am," he said. "You can't soar like eagles if you're surrounded by buzzards."

Rice got his start in trucking as a salesman and, eventually, as operations manager for a trucking company, but he always dreamed of owning his own business. Now he has three under Stallion Transportation Group - Stallion Enterprises Inc., Stallion Express Inc. and Stallion Logistics Inc. Together, they employ 18 office workers and 75 drivers.

Rice is also active in his church and throughout Beebe, serving on the Beebe School Board and as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Booster Club and Kiwanis Club.