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Gwen Moritz

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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

Mary Beth Brooks: Farmers & Merchants' Offer a 'Surprise' But Made Sense

Selling the Bank of Fayetteville wasn't urgent, CEO Mary Beth Brooks said Friday morning, but after Farmers & Merchants Bankshares of Stuttgart expressed an interest, the deal made a lot of sense. read more >

A Depressing Motivator (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Chances are students aren't being taught good economics principles at home. Their parents very likely don't understand money — and this is true even of parents who have adequate income. If parents don't budget, don't plan, don't prioritize, then children don't even know that they should — much less how to do it. Many families never discuss money with their children, even though money is a factor in virtually every facet of family life and the root of much household stress. read more >

Former El Dorado Broker John L. Hill Barred From Industry for 18 Months

A former El Dorado stockbroker, John Lathern Hill, has agreed not to work in the securities industry in Arkansas for at least 18 months after regulators found that he had been making trades for other people while he was unregistered. read more >

ABC Financial Lays Off 42

ABC Financial of Sherwood, the contract billing subsidiary of Jim Bottin Enterprises Inc., has laid off 42 employees after hoped-for business failed to materialize, its CEO confirmed. read more >

Victor, Spoils, Etc. (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The way Robert Stebbins' job termination as sales director for the Arkanas Scholarship Lottery went down, both on the part of the lottery and then by the under-reported, overplayed articles that appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, was astonishing. read more >

Bank Name Bingo (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Consolidation came first, but it was really the financial crisis of 2008 — or, more specifically, the expensive regulatory fallout of the crisis — that created a rush to rename banks. In the current environment, banks have to either acquire or be acquired. And banks that want to be acquirers need names that aren't too geographically specific. read more >

Federal Prosecutors Sue Scooter Stuart's Estate, Family Trusts

The lawsuit is the latest in a cascade of civil and criminal cases alleging widespread and long-term fraud by Stuart and other executives of One Bank & Trust and its holding company. read more >

Wal-Mart's Job 1 (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

When Wal-Mart announced in February that it would raise the hourly pay of its lowest-paid employees to at least $10 within the following 12 months, I thought the company had finally decided its Everyday Low Price strategy might not be the be-all and end-all at Wal-Mart going forward. read more >

Cable TV Adapting To New Realities

Sixty-seven years after its almost simultaneous development in Oregon, Pennsylvania and Arkansas, cable TV is old-school. The industry and business plan that Arkansas helped create are under pressure from then unimaginable competitors, and the infrastructure developed to deliver a broad menu of programming is being converted to other uses. read more >

Bear State to Buy Missouri Bank for $70M

Bear State Financial Inc. of Little Rock, the publicly traded holding company for Bear State Bank, announced Monday that it will pay $70 million for a bank in Springfield, Missouri. The deal will push Bear State's asset base to about $2 billion and expand its network to 55 branches. read more >