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Kathy Armentrout Deck

Kathy Armentrout Deck

Director

Center for Business & Economic Research, Sam M. Walton College of Business University of Arkansas

Fayetteville

Economist Kathy Deck’s career has turned into something quite different from what she originally imagined.

“I pictured myself quietly sitting at my computer crunching the numbers,” Deck said.
Instead, she has become the face of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Although she still crunches numbers, Deck, 33, spends more time presenting those numbers in a public and understandable way, giving them meaning and context. She’s proud of all the center’s studies, but particularly so of the quarterly Skyline Report on the northwest Arkansas residential real estate market, commissioned by Arvest Bank Group Inc., and those that examined the economic impact of the Fayetteville Shale Play.

Asked her philosophy, Deck said, laughing, “My father told me not to be a shrinking violet.” But she added that she does believe in businesses — and people — having vision statements. “My vision is giving leaders good information so they can make the best decisions possible and then make us all better off. I try to spread good information everywhere I can.”

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June 10, 2025

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