The Power List: 171 Players Profiled in 20 Industries

During the course of a year, Arkansas Business publishes nearly 50 business-related lists: largest employers, highest-paid executives, biggest banks, etc. This week we introduce an ambitious new list that we call the Power List, a collection of brief biographies of the 171 people who run the largest or most influential companies or institutions in 20 different industries.

The result is interesting on several levels — the individual stories and the overall picture. The individuals were listed alphabetically within their industry groups. No attempt was made to ensure women and minorities were well-represented or that the breadth of the state's geography was covered. Instead, we simply identified the largest institutions in each industry and profiled the person running them. (Sometimes there is more than one from a given company; how does one choose between Doyle Rogers and Lunsford Bridges or between Warren Stephens and Curt Bradbury?)

The result is the truth about Arkansas: The vast majority of the biggest businesses are still being run by white males. Nonprofits and government agencies are more likely to have women and persons of color at the top, but white males still dominate even in those spheres.

While their ages range from 30-87, most of the individuals on our Power List are in their 40s and 50s. Second-, third- and even fourth-generation members of

the founding family are common. Small cities such as Bearden and Stuttgart are represented, but most of the largest companies are in the largest population centers of Pulaski, Benton and Washington counties.

Like any first attempt, especially one that involves some level of subjectivity, the Power List is undoubtedly imperfect. Input on additional names that should be included in future lists is eagerly solicited; e-mail suggestions to Editor Gwen Moritz at

The Power List

Banking and Finance
Economic Development
Health Care
Media & Marketing
Real Estate
Technology & Telecommunications

The Power List: Accounting

J. Michael Carroll, 52
Managing Partner
Beall Barclay & Co., Fort Smith
Mike Carroll has been with Beall Barclay & Co., the state's third-largest accounting firm, or its predecessor firms since 1981. An Ashdown native, he is a graduate and former trustee of Ouachita Baptist University at Arkadelphia. He is also former chairman of the St. Edward Medical Center Advisory Board.

Greg Flesher, 50
Managing Member
Moore Stephens Frost, Little Rock
Greg Flesher joined Moore Stephens Frost, Arkansas' second-largest accounting firm and the largest based in-state, upon his graduation from Hendrix College at Conway in 1978. He is an audit specialist and consultant in the animal agriculture industry. The 1974 valedictorian of Morrilton High School and member of the 1973 state champion basketball team, he is a member of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Foundation board, treasurer-elect of the Little Rock Rotary Club and a board member of the National Conference of Community & Justice.

Jim L. Phillips, 48
Managing Partner
JPMS Cox PLLC, Little Rock
Jim Phillips worked for Deloitte Haskins & Sells (later Deloitte & Touche) in Little Rock before helping to found Jeffrey Phillips Mosley & Scott P.A. in 1987. (The company's name changed to JPMS Cox in 2004.) In addition to his duties as managing partner, he leads the firm's tax department. He was first in his class of 3,500 students when he graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1979.

Steven Warren, 45
Partner in Charge
BKD LLP, Little Rock
As partner-in-charge of BKD's Arkansas practice since 1998, Steven Warren oversees the three offices — Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Fort Smith — that make up the largest accounting operation in the state. He has spent his entire 22-year career with BKD and has been a partner since 1994. He is on the firm's management committee.

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The Power List: Agriculture/Timber

Aubra Anthony, 59
President and CEO
Anthony Forest Products Co., El Dorado
Aubra Anthony heads a family-owned timber company that is among the 50 largest private companies in the state, and he is currently chairman of the American Forest & Paper Association. Before retuning to Arkansas in 1983, he put his degree from the University of Virginia Law School to work in private practice in Washington, D.C., and was council and vice president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Steven M. Anthony, 44
Anthony Timberlands, Bearden
Steve Anthony runs a family-owned lumber business that is one of the 50 largest private companies in the state. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University at Lexington, Va., and has a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville. He is chairman of the Arkansas Forestry Commission and a past president of the Arkansas Forestry Association and the Southern Forest Products Association.

Richard Bell, 72
Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Little Rock
Richard Bell's appointment last year to run the state's newly created Department of Agriculture caps a long career in the agri industry. The Illinois native worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1959-77, ending as assistant secretary for international affairs and commodity programs. He was then president and CEO of Riceland Foods Inc. of Stuttgart for 27 years, retiring in July 2004.

Ronald M. Cameron
Chairman and CEO
Mountaire Corp., North Little Rock
Ronnie Cameron has been CEO of his family's animal feed company since 1975. Mountaire was No. 5 on Arkansas Business' most recent list of the state's largest private companies, with more than $900 million in revenue in 2004. Cameron is a former director of Doulos Ministries of Littleton, Colo.

Blake Evans, 30
Peterson Farms Inc., Siloam Springs
In August 2004, Blake Evans became CEO of the poultry company founded by his grandfather, Lloyd Peterson. A graduate of the University of Arkansas Walton School of Business, he worked for Merrill Lynch in Rogers for four years before rejoining the family business where he had been a summer employee in his youth.

Gary George, 55
Vice Chairman and CEO
George's Inc., Springdale
Gary George is the grandson of C.L. George, founder of George's Inc., and son of chairman Gene George. He also is chairman of Legacy Bank of Springdale, which he founded last year. He was chairman of the University of Arkansas board of trustees until his term on the board expired in 2005.

Keith Glover, 48
President and CEO
Producers Rice Mills Inc., Stuttgart
Carlisle native Keith Glover was a CPA with the old Arthur Young & Co. firm for four years before joining Producers Rice Mill of Stuttgart, a farmer-owned cooperative, in 1982. He has been its president since 1988.

Karl D. Kennedy, 47
President and CEO
Riceland Foods, Stuttgart
Danny Kennedy joined Riceland Foods, the country's largest rice miller, as executive vice president and chief operating officer in August 2000 and was promoted to president and CEO upon the retirement of Richard Bell in 2004. The Baton Rouge, La., native was previously with Monsanto Co.

