I often say that the No. 1 thing that interests Arkansas Business readers is OPM — other people’s money. Our news staff understands that the fundamental service we perform is compiling information to help business executives understand and navigate an ever-changing business environment.
One way we do that is by compiling data — lots of data. Last week, subscribers received the Book of Lists, which appeals to the part of the human brain that likes to see data organized and ranked. This week we present a different kind of information that appeals to the universal fascination with other people.
Exec Q&A has been a weekly feature in Arkansas Business since 2011. We approach executives from businesses large and small, nonprofit and even government agencies, and ask them to answer questions about their organizations as well issues in their industry. Sometimes we ask personal questions — a favorite is about educational mistakes.
This is not hard-hitting journalism. It’s just a way to learn more about the people, businesses and industries that make up our business community — things that help the Arkansas Business staff improve our product and things our readers can use to learn about the industries they sell to and buy from — and maybe a life lesson along the way.
The only thing I’m selling is newspapers, and I owe a big thank-you to the 51 men and women who answered questions for this project in 2017. It is a compliment to Arkansas Business that they have agreed to help make our publication more valuable to readers.
Executive Q&A will continue throughout 2018. If you know of someone who would make a worthy subject, I’m all ears. Email me at GMoritz@ABPG.com.
Gwen Moritz, Editor