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 2017 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 accepting nominations for the 2018 class of the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame. Please see below for selection criteria and a nominations form. For consideration for the 2018 class, nominations are due no later than July 15. Please contact or (479) 575-6146 with any questions. 

Selection Criteria Nomination Form

2017 Inductees

Charles Scharlau

Charles E. Scharlau

Retired Chairman, President & CEO
Southwestern Energy Co.

Thomas Schueck

Thomas B. Schueck

Lexicon, Inc.

Sherman Tate

Sherman E. Tate

President & CEO
Tate & Associates Management

Gus Vratsinas

Gus M. Vratsinas

Bailey Construction and Consulting, LLC

2017 Sponsors


  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Arvest Bank
  • Bailey Construction and Consulting LLC
  • Lexicon
  • Family of Winthrop Rockefeller & Winrock Farms
  • Charles Scharlau Family
  • Southwestern Energy


  • Dillard's, Inc.
  • Sam's Club


  • Big River Steel
  • First Security Bank
  • The McLarty Companies
  • Sheffield Nelson & Don Jack
  • Tyson Foods
  • UAMS Foundation Fund
  • UAMS - Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute


  • Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas
  • Black Hills Energy
  • Cache Valley Electric
  • Conner & Winters
  • Entergy Arkansas
  • First Arkansas Bank & Trust
  • Gene Fortson
  • Foundation Resource Management
  • Nabholz Construction Corporation
  • Oaklawn Jockey Club
  • Philander Smith College
  • Razorback Foundation
  • Sol Alman Company
  • Southern Bancorp
  • Southwest Power Pool
  • University of Arkansas College of Engineering
  • University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design
  • University of Arkansas Libraries
  • University of Arkansas School of Law/J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
  • US Bank

2017 Media Partners

  • Arkansas Business
  • Celebrate Arkansas
  • Talk Business & Politics