Stanley Reed, 54
Arkansas Farm Bureau, Little Rock
Stanley Reed, a third-generation cotton farmer from Marianna, is in his third term as president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau. He has served on its board for more than 19 years. He has an agricultural engineering degree and a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Todd Simmons, 34
President and CEO
Simmons Foods Inc., Siloam Springs
His father, Mark C. Simmons, is still chairman, but Todd Simmons is clearly the future of Simmons Foods Inc. He grew up in the half-billion-dollar poultry business, which his father inherited after the death of his father, Bill Simmons, in 1973. Todd Simmons received a degree in entrepreneurship and business management from Georgetown University at Washington, D.C., in 1994.

John Tyson, 52
Chairman and CEO
Tyson Foods Inc., Springdale
Johnny Tyson, grandson of the founder of Tyson Foods Inc. and son of former chairman and CEO Don Tyson, became chairman of the company in 1998 and CEO in 2000, when Wayne Britt suddenly quit. Under his watch, the world's largest poultry producer has become the world's largest producer of meat. He is a 1971 graduate of Springdale High School and a 1975 graduate of Southern Methodist University at Dallas.

Ewell Welch, 52
Executive Vice President
Arkansas Farm Bureau, Little Rock
Stanley Reed (above) is the elected president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, but Ewell Welch is the top staff member. He oversees all staff activities for the Farm Bureau Federation and its affiliated companies in Arkansas. He is a past president of the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture Alumni Society.

Collier Wenderoth Jr., 82
Chairman and CEO
O.K. Industries Inc., Fort Smith
In 1955, Collier Wenderoth Jr. inherited the business his father started as a feed mill in 1933. Wenderoth Jr. expanded into poultry processing in the late 1950s. O.K. Industries ranked sixth on Arkansas Business' most recent list of the state's largest private companies with revenue estimated at more than $900 million in 2004.

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The Power List: Architecture/Engineering

Thomas Adams, 63
Wittenberg Delony & Davidson Architects, Little Rock
Thomas Adams, who has been with the firm since 1972, is the most recent in a long line of leaders at the helm of the 67-year-old firm. As the state's second-largest architectural firm, WDD Architects has completed work on the Statehouse Convention Center remodel, Stephens Building and Regions Bank Building, along with multiple prison projects and institution designs.

Marlon Blackwell, 49
Marlon Blackwell, Architect, Fayetteville
As a tenured professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and founder of his own firm, Marlon Blackwell has received national and international recognition through the AIA and Architecture Review award programs. His projects are featured in numerous design magazines and books, and the Princeton Architectural Press recently published a monograph called "An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell."

Tom Hopper, 58
Chairman and CEO
Crafton Tull & Associates Inc., Rogers
Tom Hopper has more than 35 years of experience as a project coordinator, project manager, project engineer and surveyor on engineering and architectural projects. He has previously served as the state director for the Society of Professional Engineers. Under his care, Crafton Tull & Associates Inc. grew 165 percent in 2005 into a six-office company with more than 230 professionals providing architecture, engineering and surveying services.

Brock Johnson, 56
Garver Engineers, Little Rock
Brock Johnson, who has been with the company for 33 years, wants to double the size of the company in the next five years to reach 400 employees. Brock already has overseen the transformation of the company from a prominent Little Rock engineering firm to a regional engineering firm with nine offices in Arkansas and adjoining states.

Tommy Polk, 66
Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects Ltd., Little Rock
As one of the founding partners of the firm in 1977, Tommy Polk has since helped land the business some of the most recognized recent architectural projects in downtown Little Rock, including the new Heifer International headquarters, work on the Clinton Presidential Library's School of Public Service, the Acxiom headquarters and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce building.

Brent Thompson, 62
Chairman and CEO
Cromwell Architects Engineers, Little Rock
Brent Thompson not only heads up the largest architectural firm in the state, but he also specializes in the firm's medical design division and is a charter member of the American College of Healthcare Architects. The division is consistently among the top 100 firms nationally in the volume of health care work completed. Projects include multiple designs at Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute at UAMS.

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The Power List: Banking and Finance

Johnny Allison, 59
Home Bancshares, Conway
Johnny Allison turned a $900,000 investment in Conway's First National Bank into $50 million through stock swaps with Little Rock's First Commercial Corp. and Regions Financial Corp. of Birmingham, Ala. He is a lead player in assembling another statewide banking group, Home Bancshares, which should launch its IPO later this year. He has an interest in banks scattered across Arkansas and as far away as Marathon Key, Fla.

Curt Bradbury, 56
Chief Operating Officer
Stephens Inc., Little Rock
Curt Bradbury's career entered the public spotlight when he was dispatched from Stephens Inc. in 1985 to direct financial housekeeping at Worthen Banking Corp. He was installed as chairman and CEO of the public company, largely controlled by the Stephens family, and oversaw Worthen's financial turnaround. He returned to the relative privacy of Stephens after Worthen's $600 million sale to Boatmen's Bancshares Inc. of St. Louis in 1994.

Larry Brandt, 57
Chairman, President and CEO
First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas, Harrison
Larry Brandt has led the thrift since the death of his father-in-law, Frank Coffman, in 2001. When Brandt started working at the company in 1973, total assets were $30 million. At year-end 2005, the number was a record $852 million, and the company has expanded into northwest and north-central Arkansas. Brandt rose to chief operating officer in 1984 and president in 1987. His son, Jeff, is senior vice president.

Lunsford Bridges, 64
President and CEO
Metropolitan National Bank, Little Rock
Lunsford Bridges left an 18-year career with National Bank of Commerce in Pine Bluff, where he was senior vice president and manager of marketing, to start anew in Little Rock in 1985. Under his 20 years of leadership, Metropolitan National Bank has become one of the largest banks in Arkansas, with 39 branches and more than $1.4 billion in total assets.

Jack Fleischauer, 57
Regional CEO
Regions Bank, Little Rock
Jack Fleischauer, a 22-year veteran of the Worthen banking organization who helped with its financial turnaround during the 1980s, joined Regions Financial Corp. through acquisition. He was chairman, president and CEO of First Commercial Bank when Regions became the new owner in 1998. A year later, Fleischauer was named western regional CEO, overseeing operations in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.

