University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Inductees: Arkansas Business Hall of Fame

Each year, four new members are inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.  An event is held at the Statehouse Convention Center, honoring the new inductees. 


2017 Inductees

Charles Scharlau

Charles E. Scharlau

Retired Chairman, President & CEO
Southwestern Energy Co.

Thomas Schueck

Thomas B. Schueck

Chairman 
Lexicon, Inc.

Sherman Tate

Sherman E. Tate

President & CEO
Tate & Associates Management

Gus Vratsinas

Gus M. Vratsinas

Chairman
Bailey Construction and Consulting, LLC

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

(1938 - 2017)
Aromatique Inc.
Heber Springs, Arkansas

2015 Inductees

Al Bell

Al Bell

Stax Records
North Little Rock, Arkansas

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Stephen L. LaFrance, Sr.

Stephen L. LaFrance, Sr.

(1941 - 2013)
USA Drug
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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Millie Ward

Millie Ward

Stone Ward
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Donald E. "Buddy" Wray

Donald E. "Buddy" Wray

(1937-2016)
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Springdale, Arkansas

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2014 Inductees

James H. Faulkner

James H. Faulkner

Faulkner & Associates
Falcon Productions & Falcon Publications
Jimco, Inc.
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Stanley E. Reed

Stanley E. Reed

(1951-2011)
Lawyer

Farmer
Arkansas Farm Bureau
Marianna, Arkansas

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Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty

McLarty Associates
McLarty Companies
Arkla
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Donald E. "Buddy" Wray

Mark C. Simmons

Simmons Foods, Inc. & Affiliates
Siloam Springs, Arkansas

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2013 Inductees

Tommy Boyer

Thomas E. "Tommy" Boyer


Micro Images
Amarillo, Texas

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William L. Cravens

William L. Cravens


Oaklawn Jockey Club
Little Rock, Arkansas

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W. C. “Buddy” Coleman, Jr.

W. C. “Buddy” Coleman, Jr.

(1928 – 2011)
Coleman Dairy
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Frank Fletcher, Jr.

Frank Fletcher, Jr.


Frank Fletcher Companies
Little Rock, Arkansas

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2012 Inductees

John Ed Anthony

John Ed Anthony


Anthony Timberlands, Inc. 
Bearden, Arkansas

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Walter E. Hussman, Jr.E

Walter E. Hussman, Jr.


Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 
WEHCO Media, Inc. 
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Wayne Cranford

Wayne Cranford


Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods 
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Jack C. Shewmaker

Jack C. Shewmaker

(1938-2010)  
Walmart 
Bentonville, Arkansas

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2011 Inductees

L. Dickson Flake

L. Dickson Flake


Colliers International | Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Donald G. Soderquist

Donald G. Soderquist

1934-2016
Walmart
Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics
Rogers, Arkansas

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Wallace W. Fowler

Wallace W. Fowler

Liberty Bank of Arkansas
Fowler Foods, Inc.
Jonesboro, Arkansas

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Leland E. Tollett

Leland E. Tollett


Tyson Foods, Inc.
Springdale, Arkansas

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2010 Inductees

William E. "Bill" Clark

William E. "Bill" Clark

(1943-2007)
CDI Contractors
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Stephen L. LaFrance Sr.

James E. "Jim" Lindsey

Lindsey Management, Inc.
Lindsey & Associates, Inc. 
Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Jerral Wayne "Jerry" Jones

Jerral Wayne "Jerry" Jones


Dallas Cowboys Football Club, Inc. 
Arlington, Texas

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J. Thomas "Tommy" May

J. Thomas "Tommy" May


Simmons First National Bank and Simmons First National Corp., 
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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2009 Inductees

Chesley Pruet

Chesley Pruet

(1915-2001)
Pruet Drilling Co.
El Dorado, Arkansas

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Willis Shaw

Willis Shaw

(1918 - 2014)
Willis Shaw Express, Inc.
Elm Springs, Arkansas

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Raymond Rebsamen

Raymond Rebsamen

(1898-1975)
Rebsamen Companies, Inc.
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Jim E. Yates

Jim E. Yates

(1941-1998)
E-Z Mart Stores, Inc.
Texarkana, Texas

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2008 Inductees

Lee Bodenhamer

Lee Bodenhamer

Meridian Management Company
Little Rock, Arkansas

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William H. Bowen

William H. Bowen

(1923 - 2014) 
First Commercial Bank and First Commercial Corporation
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Harvey C. Couch

Harvey C. Couch

(1877-1941)
Arkansas Power & Light Company (now Entergy)
Pine Bluff/Little Rock, Arkansas

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William H. Kennedy, Jr.

William H. Kennedy, Jr.

