Arkansas Business City of Distinction 2011

The Sam M. Walton College of Business established the first Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in 1999 recognizing Arkansans - by birth or by choice - who have been successful business leaders. The Hall of Fame is designed to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of business leaders who have brought lasting fame to Arkansas. For more information or to nominate someone for the honor, please visit the official website.

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UA Business Hall of Fame 2015: Al Bell

Throughout his career, Al Bell has been considered a visionary, a seer, an icon, a music mogul, a communications and entertainment maverick and a legend, which is how most people throughout the industry view him today. read more >

UA Business Hall of Fame 2015: Stephen L. LaFrance Sr.

Twenty-six dollars went a lot farther in 1968 than it does today. Even then, that was a small amount for a business to take in on a single day. But $26 is exactly what Stephen L. LaFrance Sr. put in the cash register on his first day in business at the pharmacy at Gibson's Department Store in Pine Bluff. From that rather modest beginning, LaFrance built that single drugstore into USA Drug, which grew to be the largest privately owned chain of drugstores in the United States. read more >

UA Business Hall of Fame 2015: Millie Ward

Millie Ward is at the center of things. As president and co-founder of Stone Ward, a full-service advertising agency with offices in Little Rock and Chicago, she is at the center of the group's ethos of intelligent thinking, committed service and creative drive. read more >

UA Business Hall of Fame 2015: Donald E. “Buddy” Wray

In early 1965, Buddy Wray moved to Tyson's first Springdale processing plant and began managing both plants. He was still sales manager too. As the business grew, Wray was an integral part of expanding it into cut chicken parts, deboned chicken meat and one of Tyson's early expansions into the Cornish game hen business. That was the beginning of Tyson's sales and marketing as we understand it today. read more >