Wallace Fowler, 70
Chairman and CEO
Liberty Bancshares, Jonesboro
Wallace Fowler has made banking a lucrative second career, buying, building and selling banks like chicken wings or tacos at his Fowler Foods-owned fast-food franchises. His $48 million stake in First Commercial Corp. became $90 million in a stock swap with Regions Financial in 1998. His $1.9 billion-asset Liberty Bancshares may one day become part of Home Bancshares in another multimillion-dollar stock swap.

George Gleason, 52
Chairman and CEO
Bank of the Ozarks, Little Rock
George Gleason is something of a banking savant. Buying his first bank at 24 in a $3.5 million deal, he ultimately took Bank of the Ozarks public in 1997. Under his leadership, BOZ has become known as a $2.3 billion-asset earnings machine. Its success both delights the investment community and beefs up his considerable holdings. He's been known to cut his own bonus when profits didn't meet his expectations.

Rush F. Harding, 51
Crews & Associates, Little Rock
Rush Harding spent three years selling and trading bonds before he and six compatriots founded Crews & Associates in 1979. Since its founding, the firm has grown from a municipal bond house into a full-fledged investment banking concern. Harding succeeded Adron Crews as president in 1996 and now leads the firm, acquired by First Security Bancorp in 2000.

Gary Head, 45
Chairman, President and CEO
White River Bancshares, Fayetteville
Gary Head ended the initial capital raising effort for his Signature Bank of Arkansas by attracting more than $44 million, setting a new bar for startup banks in the state. His banking career began with McIlroy Bank & Trust in 1983, moved to First State Bank of Springdale in 1984 and rejoined McIlroy in 1987, where he rose to president and CEO in 1999 before he left to pursue Signature in 2004. It's clear investors believe in Head and his team — and opportunity in northwest Arkansas.

Calvin Jarrett, 45
Arvest Asset Management, Rogers
Calvin Jarrett, an 18-year veteran with Arvest, oversees one of the largest Arkansas-based brokerage firms. His career with the company includes work at Arvest bank operations from 1987-94, leaving as senior vice president of finance to work as vice president and operations manager with First National Bank & Trust in Rogers from 1994-96. A CPA by training, Jarrett has worked with Arvest Investment since then.

Alex Lieblong, 55
President and Owner
Lieblong & Associates, Little Rock
Alex Lieblong, an admitted investment contrarian, established a national reputation for his savvy insights and knack for making money. He launched his own firm in 1997 and soon established his Key Colony Fund, a hedge fund that has produced ridiculous returns for him and its high-dollar investors. A 28-year investment veteran, Lieblong worked for Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc. before joining PaineWebber Inc. and opening its Little Rock office in 1987.

Tommy May, 59
Chairman, President and CEO
Simmons First National, Pine Bluff
After 11 years, Tommy May rose to president and CEO of El Dorado's Exchange Bank & Trust before joining Simmons First in February 1987 as president and CEO of its flagship bank in Pine Bluff. He was promoted to CEO of the parent company in January 1994, overseeing its growth to total assets of $2.5 billion with 81 offices in 46 communities.

Mark Millsap, 46
Principal and Co-owner
Foundation Resource Management, Little Rock
Mark Millsap, a 23-year investment management veteran, helps oversee more than $879 million in client assets. He worked for AmSouth Bank in Birmingham, Ala., as a portfolio manager for eight years before working at Little Rock's Meridian Management Co. from 1989-2001. Since then, Millsap has plied his trade as co-owner and principal at Foundation Resource Management.

Wilson Moore, 46
Arkansas President and Commercial Bank Executive
Bank of America, Little Rock
Wilson Moore, a Bank of America middle-market executive in Little Rock, is entering his 24th year with what was the Worthen Bank organization. He was named BOA's regional president for Arkansas, Oklahoma and southwest Missouri in 2004. During the 1980s, Moore assisted in the cleanup of troubled loan portfolios at several Worthen banks. He was president of the Jonesboro operation when BOA entered the ownership picture in 1994.

Doyle W. Rogers, 87
Rogers Bancshares, Little Rock
Doyle Rogers first made his mark in construction and commercial real estate as chairman and president of the Doyle Rogers Co. In 1983, he bought a sleepy Little Rock bank and transformed it into today's $1.4 billion-asset Metropolitan National Bank. What is now The Peabody Little Rock, the adjoining Statehouse Convention Center and nearby Stephens Building are his development legacies in downtown Little Rock.

Reynie Rutledge, 56
Chairman, President and CEO
First Security Bancorp, Searcy
Reynie Rutledge started his banking career with the Worthen organization before buying his first bank in 1977 at the age of 27. Searcy's First Security Bank became the foundation for today's $1.8 billion-asset First Security Bancorp. The holding company expanded into northwest Arkansas and deepened its central Arkansas presence with the 2000 acquisition of Little Rock investment banking firm Crews & Associates and a branching program.

Warren Stephens, 48
Chairman, President and CEO
Stephens Inc., Little Rock
Warren Stephens has led his family's namesake investment banking firm since his 29th birthday in 1986. While keeping a low business profile, he has stepped out with tens of millions of dollars in sports- and philanthropic-related endeavors including his ultraexclusive The Alotian Club (named Golf Digest's best new golf course of 2005), a donation of land for a new minor league baseball park in North Little Rock and continued support for the Episcopal Collegiate School.

Sam Walls, 58
Arkansas Capital Corp., Little Rock
Sam Walls joined Arkansas Capital Corp. as its leader in 1989. During his watch, the commercial lender has provided $240 million to capital-starved companies to keep them going. A lender of last resort, ACC also is a big player in Small Business Administration loans. In 1999, Diamond State Ventures was formed to help startup concerns with some helpful financial backing.

Jim Walton, 57
Chairman and CEO
Arvest Bank Group, Lowell
The youngest son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton entered banking in 1976 in what has since grown into Arvest Bank Group, with $7.5 billion in total assets and operations in 91 communities in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Jim Walton, a trustee of the Walton Family Foundation, also serves as chairman of Bentonville-based Community Publishers Inc., which operates newspapers in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. He joined the Wal-Mart board of directors in 2005.

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The Power List: Construction

Bill Clark, 62
Chairman and CEO
CDI Contractors, Little Rock
Bill Clark, an electrical engineer and electrical contractor, formed the general contracting firm in 1987 in part to fill the void left by the bankruptcy of Little Rock's Pickens-Bond Construction Co. Owned in a 50-50 split with Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock, CDI was built on a foundation of work for the retail chain but has expanded to include a cross section of clients. Revenue has topped $400 million with a roster of high-profile projects, including the Clinton Presidential Library.

