The Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Board have selected four outstanding business leaders for the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame class of 2023:
- Curt Bradbury, chief operating officer at Stephens Inc.
- E. Fletcher Lord Jr., chairman of the board at Bumper to Bumper/Crow-Burlingame Co. of Little Rock
- Judy R. McReynolds, chairman, president and CEO of ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith
- Ross M. Whipple, president and CEO of Horizon Capital Partners LLLP, president of Horizon Timber Services Inc. and chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Ross Foundation
“The newest Hall of Fame inductees elevate Arkansas as a pacesetter in the finance, auto parts, transportation, timber and investment worlds,” Matt Waller, dean of the Walton College, said in a news release. “These four leaders help distinguish Arkansas as the right place for business, community and innovation.”
The honorees will be recognized for their contributions to their respective industries and to the state of Arkansas in an induction ceremony at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock on Feb. 17, 2023.
Jason LaFrance, Walton College alumnus and president of Dale Capital Partners, chaired the selection committee of 11 business leaders who reviewed nominations and selected the inductees.
Criteria for selection includes the significance of the impact made as a business leader, the concern demonstrated for improving the community and the display of ethics in all business dealings. Living inductees must be over the age of 60.
The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is housed in the atrium of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development at the Walton College on the U of A campus in Fayetteville.