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The Sam M. Walton College of Business established the first ever Arkansas Business Hall of Fame recognizing 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. 

Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Nominations Currently Being Accepted

We are currently accepting nominations for the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.  If you know a business leader worthy of recognition, please access our nomination form and instructions.  Nominations are due by June 1. 

2015 Inductees

  Al Bell 

   Stax Records
   North Little Rock, Arkansas


  Stephen L. LaFrance Sr.

   (1941 - 2013)
   USA Drug
   Pine Bluff, Arkansas


  Millie Ward

   Stone Ward
   Little Rock, Arkansas


  Donald E. "Buddy" Wray

   Tyson Foods, Inc.
   Springdale, Arkansas

2015 Sponsors

  • Arvest Bank
  • LaFrance Family  (2)
  • Southern States Service Corp. 


  • Curb Records
  • Dillard's, Inc.  
  • Stone Ward
  • USA Drug  
  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries
  • First Arkansas Bank & Trust 
  • First Security Bank
  • FIS 
  • The Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund
  • The McLarty Companies 
  • Regions Insurance
  • Rondor Music International 
  • Simmons Bank
  • Tyson Foods, Inc. 
  • University of Arkansas Global Campus 
  • University of Arkansas Libraries
  • Cindy & Chip Murphy for Women & Children First 


  • Arkansas State University
  • Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences 
  • Colliers International | Arkansas
  • Entergy Arkansas
  • Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP
  • George's
  • Hunt Ventures
  • Nabholz Construction Corporation 
  • JW Nutt Company
  • Sport Clips Haircuts
  • Harriet & Warren Stephens, Stephens Inc. 
  • University of Arkansas School of Law
  • USA Drug (2) 

2015 Media Partners

Sam M. Walton College of Business
Business Building 117
Fayetteville, AR 72701
PH: (479) 575-6146