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 2018 Arkansas Business Hall of Fame induction event, especially our sponsors and media partners!

We need your help to identify the next class of inductees. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 class of the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame. Please see below for selection criteria and a nomination form. For consideration for the 2019 class, nominations are due no later than July 31. Please contact or (479) 575-6146 with any questions. 

Selection Criteria Nomination Form

2018 Inductees

Jim Bottin

James A. " Jim" Bottin

Founder & Chairman
ABC Financial

John Correnti

John D. Correnti

(1947 - 2015)
Former Chairman & CEO 
Big River Steel

Herbert McAdams

Herbert H. McAdams II

(1915 - 2001)
Former Chairman & CEO
Citizens Bank of Jonesboro
Union National Bank of Arkansas

Kirk Thompson

James Kirk Thompson

J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.

2018 Sponsors


  • ABC Financial
  • Arvest Bank
  • Big River Steel
  • The Family of Winthrop Rockefeller/Winrock Farms


  • Cache Valley Electric
  • The Connor Family
  • Dillard's, Inc.
  • Lexicon, Inc.
  • Mississippi County, Arkansas Economic Development
  • Navistar
  • Harriet & Warren Stephens/Stephens Inc. 


  • Arkansas Capital Corporation
  • Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank
  • Bailey Construction and Consulting
  • Lee Bodenhamer
  • City of Osceola, Arkansas
  • First Security Bank
  • Gill Ragon Owen, P.A.
  • J. B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
  • McLarty Companies
  • Tyson Foods


  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
  • Big River Steel
  • CV Engineering
  • Entergy Arkansas
  • First Arkansas Bank & Trust
  • Foundation Resource Management
  • Johnelle Hunt
  • Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard, PLLC
  • University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
  • University of Arkansas Libraries
  • University of Arkansas School of Law and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

2018 Media Partners

  • Arkansas Business
  • AY Arkansas Money & Politics
  • Celebrate Arkansas
  • Talk Business & Politics