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Banking on Opportunity: How Arkansas Institutions Saw Growth During the Great RecessionLock Icon

The global financial crisis that touched off the Great Recession of 2007-09 crushed hundreds of banks nationwide, but it rewarded a handful of well-capitalized Arkansas banks looking to grow. read more >
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Small Business

DD&F Consulting Group Names Susan Blair Principal

She brings more than 40 years of marketing and communications experience in the banking industry to the firm. read more >
Bank OZK branch location at 14825 Cantrell Road in Little Rock
Banking & Finance / Public Companies

OZK Proxy Numbers Shift After DivorceLock Icon

The number of shares owned by Bank OZK Chairman and CEO George Gleason changed after his 2020 divorce, according to company proxies. read more >
Windows were smashed Monday night at Bank OZK and other buildings on Capitol Avenue in Little Rock amid protests over police shootings of black Americans.
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Legal / Nonprofits / Real Estate

State Police Use Tear Gas to Break Up Protest at Capitol

Arkansas authorities used tear gas for the third night in a row Monday to disperse protests outside the state Capitol over the death of George Floyd. read more >
The $98.8 million Bank OZK headquarters in Little Rock is the largest office project under construction in Arkansas.
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Bank OZK Packs Little Rock With New Deposits

Bank deposits in Arkansas grew by 6.5% in the 12-month period that ended June 30, outpacing the national growth rate of 4.2% and topping $70 billion for the first time, according to data released in September by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. read more >
Construction continues last month on Bank OZK's $98.8 million headquarters in Little Rock.
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Stock Tumble at Bank OZK Attracts LawsuitsLock Icon

Bank OZK’s growing recognition as a lead player on the national commercial lending scene contributed to a burgeoning audience of investors. And that success also heightened the bank’s profile as a potential target of lawyers seeking to cash in on a class-action lawsuit on behalf of supposedly wronged investors. read more >
Banking & Finance / Public Companies

Bank of the Ozarks Plans Expansion in Ozark

George Gleason could have decided to put a new operations center for Bank of the Ozarks in many cities, from New York to California, and Texas or Florida. read more >
Tyson Foods Inc. Chairman John Tyson ranked No. 1 among executives at Arkansas’ publicly traded companies who used corporate jets for personal trips. President and CEO Tom Hayes ranked No. 3.
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In Personal Use of Company Jets, Tyson SoarsLock Icon

Arkansas Business reviewed proxy documents from 17 publicly traded companies based in Arkansas to report on those that offer executives the perk of using the company jet for personal trips. read more >
Banking & Finance / Public Companies

Bank of the Ozarks Exits Secondary Market Home Lending

Bank of the Ozarks of Little Rock confirmed Tuesday that it will stop originating home loans for sale on the secondary market, a line of business that had "operated at essentially break-even." read more >
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As Marijuana Industry Beckons, Banks Just Say NoLock Icon

On one side is a new industry desperately needing local banking services. On the other side are bankers salivating at potential deposits and fee revenue. Between them is a federal government that outlaws marijuana. read more >
Banking & Finance / Public Companies

Bank of the Ozarks Shareholders Like George Gleason Show

His skills with PowerPoint may be rusty, but Bank of the Ozarks chairman and CEO George Gleason's ability to lead Bank of the Ozarks to record earnings in 14 of the past 16 years helps build a mountain of goodwill. read more >