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Michael Accordino

Michael Accordino, 39

President

Amfuel

Magnolia

Professional achievements
• Acquiring Amfuel out of bankruptcy and turning the business around.
• Returning the business to profitability, creating hundreds of jobs in the community and improving the U.S. defense industrial base.

Community involvement
Volunteering at my children’s school; coaching my sons’ American Youth Soccer Organization soccer teams.

First job and lesson learned
“As an investment banking analyst, I learned the importance of checking work, communicating clearly and doing whatever it takes to get the job done.”

Professional inspiration
“Ability to reach the highest goals within my field while maintaining a healthy and balanced home life.”

Most fulfilling career moment
“Turning around Amfuel into a strong, viable vendor to the U.S. defense industrial base.”

Career dream as a child
“To work for myself.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“Workforce.”

Learning from a mentor
“I have been blessed with many meaningful mentors throughout my life. My mother was one of them, and she always told me, ‘If you don’t have a plan, you are part of someone else’s plan.’”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Never give up.”

Most valuable lesson
“Dream big. Anything is possible.”

Professional “aha” moment
“Realizing that I enjoy leading a company and thrive in an execution role.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“More business opportunities combined with a lively community.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“The people.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“Doing the same: Finding great businesses to acquire and turning them around.” 

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“Believe in yourself. Everything will be fine.”

How you define success
“Continuing to grow the business while having an active, balanced family life.”

One word to describe you
“Driven.”

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40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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