(1917-1991)
National Bank of Commerce
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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2007 Inductees

Delbert E. Allen, Sr.

Delbert E. Allen, Sr.

(1919-1988)
Allen Canning Company
Siloam Springs, Arkansas

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Thelma L. Joshua and the late Ernest P. "Josh" Joshua, Sr

Thelma L. Joshua and the late Ernest P. "Josh" Joshua, Sr.


J.M. Products Inc.
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Kenneth Pat Wilson

Kenneth Pat Wilson

(1919-2002)
First Arkansas BancShares, Inc.
Jacksonville, Arkansas

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Albert R. Yarnell

Albert R. Yarnell


Yarnell Ice Cream Co.
Searcy, Arkansas

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2006 Inductees

Frank D. Hickingbotham

Frank D. Hickingbotham


TCBY Enterprises, Inc.
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Doyle Rogers, Sr.

Doyle Rogers, Sr.


(1918-2013)
Metropolitan National Bank

Little Rock, Arkansas

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William F. "Billy" Rector

William F. "Billy" Rector

(1913-1975) 
Rector Phillips Morse Inc. (RPM)
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Forrest L. Wood

Forrest L. Wood


Wood Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Flippin, Arkansas

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2005 Inductees

Dave Grundfest, Sr.

Dave Grundfest, Sr.

(1901-1974)
Sterling Stores Company, Inc.
Little Rock, Arkansas

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James T. "Red" Hudson

James T. "Red" Hudson

(1924-2003)
Hudson Foods, Inc.
Rogers, Arkansas

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Edward M. Penick, Sr.

Edward M. Penick, Sr.

(1922-2014)
Worthen Banking Corporation
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Donald Munro

Donald Munro

Munro & Company, Inc.
Hot Springs, Arkansas

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2004 Inductees

John A. Cooper, Sr.

John A. Cooper, Sr.

(1906 - 1998)
Cooper Communities, Inc.
Rogers, Arkansas

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Stephen L. LaFrance Sr.

Frank Lyon, Sr.

(1910 - 1998)
Frank Lyon Company
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Charles D. Morgan

Charles D. Morgan


Acxiom Corporation
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Robert A. Young, Jr.

Robert A. Young, Jr.

(1908 - 1973)
Arkansas Best Corporation
Fort Smith, Arkansas

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2003 Inductees

Richard E. Bell

Richard E. Bell

(1934 - 2015)
Riceland Foods, Inc.

Stuttgart, Arkansas

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David D. Glass

David D. Glass

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville, Arkansas

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Robert D. Nabholz, Sr.

Robert D. Nabholz, Sr.

(1924 - 2002)
Nabholz Construction Corporation
Conway, Arkansas

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Louis L. Ramsay, Jr.

Louis L. Ramsay, Jr.

(1918-2004)
Simmons First National Corporation
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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2002 Inductees

Roland S. Boreham, Jr.

Roland S. Boreham, Jr.

(1924-2006)
Baldor Electric Company
Fort Smith, Arkansas

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F. Sheridan Garrison

F. Sheridan Garrison

(1934-2004)
American Freightways, Inc.
Harrison, Arkansas

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Gene George

Gene George

(1922-2010)
George's, Inc.
Springdale, Arkansas

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Donald E. "Buddy" Wray

Walter V. Smiley

Smiley Investment Company
Little Rock, Arkansas

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2001 Inductees

Colonel Thomas H. Barton

Colonel Thomas H. Barton

(1881 - 1960)
Lion Oil Company
El Dorado, Arkansas

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William E. Darby

William E. Darby

(1904 - 1979)
National Old Line Insurance Company
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Johnelle and the late J.B. Hunt

Johnelle and the late J.B. Hunt

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
Lowell, Arkansas

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John H. Johnson

John H. Johnson

(1918-2005)
Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

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2000 Inductees

Joe T. Ford

Joe T. Ford

ALLTEL Corporation
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Harvey Jones

Harvey Jones

(1900-1990)
Jones Truck Lines
Springdale, Arkansas

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Donald W. Reynold

Donald W. Reynolds

(1906-1993)
Donrey Media Group
Las Vegas, Nevada

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Don J. Tyson

Don J. Tyson

(1930-2011)
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Springdale, Arkansas

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1999 Inductees

William T. Dillard, Sr.

William T. Dillard, Sr.

(1914-2002)
Dillard's, Inc.
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Charles H. Murphy, Jr.

Charles H. Murphy, Jr.

(1920-2002)
Murphy Oil Corporation
El Dorado, Arkansas

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Jackson T. Stephens

Jackson T. Stephens

(1923-2005)
Stephens Inc.
Little Rock, Arkansas

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Sam M. Walton

Sam M. Walton

(1918-1992)
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville, Arkansas

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