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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

Bank of Augusta Adopts New Name: RiverWind

The 80-year-old bank with $85 million in assets announced Tuesday that, effective Sept. 14, it will be RiverWind Bank. read more >

First National Bank of Lawrence County Bilked of at Least $3.9M

First National Bank of Lawrence County has been the victim of a fraud valued at approximately $3.9 million, President and CEO Milton Smith has acknowledged. read more >

Sins of Commission And Omission (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Waiving his right to be indicted by a federal grand jury and pleading guilty has made Dennis Smiley Jr.'s prosecution faster and cheaper for all concerned, but it also means that there are a lot of things we'll probably never know about his crimes. read more >

‘Living Beyond His Means' Catches Up With Dennis Smiley Jr.

Henry Dennis Smiley Jr. — the Jr. matters in this case — pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of bank fraud. But the plea agreement identifies 23 banks as his victims, and that doesn't include Arvest Bank, which had trusted him to be president of its Benton County market. read more >

At the Martha Shoffner Sentencing, Questions Over 'Benefit,' Jurisdiction

Prosecutors scored point after point Friday, but U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes sentenced former State Treasurer Martha Shoffner to 30 months in federal prison — less than half the time that the U.S. Attorney's office sought. read more >

Jeff Gardner Has New Job, Named CEO of Monitronics International

The former CEO of Windstream Holdings has been named CEO of Monitronics International, the home security alarm monitoring company based in Dallas. read more >

Insurance Hikes Through State Marketplace Top Out at 7 Percent

Health insurance plans sold to Arkansans through the health insurance marketplace will increase in cost by no more than 7.15 percent next year, according to the Arkansas Insurance Department. read more >

Correlation ≠ Causation (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

American Banker published last week a thought-provoking article by Victoria Finkle headlined “Is Dodd-Frank Really Killing Community Banks?” I'm not one of those old-school editors who object to questions as headlines — we use them in Arkansas Business and no apologies — and the question intrigued me. Have I been suckered? read more >

First Community of Batesville Reaches $1 Billion Mark

First Community Bank of Batesville reached $1 billion in assets on July 31, four days before its 18th birthday, Chairman and CEO Dale Cole announced. read more >

Securities Department Issues Third Order Against Timothy Lilly

A Mayflower man with a history of problems with state regulators is the subject of a cease-and-desist order issued Thursday by Arkansas Securities Commissioner Edmond Waters. read more >