Andrew LaGrone

Chief Financial Officer

Hill Crawford Lanford

Little Rock

Andrew LaGrone

Andrew LaGrone comes by his business acumen honestly. He was born to a third-generation banking family in Hope.

LaGrone, 33, came to work at Hill Crawford & Lanford in 1986 as chief financial officer, overseeing compliance, accounting and finance.

Though offered that job at the tender age of 25, LaGrone he doesn't feel he's a success yet.

"I don't think there are a lot of geniuses out there," LaGrone said, "Some people just work harder than others, and whatever I've accomplished in my career has been a result of hard work.

Success or not, LaGrone is proud of having achieved the recent designation of chartered financial analyst. This required him to pursue a three-year program of independent study, and CFA represents a significant level of distinction within the finance community. There are only 30-40 CFAs in Arkansas.

"I think we all can tell the difference between right and wrong, and maybe success is knowing we're doing more right things than wrong things,"' he said.