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Gwen Crownover Moritz was born in Conway, reared in North Little Rock and graduated from Harding University at Searcy. She worked at the Pine Bluff Commercial, the Arkansas Gazette and the Nashville (Tenn.) Business Journal, with stints at the Tennessee Health Care Association and the Nashville Bar Association thrown in.

Moritz has been editor of Arkansas Business since 1999. She and her husband, Rob Moritz, have two sons. They live in North Little Rock.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Gary Rickenbach Offers Conditional Guilty Plea in One Bank Case

Gary Rickenbach, the former senior executive vice president of One Bank & Trust of Little Rock, offered a conditional guilty plea in federal court provided the judge agrees to sentence him to two years of probation. read more >

Georgia-Pacific's Crossett Mill On Front Line of Tissue Wars

Georgia-Pacific employs almost 3,500 Arkansans, including 1,500 in Crossett. Of those, more than 1,100 work at the paper mill. The plant runs constantly — four shifts working an average of 40-42 hours per week — in an industry that has emphasized sustainability for decades. read more >

Simmons Snags Arvest's Greg Martin as Top NWA Executive

Greg Martin, a senior vice president at Arvest Bank in Fayetteville, has been hired to succeed James Stobaugh as Simmons First National Bank's top executive in northwest Arkansas. read more >

The One-Way Test (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

At virtually every meeting, Rotarians recite “The Four-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do,” but I keep my mouth shut. I'm fine with the first two — Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? — because those are my personal and professional goals at all times. But the parts about building goodwill and friendship and being beneficial to all concerned — well, the things I'm paid to think, say and do don't always pass those tests. read more >

Harps Expands Amid Competition from Wal-Mart, Kroger, Others

Harps sold $708 million worth of groceries in the fiscal year that ended in August, enough to make it one of the 15 largest private companies based in Arkansas but a rounding factor for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., headquartered 18 miles away in Bentonville. read more >

New Holding Company Prepares Arkansas Mutual for Expansion

A.M. Best Co.'s succinct announcement that Arkansas Mutual Insurance Co. had achieved an A rating was the culmination of two years of work by the Arkansas-only medical malpractice carrier to get ahead of a changing market. read more >

Your Tax Dollars At Work (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

When I saw that Milligan had taken it upon himself to buy an online financial education program for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students, I immediately dismissed it as a political publicity stunt — the kind of thing he should have raised private money to do. After talking with him and his assistant chief of staff, Grant Wallace, for an hour, I still think so. read more >

You're Not From Around Here, Are You? (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Last week, the board of directors of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values met in Little Rock, and members of its North American chapter visited Helena and Clarksdale, Mississippi. Southern Bancorp of Arkadelphia, which is one of GABV's 27 member banks, hosted the tour. read more >

Simmons First Completes $21M Deal for Ozark Trust

Simmons First National Corp. announced Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Ozark Trust & Investment Corp. of Springfield, Missouri. read more >

First Bank Settles on New Name: Generations Bank

Harrell Bancshares Inc. of Camden announced Wednesday that it plans to rename its bank subsidiary from First Bank to Generations Bank. read more >