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Marty Cook

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Marty Cook joined Arkansas Business in October 2013 after 19 years as an award-winning newspaper reporter. He covers the transportation industry and northwest Arkansas businesses.

Marty, a native of Shreveport, graduated from Missouri in 1993 with a bachelor of journalism. He, his wife and three daughters live in Fayetteville.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

PAM CEO's Salary Up, Overall Compensation Down

President and CEO Dan Cushman of PAM Transport Inc. of Tontitown received a salary bump in 2018 but his overall compensation was lower than the year before. read more >

CEO Erin Kiefer Proud to Follow Dad's Cart Path This article is available only in print.

Erin Kiefer knew in high school that she wanted to work at Assembled Products Corp. in Rogers. Why wouldn't she? Her father, Bill Sage, founded the company in 1983 after he invented a motorized shopping scooter that is now, along with its doppelgangers, found in grocery and retail stores nationwide. read more >

Marijuana Dispensary Trio Failed to Mention Family Tie

A Mayflower family that failed to acknowledge their relationship is at the center of an investigation and a lawsuit over the granting of licenses for three medical marijuana dispensaries in Arkansas. read more >

New Onboarding Process Keeps Walmart Trucking

When Walmart Inc. decided a year ago to expand its driver pool more significantly than it had ever done in the past, the question was whether it could bring enough drivers on board fast enough to accomplish what the company wanted with its fleet expansion. read more >

Refurbished Cedar Corner Purchased for $1.45M (NWA Real Deals)

Bapuji Vakkalagadda, through his VFAM Group Inc., bought Cedar Corner, a 20-unit apartment complex in Fayetteville. read more >

Highway Work Ahead, And It's About Time

The long-delayed Arkansas highway funding initiative moved along this week, passing a Senate committee with one official no vote. read more >

As Casinos Come to Arkansas, All Ships Look for Lift

Jim Shamburger owns the Best Western Winner Circle Inn just across the street from Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs. When Oaklawn announced in mid-November its plans for a $100 million expansion on site to include a 200-room hotel, an 28,000-SF casino and a 14,000-SF events center, Shamburger couldn't have been happier. read more >

Arkansas Big 3 Metros Power State Growth

The state of Arkansas had another strong job growth year in 2018, but almost all of it was centered on three main metro areas. read more >

In the Internet of Things, Many Things to Worry About

The convenience of computer networks and smartphones and data-sharing devices — the “internet of things” — can seem a godsend to those who appreciate the speed and ease of staying connected. For others, the all-inclusiveness of the IoT — eye-oh-tee, as most tech people say — means a constant battle for security. read more >

Bet on the Hogs? Soon, Sports Gambling Will Be Legal in Arkansas

Sports wagering is coming to Arkansas although its final form and true impact remain unknown. read more >