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America’s Car-Mart Adds Kenny Gunderman to Board

by Marty Cook 7/30/2014 2:42 pm

America’s Car-Mart Inc. of Bentonville adds Kenny Gunderman to its board of directors at the company’s shareholders meeting Wednesday.

Four Join List of 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas

by Gwen Moritz 5/26/2014 12:00 am

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $31.15 billion in their most recent fiscal years, and the price of entry to the list was $88.8 million.

Finding Truck Drivers Remains a Tough Job

by Marty Cook 5/12/2014 12:00 am

Driver recruiting and retention — we’ll lump them together as one entity — is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry. Recent federal regulations with strict guidelines regarding drive and break times only complicate trucking companies’ ability to attract and keep drivers, officials said.

Bank of the Ozark's $216M Acquisition Nears Its Summit

by George Waldon 5/12/2014 12:00 am

The pending acquisition of Summit Bancorp Inc. of Arkadelphia by Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock is heading into the station. Since the Jan. 30 announcement, the approval process has moved at a rapid clip.

15 Years Later, Shocking Markle Murder-Suicide Case Fades From View

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

But as the 15th anniversary of the deaths of John, Christina, Amy and Suzanne Markle nears, the only lingering attention comes from a handful of conspiracy theorists who insinuate — but never quite allege — that Bill Clinton or Jack and Witt Stephens may have been involved in the annihilation of the prosperous Little Rock family.

Oily Deals: Pattern Emerging in Questionable Arkoma Gas Transactions

by Wythe Walker Jr. and David F. Kern 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Jerry Jones has always pleaded innocent in the controversial 1982 Arkla-Arkoma gas deal, a deal worth at least $174.8 million when the final numbers were tallied last fall. This January, a ratepayers’ class-action suit declared the deal an insider’s rip-off for Arkansas gas consumers who got stuck with an $80 million overcharge bill that went straight into Jones’ bulging bank account.

Stephens Takes Second Helpings of Chuy's Mexican

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Warren Stephens has expressed confidence in the continuing financial success of Chuy’s Holdings Inc., owner of 46 full-service Chuy’s Mexican restaurants in 13 states, including an outpost at 16001 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock.

Proposed Change in State Securities Law Out of Step With Neighboring States

by George Waldon 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Arbitration clauses and courtroom avoidance are common in the securities business. That norm stands in contrast to a not-so-modest proposal by Stephens Inc. to go straight to a judge to rule on enforcement actions by the Arkansas Securities Department.

Rogue Broker at Stephens Inc. Caused Penalty, $1.9M Claim

by George Waldon 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Lost in the political fracas between the Arkansas Securities Department and Stephens Inc. is the event that started it all: a customer complaint against a former Stephens stockbroker, William Wayne LaRue.

Stephens Inc. Asks Legislators to Consider Changes to Securities Law

by Gwen Moritz 1/22/2014 5:10 pm

Stephens Inc. of Little Rock suggests changes to state law that would, among other things, move all state securities enforcement actions into the court system. The investment firm made its suggestions in a legislative hearing about its grievance against state Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure.

Lawmakers to Hear More in Abshure, Stephens Conflict

by Gwen Moritz 1/13/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure took heat from legislators for more than an hour last week, but threatening weather forced the Joint Performance Review Committee to recess before any other witnesses could be heard.

Big Investor Bets on Car-Mart’s Success

by Marty Cook 1/6/2014 12:00 am

Several analysts have downgraded shares of America’s Car-Mart Inc. after the Bentonville used-car seller reported quarterly earnings in November. But not all investors listen to analysts. One of the company’s major stockholders has purchased an additional 300,000-plus shares.

Teamsters Deal Brings Flexibility, Value to ABF

by Marty Cook 12/9/2013 12:00 am

While analysts say it will take awhile for ABF Freight System Inc. to fully realize the benefits of its five-year labor agreement with the Teamsters, the deal is already going over well on Wall Street.

State Securities Regulator Heath Abshure Disputes Ethics Complaint by Stephens Inc.

by Gwen Moritz 12/2/2013 12:00 am

Stephens Inc. of Little Rock has accused Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure of illegally steering more than $170,000 to his “favorite charities” and of retaliating when Stephens refused to make such a donation while negotiating a recent settlement.

FCC Approves AT&T's $780M Purchase of Alltel Assets

by Lance Turner 9/20/2013 4:15 pm

The Federal Communications Commission approves, with certain conditions, AT&T's $780 million purchase of the Alltel assets operated by Allied Wireless Communications Corp. of Little Rock.

Stephens Inc. Fined $25,000 by State Regulator

by Gwen Moritz 8/22/2013 4:23 pm

Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure fines Stephens Inc. $25,000 for failing to properly supervise agents who sold leveraged and inverse exchanged traded funds in 2008 and 2009.

Stephens Named Advisory Manager for Vanguard Fund

by Gwen Moritz 8/20/2013 9:10 am

Stephens Investment Management Group LLC, the Houston-based mutual money-management division of Stephens Inc. of Little Rock, has been hired as an advisor to the $11.4 billion Vanguard Explorer Fund.

Arkansas Ranked Twice in Forbes' Business List

by Luke Jones 8/9/2013 11:45 am

Forbes Magazine this week ranked two Arkansas regions on its list of "Best Places for Business and Careers."

Rockin' the Rock

by Staff 7/1/2013 12:01 am

The Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas presented the fourth annual Rockin’ the Rock silent auction, dinner and dancing at the Penick Boys & Girls Club. Almost Famous provided entertainment. Sponsors included Harriet and Warren Stephens of Stephens Inc., the Bailey Family Foundation, Mitchell Williams, tcprint and Glazer’s.

Tabriz 2013

by Staff 6/1/2013 12:01 am

Tabriz 2013 was a Moroccan-themed, two-night event that celebrated 50 years of the Arkansas Arts Center and raised more than $800,000 to benefit AAC art acquisitions and educational programs. The event began Thursday, May 2, with a Moroccan Market Silent Auction. More than 850 guests were in attendance, and the auction raised $93,000. Chaired by Kaki Hockersmith, the main event took place Saturday, May 4, and featured a Super Silent Auction, followed by a black-tie dinner with entertainment by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra String Quartet and Arkansas Festival Ballet dancers. Esteemed guests in attendance included well-known glass artist Dale Chihuly and his wife Leslie. The night concluded with a 50th Anniversary Ball Studio Party, during which 410 guests danced well into the night to the sounds of the Jump Street Band. Top-level sponsors included Dillard’s, Inc. and Harriet and Warren Stephens, Stephens, Inc.