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Mark Friedman

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Mark Friedman has been with Arkansas Business since 2000. He also is an event photographer for Little Rock Soirée and occasionally writes columns about his daughter for Little Rock Family.

Friedman, who graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in history, covers health care and major Arkansas companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon Gets $25.6M Pay Package

C. Douglas McMillon, who became the president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville on Feb. 1, saw his total compensation skyrocket 168 percent to $25.6 million for the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31 as compared with the previous year. read more >

Central Arkansas Medical Centers Collaborate, Compete in Tight Health Care Market

Hospitals in central Arkansas must collaborate to survive, according to St. Vincent Health System President and CEO Peter Banko, who says he doesn't think Little Rock can support three hospitals. read more >

Landscape Project Gets Underway in Jonesboro

A landscaping project at an entrance to Arkansas State University at Jonesboro is expected to cost about $150,000 and be completed in about two months. read more >

More Million-Dollar Homes Sold in Pulaski County During 2013

Seven-figure home sales in Pulaski County saw a slight increase in 2013. During the year, 14 homes sold for $1 million or more, which compares with either 12 or 13 in 2012. read more >

Jonesboro Liquor Sales Up 5.26 Percent in 2013

Establishments in Jonesboro sold $8.2 million worth of alcohol in 2013, which was up $408,255, or 5.26 percent, over 2012's numbers. read more >

Lafayette County Treasurer Indicted for Stealing $162,000, Pleads Not Guilty

A federal grand jury has indicted the Lafayette County treasurer on two counts tied to embezzling at least $162,000 from the Lafayette County Treasurer's Office. read more >

Bank of Fayetteville Sues Dennis Smiley, Arvest Bank

The Bank of Fayetteville sued former banker H. Dennis Smiley Jr. of Rogers on Monday to collect nearly $480,000 owed for defaulted loans. It also named Smiley's former employer, Arvest Bank, as a defendant. Sources have told Arkansas Business that Smiley is facing a criminal investigation into allegations of loan fraud. read more >

Company President Ralph Bradbury Ruled Liable for Tax Bill

In a cautionary tale for other non-owner executives, a federal judge has ruled that Ralph Bradbury, former president of the defunct Continental Express of Little Rock, is responsible for an unpaid $750,000 payroll tax bill. read more >

Little Rock Low-T Clinics Servant Healthcare, Arkansas Urology Settle Case

A high-testosterone legal battle was settled Wednesday between low-testosterone treatment clinics in Little Rock. Servant Healthcare P.A. sued Arkansas Urology P.A. of Little Rock in February over the opening of Arkansas Urology's testosterone therapy clinic, Epoch Health – North Little Rock PLLC. read more >

Conway Regional Health System Still Mulls Affiliation Options

In October, Conway Regional announced it was exploring “potential strategic affiliation options,” including partnering with another health care provider or system. Conway Regional invited potential partners to offer ideas about different affiliation options. read more >