The Year in Executive Q&A: 2020

The Year in Executive Q&A: 2020

Last week, on the final Monday of 2020, Arkansas Business subscribers received the 2021 Book of Lists, a compilation of dozens of the business lists we published in 2020 in a single, indispensable reference book for doing business in the Natural State. This week, we start 2021 by compiling another of our regular features: Executive Q&A.

Gwen Moritz, Editor

Week after week, we approach executives from businesses large and small, nonprofits and even government agencies, and we ask them to answer questions about their organizations, their industries and themselves. It is 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.

I owe a big thank-you to all of the executives who agreed to participate in this feature last year. It is a compliment to Arkansas Business — and to our audience — that they agreed to help make our publication more valuable to readers.

The Executive Q&A will continue throughout 2021. If you know of someone who would make a worthy subject, email me at



Candace Franks
Ownership Predictions in '20
Jan. 20





Jessica Flake Dearnley
Keeping Cash Flow Cure for Post-Pandemic
April 13


Tamika Edwards
Keeping in Step With Past Mentors
May 18


Frank Scott Jr.
How Little Rock Zoned In on Amazon
June 15

Curtis Barnett
Silver Linings Around Coronavirus
June 22



Pasha Ross Watson
Mena Value Above Average
August 24



Clint Rhoden
ATRS Course Outline Important
September 14

Rich Hillman
Taking Stock of Arkansas Agriculture
September 21

Brad Castor
Putting Partnerships On the Line
September 28


Steppe Mette
Finding Safety in Staff Members
October 5


Eric Munson
Bucking Fraud Trends
November 2

Susannah Marshall
Holding State Banks in Check
November 9

Alan McClain
Calculating Risk With Smart Tech
November 16

Scott Varady
Catering to Wide Market of Hog Fans
November 30



Susan Davenport
2020 One for the Books
December 7

Chris Cerrato
Evo Grows to Right Fit
December 14

Dr. Joe Thompson
Communication is Key in Conquering COVID-19
December 21