Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

July 21, 2014

Bank of the Ozarks Responds to 'Say on Pay' Vote

Bank of the Ozarks Responds to 'Say on Pay' Vote

Say-on-pay votes are not binding in the first place, and the vast majority pass, but say on pay is having an impact even for companies whose compensation packages get voter approval, and a perfect example is in Little Rock: Bank of the Ozarks Inc. read more >

NLR Sports Memorabilia Dealer John Rogers Sued for Missed Payment

A dispute over the $1.35 million acquisition of a treasure trove of historic Major League Baseball images recently took the field in Pulaski County Circuit Court. The heir and former keeper of the famed George Burke & George Brace Collection of photographic negatives sued North Little Rock businessman John Rogers and his Sports Card Plus Inc. read more >

Top Brands Fuel Tyson's Biggest Play

Tyson officially began the process of buying Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago on Wednesday, according to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. For Tyson executives, though, the chance to acquire Hillshire's enviable top-rated brands was irresistible. read more >

This Week's List

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon. read more >


Rank Name FY 2013 Net Income or Loss
1 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 15,918,000,000
2 Murphy Oil Corp. 1,123,473,000
3 Tyson Foods Inc. 778,000,000
4 J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. 342,000,000
5 Dillard's Inc. 323,671,000

Executive Q&A

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints). read more >

Spotlight: Public Companies

Bank of the Ozarks Responds to 'Say on Pay' Vote

Bank of the Ozarks Responds to 'Say on Pay' Vote

Say-on-pay votes are not binding in the first place, and the vast majority pass, but say on pay is having an impact even for companies whose compensation packages get voter approval, and a perfect example is in Little Rock: Bank of the Ozarks Inc. read more >

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon. read more >

Top Brands Fuel Tyson's Biggest Play

Top Brands Fuel Tyson's Biggest Play

Tyson officially began the process of buying Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago on Wednesday, according to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. For Tyson executives, though, the chance to acquire Hillshire's enviable top-rated brands was irresistible. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

The Home of Outrageous Service (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The Home of Outrageous Service (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Greg Hatcher has those words in big letters on the side of The Hatcher Agency in downtown Little Rock — “The Home of Outrageous Service” — and we all understand that he means outrageous in a good way, and anyone who has worked with his agency knows he means it. But last week, outrageous customer service took on a completely different meaning when a man named Ryan Block released a recording of his excruciating experience trying to cancel his Comcast service. read more >

Look Before You Leap (Heather Robinette Expert Advice)

Look Before You Leap (Heather Robinette Expert Advice)

Careful research and planning give a business its best chance for success and help ensure the venture will provide an adequate reward for the risk involved. Prospective business owners brimming with confidence may want to rush through this step. Don't do it. read more >

Better Words, Higher Prices (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

Better Words, Higher Prices (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

There's no shortage of promotional language in today's product marketing environment. We have all heard enough about “world-class,” “new and improved” and “killer,” have we not? The marketing world is filled with tired copycat words and phrases that fail to clearly differentiate one company or offering from others. The right words, however, can indeed help create significant and measurable value. read more >