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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

Fowler Foods Cheers Colonel Sanders' Return to KFC

After selling all but a handful of its stores in 1985, Fowler Foods Inc. has deepened its commitment to KFC and rebuilt its status as a leading franchise holder. read more >

Rehab & Health Care Center Attracts $3.5M Transaction (Real Deals)

FC Encore Properties B Holdco LLC, an affiliate of Formation Capital of Atlanta, purchased Chenal Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center at 3115 S. Bowman Road. read more >

Top Residential Firms in Arkansas Enjoy Home Sales Rebound

2015 was a good year for buying and selling houses in Arkansas as reflected by growth among the 10 largest residential realty firms. read more >

Tech Park Transactions Surpass $12.6 Million (Real Deals)

The acquisition encompassed four office buildings and three parking lots. The biggest deal with Five Main LLC, led by Warren Stephens, was valued at $10.8 million read more >

Jack Mullen, Paula Cholmondeley Join Board of Growing Bank of the Ozarks

At Monday's annual shareholders meeting, Chairman and CEO George Gleason also announced that a third seat would be filled by Trevor Burgess, president, CEO and founder of the $1.7 billion-asset C1 Financial Inc. of St. Petersburg, Florida. read more >

Facebook Page Offers Peek Into John Rogers' Thinking

Even the conservative assessment by a court-appointed receiver proved to be overly optimistic regarding the insolvent business interests of John Rogers, whose Facebook page recently offered up what read almost like a confession. read more >

Presidential Hotel Hosts $8.5M Sale (Real Deals)

LR HI Associates LLC, an affiliate of Centura Capital of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, bought the Holiday Inn-Presidential at 600 Interstate 30. The seller is HI Presidential LLC, led by Larry Carpenter. read more >

One Bank & Trust Capitalization Plan Forms

Little Rock's One Bank & Trust hasn't generated a normal quarterly profit since the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ousted Layton “Scooter” Stuart as CEO in September 2012. read more >

All's Quiet on the Acme Bankruptcy Front

The parent company of Mulberry's Allied Bank marked its second year in bankruptcy last month. read more >

St. John's Apartments Sells for $3.2 Million (Real Deals)

Originally led by David Henry, St. J Apartments Ltd. bought Westgate Apartments at 5001 W. 65th St. for $2 million in April 2007 and rechristened the project St. John's. read more >