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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

House of Cards: How John Rogers Bilked Banks, Conned Collectors This article is available only in print.

Not many people know that John Rogers was a millionaire real estate investor before he began serious work building his sports memorabilia and photo empire in North Little Rock. That's because he wasn't. It's a big, fat lie. read more >

From the Fabulist Mind of John Rogers This article is available only in print.

The national publicity John Rogers created with his $1.62 million purchase of the crowned king of all Honus Wagner baseball cards in August 2008 was the one of the first opportunities he had to make himself look even more important and successful. read more >

Modern Storage Draws $3.3M Transaction (Real Deals) This article is available only in print.

Modern Storage Maumelle Blvd LLC, led by Keith Richardson, purchased its namesake at 9100 Maumelle Blvd. The seller is JWL I Ltd., led by William Titus. read more >

Dealership Acquisitions Fuel McLarty Automotive Group

Three years after returning home to Arkansas, Mark McLarty has assembled one of the largest auto dealership groups in the nation. read more >

Update: Heartland, Onebanc End 1Q in the Red

Two Little Rock lenders continue to battle through losses in search of a return to sustained profitability: Heartland Bank and One Bank & Trust. read more >

Crowne Plaza Hosts $13.5M Transaction (Real Deals)

Crowne Plaza Little Rock LLC, led by Wally Allen, sold the 244-room hotel at 201 S. Shackleford Road. read more >

WLR Office Building Attracts $3.2M Sale (Real Deals)

Normandy Place LLC, led by Max Mehlburger, purchased the Markham Executive Center at 10201 W. Markham St. The seller is Security Plan Life Insurance Co. of Donaldsonville, Louisiana. read more >

Little Rock Looks Up: 7 Downtown Projects Set to Open by Year's End

A flurry of behind-the-scenes activity indicates a restart is in the works for a key part of the Creative Corridor in downtown Little Rock. read more >

Gateway Retail Sale Tops $3.5 Million (Real Deals)

Gateway Village I LLC, led by Tommy Hodges, sold the 6 Bass Pro Drive project, home of David's Burgers, Hogman's Gameday Superstore and more. read more >

Chenal Commercial Attracts $4M Sale (Real Deals)

Beefam LLC and Bonerts MV LLC of Santa Ana, California, acquired the 7,457-SF project at 17701 Chenal Parkway, home to Pei Wei and Mattress Firm. read more >

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