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Biggest Deals of 2019 See Values Plummet 85%

The value of big deals in Arkansas plummeted 85% in 2019 compared with the previous year, dropping to $7.9 billion compared with a stratospheric $53.9 billion in 2018. read more >
Banking & Finance

Simmons Bank Opens Third Branch in Fayetteville

Simmons Bank of Pine Bluff has opened a third branch in Fayetteville, at 2025 Crossover Road. read more >
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Simmons Bank Drops National, Applies for State Charter

Simmons First National Bank of Pine Bluff, the largest national bank chartered in Arkansas, filed a conversion application with the Arkansas State Bank Department. read more >
Bank of the Ozarks is in mid-leap to vault well beyond the $10 billion mark this year thanks to a pair of pending acquisitions led by its chairman and CEO, George Gleason.
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Big Arkansas Banks Gear Up For $10B Threshold

Not long ago, crossing the $10 billion-asset threshold for a bank was merely a big round-number achievement. Now, however, banks surpassing $10 billion in assets face additional costs, fee restrictions and new layers of regulatory oversight. read more >
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Simmons Bank Names New VP

Christi McGeorge Pittman of Little Rock has joined Simmons First National Bank as vice president of wealth management/employee benefits. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry

Agriculture Summit to Highlight Farm Economy, Weed Management

An agricultural summit sponsored by Simmons First National Bank will take place Jan. 20 at Dumas, featuring several agricultural experts. read more >
Greg Martin
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Simmons Snags Arvest’s Greg Martin as Top NWA Executive

Greg Martin, a senior vice president at Arvest Bank in Fayetteville, has been hired to succeed James Stobaugh as Simmons First National Bank's top executive in northwest Arkansas. read more >
Rodney West
Banking & Finance

Rodney West to Take Over for Mike Flynn as Simmons Fort Smith President

Rodney West has been named Fort Smith community president for Simmons First National Bank, the bank announced Thursday. West will replace Mike Flynn when Flynn retires at the end of the year. read more >
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Deposits Grow as Number of Arkansas Banks Shrinks

Bank deposits in Arkansas grew by 5 percent in the 12 months that ended June 30, according to the annual summary of deposits released Sept. 28 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., a pace somewhat slower than the 5.4 percent growth in bank deposits nationally. read more >
This former Simmons Bank location at 14220 Cantrell Road is slated to become the third Little Rock branch of Relyance Bank.
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Relyance Bank To Add New Little Rock Location in 2016

Relyance Bank of Pine Bluff is gearing up for its third Little Rock branch, a 2,656-SF office at 14220 Cantrell Road. read more >
Rosalind M. Mouser
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Simmons First National Bank Names New VP

Rosalind M. Mouser of Pine Bluff has joined Simmons First National Bank as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. read more >
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David Bartlett to Retire from Simmons; Ledbetter, Others Promoted

David Bartlett will retire in January as president of Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff, and Barry Ledbetter will assume his duties as chief banking officer of Simmons First National Bank. read more >
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Farmland, Retail Property Highlight Recent Million-Dollar Deals in Lonoke County

Farmland in south-central Lonoke County and a 6.7-acre office-retail development in Cabot compose our tandem of million-dollar transactions. read more >
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Eagle Bank’s Jeff Lynch Takes Seat on Federal Reserve Council (Movers & Shakers)

Jeff Lynch, president and CEO of Eagle Bank & Trust in Heber Springs, has been appointed to a three year term on the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. read more >
O.D. Funk Manufacturing sheet metal facility in North Little Rock.
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NLR Manufacturer Files for Chapter 11

O.D. Funk Manufacturing Inc. of North Little Rock, which has been in business since 1976, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. read more >
George Makris
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Simmons First Completes Missouri, Tennessee Aquisitions

The acquisition of Liberty Bank of Springfield, Missouri, and First State Bank of Union City, Tennessee, pushes the holding company's assets to $7.6 billion. read more >
Ramsay Ball, a principal with Colliers International in Bentonville: “Northwest Arkansas was a speculative market, and everybody wanted to be a part of it.” | (Photo by Beth Hall)
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OREO ‘Cleansing’ Helps Stabilize NWA Real Estate

When the real estate bubble popped in 2008, it popped big time in northwest Arkansas, which generated more “other real estate owned” than Little Rock. Now, sales and an improving economy are bringing calm to a market once noted for speculation. 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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Central Bank Eyes Simmons Midtown Branch; Benefit Bank Plans Full Service in Springdale

A 2,647-SF Little Rock branch marked for sale by Simmons First National Bank of Pine Bluff is in the process of changing hands. read more >
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David Bush Joins BancorpSouth As Senior Vice President (Banking Movers & Shakers)

David Bush, formerly senior vice president and commercial lending manager at Delta Trust & Bank, has joined the staff of BancorpSouth in Little Rock as SVP. read more >