Bill Hannah, 55
Nabholz Construction, Conway
Bill Hannah was part of a quartet of construction management graduates hired in 1972 by company founder Bob Nabholz. Hannah rose through the ranks to become Conway division president in 1995 and the first CEO of the corporation outside the Nabholz family in 2002. He led the 2005 acquisition of Jonesboro's B.B. Vance & Sons Inc., and the combined firms had sales of more than $300 million and a staff of 800.

James Latta, 56
Latco Inc., Lincoln
James Latta established the construction company in 1973 on a base of poultry house sales that has since grown to include sales abroad. The firm, which also conducts general contracting work, expanded its operations to include wood truss manufacturing and sales in a 1996 purchase from Springdale's National Home Centers. Latco sales have reached as high as $109 million.

Lewis May, 56
May Construction, Little Rock
Lewis May has focused on transforming the family business into a regional firm after buying out his brother and partner in 1998. Pursuing relationships instead of jobs has paid off as he has built on the 72-year-old company's reputation for on-time and under-budget performance. More than half the company's work involves retail-related, out-of-state jobs, and sales have approached $100 million.

Thomas Schueck, 64
President and CEO
Lexicon Inc., Little Rock
Thomas Schueck developed an early affinity for steel that grew into a $248 million enterprise. Three years out of college, he struck out on his own in 1968 to form Schueck Steel, a structural steel erection, millwright and plant maintenance concern. That was followed with specialty fabrication and contracting subsidiaries: Custom Metals in 1974, Prospect Steel in 1981 and L-Con Constructors and L-Con Marine Fabricators in 1996.

Gus Vratsinas, 61
Vratsinas Construction Co., Little Rock
Gus Vratsinas founded the company with the now-retired Ed DeMoss and CEO Sam Alley in 1987. The move came after the bankruptcy of the one-time Little Rock contracting giant Pickens-Bond Construction Co., where Vratsinas was a top exec. VCC has recaptured the national reputation built by Pickens-Bond and grown to be recently recognized as the largest retail builder in the nation, with total revenue of $425 million.

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The Power List: Economic Development

Mike Maulden, 47
Director of External Affairs
Entergy Arkansas
Mike Maulden is Entergy Arkansas' director of external affairs and directs the company's Office of Economic Development, a program that focuses on recruiting new businesses and helping communities develop themselves into places that could attract new businesses. He was active in the creation of the Metro Little Rock Alliance and served as chairman of the 2004 Committee for Amendment 2, which allows the Legislature to issue general obligation bonds to fund "super project" infrastructure needs.

John Shelnutt, 49
Administrator for Economic Analysis and Tax Research
Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration, Little Rock
John Shelnutt moved to the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration last year as administrator for economic analysis and tax research, where his office does the revenue forecasting for the state budget process. While senior research economist with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute for Economic Advancement, he regularly presented the state economic forecast for business planning.

Ashvin P. Vibhakar, 56
Institute for Economic Advancement, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Ashvin Vibhakar is the director of the Institute for Economic Advancement in the College of Business Administration at UALR. He joined UALR in 1981. A chartered financial analyst, he also works as a consultant in the areas of economic feasibility analysis, investments, corporate financial planning, commercial bank management and business valuation. He's on the board of Little Rock Workforce Investment, will head the economic development committee on Arkansas 2020 and is on the strategic planning committee on the Accelerate Arkansas board.

Larry Walther, 60
Arkansas Department of Economic Development, Little Rock
Larry Walther was named the director of the Arkansas Department of Economic Development in December 2003. The Parkdale native previously had a long career with AT&T, formerly known as SBC and Southwestern Bell. He's chairman of the board of College of the Ozarks at Branson, Mo., and serves on the boards of the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business, Downtown Little Rock Rotary and Arkansas Easter Seals.

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The Power List: Education

John Franklin Broyles, 81
Athletic Director
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Sometimes called the most powerful man in Arkansas (and the subject of countless jokes comparing him to the Almighty), Frank Broyles maintains a firm grip on the athletic department of the University of Arkansas. He has been athletic director since 1974, having coached football there 16 seasons before and three seasons after being named AD.

Luther Hardin, 55
University of Central Arkansas, Conway
Lawyer, politician and educator, Lu Hardin became president of the University of Central Arkansas in September 2002. Reared in Searcy, he is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University at Russellville and the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville. He served as a state senator for 14 years and as director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Stanley Heath, 41
Head Men's Basketball Coach
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Stan Heath was hired to succeed legendary Razorbacks basketball coach Nolan Richardson in March 2002. He is a 1988 graduate of Eastern Michigan University at Ypsilanti and has a master's degree from Wayne State University at Detroit. Arkansas hired him away from Kent State University in Ohio.

T. Kenneth James, 55
Arkansas Department of Education, Little Rock
Ken James was appointed director (now called commissioner) of the Arkansas Department of Education in May 2004. He was lured back to his native state from Lexington, Ky., where he had been superintendent of school for less than a year. Prior to that, he was superintendent of the Little Rock School District for two years.

Houston Dale Nutt Jr., 48
Head Football Coach
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Houston Nutt became the head football coach of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks on Dec. 10, 1997. Nutt led the Hogs to six consecutive bowl appearances and twice won a share of the Southeastern Conference western division title. After the past two losing seasons, however, fans began calling for coaching changes, which were made, including the hiring of an offensive coordinator.

Raymond Simon
Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
Conway native Ray Simon resigned as director of the Arkansas Department of Education in October 2003 to become the assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education for the U.S. Department of Education. In May 2005, he was elevated to deputy secretary. He began his career in 1966 as a math teacher at North Little Rock High School.

John A. White, 66
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
John A. White, chancellor of the UA for a decade, has led the university through a $1 billion-plus fundraising campaign that included the eye-popping $300 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation. He also has been a director of J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell; Motorola Inc. of Schaumburg, Ill.; Russell Corp. of Alexander City, Ala.; and Logility Inc. of Atlanta.

