Presenting the 40 Under 40 Class of 2020: An Annual List of Rising Stars

Everything seemed so normal, months ago, when we put out the call for nominations.

But things were starting to feel ominous by the first week of March, when our internal committee sorted through hundreds of nominations and settled on the 40 members of this 27th class of Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honorees. Ultimately we had to cancel the photography sessions that would have produced a more uniform look for this feature. (Probably just as well. By April, the shutdown of barbershops and hair salons meant that even the young and beautiful were not looking their best.)

We also had to postpone our usual 40 Under 40 luncheon. That’s now scheduled for Wednesday, July 22, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Little Rock — Lord willing. But there was nothing keeping us from going ahead with the primary function of 40 Under 40: introducing Arkansas Business readers to 40 impressive young business and community leaders who will give you confidence that our state will be in good hands for decades to some.

When committee members dig into the stacks of nominations, we are looking for professional accomplishments and community service. We are also looking for the potential to do great things in the future. We keep in mind that Arkansas is much more than just Little Rock and Fayetteville, even though more nominees come from the places where more people live. In these pages, you’ll also see promising professionals from Cave Springs and Clarksville, Pine Bluff and Pocahontas, Sherwood and Stuttgart.

We also look for a variety of industries, and we look for diversity in gender and race — which has become easier than it was in the early years of this project. Above all, we look for leadership, that elusive character trait that never grows old and will never go out of style.

The luncheon recognizing this year’s honorees is open to those of us who never made the cut. For more details, go to

Gwen Moritz

Ana Aguayo

Jimmy Anthony

Chris Beaty

Graycen Colbert Bigger

Tim Bowen

Luke Brown

Alisha Curtis

Josh Davenport

Christopher Dickie

Will Gladden

Heide Harrell

Ben Haynes

Adam Head

Brad Henry

Reggie Hill

Eric Hurley

Kristen Kennon

Arnoud Krijt

Dr. Brooksheild Laurent

Miguel Lopez

Eric Mangham

Shaun Mayo

Julie McCallister

Rachael McGrew

Robert Moery

Sarah Moore

Cliff Mullis

Amanda Nipper

Marquita Little Numan

Antwan Phillips

Austin Porter III

Lane Pruitt

John Rainwater

Daniel Robinson

Joe Rollins

April Seggebruch

Greg Sorenson

Steve Sparks

Lee Strother

Shayla Teater