Arkansas Business Unveils 2012 40 Under 40 Class

This week, Arkansas Business presents its 19th class of "40 Under 40" honorees. As you read the profiles, keep in mind that they were selected from more than 500 new nominations - plus dozens of still-eligible nominations from earlier years. We've never had so many to choose from, at least not in the 13 years that I have overseen this project.

More nominees helps assure the overall quality of the class, just like a bigger school tends to have a better football team. But there is a common drawback: The starters tend to be upperclassmen. Not one of this year's honorees is a 20-something; the youngest is 31 and only eight are under 35. This problem is the very reason Arkansas Business introduced a "20 in Their 20s" feature three years ago. We'll be featuring those "New Influentials" in the Sept. 24 issue, so don't forget to submit your nominations by Aug. 17 at

Because we had so many great nominees to choose from - and because, let's face it, we make the rules - we decided to jointly recognize twin brothers Walter and William Burgess, the second-generation executives of Power Technology of Alexander. I don't anticipate making this kind of exception in the future, but treating the Burgess brothers as a single entry allowed us to actually work in a 41st honoree.

A luncheon recognizing this year's honorees will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Little Rock on Wednesday, June 27. The luncheon is open to those of us who never made the cut. Click here for more details.


Click here to view pictures and read profiles of our 2012 40 Under 40 class.