2011 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.

Richard Bell

Retired 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.

Gary George

President and CEO

George's Inc.

Keith Glover

President and CEO

Producers Rice Mill

Karl Daniel Kennedy

President and CEO

Riceland Foods

Todd Simmons

President and CEO

Simmons Foods

Donnie Smith

CEO

Tyson Foods Inc.

John Tyson

Chairman

Tyson Foods Inc.

Randy Veach

President

Arkansas Farm Bureau

Ewell Welch

Executive Vice President

Arkansas Farm Bureau

Architecture/Engineering

Tom Adams

Chairman of the Board

Wittenberg Delony & Davidson

Marlon Blackwell

Principal

Marlon Blackwell Architect

Matt Crafton

President and CEO

Crafton Tull, Rogers

Rusty Mullen

Executive Managing Principal and CEO

TME Inc.

Charley Penix

CEO

Cromwell Architects Engineers Inc.

Jeff Shannon

Dean

Fay Jones School of Architecture

Joe Stanley

Principal and CEO

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Banking & Finance

Johnny Allison

Chairman

Home BancShares Inc.

Curt Bradbury

Senior EVP and COO

Stephens Inc.

Greg W. Cole

President and CEO

AgHeritage Farm Credit Services

Wallace Fowler

Chairman and CEO

Liberty Bancshares

George Gleason II

Chairman and CEO

Bank of the Ozarks Inc.

Barbara Hambrick

Managing Member

Beall Barclay & Co.

Rush Harding

CEO

Crews & Associates

Johnny Hudson

Senior Consultant

Hudson Cisne & Co. LLP

Calvin Jarrett

President

Arvest Asset Management

Alex Lieblong

President and Owner

Lieblong & Associates

Tommy May

Chairman and CEO

Simmons First National Corp.

Mark Millsap

Principal and Co-owner

Foundation Resource Management

Wilson Moore

Arkansas President and Commercial Bank Executive

Bank of America

Daniel Peregrin

Managing Member

Frost LLC

Jim Phillips

Managing Partner

JPMS Cox

Norman Prestage

Managing Partner

Ernst & Young

Reynie Rutledge

Chairman, President and CEO

First Security Bancorp

Randy Sims

CEO

Home BancShares Inc.

Don Smith

Managing Partner

Thomas & Thomas

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

Sam Walls

CEO

Arkansas Capital Corp.

Jim Walton

Chairman and CEO

Arvest Bank Group

Steven Warren

Regional Managing Partner

BKD LLP

Ross Whipple

Chairman of the Board

Ross Foundation

Lynn Wright

Arkansas Area President

Regions Bank

Business Services

Steven M. Anthony

President

Anthony Timberlands

Aubra H. Anthony, Jr.

President and CEO

Anthony Forest Products Co.

Ray C. Dillon

President and CEO

Deltic Timber Corp.

Gary George

President and CEO

George's Inc.

Keith Glover

President and CEO

Producers Rice Mill

Barbara Hambrick

Managing Member

Beall Barclay & Co.

Johnny Hudson

Senior Consultant

Hudson Cisne & Co. LLP

Daniel Peregrin

Managing Member

Frost LLC

Jim Phillips

Managing Partner

JPMS Cox

Norman Prestage

Managing Partner

Ernst & Young

Don Smith

Managing Partner

Thomas & Thomas

Ryan Underwood

Managing Partner

BKD LLP

Steven Warren

Regional Managing Partner

BKD LLP

Construction

Sam Alley

CEO

VCC

Lloyd Garrison

CEO

CDI Contractors

Bill Hannah

CEO

Nabholz Construction

Thomas Schueck

President and CEO

Lexicon Inc.

Bob Shell

Chairman

Baldwin & Shell Construction Co.

Economic Development

James Chesshir

President and CEO

Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

Kathy Deck

Director

Center for Business & Economic Research, Walton College of Business

Kermit Kuehn

Director

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

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

Jim Youngquist

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

Shane Broadway

Interim Director

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Jim Crowell

Director

Supply Chain Management Research Center

Joe Foley

Head Women's Basketball Coach

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

G. David Gearhart

Chancellor

University of Arkansas

Tom Kimbrell

Director

Arkansas Education Department

Jeff Long

Athletic Director

University of Arkansas

R. Madison Murphy

President

Murphy Foundation

John Ozment

Professor, Logistics and Oren Harris Chair of Transportation

Sam M. Walton College of Business

Steve Shields

Head Men's Basketball Coach

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Charles Welch

President

Arkansas State University System

Energy

Greg Arnold

President and CEO

Truman Arnold Cos.

Walter Bryant

Division Vice President of Regional Operations

CenterPoint Energy Arkansas

Hugh McDonald

President and CEO

Entergy Arkansas

R. Madison Murphy

President

Murphy Foundation

Shane Patterson

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Flash Market Inc.

J. Alan Stubblefield

Senior Vice President

Seeco Inc.

David Zakrzewski

President and CEO

Coulson Oil Inc.

Government & Politics

John Ahlen

President

Arkansas Science & Technology Authority

Mike Beebe

Governor

State of Arkansas

Richard Bell

Retired Secretary

Arkansas Department of Agriculture

Paul Bookout

President Pro Tempore

Arkansas State Senate

John Boozman

U.S. Senator

U.S. Senate

Shane Broadway

Interim Director

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

James Chesshir

President and CEO

Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

William Clinton

42nd President of the United States of America

U.S. Government

Kathy Deck

Director

Center for Business & Economic Research, Walton College of Business

Lane Kidd

President

Arkansas Trucking Association

Robert Moore

Speaker

Arkansas House of Representatives

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

Randy Veach

President

Arkansas Farm Bureau

Ewell Welch

Executive Vice President

Arkansas Farm Bureau

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

Johnathan Bates

President and CEO

Arkansas Children's Hospital

Paul Halverson

Director of Health and State Health Officer

Arkansas Department of Health

Russell Harrington Jr.

