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Johnelle Hunt, who co-founded J.B. Hunt with her late husband, will receive the Legacy of Leadership Award at the 33rd Annual Arkansas Business of the Year ceremony. 
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Johnelle Hunt to Receive ‘Legacy of Leadership’ Honor

Billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist Johnelle Hunt will be recognized as the Legacy of Leadership Award winner as part of the 33rd Annual Arkansas Business of the Year ceremony. read more >
J. Thomas May, chairman of Simmons First Foundation
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Tommy May Joins ALS Association’s Board

The ALS Association announced Thursday that J. Thomas “Tommy" May is one of four men joining its national board of trustees. read more >
J. Thomas May, chairman of Simmons First Foundation
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Never More Important (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

If you missed last Wednesday’s Arkansas Business of the Year banquet, you missed the feel-good event of the year. And I needed it. read more >
David Avery, vice president of corporate affairs for Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock, accepts the inaugural Olivia Farrell Gender Equity Leadership award from the Women's Foundation of Arkansas. He is joined by Farrell (left); Anna Beth Gorman, executive director of the Women's Foundation; and Mitch Bettis, publisher of Arkansas Business.
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Tommy May Gets 1st ‘Legacy of Leadership’ Honor; Garver, Blankenship Win Executive of the Year Awards

Dan Williams of Garver and Lynn Blankenship of Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic won executive of the year awards, and former Simmons First National Corp. CEO J. Thomas "Tommy" May was honored for his lifetime of leadership at the 31st annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. read more >
A change in ownership has led to an improved bottom line at the former Forrest City Bank, now named Armor Bank in a nod to the Waldrip family’s Armor Seed LLC.
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Armor Bank Moves Back Into the BlackLock Icon

The purchase and renaming of Forrest City Bank has given Nathan Waldrip an intensive education. read more >
Documentary maker Stanley Nelson
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Stanley Nelson Recognized at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (Movers & Shakers)

Stanley Nelson, the documentarian behind “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities,” received the Career Achievement Award in Documentary Film during the 26th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival earlier this month. read more >
Ryan Watley
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Ryan Watley Named CEO of Go Forward Pine Bluff

Ryan Watley is named CEO-elect of Go Forward Pine Bluff, a volunteer group backed by Simmons First National Corp. that aims to stop the city's population decline and bolster its tax base. read more >
The once-elegant Hotel Pines on Main Street in Pine Bluff is being tested for renovation. The nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising bought the property for one dollar, but has committed $300,000 for pumping out the basement, shoring up columns and fixing the roof to see if the hotel can be saved.
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Zombies Beware: Pine Bluff Is Rising

A growing army of developers and investors are on a mission of revitalization for the city of Pine Bluff. read more >
Tommy May
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Go Forward Pine Bluff Moves Toward Tax Votes

A plan to make major improvements to the downtown Pine Bluff area and enhance education is looking toward a sales tax to help fund its numerous recommendations. read more >
CHANGES: J. Thomas May’s (left) retirement as CEO of Simmons First National Corp. at the end of 2013 will elevate George Makris Jr. (right), longtime director and former beer distributor, to the top job at the venerable Pine Bluff bank holding company.
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Simmons First Execs See Compensation Boosts

Three of the five top executives at Simmons First National Corp. enjoyed double-digit gains in their compensation packages during 2013. read more >
Tommy May
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Classy Is as Classy Does (Editorial)

We’ll miss having Tommy May at the helm of Simmons First National Corp., but our state is richer for having seen the example of a true class act. read more >
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Simmons First National, CEO Stay Put in Pine Bluff

George Makris Jr. is a product of Pine Bluff, leaving his hometown only for college (a bachelor’s in business administration from Rhodes College at Memphis in 1978 and an MBA from the University of Arkansas in 1980) and for a four-year stint in Little Rock so that the youngest of his three sons could play tennis for Little Rock Central High. read more >
George Makris Jr., CEO-elect Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff
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Incoming CEO George Makris Jr. Plans to Tap Simmons First’s Big, New Markets

George Makris Jr., who has spent his career in his family’s Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship, is now CEO-elect of Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff. read more >
A slide from a presentation announcing the Tommy May Make A Difference Grant. Simmons First National announced the grant at its 2013 annual meeting, the last for May as company CEO.
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Simmons First Announces New Foundation Led by Tommy May

Simmons First National Corp. shareholders speeded through routine business at the annual meeting Tuesday night to concentrate on the upcoming changing of the guard. read more >