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Arkansas’ Biggest Deals in 2023 Total $29B

The No. 1 deal was Nippon Steel’s planned $14.9 billion purchase of U.S. Steel. read more >
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Pleasant Valley Country Club: Watershed Little Rock Land Deal Nears 65th Anniversary

The land sale was considered a showstopper at the time. Prominent businessmen of the day were on both sides of the transaction, which helped shape west Little Rock and produced significant redevelopment ripples elsewhere in the state capital. read more >
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Arkansas Bar Association Names Leah Donovan Director of Government Relations (Movers & Shakers)

She previously was a legislative analyst for the Arkansas House of Representatives. read more >
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Keeping Up the Capital: Little Rock’s Historic Hotel Gets $3M FaceliftLock Icon

The $3 million project now in progress will repair segments of the west wall built in the 1870s. read more >
Banking & Finance / Investments

Asset Ascent: Three Investment Firms See 40%+ Asset Growth

The biggest of the bunch is Legacy Capital Wealth Partners (No. 7), which nearly doubled its $560 million total in 2022. The Little Rock firm’s almost 82.5% climb propelled it beyond $1 billion this year. read more >
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Public Pensions, Private Equity: ATRS and APERS Exceed Targets with Diverse InvestmentsLock Icon

Both systems, the state’s largest pension funds, exceeded their goals for returns after a dismal fiscal 2022, and both also have new leaders fresh out of state agencies. read more >
Banking & Finance / Manufacturing / Retail

3 Hired at Sowell Management of Little Rock (Movers & Shakers)

Kendraya Dewberry, Jason Lester and Campbell Woods will join Sowell Management read more >
Government & Politics / Investments

Leigh Ann Biernat Named Next Head of Stephens Public Finance

She follows Dennis Hunt, who is retiring at the end of the year after leading the public finance practice since 2015. read more >
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Stephens Family Gives $25M to Episcopal Collegiate School

The Harriet and Warren Stephens Family Foundation is giving $25 million to support Episcopal Collegiate School. read more >
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First Community Bank Promotes Michelle Reesor to Executive VP, Chief Risk Officer (Movers & Shakers)

She will oversee the bank’s risk management function, strategic planning, project management, bank acquisitions and policy formulations. read more >
Banking & Finance / Investments

Peter Grant Joins Stephens’ Investment Banking Division

He has more than 24 years of experience in investment banking focused on the software industry. read more >
Insurance

Stephens Insurance Hires Mark Green to Expand Cyber Risk Practice

Green joins Stephens Insurance from insurance broker McGriff Seibels & Williams Inc. of Birmingham, Alabama. read more >
Insurance

Rich Krutsch Joins Stephens Insurance

Prior to joining Stephens Insurance, he was vice president of people services at ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith. read more >
Energy / Real Estate / Transportation

Robert Geary Appointed Controller of Sowell Management (Movers & Shakers)

He was previously controller of Coulson Oil Co. of Little Rock. read more >
Investments

A Transformed America’s Car-Mart Rides Out the Squeeze

Despite challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company's decision to upgrade their online loan origination system has given them a leg up over their competitors. read more >
Investments

Brian Emison Named Senior VP of Operations at FNBC of Ash Flat (Movers & Shakers)

He has also joined the bank’s senior management team. read more >
Construction / Energy / Investments

Greg Lewis Appointed Chief Deposit Officer at Encore Bank (Movers & Shakers)

Lewis fills the newly created position to oversee the bank’s deposit growth strategy. read more >
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Andrew ‘Vu’ Ritchie Joins Stephens as Policy Adviser

He joins Stephens after a decade of legal and advisory work, mostly in Arkansas’ executive and legislative branches read more >
Investments

Brad Tottle Joins Stephens’ Fixed Income Team

Tottle comes to Stephens after spending more than 23 years with Raymond James, where he held leadership roles in institutional trading, fixed income and capital markets. read more >
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UA System Board Votes Against University of Phoenix Deal

At a special meeting, trustees voted 5-4 against a resolution supporting the deal, with one trustee abstaining. But that doesn't mean the deal is dead. read more >