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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

The Influencers: Darrin Williams of Southern Bancorp

As CEO of Southern Bancorp, Williams, 48, oversees blending the two worlds of a for-profit lender and a nonprofit community development financial institution. read more >

Memory Care Facility Visited by $14M Sale (Real Deals)

The 74-bed assisted living center in west Little Rock was bought by an affiliate of Mainstreet Health Investments of Carmel, Indiana. read more >

Most Simmons First Executives See Pay Drop in 2016

George Makris Jr., 60, chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corp., received total compensation of more than $2.4 million during 2016 — almost 22.4 percent lower than 2015. read more >

Bank of the Ozarks CEO's Pay Up 5 Percent in 2016

George Gleason, 63, chairman and chief executive officer of Little Rock's Bank of the Ozarks Inc., received total compensation of $6.2 million during 2016. read more >

Aircraft Interior Solutions Poised for Takeoff

A delayed passenger seat innovation is back on schedule to bring big expansion to Aircraft Interior Solutions of North Little Rock. read more >

Golden Bankruptcy Reveals Allcorp Deal

A possible bank stock sale and details of a legal settlement are part of the bankruptcy narrative in the 66-page Chapter 7 filed by Lex and Ellen Golden of Little Rock. read more >

$8.3 Million Transaction Calls on Barrington Hills Apartments (Real Deals)

The 232-unit apartment project in west Little Rock was purchased by PR Barrington Hills LLC of Wellington, Florida. read more >

Simmons Bank Buys Acxiom Building in Downtown Little Rock

Simmons Bank of Pine Bluff bought the 12-story Acxiom Building in downtown Little Rock, and Acxiom Corp. will move its headquarters back to Conway, where it was founded, the two companies announced Friday. read more >

Update: John Rogers Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Cites 'Greed'

John Rogers of North Little Rock, who federal prosecutors say defrauded investors by offering a phony Heisman Trophy as collateral for a $100,000 loan, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud. He says his motivation was "greed" and also admitted to selling inauthentic memorabilia. read more >

Auto Dealership Buys Surpass $41 Million (Real Deals)

Affiliates of Little Rock's McLarty Auto Group bought four auto properties from affiliates of Asbury Automotive Group of Duluth, Georgia. read more >

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