University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame

The Sam M. Walton College of Business established the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame to recognize Arkansans - by birth or by choice - who have been successful business leaders. The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is designed to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of business leaders who have brought lasting fame to Arkansas. 

Now Accepting Nominations


Thank you to all who supported the 2016 Arkansas Business Hall of Fame induction event, especially our sponsors and media partners!

And now we need your help to identify the next class of inductees. Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2017 class of the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame. Please see below for selection criteria and a nominations form. For consideration for the 2017 class, nominations are due no later than July 15. Please contact or (479) 575-6146 with any questions. 

Selection Criteria Nomination Form

2016 Inductees

William Dillard II

William T. Dillard II

Dillard's Inc.
Little Rock, Arkansas

George Mitchell

George K. Mitchell

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield 
Little Rock, Arkansas

Winthrop Rockefeller

Winthrop Rockefeller

(1912 - 1973)
Former Governor of Arkansas
Winrock Farms
Little Rock, Arkansas

Patricia Upton

Patricia P. Upton

Aromatique Inc.
Heber Springs, Arkansas

2016 Sponsors


  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Arvest Bank
  • Dillard's, Inc.
  • The Family of Winthrop Rockefeller


  • Aromatique, Inc.
  • Simon Property Group


  • Acxiom Corporation
  • Arkansas Good Roads Foundation
  • AT&T
  • First Security Bank
  • FIS
  • Macerich
  • The McLarty Companies
  • Regions Bank
  • Simmons Bank
  • University of Arkansas Global Campus
  • Wells Fargo
  • Winrock International
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust


  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • College of Education and Health Professions/J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences
  • Entergy Arkansas
  • Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design
  • First Arkansas Bank & Trust
  • Foundation Resource Management
  • Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP
  • George's
  • Merrill Lynch
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Nabholz Construction Corporation
  • Offenhauser & Co. - Insurance
  • Sam's Club
  • Stone Ward
  • UAMS Foundation Fund
  • UAMS - Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
  • University of Arkansas Division of Advancement
  • USAble Life
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

2016 Media Partners

  • AMP & AY
  • Arkansas Business
  • Celebrate Arkansas