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. 

2019 Induction Event


Join us as we recognize and honor worthy Arkansas business leaders! The 2019 induction event will be held Friday, February 8, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and program at 6:30. Sponsorship opportunities are currently available below. Tickets to the black-tie optional event are $150 each. For questions or to purchase individual tickets, please contact or (479) 575-6146. 

Sponsorship/Table Reservations

2019 Inductees

Claiborne Deming

Claiborne P. Deming

Murphy Oil Corporation

Joe Steele

Joe M. Steele

(1905 - 1976)
Steele Canning Company & Springdale Canning Company
Founding Director
Beaver Water District

Warren Stephens

Warren A. Stephens

Chairman, President & CEO
Stephens Inc.

John W. Tyson

John W. Tyson

(1905 - 1967)
Tyson Foods, Inc.

2019 Sponsors


  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Arvest Bank
  • Murphy Oil Corporation
  • The Family of Winthrop Rockefeller/Winrock Farms
  • Family of Joe Steele
  • Stephens Inc.
  • Tyson Foods, Inc.


  • Dillard's


  • Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
  • Bank of America, N.A.
  • C. Lowry Barnes & UAMS Orthopaedic Department
  • Beaver Water District
  • First Financial Bank
  • First Security Bank
  • FIS
  • Jason & Cassie LaFrance
  • Julie and Chris Keller
  • McLarty Companies
  • Mitchell
  • Murphy USA
  • Nabholz Construction
  • Simmons Bank


  • ArcBest Corporation
  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Bailey Construction and Consulting
  • Episcopal Collegiate School
  • First Arkansas Bank & Trust
  • Foundation Resource Management
  • Johnelle Hunt
  • Razorback Foundation
  • Rose Law Firm
  • Springdale Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design
  • University of Arkansas Libraries
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Sam M. Walton College of Business Accounting Department

2019 Media Partners

  • Arkansas Business
  • Arkansas Money & Politics
  • Celebrate Arkansas