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George Waldon

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George Waldon joined Arkansas Business in 1985 as an associate editor and has covered a smorgasbord of topics during his tenure, ranging from weighty matters to the absurd. He grew up in Corning (Clay County), graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and worked as a general assignment reporter at the El Dorado News-Times before signing on with Arkansas Business.

Waldon edits Arkansas Business' Whispers column and writes the weekly Real Deals column on Arkansas real estate transactions. He's also one of the state's most experienced banking reporters.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Construction Contractors Team With Pulaski Tech with Free Training Class to Fill Spots

More companies are embracing the notion that on-the-job training is good business. Under that banner, members of the central Arkansas construction community are banding together to fill employment gaps in their ranks. read more >

Ritter Communications Invests in Onboard Training

Helping new employees fit in is considered the starting point of training, according to Leha Pemberton, director of training and development at Ritter Communications in Jonesboro. read more >

$2.8 Million Transaction Visits LR's Legacy Hotel (Real Deals)

SHG Management LLC, led by Kishan Patel, bought the 86-room Legacy Hotel at 625 W. Capitol Ave. The seller is Southern Comfort Inns Inc., led by Amin Amarshi. read more >

Planned Bank Buy Not First Time for Pinnacle, Central to Consider Merger

In 2009, Central Bank of Little Rock intended to merge with Pinnacle Bank of Rogers under the Pinnacle Bancshares banner. At the time, Pinnacle Bank's asset total stood at $126 million. read more >

Gurdon Girding for More Bank Competition

The competitive field of banks in southern Clark County could triple in the near future. Bank of Delight (Pike County) has opened a branch in Gurdon, and Southern Bancorp Bank of Arkadelphia intends to open operations there. read more >

Maumelle Townhomes Attract $8.5M Transaction (Real Deals)

EIIC LLC, led by Jean Eiler, purchased 61 townhomes in The Villas at Audubon near the northwest corner of Audubon and Club Manor drives. read more >

John Rogers Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Wire Fraud

Alleged serial fraudster John Rogers pleaded not guilty to one count of felony wire fraud at his Friday arraignment in Chicago federal court. read more >

Little Rock's Metrocentre Mall District Begins Dissolution Process

Property owners in downtown Little Rock's Metrocentre Improvement District No. 1 are finally getting a break from decades of shouldering $12.5 million of debt. read more >

Future Bank of the Ozarks HQ Site Draws Deals Totaling $12M-Plus (Real Deals)

Little Rock's Bank of the Ozarks Inc. acquired about 46.2 acres of mostly undeveloped property for a corporate campus in west Little Rock. read more >

Today's Bank Takes On Teetering Allied

The Allied Bank staff was still a little shell-shocked when they convened at the main office in Mulberry on Saturday, Sept. 24. The day after regulators took over the $66.3 million-asset lender, employees gathered to learn what the future held under the new ownership of Today's Bank of Huntsville. read more >