Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

January 19, 2015

OREO ‘Cleansing' Helps Stabilize NWA Real Estate

OREO ‘Cleansing' Helps Stabilize NWA Real Estate
Ramsay Ball, a principal with Colliers International in Bentonville: “Northwest Arkansas was a speculative market, and everybody wanted to be a part of it.” | (Photo by Beth Hall)

When the real estate bubble popped in 2008, it popped big time in northwest Arkansas, which generated more “other real estate owned” than Little Rock. Now, sales and an improving economy are bringing calm to a market once noted for speculation. read more >

Creditors Urge Acme Liquidation, Auction of Allied Bank Stock

Three of the largest creditors of Acme Holding Co. want to see its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization converted to Chapter 7 liquidation. read more >

Banks Seek Court-Held Dennis Smiley Funds

Two of the remaining banks in the serial loan controversies of Dennis Smiley Jr. hold judgments against the former Arvest executive. read more >

Real Deals

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

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Executive Q&A

Phil Baldwin of Citizens Bank Says Nonprofit Experience Adds Perspective to Banking

Phil Baldwin of Citizens Bank Says Nonprofit Experience Adds Perspective to Banking

Phil Baldwin is the president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Batesville. Before joining Citizens Bank, Baldwin was president and CEO of CredAbility, a nonprofit credit counseling agency based in Atlanta. read more >

Spotlight: Banking & Finance

Banks Seek Court-Held Dennis Smiley Funds

Banks Seek Court-Held Dennis Smiley Funds

Two of the remaining banks in the serial loan controversies of Dennis Smiley Jr. hold judgments against the former Arvest executive. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

I'm Not Charlie (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

I'm Not Charlie (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Free speech in all its forms is a fundamental concept, especially for Americans whose culture has been sculpted by the First Amendment, and yet it can be very hard to grasp and even harder to live by. read more >

The Spirit of '86 (Jim Brown Jr. Commentary)

The Spirit of '86 (Jim Brown Jr. Commentary)

In 1986, something special happened: Politicians from both parties came together to defy special interest groups. They enacted tax reform that both met the liberal call for tax fairness along with the conservative call for a pro-growth tax code. It's time that today's political leaders catch the “spirit of ‘86” and do something similar. read more >

Keep The Quality In ‘Qualified' (Editorial)

Keep The Quality In ‘Qualified' (Editorial)

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan's decision to reduce the educational requirements for top officials in his office is disappointing. read more >