University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Robert D. Nabholz, Sr.


Robert D. Nabholz, Sr.

(1924 - 2002)
Nabholz Construction Corporation

Conway, Arkansas


Robert Nabholz's name is synonymous with construction in Arkansas. In 1949, he founded Nabholz Construction, which has become the state's most known and respected building contractor, producing more than $2 billion of commercial buildings throughout Arkansas. Engineering News Record has cited his company as one of the nation's top 400 building contractors every year since 1986.

Nabholz established an in-house carpentry apprenticeship program in 1972, a four-year training program which has produced over 130 journeyman carpenters. Nabholz was Arkansas Business' first executive of the year in 1989. He was named the Southwest Region's "Construction Entrepreneur of the Year," qualifying him for the national "Institute of American Entrepreneurs" sponsored by Venture magazine and Arthur Young International in 1988.

In 1999, Nabholz Construction celebrated its 50th anniversary and its standing as Arkansas' number one contractor. Since its inception, Nabholz Construction earned a profit in every year, a remarkable achievement in the construction industry.


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