Leslie Wyatt, 60
Arkansas State University, Jonesboro
Les Wyatt has been president of the growing Arkansas State University System since 1995. He was recruited to the job from the University of Mississippi at Oxford, where he spent seven years as vice chancellor for executive affairs, but his college administrative career stretches back to 1971, the year he received his master's of fine arts from the University of Texas at Austin.

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The Power List: Energy/Utilities

Mike Coulson, 52
Coulson Oil Group, North Little Rock
Mike Coulson's father, Ray, founded Coulson Oil Group in 1969 with nine Amoco stations. Mike began working for his father in 1975 after graduating from Emory University in Atlanta. He was the 2004 chairman of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers Association and is on the board of Baptist Health.

Claiborne P. Deming, 51
President and CEO
Murphy Oil Corp., El Dorado
Claiborne Deming has been president and CEO of the oil company his great-grandfather founded since 1994. He joined the company in 1979 as a staff attorney and held several positions, including president of the operating subsidiary, Murphy Oil USA Inc. He is on the boards of advisers of Tulane Law School and the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Hugh T. McDonald, 47
President and CEO
Entergy Arkansas Inc., Little Rock
Hugh McDonald has been Entergy Corp.'s point man in Arkansas since June 2000, but he started his career with the utility company in 1982 as an engineer at its Waterford 3 nuclear plan in Louisiana. A graduate of North Dakota State University (BS, 1980) and the University of New Orleans (MBA, 1987), McDonald has been involved in education as a member of the governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Education and Blue Ribbon Committee on Higher Education. He was the founding chairman of the Metro Little Rock Alliance.

U. Ray Reid
Vice President and General Manager
CenterPoint Energy, Little Rock
Ray Reid has been the top executive on the ground in Arkansas for CenterPoint Energy since 2000. A native of Foreman (Little Rock County), he attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville then graduated from the University of Houston. He spent 18 years with CenterPoint's Entex division in Houston and was its vice president and general manager for south Texas before returning to Arkansas.

Alan N. Stewart, 62
Arkansas Western Gas Co., Fayetteville
Alan Stewart was recently promoted to president of Arkansas Western, having had the title of executive vice president since joining the company in the spring of 2004. He spent nearly 30 years with San Diego Gas & Electric Co., lastly as manager of gas engineering, and four years as a consultant before Arkansas Western lured him to northwest Arkansas.

Gary C. Voigt, 50
President and CEO
Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc., Little Rock
Gary Voigt joined the affiliated AECI and AECC in 1996, and he was already an industry veteran by then. He was CEO of Kamo Power, a generation and transmission cooperative serving northeast Oklahoma and southwest Missouri. He is a 1977 graduate of Oklahoma State University.

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The Power List: Government

Mike Beebe, 59
Attorney General
Mike Beebe became the state's chief law enforcement officer on Jan. 14, 2003. He was considered a shoo-in as Democratic candidate for governor this year but now faces primary opposition from North Little Rock businessman Bill Halter. He was a leader in the state Senate for 20 years and was known for his fiscal conservatism and efforts to reach across party lines to solve problems.

William J. Clinton, 59
42nd President
The nation's 42nd president remains a powerful influence in Arkansas and elsewhere.

The opening of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock in late 2004 has proven to be boost to the local economy, and he and his predecessor in the White House, President George H.W. Bush, have teamed up to raise money for tsunami and hurricane relief efforts.

Dan Flowers, 59
Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department, Little Rock
Dan Flowers was selected by the Arkansas Highway Commission to become director of the Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department on Jan. 3, 1994. He has been with the department since 1969. Flowers is active in transportation on the regional and national levels, and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville civil engineering department named its education and training facility after him.

Mike Huckabee, 50
Mike Huckabee has been Arkansas' governor since July 15, 1996, when Jim Guy Tucker resigned after a criminal conviction. The Republican is term-limited and cannot run again this year. Currently chairman of the National Governors Association, Huckabee has been exploring the possibility of a race for the White House. He is recognized as a national voice in education and health care policy. He is chairman of the Education Commission of the States.

Blanche Lincoln, 45
U.S. Senator
Blanche Lincoln became the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998. She was re-elected in 2004. The Helena native is a political moderate. Elected in 1992 to the U.S. House of Representatives, she was a founding member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of moderate House Democrats.

David Malone, 62
Executive Director
Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, Little Rock
In 2003, David Malone became executive director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the state's largest pension fund. He was previously executive director of the University of Arkansas Foundation for 11 years and served 22 years as a state legislator from Washington County. He's also been an assistant dean at the University of Arkansas School of Law, an assistant professor of accounting at the UA, as well as city attorney and mayor of Fayetteville. He serves on the legislative committee of the National Council of Teacher Retirement.

Mark Pryor, 43
U.S. Senator
Mark Pryor was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002 and has been a reliably moderate Democrat. He was one of the "gang of 14" centrists from both parties who worked to prevent the "nuclear option" over approving court appointees in the Senate. The Fayetteville native is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he has been instrumental in passing legislation to aid military personnel and their families.

Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, 56
Lieutenant Governor
Win Rockefeller was elected lieutenant governor in November 1996 in a special election and was re-elected again in 1998 and 2002. Like his father, former Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, he has worked to attract industry to the state and to strengthen the state's existing industries. Rockefeller also serves as chief executive of Winrock Farms Inc. and has interests in retailing, development, automobile dealerships and the resort industry. He withdrew from the Republican race for governor last year after being diagnosed with a blood disorder. He is recovering from a bone marrow transplant.

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The Power List: Health Care

Dr. Jonathan R. Bates, 60
President and CEO
Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock
Dr. Jonathan R. Bates was a pediatrics instructor at Harvard Medical School and specialized in ambulatory medicine and emergency medicine at Children's Medical Center in Boston. He was senior vice president at Children's Hospital & Health Center in San Diego and administrator at Memorial Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach, Calif., before taking his current position at Arkansas Children's Hospital in 1993.

Randall J. Fale, 60
President and CEO
St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center, Hot Springs
In 1990, Randall Fale became president and CEO of St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center, which has 279 beds, 1,500 employees and operating expenses of approximately $200 million.

