Business Briefs for November 19, 2007

The Arkansas Farm Bureau will hold its 73rd annual convention Nov. 28-30 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Gov. Mike Beebe will be the keynote speaker. Members also will hear humorist/musician Aaron Wilburn and Chris Chinn, chairman of American Farm Bureau's Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. A pre-convention conference, "Trying to Hit a Moving Target - A Carbon Credit Update & Outlook," is set for Nov. 27. The convention ends with its annual business session when the 342 voting delegates from Arkansas' 76 county Farm Bureaus elect officers and consider recommendations on Farm Bureau policy for the coming year. 

ABF Freight System Inc. of Fort Smith, for the sixth consecutive year, is ranked among the top 10 of Selling Power magazine's listing of the 25 best U.S. companies to sell for in the service sector. ABF, which ranks seventh overall, was again the highest-ranking transportation company on the magazine's 2007 listing. ABF is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corp.

Crafton Tull Sparks of Rogers was named to ZweigWhite's 2007 Hot Firms List. The architecture and engineering firm is ranked 55 on the list of 200 fastest-growing U.S. architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firms. This annual list features the design and environmental firms that have outperformed the economy and competitors to become industry leaders. The firm was also named among the top three architecture/engineering firms.

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. has renewed its banking agreement with Metavante Corp. of Milwaukee, a provider of banking and payments technology. The Little Rock banking company uses Metavante's Bankway software, including it branch capture and document image products and its merchant capture product.

Alltel Corp. has teamed with Bytemobile to announce Alltel Parental Controls, a free content filtering application available in February 2008 that will allow parents to block inappropriate and harmful content, such as pornography, gambling, weapons and violence, from their child's mobile phone.

Air Transport International LLC of Little Rock, a subsidiary of Cargo Holdings International Inc. of Orlando, Fla., will use the Melbourne, Fla., International Airport for its military supply missions while repairs are being made at its normal base of operations at Patrick Air Force Base. Air Transport will transport cargo twice per week from the airport to U.S. bases in Antigua in the Caribbean and Ascension Island in the South Atlantic.

CognitiveData, the Little Rock provider of marketing response technology, has entered into an agreement in which MLS Data Management Solutions of Arlington, Texas, a marketing services and database management company, will incorporate IntelliDress into its data management offerings.

ClearPointe of Little Rock has partnered with AK Computer Services Ltd. of the United Kingdom to deliver ClearPointe's Network Management Solutions to small and mid-sized businesses throughout Europe.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson will step down in 2009 after UAMS completes its major hospital expansion. Wilson marked 20 years at UAMS in 2006, arriving to be dean of the UAMS College of Medicine, then becoming chancellor in 2000.

The Arkansas chapter of the American Banking Association's Marketing Network will host a one-day seminar, "Banking on the Future," Dec. 7. The seminar will be held at the Embassy Suites in Rogers from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $95 for the first member of a bank and $80 for each additional member. Non-ABA members may attend for $169, which includes a 2008 membership. To register, go to or call Jason Kincy at (479) 757-8435 for more information. The focus will be on banks' increased use of technology.

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. of Springdale has selected Nicholson Kovac (formerly NKH&W Inc.) of Kansas City as its advertising agency of record. The company plans to launch an ad campaign targeting the trade and consumer audiences, a new Web site and interactive tools, a comprehensive public relations campaign and print, broadcast and online media planning and buying.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. said the lease offering by auction of Anadarko's open and unleased mineral interests in Arkansas, including positions in the Fayetteville Fairway and Arkoma Basin, has been completed. Bids were accepted on about 30,000 net acres of minerals and generated more than $82 million in lease bonus proceeds, along with a minimum 12.5 percent royalty, subject to customary closing adjustments.