Video: Joe Stanley Named Executive of the Year at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

Joe Stanley, CEO of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock, the firm formed by the merger last year of Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects and The Wilcox Group, was named Arkansas Business Executive of the Year for 2009 in Little Rock Tuesday night.

More than 700 people gathered in the Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center to honor businesses, nonprofits and executives in six categories.

Video: Click here to see video clips of each of the winner's acceptance speeches.

"This has got to be a mistake," Stanley said as he accepted the award.

Kathy Manis Findley, who founded Safe Places of Little Rock in 2002, was recognized as Nonprofit Executive of the Year.

Custom XM, the North Little Rock printing company operated by the Strack family since 1966, won in Category I, whose finalists have 1-25 employees. Advanced Cabling Systems of North Little Rock won in Category II (26-75 employees), and Little Rock plastics manufacturer and recycler Delta Plastics of the South won in Category III (76-300).

Friendship Community Care Inc. of Russellville, which employs 850 people and provides services to the disabled in 29 counties, was named Nonprofit Organization of the Year.

The Arkansas Community Foundation also presented its Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Awards to Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative of Ozark, Nabholz Construction Services of Conway and Thoma Thoma marketing agency of Little Rock. A special recognition award was presented to Southern Bancorp of Arkadelphia.

Entrants in the Arkansas Business of the Year awards program are nominated by Arkansas Business readers. Winners are selected by an independent board of judges. This year's judges were Diana Wright, CEO of The Wright Solutions of Tontitown and last year's Business Executive of the Year; Patti Manus, CEO of Rainbow of Challenges of Hope, who was last year's Nonprofit Executive of the Year; Shawn Grotte, a senior manager with BKD LLP accounting firm; Price Gardner, an attorney with the Friday Eldredge & Clark firm in Little Rock; and Michael Heald, executive vice president and chief operating officer for One Banc of Little Rock.

This year's event was presented by Centennial Bank.