William R. Floyd, 61
Chairman, CEO and President
Beverly Enterprises, Fort Smith
William Floyd joined Beverly Enterprises in 2000 as president and chief operating officer. He became CEO in February 2001. Floyd also was CEO of Choice Hotels International of Silver Spring, Md., between 1996 and 1998. He also spent eight years at PepsiCo, where he served at different points as chief operating officer of both Taco Bell and KFC.

John A. Guest, 57
Sparks Health System, Fort Smith
Before John A. Guest arrived at Sparks Health System in December 2004, he was the president and CEO of Harris County Hospital District in Houston and University Health System in San Antonio. He also served as chairman of the Texas Hospital Association and chairman of the Texas Association of Public & Nonprofit Hospitals.

Russell D. Harrington Jr., 62
President and CEO
Baptist Health, Little Rock
Russell Harrington has been president of Baptist Health, the state's largest hospital system since 1984. He previous served as associate executive director of Baptist Health, administrator of Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock and executive director of Baptist Memorial Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Baptist Health has five hospitals and nearly 1,200 licensed beds, Parkway Village Inc., a retirement community, and Parkway Health Center, which is a 75-bed facility.

Stephen Mansfield, 53
President and CEO
St. Vincent Health System, Little Rock
Steve Mansfield was chief executive officer of Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis before he joined St. Vincent Health System as CEO and president in 2000.

Mansfield is as Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and was awarded ACHE's 2004 Regents Award for senior level executive.

Richard A. Pierson, 61
Vice Chancellor for Clinical Programs
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center, Little Rock
Richard Pierson has been in the health care industry since 1971. He joined UAMS as hospital director in 1981. Pierson was promoted to his current position in 1986.

He serves on the board of directors of Novation of Irving, Texas; the Arkansas Hospital Association, QualChoice/QCA of Little Rock, and the National Residency Match Program of Washington, D.C.

John Selig, 45
Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services, Little Rock
John Selig is the director of the newly formed Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services. He also has the lead role in the development of Healthy Arkansas, which focuses on smoking cessation, fitness and obesity.

David Wroten, 48
Assistant Executive Vice President
Arkansas Medical Society, Little Rock
David Wroten started working at the Arkansas Medical Society in 1983 as professional relations coordinator. Wroten also serves as vice president and CEO of AMS Benefits Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of the Arkansas Medical Society that provides insurance and other services to AMS members. He is a member of the Governor's Medicaid Advisory Committee and is president of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives.

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The Power List: Insurance

Sharon Allen, 61
President and Chief Operating Officer
Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Little Rock
Sharon Allen joined Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield as a Medicare "B" claims clerk in 1968. She worked her way up and was promoted to president and COO in 2002. Allen also is chairman of the Board of Ideal Medicare Services Inc., a subsidiary of ABCBS.

Jay Bradford, 65
First Arkansas Insurance Group, Pine Bluff
In addition to running one of the state's largest insurance agencies, State Rep. Jay Bradford is in his third term representing parts of Jefferson, Lonoke and Cleveland counties. The Democrat from White Hall served as a state senator for the area for 16 years and served as a liaison to the state Senate during the 85th General Assembly.

David Bridges, 53
President and CEO
HMO Partners Inc., Little Rock
Executive Vice President of Internal Operations
Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Little Rock
David Bridges began his career with Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield in 1974 in the management trainee program. This month, Bridges was promoted to executive vice president of ABCBS internal operations and will continue to head HMO Partners, the joint venture between ABCBS and Baptist Health that does business as Health Advantage.

Francis Browning, 59
President and CEO
QualChoice, Little Rock
Francis Browning is the CEO of QualChoice, the second-largest health benefits company headquartered in Arkansas with more than 85,000 members statewide. He has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Arkansas Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Benefits.

Ed Choate, 51
President and CEO
Delta Dental of Arkansas, Sherwood
Before Ed Choate joined Delta Dental of Arkansas in 2000, he worked for 20 years in the managed health care industry in leadership roles at NovaSys Health of Little Rock and Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield. Under Choate's leadership Delta Dental won the Arkansas Community Foundation's Corporate Philanthropy Award in 2005.

James B. House, 65
President and CEO
USAble Life, Little Rock
Jim House started his career with Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield in 1967 and was promoted to his current position in 1985. ABCBS owns 70 percent of USAble Life. House also is a member of the executive steering committee of ABCBS and a board member of USAble Corp. and USAble Life.

Robert L. Shoptaw, 59
Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Little Rock
Robert Shoptaw began his career at Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield, the state's dominate insurance carrier, in 1970. He also is the chairman of the board of USAble Corp. and a member of the board of Health Advantage and ABCBS.

Duff Wallace, 43
Vice Present/General Manager
Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. of Arkansas Inc., Little Rock
Duff Wallace started working for the Louisiana Farm Bureau in 1984. In 1990 he joined the Arkansas Farm Bureau as the finance/accounting manager. He was promoted to his current position in 1998.

Michael Wolff
Executive Director
UnitedHealthcare of Arkansas, Little Rock
Michael Wolff started his career in health care in 1980. From 1985-91 he led the startup and development of Arnett HMO and Arnett Health Plans in Lafayette, Ind. And from 1991-2002 he led the reorganization and development of Network Health Plan of Wisconsin. Wolff joined UnitedHealthcare in 2003. He is vice chairman of the Arkansas Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool board of directors.

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The Power List: Law

Ronald M. Clark, 51
Managing Partner
Rose Law Firm, Little Rock
Ron Clark, who is also a CPA, focuses on corporate and tax law, including mergers and acquisitions and issues such as corporate and partnership tax, estate and gift tax planning, and probate.

Darrell D. Dover, 72
Managing Partner
Dover Dixon Horne, Little Rock
Darrell Dover focuses on real estate finance, banking and corporate law and has been recognized by numerous publications and associations for his practice in real property.

Byron M. Eiseman, 69
Managing Partner
Friday Eldredge & Clark, Little Rock
Byron Eiseman, who is also a CPA, has been recognized by several publications as one of Arkansas' leading tax attorneys. He has been an adjunct professor of taxation at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law for more than 30 years.

Jack D. Grundfest, 42
Managing Partner
Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard, Little Rock
Jack Grundfest focuses on taxation and tax planning; estate planning; transactions; and real estate exchanges, acquisitions and development. Before joining the firm, his experience in business included banking and real estate development.

