It’s an absolute pleasure to bring you the 29th class of Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honorees — men and women from around the state and a variety of industries who are shaping business, government and nonprofit work in Arkansas.
40 Under 40 has been a signature feature of Arkansas Business since 1994 for one reason: It allows us to introduce 40 impressive leaders who will give you confidence that our state is in good hands for decades to come.
This year was especially challenging for our internal selection committee, who had to sort through more than 600 pages of nomination forms and accompanying materials to arrive at the final group represented here.
What is the committee seeking? It’s a combination of factors: professional accomplishments and community service, certainly. But also the potential to do great things. Often, these are leaders who are just beginning to blossom; their greatest achievements lie ahead. In short, this is a group of outstanding individuals who bear watching.
We are mindful that Arkansas is much more than just Little Rock and northwest Arkansas, even though more nominees come from more populated places. In these pages, you’ll also see promising professionals spread from Newport to Pea Ridge, Stuttgart to Heber Springs, Pine Bluff to Jonesboro.
We also look for a variety of industries, and we look for diversity in gender and race. But above all, we look for leadership, an elusive character trait that never grows old and that will never go out of style.
The article you’re reading the profiles available below are just the first part of our 40 Under 40 celebration. Each year, we look forward to celebrating our honorees at a special luncheon, during which we hear inspiring stories from each and every member of the class. And as has been our post-COVID custom, anyone from anywhere in the world is able to buy tickets and join the party via our livestream. For more details, go to arkansasbusiness.com/40lunch.
Congratulations to each of our honorees. Here’s to a bright future.
2022 40 Under 40 Class
- Jim Adams, GAR-BRO Manufacturing
- Tawana Bailey, City of West Memphis
- Betsy Baker, Rose Law Firm
- Devin Bates, Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC
- Chad Brown, Circumference Group
- Jamelle Brown, First Orion
- Matt Buchanan, Bank OZK
- Rachel Bunch, Arkansas Health Care Association
- Kevin Chaloner, US Bank
- Brandy Cook Richard, Arkansas Department of Inspector General
- Scott Dews, First Security Bank
- Tina Fletcher, Fletcher Education Solutions LLC
- Scott and Jordan Franklin, Stratice LLC
- Jamie Fugitt, Apptegy
- Solomon Graves, Arkansas Department of Corrections
- Bryan Greathouse, Centennial Bank
- Buddy Harding, Carty & Company
- Sara Heck, WACO Title Company
- Amanda Henard, Unity Health
- Jeremy Hill, City Year Little Rock
- Zack Hill, Few
- Quincy Hurst III, Superior Senior Care
- Raymond Long, Big Brothers Big Big Sisters of Central Arkansas
- Stephanie Magnuson, Tyson Foods
- George Makris III, Simmons First National Corporation
- Carter Malloy, AcreTrader
- Malachi Nichols, ForwARd Arkansas
- Anand Patel, AAO Management Inc.
- Chris Pritchard, CWP Productions
- Alex F. Ray, Johnson Controls
- Sarah Riffle, Arkansas Foodbank
- Jacob Robinson, Arkansas Heart Hospital
- Lana Roth, Producer’s Rice Mill Inc.
- Chase Selby, CTEH
- Hallie Shoffner, SFR Seed
- Rachel Sims, SKN, Miller Marsh
- Chychy Smith, Arkansas Department of Health
- John Teeter, C.R. Crawford Construction
- Tusty ten Bensel, UA Little Rock
- Anthony Young, Southern Bancorp Community Partners