President and CEO

Baptist Health System

Tim Johnsen

President and CEO

St. Joseph's Mercy Health System

Richard Pierson

Vice Chancellor for Clinical Programs

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Dan Rahn

Chancellor

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

John Selig

Director

Arkansas Department of Human Services

Joe Thompson

Director and Arkansas Surgeon General

Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

D. Melody Trimble

CEO

Sparks Health System

David Wroten

Executive Vice President

Arkansas Medical Society

Insurance

Jay Bradford

Commissioner

Arkansas Insurance Department

David Bridges

President and CEO

HMO Partners Inc.

Michael Brown

Executive Vice President and COO

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Jason Mann

President and CEO

USAble Life

Michael Stock

President and CEO

QualChoice of Arkansas Inc.

Duff Wallace

Vice President and General Manager

Arkansas Farm Bureau

P. Mark White

President and CEO

Investments

Alex Lieblong

President and Owner

Lieblong & Associates

Sam Walls

CEO

Arkansas Capital Corp.

Manufacturing

Roderick Allen

Chairman and CEO

Allens Inc.

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

Jim Zarvos

Vice President and General Manager

Dassault Falcon Jet

Media & Marketing

Van Comer

President and General Manager

KFSM-TV, Channel 5

Olivia Farrell

Chairman and CEO

Arkansas Business Publishing Group

Michael Ferguson

CEO and President

Stephens Media Group

Walter Hussman Jr.

President and CEO

Wehco Media Inc.

Alan Leveritt

Publisher

Arkansas Times

David Rainwater

Principal and CEO

Mangan Holcomb Partners

Mark Rose

Vice President and General Manager

KATV-TV, Channel 7

Kenny Tomlin

Founder and CEO

Rockfish Interactive

Shelby Woods

Chairman Emeritus

Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods

Wayne Woods

Chairman and CEO

Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods

Nonprofits

Clay Davis

Executive Director and Treasurer

University of Arkansas Foundation Inc.

Pierre Ferrari

CEO

Heifer International

David Frueauff

President

Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Inc.

Harold Horton

Donna Huckabee

Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Winthrop Rockefeller Trust

Peter Kumpe

President

University of Arkansas Fayetteville Campus Foundation

Heather Larkin

President and CEO

Arkansas Community Foundation Inc.

Bruce Lindsey

CEO

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.

Betsy Reithemeyer

CEO

The Jones Trust

Anita Scism

President and CEO

Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation

Stephanie Streett

Linda Stringfellow

President and COO

Share Foundation

Alice Walton

Founder

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Sherece West

President and CEO

Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Ross Whipple

Chairman of the Board

Ross Foundation

Tanya Wright

CEO

Southern Bancorp Capital Partners

Public Companies

Clifton Beckham

CFO

USA Truck Inc.

Daniel Cushman

CEO

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc.

William Dillard II

CEO

Dillard's Inc.

Michael Duke

Retired President and CEO

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Jeffery Gardner

CEO

Windstream Corp.

George Gleason II

Chairman and CEO

Bank of the Ozarks Inc.

Judy McReynolds

CEO

Arkansas Best Corp.

John Roberts III

CEO

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.

Donnie Smith

CEO

Tyson Foods Inc.

Chris Sultemeier

Senior VP of Transportation

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

John Tyson

Chairman

Tyson Foods Inc.

S. Robson Walton

Chairman

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Real Estate

John Cooper Jr.

Chairman

Cooper Communities

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

Partner

Moses Tucker Real Estate

R. Madison Murphy

President

Murphy Foundation

Rett Tucker

Partner

Moses Tucker Real Estate

Restaurants & Food

Montine McNulty

Executive Director

Arkansas Hospitality Association

Retail

Roger Collins

Chairman and CEO

Harps Food Stores Inc.

William Dillard II

CEO

Dillard's Inc.

Michael Duke

Retired President and CEO

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Jeff Schomburger

President of Global Wal-Mart Team

Procter & Gamble Distributing Co.

Scott Stevens

President and CEO

Pizza Pro Inc.

Chris Sultemeier

Senior VP of Transportation

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

S. Robson Walton

Chairman

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Alice Walton

Founder

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Technology & Telecom

John Ahlen

President

Arkansas Science & Technology Authority

John Dreher

Vice President and General Manager

CenturyLink

Edward Drilling

President

AT&T Arkansas

Jeffery Gardner

CEO

Windstream Corp.

Steve Gray

Vice President and General Manager of Arkansas, Oklahoma

AT&T Mobility

Tourism

Steve Arrison

CEO

Hot Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

Richard Davies

Executive Director

Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

Monte Hansen

General Manager

The Peabody Little Rock

Eric Jackson

General Manager and Board Member

Oaklawn Jockey Club

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

Greg Arnold

President and CEO

Truman Arnold Cos.

Clifton Beckham

CFO

USA Truck Inc.

Jim Crowell

Director

Supply Chain Management Research Center

Daniel Cushman

CEO

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc.

Lane Kidd

President

Arkansas Trucking Association

Paul Latture II

Executive Director

Ronald Mathieu

Judy McReynolds

CEO

Arkansas Best Corp.

John Ozment

Professor, Logistics and Oren Harris Chair of Transportation

Sam M. Walton College of Business

Patrick Reed

EVP and COO

FedEx Freight

John Roberts III

CEO

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.

Steve Williams

Chairman and CEO

Maverick USA Inc.