2014 Power List

The Arkansas Business Power List debuted in 2006 and is updated in the pages of Arkansas Business every three years. It is a useful compendium of the people who are running the largest business, professional and nonprofit entities in the state. Search the Power List by industry category and read profiles to learn about the most powerful people in Arkansas.

Agriculture & Poultry

Steven M. Anthony

President

Anthony Timberlands

Aubra H. Anthony, Jr.

President and CEO

Anthony Forest Products Co.

Butch Calhoun

Secretary

Arkansas Department of Agriculture

Ronald M. Cameron

Chairman and CEO

Mountaire Corp.

Greg W. Cole

President and CEO

AgHeritage Farm Credit Services

Ray C. Dillon

President and CEO

Deltic Timber Corp.

Carl and Charles George

Co-CEO and Co-President

George's Inc.

Keith Glover

President and CEO

Producers Rice Mill

Trent Goins

President and CEO

O.K. Industries Inc.

Karl Daniel Kennedy

President and CEO

Riceland Foods

Todd Simmons

President and CEO

Simmons Foods

Donnie Smith

President and CEO

Tyson Foods Inc.

Randy Veach

President

Arkansas Farm Bureau

Architecture/Engineering

Richard Alderman

CEO

Wittenberg Delony & Davidson

Matt Crafton

President and CEO

Crafton Tull, Rogers

Harrison French

CEO

Harrison French & Associates

Steve Kinzler

President and COO

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Rusty Mullen

CEO

TME Inc.

Charley Penix

CEO

Cromwell Architects Engineers Inc.

Dan Williams

President and Chairman

Garver LLC

Banking & Finance

Johnny Allison

Chairman

Home BancShares Inc.

Greg W. Cole

President and CEO

AgHeritage Farm Credit Services

Donald Cook

Arkansas State President and Little Rock Market President

Bank of America

George Gleason II

Chairman and CEO

Bank of the Ozarks Inc.

Barbara Hambrick

Managing Member

Beall Barclay & Co.

Rush F. Harding

CEO

Crews & Associates

Jim King

President and CEO

Arvest Asset Management

Alex Lieblong

President and Owner

Lieblong & Associates

George Makris Jr.

Chairman and CEO

Simmons First National Corp.

Mark Millsap

Principal and Co-owner

Foundation Resource Management

Reynie Rutledge

Chairman, President and CEO

First Security Bancorp

Warren Stephens

Chairman, President and CEO

Stephens Inc.

Witt Stephens Jr.

Co-chairman and CEO

The Stephens Group LLC

Ryan Underwood

Managing Partner

BKD LLP

Jim Walton

Chairman and CEO

Arvest Bank Group

Steven Warren

Regional Managing Partner

BKD LLP

Chris Wewers

President and CEO

Bear State Financial

Lynn Wright

Arkansas Area President

Regions Bank

Pete Yuan

Arkansas Regional President

IberiaBank

Business Services

Steven M. Anthony

President

Anthony Timberlands

Aubra H. Anthony, Jr.

President and CEO

Anthony Forest Products Co.

Gary Cooper

Managing Partner

JPMS Cox

Ray C. Dillon

President and CEO

Deltic Timber Corp.

Karen Garrett

Managing Partner

Hudson Cisne & Co. LLP

Keith Glover

President and CEO

Producers Rice Mill

Barbara Hambrick

Managing Member

Beall Barclay & Co.

Scott Howe

CEO

Acxiom Corp.

Mike Malone

President and CEO

Northwest Arkansas Council

Ryan Underwood

Managing Partner

BKD LLP

Steven Warren

Regional Managing Partner

BKD LLP

Construction

Sam Alley

Chairman and CEO

VCC

William Clark

Chairman and CEO

Clark Contractors LLC

Scott Copas

President and CEO

Baldwin & Shell Construction Co.

Lloyd Garrison

CEO

CDI Contractors

Thomas Schueck

President and CEO

Lexicon Inc.

Greg Williams

CEO

Nabholz Construction

Economic Development

James Chesshir

President and CEO

Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

Kathy Deck

Director

Center for Business & Economic Research, University of Arkansas Walton College of Business

Kermit Kuehn

Director

Center for Business & Economic Research, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

Mike Malone

President and CEO

Northwest Arkansas Council

Michael Pakko

Chief Economist and State Forecaster

Institute for Economic Advancement, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

John Shelnutt

Administrator for Economic Analysis and Tax Research

Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration

Grant Tennille

Executive Director

Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Jim Youngquist

Executive Director

Institute for Economic Advancement, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Randy Zook

President and CEO

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas

Education

Joel Anderson

Chancellor

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Bret Bielema

Head Football Coach

University of Arkansas

Donald Bobbitt

President

University of Arkansas System

Shane Broadway

Director

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Kathy Deck

Director

Center for Business & Economic Research, University of Arkansas Walton College of Business

Margaret Ellibee

President

Pulaski Technical College

G. David Gearhart

Chancellor

University of Arkansas

Tim Hudson

Chancellor

Arkansas State University

Jeff Long

Athletic Director

University of Arkansas

R. Madison Murphy

President

Murphy Foundation

Michael Pakko

Chief Economist and State Forecaster

Institute for Economic Advancement, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Charles Welch

President

Arkansas State University System

Tony Wood

Commissioner

Arkansas Education Department

Jim Youngquist

Executive Director

Institute for Economic Advancement, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Energy

Scott Bennett

Director

Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department

Walter Bryant

Division Vice President of Regional Operations

CenterPoint Energy Arkansas

Andrew Clyde

Murphy USA

John Harris

President and CEO

Coulson Oil Inc.

