Acumen Brands, Dillard's Friendly After $15.7M Buyout by Arkansas Business Staff Posted 8/26/2013 12:00 am No longer part of the same company, Acumen Brands CEO John James said last week that he still considers the folks at Dillard's Inc. friends and mentors. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access articles older than 15 days. Articles newer than 15 days are not included in this offer. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.