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 2020 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 2022 class of the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame. Please see below for selection criteria and a nominations form. For consideration for the 2022 class, nominations are due no later than July 31. Please contact or (479) 575-6146 with any questions. 

Selection Criteria Nomination Form

2020 Inductees

Gerald Alley

Gerald Alley

President and CEO
Con-Real, LP

Olivia Farrell

Olivia Farrell

Retired CEO
Arkansas Business Publishing Group 

Charles Nabholz

Charles Nabholz

Chairman Emeritus
Nabholz Corporation

Reynie Rutledge

Reynie Rutledge

Chairman and CEO
First Security Bancorp

2020 Sponsors


  • Arvest Bank
  • Con-Real LP
  • First Security Bancorp
  • Nabholz
  • The Family of Winthrop Rockefeller/Winrock Farms
  • Stephens Inc.


  • Arkansas Business
  • Dillard's


  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Bailey Construction and Consulting
  • CHI St. Vincent
  • FIS
  • Frost PLLC
  • Lexicon, Inc.
  • McLarty Companies
  • Charles Nabholz Family
  • Simmons Bank
  • Stone Ward
  • Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture
    + Design
  • University of Arkansas Walton College Department of Accounting


  • Arkansas Children's
  • Colliers International Arkansas
  • Conway Development Corporation/Conway Area Chamber of Commerce
  • CR Crawford Construction
  • Entergy Arkansas
  • Everett Automotive Group
  • FAB&T
  • Friday, Eldredge & Clark
  • Johnelle Hunt
  • University of Arkansas College of Engineering
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • UAMS

2020 Media Partners

  • Arkansas Business
  • Arkansas Money & Politics 
  • Celebrate Arkansas
  • Talk Business & Politics/NWA Business Journal