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Johnelle Hunt to Receive ‘Legacy of Leadership’ Honor

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Billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist Johnelle Hunt will be recognized as the Legacy of Leadership Award winner as part of the 33rd Annual Arkansas Business of the Year ceremony

Hunt, who co-founded J.B. Hunt with her late husband, is the third Legacy of Leadership Award recipient in history. She joins former Simmons Bank executive Tommy May (2019) and KFC franchisee and banker Wallace Fowler (2020).

Hunt, recognized on Forbes’ list of billionaires with a net worth of $3.3 billion, remains the largest individual shareholder of J.B. Hunt, the Lowell-based trucking and transportation company. She also has real estate holdings and a number of other business ventures and has been instrumental in the growth of northwest Arkansas, particularly along the Interstate 49 corridor. 

Get Tickets: You can purchase tickets right now at ArkansasBusiness.com/ABOY.

“Johnelle Hunt is an icon of Arkansas business, a groundbreaker for women everywhere and one of the savviest business professionals in the country,” Arkansas Business Publisher Mitch Bettis said. “We’re honored to recognize her for a lifetime of exceptional success, philanthropy and leadership — all of which has helped make Arkansas a better place to do business.”

Arkansas Business will honor Hunt and the Arkansas Business of the Year finalists at a one-of-a-kind, multi-platform awards ceremony with live audiences and two stages from 7-9 p.m. March 3 inside the Robinson Center ballroom and the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock. The ceremony will also be broadcast live online to other ticket holders.

Finalists and winners were selected by an outside panel of judges made up of previous award winners. Arkansas Business of the Year awards will be distributed in seven categories, including Business Executive of the Year and Nonprofit Executive of the Year. 

The event will also honor winners of the Arkansas Community Foundation Smart Corporate Giving awards.

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