Edwin L. Lowther Jr., 52
Managing Partner

Wright Lindsey & Jennings, Little Rock
Edwin Lowther focuses on general litigation (including product liability), legal and medical malpractice, toxic tort, and employment litigation. He also speaks at seminars on various topics such as personal injury, malpractice and product liability defense.

Thomas A. Mars, 47
SVP and General Counsel
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville
Tom Mars, as senior vice president and general counsel for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. since 2002, heads the Wal-Mart legal department and is responsible for all legal matters affecting the company in its domestic and foreign markets.

Gordon M. Wilbourn, 44
Partner, Manager
Kutak Rock Arkansas, Little Rock
Gordon Wilbourn focuses primarily on public finance, but as manager of the Little Rock and Fayetteville offices of Kutak Rock, he has overseen the firm's growth from 12 lawyers to 17 in Little Rock and from five to 11 in Fayetteville, adding lawyers in commercial and medical malpractice litigation.

Robert M. Wilson Jr., 55
Managing Attorney
Wilson & Associates, Little Rock
Robert Wilson focuses on foreclosures, bankruptcies, deeds in lieu, title defense, secondary mortgage market transactions and deficiency, replevin actions, and general creditor collections. In addition to his own firm, he's a partner in two other law firms and is the author of several legislative acts on statutory foreclosure and liens.

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The Power List: Manufacturing

Roderick "Rick" Allen
Allen Canning Co., Siloam Springs
Chairman and CEO
Rick Allen is the fourth generation to run the family business that started in 1926 in the Ozark hills. With plants in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and North Carolina, Allen has aggressively acquired businesses to expand its line of canned foods, such as the most recent purchase of Birds Eye Foods Inc. of Rochester, N.Y.

Frank Fletcher, 63
President and CEO
Frank Fletcher Cos. Ltd., Little Rock
Frank Fletcher was a manufacturers' rep to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville in the 1960s and an early investor in Wal-Mart stock in the early 1970s. In the late '70s, he took Sam Walton's advice and switched to manufacturing. His diverse conglomerate of companies includes Cheyenne Industries; Legacy Lamps; Silverwood Products; the Riverfront Hilton in North Little Rock; restaurants; Fletcher-Bensky Furs; and auto dealerships in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Rogers and Springdale.

Brian A. Gahr, 56
Division Vice President
Whirlpool Corp., Fort Smith
Brian Gahr has worked for Whirlpool for more than 25 years. He heads up the company's Fort Smith operation, which mainly manufactures refrigerators, trash compactors and ice-maker components. The plant employs nearly 3,500 workers.

Robert L. Hendrix, 69
Executive Vice President
Pilgrim's Pride Corp., Pittsburg, Texas
As executive vice president of Pilgrim's Pride's case ready and supply operations, Robert Hendrix heads up the Pittsburg, Texas, company's seven Arkansas plants that employ more than 4,000 people.

John McFarland, 54
Chairman and CEO
Baldor Electric Co., Fort Smith
John McFarland is a classic example of an employee working his way to the top. He started with the electric motor, drive and generator manufacturer on a part-time basis while still in college and has since worked as vice president of international sales and executive vice president of sales and marketing. He was named Baldor's fourth chairman in its 86-year history in 2005.

Calvin Staudt, 50
Mill Manager
International Paper Co., Pine Bluff
Staudt managed IP mills in Camden and Ticonderoga, N.Y., for 12 years before being assigned to the Pine Bluff Mill in March 2004. He quickly turned the operation around by negotiating a cutting-edge labor agreement, improving the mill's total safety record and cutting the number of quality claims in half. Staudt is one of the assets that will remain with the mill if and when International Paper finds a buyer.

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The Power List: Media & Marketing

Larry Audas, 50
President and General Manager
KTHV-TV, Channel 11, Little Rock
Larry Audas returned to lead Gannet-owned KTHV in 2002 after last serving the station in 1998 as an award-winning evening news anchor. According to the latest Nielsen Media Research Inc. television ratings book, Audas has KTHV in the lead of the early morning and 10 p.m. news slots.

Olivia Farrell, 50
Chairman and CEO
Arkansas Business Publishing Group, Little Rock
After joining the Arkansas Writers Project as an advertising account executive in 1978 and becoming a co-owner in 1982, Olivia Farrell left with a handful of special publications and Arkansas Business and formed ABPG in 1995. The company now has more than 22 publications and 60 employees.

Sherman Frederick
Stephens Media Group, Las Vegas
Sherman Frederick is not in Arkansas, but he controls a bunch of its newspapers as president of Stephens Media Group, a subsidiary of the Stephens Group Inc. of Little Rock. Its properties include The Morning News in Springdale, the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith, the Pine Bluff Commercial, the Arkansas News Bureau in Little Rock, and 15 weekly papers, including The Times of North Little Rock.

Walter E. Hussman Jr, 58
President and CEO
Wehco Media Inc.
Walter Hussman's Arkansas Democrat outlasted the Gannett-owned Arkansas Gazette in the fierce daily newspaper war that ended in 1991. Wehco, which last year purchased the Northwest Arkansas Times, Benton County Daily Record and eight weeklies from the Walton-owned Community Publishers Inc., is now battling with Stephens Media Group to control newsprint in northwest Arkansas.

Alan Leveritt, 53
Arkansas Times, Little Rock
Alan Leveritt has been at the helm of the Arkansas Times ever since he and a small group of friends left college their senior year to start the publication in 1974. Since then it has gone from a monthly magazine to a statewide alternative weekly alongside El Latino, a Spanish language weekly; ReaLiving, a monthly home and garden magazine; and AutoByer, a weekly automotive publication. Leveritt also is chair of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, which brings its national conference to Little Rock this summer.

David Martin, 47
Executive Vice President and COO
Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, Little Rock
He began his career at CJRW nearly 20 years earlier, and David Martin's career came full circle last summer when the firm hired him back to help lead. Martin helped refine and build a research subsidiary of CJRW called the Area Marketing Research Associates, which later sold to Alltel Corp.