Duane Highley

President, CEO and Chief Affordability Officer

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp.

Roger Jenkins

President and CEO

Murphy Oil Corp.

Hugh McDonald

President and CEO

Entergy Arkansas

R. Madison Murphy

President

Murphy Foundation

Shane Patterson

President

Flash Market Inc.

J. Alan Stubblefield

Senior Vice President

Seeco Inc.

Ronald Tucker

President and CEO

Baldor Electric Co.

Government & Politics

Mike Beebe

Governor

State of Arkansas

Scott Bennett

Director

Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department

John Boozman

U.S. Senator

U.S. Senate

Shane Broadway

Director

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Butch Calhoun

Secretary

Arkansas Department of Agriculture

Davy Carter

Speaker of the House

Arkansas House of Representatives

James Chesshir

President and CEO

Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

William Clinton

42nd President of the United States of America

U.S. Government

Michael Lamoureaux

President Pro Tempore

Arkansas State Senate

Mike Malone

President and CEO

Northwest Arkansas Council

Mark Pryor

U.S. Senator

U.S. Senate

Joe David Rice

Tourism Director

Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

John Shelnutt

Administrator for Economic Analysis and Tax Research

Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration

Nathaniel Smith

Director of Health and State Health Officer

Arkansas Department of Health

Grant Tennille

Executive Director

Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Randy Veach

President

Arkansas Farm Bureau

Tony Wood

Commissioner

Arkansas Education Department

Randy Zook

President and CEO

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas

Health Care

Peter Banko

President and CEO

St. Vincent Health System

Ed Choate

President and CEO

Delta Dental of Arkansas

Marcy Doderer

President and CEO

Arkansas Children's Hospital

Dan Rahn

Chancellor

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

John Selig

Director

Arkansas Department of Human Services

Nathaniel Smith

Director of Health and State Health Officer

Arkansas Department of Health

Joe Thompson

Director and Arkansas Surgeon General

Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Roxane Townsend

CEO, UAMS Medical Center, Little Rock; Vice Chancellor for Clinical Programs

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Troy Wells

President and CEO

Baptist Health System

David Wroten

Executive Vice President

Arkansas Medical Society

Insurance

Jay Bradford

Commissioner

Arkansas Insurance Department

Michael Brown

Executive Vice President and COO

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Ed Choate

President and CEO

Delta Dental of Arkansas

John Glassford

President and CEO

HMO Partners Inc.

Jason Mann

President and CEO

USAble Life

David Moore

Senior Vice President and General Manager

Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. of Arkansas Inc.

Michael Stock

President and CEO

QualChoice of Arkansas Inc.

P. Mark White

President and CEO

Investments

Alex Lieblong

President and Owner

Lieblong & Associates

Warren Stephens

Chairman, President and CEO

Stephens Inc.

Manufacturing

Ronald M. Cameron

Chairman and CEO

Mountaire Corp.

Scott Cole

Plant Manager

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

Sam Commella

Vice President and General Manager

Nucor Steel Arkansas

Ronald Tucker

President and CEO

Baldor Electric Co.

Jim Zarvos

Vice President and General Manager

Dassault Falcon Jet

Media & Marketing

Michael Caplan

President and General Manager

KTHV-TV, Channel 11

Van Comer

President and General Manager

KFSM-TV, Channel 5

Olivia Farrell

Chairman and CEO

Arkansas Business Publishing Group

Richard K. Howe

Chairman and CEO

Inuvo Inc.

Scott Howe

CEO

Acxiom Corp.

Walter Hussman Jr.

CEO and President

Wehco Media Inc.

Alan Leveritt

Publisher

Arkansas Times

Elise Mitchell

Founder and CEO

Mitchell Communications Group

David Rainwater

Principal and CEO

Mangan Holcomb Partners

Mark Rose

President and General Manager

KATV-TV, Channel 7

Mike Vaughn

General Manager

KARK-TV, Channel 4

Wayne Woods

Chairman and CEO

Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods

Nonprofits

Don Bacigalupi

President

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Rod Bigelow

Executive Director

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

John E. Brown III

Executive Director

Windgate Charitable Foundation Inc.

Ed Clifford

President and CEO

The Jones Trust

Clay Davis

Executive Director and Treasurer

University of Arkansas Foundation Inc.

