The Year in Executive Q&A: 2018

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 12:00 am   3 min read

Dear Readers,

As has become a tradition at Arkansas Business, subscribers — and there are more of you than ever — received the annual Book of Lists as the last issue of 2018. It is a compilation of the business data that we collected and ranked week after week last year. This week, in a somewhat newer tradition to start the new year, we have compiled the Executive Q&A features that we produced last year.

We approached executives from businesses large and small, nonprofits and even government agencies, and asked them to answer questions about their organizations, their industries and even themselves. This is not hard-hitting journalism — if we think someone needs that treatment, we certainly don’t invite him or her to participate in this feature. Instead, it’s a way for all of us — you and our reporting staff — to get better acquainted with the people, businesses and industries that make up the business community that is our common interest. These are people you buy from and sell to, or maybe you should. Or they may be your competitors, and there’s nothing more valuable than knowing what the competition is thinking.

The only thing I’m selling is newspapers, and I owe a big thank-you to the 51 men and women who participated in this feature in 2018. It is a compliment to Arkansas Business that they agreed to help make our publication more valuable to readers.

The Executive Q&A will continue throughout 2019. If you know of someone who would make a worthy subject, email me at

Gwen Moritz

Note: Arkansas Business subscribers can access these articles through this issue's digital edition.


Karen Whatley
State Medical Board Takes Great Pains to Keep Doctors Straight
Jan. 8
Chip Blanchard
How Community Banks Stay Centered at Home
Jan. 15
Carolyn Witherspoon
Protecting Employees a Work in Progress
Jan. 22
Louis Cella
Finding Himself on Familiar Turf at Oaklawn
Jan. 29


Laura Fine
Keeping Small Businesses from Missing the Market
Feb. 5
Erin Brogdon
The Intersection of Legal Work and City Connections
Feb. 12
Ben Goodwin
Nonprofits, Businesses Can Meet at Our House
Feb. 19
John English
No Cooling for College of Engineering
Feb. 26


Woody Wheeless
New Day Rising in West Memphis
Mar. 5
Emmanuel Gardinier
Plenty to See from Bentonville's 21c
Mar. 12
Jerry Webster
Nothing Flat for Little Rock Apartment Market
Mar. 19
Michael Griffin
Leading Fort Smith Regional After Wait in the Wings
Mar. 26


Adam Mitchell
Expansion in Arkansas Will Come Naturally
Apr. 2
Christopher Jones
Economic Dedication to Innovation Across Arkansas
Apr. 9
Jonathan Shively
Energy Efficiency Lasts Long After Builder Leaves the Frame
Apr. 16
Jane Hollansworth
New Kind of Resident Joins Retirees in Hot Springs Village
Apr. 23
Todd Herman
Community Engagement Exhibit A at Arkansas Arts Center
Apr. 30


Bess Heisler Ginty
Curbing Inattention with Intervention in the Arkansas Delta
May 7
Al Heringer IV
Finding His Star Route in Trucking
May 14
John Harris
Employees, Customer Service Keep Wheels Greased
May 21
Alese Stroud
Why Succession Plans Don't Have to Be a Hard Act to Follow
May 28


Kalene Griffith
Focusing Tourism Tactics at Leisure in Bentonville
June 4
Robyn Allmendinger
Prominent Profile Not a Thorny Issue at Rose Law Firm
June 11
Lee Watson
Supporting Startups Taking First Steps at Venture Center
June 18
Toyin Umesiri
Foreign Trade More Helpful than Foreign Aid
June 25


Terri Eastin
Keeping a Steady Course at Big River Strategic Initiative
July 2
Harold Perrin
Why Other Communities Are Trying to Keep Up With Jonesboro
July 9
Raymon Harvey
Questions to Ask Before Your Senior Years
July 16
Tim Hicks
Bank OZK's Branding Switch Proceeding OK
July 23
Jesse Core
Hard Work Keeps Core Brewing from Going Belly Up in Crowded Market
July 30


Michael Poore
While Local Control is Key, LRSD Superintendent Reaches Out
Aug. 6
Rodney Showmar
AFCU Competing Against More Than Just Other Credit Unions and Banks
Aug. 13
Nicki Hilliard
Recognizing Pharmacists as Providers Would Sweeten the Pill
Aug. 20
Matt Waller
Locking In on Blockchain a No-Brainer
Aug. 27



Laura Landreaux
Helping Power Entergy's Generation of Inclusion
Sept. 3
Joshua Brown
Successful Developments Raised by Wolves
Sept. 10
Randall Crow
Arkansas Can Claim Premium Asset
Sept. 17
Bill Halter
Why State Government Should Lighten Up on Solar
Sept. 24


Cam Patterson
Digital Health, Regional Campuses Parts of UAMS' Future
Oct. 1
Andrew King
Arkansas Judiciary in Class of Its Own
Oct. 8
Lieven Bertels
Taking The Momentary Leap of Creating
Oct. 15
Rosalyn M. Anthony
OCC Stays Charter Member of the Community
Oct. 22
Matt Troup
There's More Than Conway to Grow
Oct. 29


Brett Bray
'Good Balance' Won't Leave Arkansas, Canada Dry
Nov. 5
Donna Gray
Shedding Light on Consumer Credits
Nov. 12
Courtney Pledger
AETN's Contributions to Arkansas Culture Will Continue
Nov. 19
Cammie Hambrice
Selling Magnolia's Central Smell of Success
Nov. 26


Marsha Moffitt
Looking for Future CPAs Down for the Count
Dec. 3
David Porter
Energy, Technology Exemplify Design of the Times
Dec. 10
Patrick Schueck
Bracing for Labor Shortage, Embracing Tariffs
Dec. 17
Todd Gold
Still Hungry With Appetite for Instruction
Dec. 24




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