Dale Nicholson
President and General Manager
KATV-TV, Channel 7, Little Rock
Dale Nicholson has been president and general manager of the Albritton Communications Corp.-owned station since 1974. During that time, KATV has consistently been the top news station in the Little Rock market. Nicholson first joined the station in 1962 as a booth announcer.

Rick Rogala, 45
Vice President and General Manager
KARK-TV, Channel 4, Little Rock
After having served as general manager at six other television stations throughout his career, Rick Rogala returned to lead KARK last summer. He began his career as a sales rep there in the early 1980s. Parent company Nexstar Broadcasting Group hired Rogala for his reputation as an industry leader in media convergence and station growth initiatives. Rogala has already helped the station pool its resources with KNWA, its sister NBC affiliate in northwest Arkansas.

Griffin Smith, 64
Executive Editor
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock
With a long history of practicing law and journalism on a national scale, Griffin Smith's versatile career led him to his role as executive editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, a post he's held since 1992. The former speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and editor of Texas Monthly magazine is in charge of the newsroom at Arkansas' only statewide daily paper, which has daily circulation of nearly 175,000.

Larry Stone, 58
CEO and Executive Creative Director
Stone Ward, Little Rock
As one Stone Ward's two founding partners, Larry Stone has helped the agency accrue national accounts such as Terminix International, Mrs. Field's Famous Brands/TCBY Systems and Meineke. The firm also controls big state accounts such as the Arkansas Department of Economic Development, Baptist Health and Arkansas Best Freight Systems.

Millie Ward, 51
Stone Ward
Millie Ward founded the state's second-largest advertising firm in 1984 with Larry Stone. The firm has annual billings totaling nearly $44 million and recently made a push to expand its national advertising presence by opening small offices in Boston and Chicago.

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The Power List: Nonprofits

Phillip N. Baldwin, 47
President and CEO
Southern Bancorp, Arkadelphia
For three years Phil Baldwin has led Southern Bancorp, a $500 million development bank holding company that operates three development banks and five nonprofit organizations in Arkansas and Mississippi. He also serves on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Chuck Dicus, 57
Razorback Foundation Inc., Fayetteville
Chuck Dicus' Razorback Foundation makes sure that those calling the Hogs are also sending checks. The foundation raises money for scholarships, facilities and other programs for athletics at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Dicus, a former UA football player named an All-American in 1970, has led the foundation since 1991.

Sybil J. Hampton, 61
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Little Rock
Sybil Hampton leads one of the state's largest nonprofits, a beneficiary of the Rockefeller family's wealth with more than $130 million in assets. Since 1996 she has been at the foundation, which gives grants for economic development; education; and economic, racial and social justice in Arkansas.

Paul Harvel, 63
President and CEO
Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
Paul Harvel heads the state's largest chamber of commerce, with more than 2,700 members and an annual budget of $2.4 million. He's led the chamber for 21 years and is also executive director for the central Arkansas economic development organization Fifty for the Future.

Pat Lile, 67
President and CEO
Arkansas Community Foundation Inc., Little Rock
Pat Lile assumed leadership of the fast-growing Arkansas Community Foundation in 1996, and the nonprofit now manages more than 900 individual charitable funds and has assets of about $86 million dollars.

Jo Luck, 64
President and CEO
Heifer International Inc., Little Rock
Jo Luck has served as president and CEO of Heifer International since 1992, leading its growth from a $7 million to an $83 million nonprofit and increasing its impact to assist more than 7.5 million families in 125 countries, including the United States.

Jerry Moore
Executive Director
University of Arkansas Foundation Inc., Fayetteville
Jerry Moore presides over the largest nonprofit in the state, the University of Arkansas Foundation, which provides private financial support for all University of Arkansas campuses and has assets totaling $565 million. Moore, a former executive at Beverly Enterprises Inc., has directed the foundation for three years.

Buddy Philpot, 47
Executive Director
Walton Family Foundation Inc., Bentonville
Buddy Philpot, formerly president and CEO of Arvest Bank Group Inc.'s Springdale Bank & Trust, helps guide the giving of Arkansas' richest family, heirs to the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fortune. Philpot also is involved with the University of Arkansas Fayetteville Campus Foundation, which supports the college's Walton-funded Honors College.

Ron Russell, 63
President and CEO
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas Inc., Little Rock
After 16 years as leader of Arkansas' foremost business advocacy group, Ron Russell is recognized as a spokesman for the state's business community. He announced his retirement earlier this month but will remain on board until the chamber transitions to a still-undetermined replacement.

James L. "Skip" Rutherford, 56
William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, Little Rock
As president of the Clinton Foundation, Skip Rutherford coordinated and planned the Clinton Presidential Library's November 2004 opening. He also is executive vice president of the ad firm Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods.

Suzanne Ward, 58
Executive Director
CommunityCare Foundation Inc., Springdale
Suzanne Ward leads one of the state's largest nonprofits. The organization has more than $130 million in assets and makes grants to Benton and Washington counties for education, health and immigration. It also helps fund other nonprofits.

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The Power List: Real Estate

Bruce Burrow, 63
MBC Holdings, Jonesboro
MBC Holdings, formed in 1990 as Belz-Burrow Development Group, is the mover behind Jonesboro's $100 million Mall at Turtle Creek. The real estate investment partnership with Belz Enterprises of Memphis includes commercial projects in central and northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri. A director at Pocahontas Bancorp, Bruce Burrow's partnership interests extend to the commercial realty firm of Burrow Halsey Realty Group.

John Cooper Jr., 67
Cooper Communities, Rogers
John Cooper, whose father founded the firm in 1954, joined the company 10 years later and served as president from 1968-2000. He is a director at J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. and has served on the boards of other prominent public companies. The firm develops real estate through its commercial property, home building, vacation ownership and land development subsidiaries and employs 600 in projects across eight states.

Dickson Flake, 67
Colliers Dickson Flake Partners, Little Rock
Dickson Flake, who co-founded the predecessor commercial realty firm of Barnes Quinn Flake & Anderson in 1971, is considered the chairman emeritus of commercial realty in Arkansas. Today's company represents the 2003 merger with Little Rock's IBR Real Estate, the 2005 merger with Bentonville's Lane Real Estate Services and becoming an owner/member of Colliers International.

John Flake, 58
Flake & Kelley Commercial, Little Rock
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