Mary Elizabeth Eldridge

Director of Programs

Ross Foundation

Rodney Ferguson

President and CEO

Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development

Pierre Ferrari

CEO

Heifer International

David Frueauff

President and CEO

Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Inc.

Kaneaster Hodges

President

Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation Inc.

Donna Huckabee

CEO

Winthrop Rockefeller Trust

Peter Kumpe

President

University of Arkansas Fayetteville Campus Foundation

Heather Larkin

President and CEO

Arkansas Community Foundation Inc.

Bruce Lindsey

Chairman

William J. Clinton Foundation

R. Madison Murphy

President

Murphy Foundation

Rick Niece

Vice President

Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation Inc.

Buddy Philpot

Executive Director

Walton Family Foundation Inc.

Sean Rochelle

Executive Director

Razorback Foundation Inc.

Anita Scism

President and CEO

Endeavor Foundation

Alice Walton

Founder

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Darrin Williams

CEO

Southern Bancorp Inc.

Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury

President and CEO

Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Public Companies

Andrew Clyde

Murphy USA

Daniel Cushman

President and CEO

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc.

William Dillard II

Chairman and CEO

Dillard's Inc.

Jeffery Gardner

President and CEO

Windstream Corp.

George Gleason II

Chairman and CEO

Bank of the Ozarks Inc.

Scott Howe

CEO

Acxiom Corp.

Roger Jenkins

President and CEO

Murphy Oil Corp.

Hugh McDonald

President and CEO

Entergy Arkansas

Doug McMillon

President and CEO

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Judy McReynolds

President and CEO

ArcBest Corp.

John Roberts III

President and CEO

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.

Jeff Schomburger

President of Global Wal-Mart Team

Procter & Gamble Distributing Co.

John Simone

President and CEO

USA Truck Inc.

Donnie Smith

President and CEO

Tyson Foods Inc.

S. Robson Walton

Chairman

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Real Estate

John Cooper III

Chairman and President

John Cooper Communities Inc.

Dickson Flake

Colliers International

John Flake

Chairman

Flake & Kelley Commercial

Kevin Huchingson

CEO

Colliers International

Hank Kelley

CEO

Flake & Kelley Commercial

Jim Lindsey

President

Lindsey & Associates

Jimmy Moses

Chairman

Moses Tucker Real Estate

R. Madison Murphy

President

Murphy Foundation

Rett Tucker

Co-Chairman

Moses Tucker Real Estate

Restaurants & Food

Bill Fontes

General Manager

Little Rock Marriott

Gretchen Hall

President and CEO

Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Montine McNulty

Executive Director

Arkansas Hospitality Association

Retail

Roger Collins

Chairman and CEO

Harps Food Stores Inc.

William Dillard II

Chairman and CEO

Dillard's Inc.

Doug McMillon

President and CEO

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Shane Patterson

President

Flash Market Inc.

Tracy Rosser

Senior VP of Transportation

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Jeff Schomburger

President of Global Wal-Mart Team

Procter & Gamble Distributing Co.

S. Robson Walton

Chairman

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Alice Walton

Founder

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Technology & Telecom

Tim Atkinson

President

Arkansas Science & Technology Authority

Jan Collier

Vice President and General Manager of Arkansas, Oklahoma

AT&T Mobility

Kristi Crum

President, South-Central Region, Little Rock

Verizon Wireless

John Dreher

Vice President and General Manager

CenturyLink

Edward Drilling

President and Senior Vice President of External and Regulatory Affairs

AT&T Arkansas

Jeffery Gardner

President and CEO

Windstream Corp.

Richard K. Howe

Chairman and CEO

Inuvo Inc.

Scott Howe

CEO

Acxiom Corp.

Tourism

Steve Arrison

CEO

Hot Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

Richard Davies

Executive Director

Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

Bill Fontes

General Manager

Little Rock Marriott

Gretchen Hall

President and CEO

Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Eric Jackson

General Manager and Board Member

Oaklawn Jockey Club

Troy Keeping

President and General Manager

Southland Greyhound Park

David Lang

General Manager

Hammons Center & Embassy Suites of NWA

Mike Malone

President and CEO

Northwest Arkansas Council

Montine McNulty

Executive Director

Arkansas Hospitality Association

Joe David Rice

Tourism Director

Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

Alice Walton

Founder

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Transportation

Scott Bennett

Director

Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department

Daniel Cushman

President and CEO

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc.

Bryan Day

Executive Director

Little Rock Port Authority

Ronald Mathieu

Executive Director

Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport

Judy McReynolds

President and CEO

ArcBest Corp.

Shannon Newton

President

Arkansas Trucking Association

Dennis Oakley

President

Bruce Oakley Inc.

Patrick Reed

EVP and COO

FedEx Freight

John Roberts III

President and CEO

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.

Tracy Rosser

Senior VP of Transportation

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

John Simone

President and CEO

USA Truck Inc.

Scott Van Laningham

Executive Director

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport

Steve Williams

Chairman and CEO

Maverick USA Inc.