Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

March 20, 2017

Arkansas Business Presents The Influencers

Arkansas Business Presents The Influencers

Meet five leaders in business and education who are influencing their industries, their communities and the future of Arkansas. read more >

Weight-Loss Surgery Arrives at Arkansas Heart Hospital

The Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock recently began offering weight-loss surgery as a way to fight heart disease and rising obesity rates in Arkansas. read more >

Three Women Take Charge at Log Cabin Democrat

Cynthia Crabb, Betsey Barham and Kelly Sublett took over officially last week as the Log Cabin Democrat, Conway's daily newspaper, dispensed with having a publisher. read more >

Real Deals

A look at important real estate deals & transactions in Pulaski County.

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Outtakes

A weekly column on local media & marketing news and notes.

Whispers

CARTI Reports Bigger Loss Than Expected

CARTI Reports Bigger Loss Than Expected

As CARTI works through its financial issues, the Little Rock cancer treatment organization recently posted wider than anticipated losses for the first two quarters of its fiscal year. read more >

Executive Q&A

Central Arkansas Water CEO Tad Bohannon Keeps Ratepayers Tapped In

Central Arkansas Water CEO Tad Bohannon Keeps Ratepayers Tapped In

After practicing law for more than 20 years, Tad Bohannon was unanimously appointed CEO of Central Arkansas Water in January 2016. CAW, the state's largest public drinking water system, has an annual operating and capital improvement budget exceeding $64 million. read more >

Spotlight: The Influencers

Arkansas Business Presents The Influencers

Arkansas Business Presents The Influencers

Meet five leaders in business and education who are influencing their industries, their communities and the future of Arkansas. read more >

The Influencers: Laurence Alexander of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The Influencers: Laurence Alexander of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor Laurence Alexander, who took over Arkansas' only historically black state school in 2013, sees it as a bright spot in Jefferson County and beyond, as well as an economic engine. read more >

The Influencers: Jeff Long of the University of Arkansas

The Influencers: Jeff Long of the University of Arkansas

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long is a driven man, so it's a bit of a surprise when his voice catches while talking about how much sports mean to him. read more >

The Influencers: Judy McReynolds of ArcBest Corp.

The Influencers: Judy McReynolds of ArcBest Corp.

Judy McReynolds has never spent much time thinking about her next rung on the corporate ladder. That professional outlook has certainly paid off for McReynolds, who used her brainpower and people skills to rapidly advance in the corporate world. read more >

The Influencers: Michael Poore of the Little Rock School District

The Influencers: Michael Poore of the Little Rock School District

It's probably best to be an optimist if you want to lead the Little Rock School District. By that measure, Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key made the right choice last April in selecting Mike Poore as superintendent of the state's biggest — and long-troubled — school district. read more >

The Influencers: Darrin Williams of Southern Bancorp

The Influencers: Darrin Williams of Southern Bancorp

As CEO of Southern Bancorp, Williams, 48, oversees blending the two worlds of a for-profit lender and a nonprofit community development financial institution. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

World-Class Rationalization (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

World-Class Rationalization (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

One afternoon provided two exercises in compartmentalization: Richard Johns' plea agreement and the indictment of former state Sen. Jon Woods and Oren Paris III. read more >

Get Moving, Fort Smith (Feedback)

Get Moving, Fort Smith (Feedback)

My wife and I traveled to Bentonville to attend the “G60 Pitch Contest,” and I posed the question, “Why don't we have something like this in Fort Smith?” We can't allow our region to continue to talk about these issues without spurring a call-to-arms. read more >

Stop Payday Lending – Again (Editorial)

Stop Payday Lending – Again (Editorial)

Arkansans have repeatedly affirmed at the ballot box that they oppose predatory lending, but two state legislators are trying to make it easier for predatory lenders to operate. read more >

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