Wallace Fowler, who grew up in northeast Arkansas and became one of the state’s wealthiest businessmen and bankers, says his success came from hiring the right people and making sure customers are satisfied.
The chancellor's home on the University of Arkansas campus is getting an upgrade thanks to a hefty gift from its namesakes. Wallace W. and Jama M. Fowler of Jonesboro pledged $2.93 million to an effort to expand the residence, adding room to host large dinners, receptions and other special events.
The number of high-value mergers and acquisitions in Arkansas — those believed to be worth $9 million or more — dropped in 2013 to 73 compared with 80 in 2012. But the number of really high-value deals — those worth $100 million or more — jumped from 14 in 2012 to 26 in 2013.
Wallace Fowler and his wife Jama of Jonesboro have donated $5 million to the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation. Officials say the gift is the largest in Baptist Memorial Health Care's 101-year history, and that they will name the hospital's cancer center in honor of the Fowlers.
The Walton family is still the richest in Arkansas, with publicly disclosed stockholdings worth $132.76 billion as of Nov. 8. But below the top spot, Arkansas Business’ annual list of the state’s top stockholders has seen some changes and new names.
“Have you had enough? Are you ready to sell?” Johnny Allison’s friendly annual query of his friend and business mentor Wallace Fowler finally found a warm reception this year. That led to the $280 million sale of Liberty Bank to Home BancShares Inc. -- the largest in-state bank transaction in Arkansas history.
The sale of Jonesboro's Liberty Bancshares Inc. to Home BancShares Inc. of Conway caps a 31-year run in banking for Wallace Fowler, the chairman, CEO and leading shareholder of Liberty. Here are some highlights.
We’re quickly into Week 3 of the Pressbox Roundtable, and this week we welcome home George Schroeder of USA Today as our national guest. Also, ArkansasExpats.com editor and regular ArkansasSports360.com contributor Doc Harper sits in again, along with KABZ-FM, 103.7 The Buzz’s Justin Acri. Readers, join with the panel. Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the feature.
We’ve got lots to talk about this week, starting with that stunner at War Memorial Stadium.
The 14th annual Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches Arkansas Children’s Award Dinner honored Wallace Fowler and was held at The Peabody Little Rock’s Grand Ballroom. John Freeman, David Gearhart, Jim Guy Tucker and Leslie Wyatt spoke in Fowler’s honor. Presenting sponsors were Fowler Foods, Liberty Bank of Arkansas and Lindsey Companies.
The Walton Foundation was the Platinum sponsor.