(501) 372-1443, ext. 272


Email


Bank of the Ozarks Inc., Home BancShares Inc., First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas Inc., Simmons First National Corp., Banking & Finance, Construction, Legal, Public Companies, Real Estate.

George Waldon

Senior Editor

send George news tips >

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

Familiar Face Leads Bank of the Ozarks In Carolinas

What began in 2001 as a one-woman loan production office in Charlotte, North Carolina, has blossomed into a leading franchise for Little Rock's Bank of the Ozarks. read more >

Future of Allied Bank Could Be Decided by June Ruling in Acme Case

Three of the largest creditors of Acme Holding Co. recently submitted briefs in support of converting the bank holding company's Chapter 11 reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation. read more >

Vantage Point Apartments Attracts $11 Million Sale (Real Deals)

A 228-unit apartment complex in Little Rock's Riverdale area tipped the scales at $11 million. read more >

Ridout Lumber Co. Rebuilds Revenue

The fortunes of Searcy's Ridout Lumber Co. and homebuilders are thoroughly intertwined. About 90 percent of sales at the 10-store chain can be attributed to its professional contractor clientele. read more >

Gleason: Record Loan Growth, Other Factors Boosted Bank of the Ozarks

Record growth in loans, unfunded loans and deposits helped return Bank of the Ozarks to its familiar road of record earnings. The company held its annual shareholders meeting Monday at the corporate headquarters in west Little Rock. read more >

Concerns Voiced About Red Alert Proposal in John Rogers Case

The $28 million cash offer to acquire the photo archives and sports memorabilia assets once owned by John Rogers has drawn objections and cautionary filings. read more >

Kohl's Store Rings Up $9 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

An 89,724-SF department store in Sherwood weighed in at $9 million. An 18,680-SF electrical subcontracting complex in North Little Rock shifted ownership in a $636,000 transaction. And an 8,316-SF commercial building in west Pulaski County changed hands in a $506,096 foreclosure sale. read more >

$5.1M Purchase Arrives At Westland Apartments (Real Deals)

A foreclosed apartment project in west Little Rock resold for $5.1 million. More than 600 acres and the Stone Links Golf Course in North Little Rock are under new ownership after a $1.73 million sale. And a 12.7-acre mixed-use tract in west Little Rock changed hands in an $850,000 transaction. read more >

Simmons First Proxy: Pay Rise for George Makris, Payments to French Hill in 2014

The compensation of the top executive at Simmons First National Corp. mushroomed by 135 percent in 2014, the year he succeeded J. Thomas May as CEO. read more >

Holiday Inn Express Visited by $6M Deal (Real Deals)

A 138-room hotel in east Little Rock weighed in at $6 million. A 50-room motel in southwest Little Rock changed hands in a $900,000 sale. And a 1,843-SF Little Rock liquor store rang up a $297,929 deal. read more >