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Grown-Up Money (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Nothing I’ve learned from nearly 19 years as editor of Arkansas Business resonates more than this: Wealth and the appearance of wealth are two different things. And yet we fall for appearances over and over again. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
Banking & Finance / Legal

Update: Dennis Smiley Sentenced to 97 Months, Restitution of $4.9M

H. Dennis Smiley Jr., the former bank president who pleaded guilty last year to bank fraud, was sentenced Thursday to 97 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release. read more >
Banking & Finance / Legal

Dennis Smiley Sr. Sued Over Loans Taken for Son’s Business

Community First Bank of Harrison sued Dennis Smiley Sr. last month claiming he owes nearly $250,000 for defaulted loans. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
Banking & Finance / Legal

Banks Seek Court-Held Dennis Smiley Funds

Two of the remaining banks in the serial loan controversies of Dennis Smiley Jr. hold judgments against the former Arvest executive. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
Banking & Finance / Legal

Cynthia Smiley Bankruptcy Case Could Be Closing Soon

It looks like Dennis Smiley Jr.’s wife’s $2.3 million bankruptcy case is coming to an end. read more >
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Tunnels, Dennis Smiley, John Rogers, Wal-Mart Kept Readers Checking Online

A tour of the hidden underground tunnels of Hot Springs was the most-read story on ArkansasBusiness.com in 2014. read more >
Martha Shoffner, ex-State Treasurer, walked away from a plea deal in favor of taking her bribery case to trial. (Photo by Mauren Kennedy)
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The Top 10 Business Stories of 2014

Politics, white-collar crime, banking acquisitions, Turner Grain and more. Arkansas Business recaps the top 10 stories from the year that was 2014. read more >
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Best Quotes of 2014

They said it: The best quotes of the year. read more >
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Dennis Smiley’s Wife Cynthia Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Cynthia Smiley, the wife of former Arvest Bank executive Dennis Smiley Jr., filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Thursday, listing $2.3 million in debts and $34,000 in assets. read more >
Banking & Finance / Legal

Harrison Bank Files Lawsuit Against Dennis Smiley

Community First Bank of Harrison files a three-count civil lawsuit against former Arvest Bank executive Dennis Smiley Jr. on Thursday. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
Banking & Finance / Legal

Court Formalizes Settlement With Banks Over Dennis Smiley Assets

Eighteen lenders were dismissed from the battle over assets once owned by former Arvest Bank executive Dennis Smiley Jr. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
Banking & Finance / Legal

In Lawsuit, Arvest Bank Seeks $467K From Dennis Smiley Jr.

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville has sued to collect more than $467,000 in delinquent debt associated with its former Bentonville market president Dennis Smiley. Arvest’s actions make it the 11th bank to file details of delinquent loan claims associated with Dennis Smiley Jr. The two lawsuits pushes the known claims against Smiley to about $2.5 million. read more >
Though Signature Bank has yet to lay claim to any of Dennis Smiley’s Arvest money, it has filed a collateral claim on Smiley’s 20 percent stake in HDS Holdings LLC tied to an unspecified September 2009 loan. His fractional HDS holding represents a 2.8 percent share of NWA Holdings LLC, which owns The Shoppes at Har-Ber Lakes in Springdale above.
Banking & Finance

Details of Delinquent Dennis Smiley Loans

Ten banks that loaned money to Dennis H. Smiley Jr. included details about their claims in court filings. Total outstanding on the 20 loans is nearly $2 million. read more >
The home of Dennis Smiley Jr. at 56 Champions Blvd. in Rogers.
Banking & Finance / Real Estate

First Security Bank Forecloses on Dennis Smiley Home

First Security Bank of Searcy files a foreclosure lawsuit on a $200,000 loan secured by Dennis Smiley’s home in Rogers. read more >
Gary Head
Banking & Finance / Legal

Gary Head: Smiley Told Me He’d Made Mistakes

Gary Head, chairman, president and CEO of Fayetteville’s Signature Bank of Arkansas, says he learned of the multimillion-dollar loan scandal involving Dennis Smiley Jr. in a phone call from Smiley himself. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
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Arvest Bank Settles With 18 Dennis Smiley Creditors

Arvest Bank of Fayetteville has settled with 18 of 20 creditors who loaned money to one of its former executives, Dennis Smiley Jr. Only First State Bank of De Queen, where Smiley’s namesake father is chairman, and Signature Bank of Arkansas in Fayetteville remain as possible claimants seeking money from Smiley’s Arvest Bank Group stock purchase and stock option plans. read more >
Banking & Finance / Legal

Arvest: Was Unaware of Agreement Involving Dennis Smiley’s Loan Collateral

Arvest Bank says it was unaware of documents purportedly signed by one of its executives that allowed Dennis Smiley to use his stock in an Arvest executive incentive account as loan collateral at First National Bank of Fort Smith. read more >
Ross Whipple, left, chairman and CEO of Summit Bancorp. of Arkadelphia, and George Gleason, chairman and CEO of Bank of the Ozarks of Little Rock, speak at a news conference detailing Bank of the Ozark's $216 million deal to buy Summit.
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Summit’s CEO Ross Whipple To Plant Big Stake in Bank of the Ozarks After Merger

When the acquisition of Summit Bancorp is completed later this month, Ross Whipple also will become one of the largest shareholders at Bank of the Ozarks Inc. of Little Rock. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
Banking & Finance / Legal

First Bank of Hampton Joins Line of Lawsuits Against Dennis Smiley

First Bank of Hampton joins the expanding roster of banks seeking to recover money loaned to Dennis Smiley, a former Arvest Bank executive who is under federal criminal investigation for loan fraud. read more >
Dennis Smiley, as a trustee of the Jones Trust of Springdale, participated in the March 2013 groundbreaking ceremony for the Webb Memorial Children Park on the campus of the Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary's in Rogers. Smiley resigned from the trust's board last month.
Banking & Finance / Legal

Trust but Verify (Editorial)

We don’t pretend to be bankers here at Arkansas Business — or lawyers, for that matter. We’re just journalists, paid to tell our audience information we can glean from events, statements, documents, interviews and direct observation. read more >