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Larry Wilson

Banking & Finance / Industry / Retail / Small Business

Bank and Credit Card Network Perspectives Needed on ‘Swipe Fees’ (Letters to the Editor)

Two Arkansas banking executives write in with feedback on the April 8 article, “Swiped Out: Card Fees Cost Arkansas Businesses $600M in 2022” read more >

3 Arkansas Banks Surpassing $1B in Assets

Organic growth, new branches and acquisitions are pushing Signature Bank, First Arkansas Bank & Trust and Anstaff Bank beyond $1 billion in assets. read more >
A Bank OZK branch in Houston, Texas
Banking & Finance

Bank OZK Spends Less to Make a Dollar

“Most banks with a good efficiency ratio focus relentlessly on controlling costs,” said George Gleason, chairman and CEO of the $27.6 billion-asset lender. “We take a different approach. read more >
Larry Wilson
Banking & Finance / Public Companies

CEO of First Arkansas Bank & Trust Receives Tampa Bay Trophy (Movers & Shakers)

Larry Wilson was recognized by Tampa Bay Defense Alliance for his extensive service to the Little Rock Air Force Base and the local community. read more >
(From left) Wayne Miller, executive director of the Venture Center; Mimi San Pedro, chief strategy officer for the Venture Center; and Larry Wilson, CEO and chairman of the board of First Arkansas Bank & Trust.
Banking & Finance / Small Business

Bankers, Fintech to Connect at August Summit

The conference, hosted by the Venture Center of Little Rock, aims to be a networking opportunity and a place for Arkansas fintech companies to showcase their products. read more >
Mark Wilson and Kim Cullum, who have been promoted to expanded roles at First Arkansas Bank & Trust
Banking & Finance

Mark Wilson, Kim Cullum Take On Expanded Roles at FAB&T

Wilson was named president of the Jacksonville-based bank, succeeding his father in the role. read more >
Davonte "Devo" Davis, sophomore guard for the Arkansas Razorbacks
Banking & Finance / Education / Media & Marketing

FAB&T Banks on DevoLock Icon

University of Arkansas basketball standout Davonte “Devo” Davis has been busy with his name, image and likeness sponsorships. read more >
The $74 million 338,000-SF Jacksonville High School opened to 1,100 students earlier this month.
Banking & Finance / Construction / Education / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Real Estate / Retail / Small Business

New Jacksonville Schools Propel Growth

Jacksonville is on the rise, and its schools are playing no small role in that. Replacing all schools in the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District is one way the district, carved out of the Pulaski County Special School District in 2014, is hoping to improve education in the community. read more >
A rendering of the Jacksonville High School, ranked No. 6 on the list of the 2018 largest commercial construction projects in Arkansas.
Construction / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Real Estate / Tourism

In Jacksonville, A New Cornerstone for Education, Economic Development

The $74 million, 338,000-SF Jacksonville High School that opened welcoming 1,100 students gives an obvious boost to the city's education sector. But economic developers also see it as key to growing business there. read more >
Larry Wilson
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Government & Politics

How to Grow Your Tax Dollars II (Larry Wilson Feedback)

Your state’s tax dollars are less than they should be. How is that? One simple reason is that, for years, our state Legislature has exempted credit unions from paying income taxes. read more >
John Rogers, a booking photo from Dec. 3, 2015.
Legal / Media & Marketing

Update: John Rogers Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

John Rogers of North Little Rock was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison by a Chicago federal judge who said the former sports memorabilia dealer and photo archivist was a threat to the public. read more >
Stamps and seals were among the items seized by federal agents during a 2014 raid on the North LIttle Rock business and mansion of John Rogers. The stamps and seals, gathered as evidence, were used by Rogers to add fake authenticity to bogus collectibles. The FBI believes Rogers returned to his old tricks to produce and sell counterfeit sports memorabilia and other collectibles before and after entering a plea agreement to wire fraud on March 7, 2017.
Banking & Finance / Legal / Media & Marketing

New Frauds Land John Rogers in PrisonLock Icon

Testimony at the Nov. 20 bond revocation hearing of serial fraudster John Rogers shed more light on new evidence uncovered by federal investigators. read more >
John Rogers may have a stay booked for him at the Federal Bureau of Prisons' 28-story MCC Chicago facility.
Investments / Legal / Media & Marketing

Rogers Goes to Jail to Await Fraud Sentencing

A federal judge in Chicago ordered that serial fraudster John Rogers be remanded to the custody of U.S. marshals. read more >
John Rogers may have a stay booked for him at the Federal Bureau of Prisons' 28-story MCC Chicago facility.
Legal / Media & Marketing

Mr. Rogers In Chicago: Can You Say Prison?Lock Icon

Instead of plea-reduced sentencing, John Rogers faces a bond revocation hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago for financially enriching himself through more illegal shenanigans. read more >
Michael Wingo of Federal Protection Inc. shows off an ITM outside Bear State Bank in Rogers.
Banking & Finance / Business Services

Arkansas Banks Sub ITMs for Tellers to Gain Competitive Edge

Several Arkansas banks are using interactive teller machines to offer extended hours and better service to their customers, grow their deposits and gain a competitive edge, especially in new markets. read more >
Larry Wilson
Banking & Finance / Real Estate

Update: First Arkansas Bank & Trust to Open Branch In Conway

First Arkansas Bank & Trust of Jacksonville enters Conway for the first time, purchasing a vacant bank branch at Hogan Road and Prince Street. read more >
Jay Barber, CEO of Southeast Capital & Finance, based in Searcy.
Banking & Finance / Construction / Energy / Investments / Manufacturing / Small Business

Searcy Energy Lender Southeast Capital Quietly on the Rise

Jay Barber has quietly built a national business as an energy banker in Searcy, but he’s not completely hush-hush. read more >
The photo archives built by John Rogers is touted as a $1 billion asset by some and a nonperforming one by its creditors.
Banking & Finance / Investments / Legal / Media & Marketing

New Offer Ready, But Will Money Materialize for John Rogers Collection?

John Rogers has been working closely with a would-be buyer of his former sports memorabilia and photo archive, according to a sworn deposition given by one of his many creditors. The proposal, $28 million in cash plus stock, is awaiting court review. It isn’t the first problematic business deal visited on Arkansas by Tim Holly and his Red Alert Media Matrix Inc. read more >
Banking & Finance / Real Estate

First Arkansas Bank & Trust Also Absorbing Bank Branches

Larry Wilson, CEO of First Arkansas, confirms his bank's purchase of old Simmons branch in Jacksonville. And he threw in a couple more for good measure: the former Metropolitan branches at the intersection of Highways 321 and 89 in Cabot and at Kiehl and Brockington in Sherwood. read more >
Larry Wilson
Banking & Finance / Education

UCA, First Arkansas Bank & Trust Announce Credit Card Affinity Program

A partnership between the First Arkansas Bank & Trust and the University of Central Arkansas Alumni Association is expected to provide scholarships to UCA students. read more >