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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 2015 Induction Event

We hope to see you at the 2015 induction event on Friday, February 13, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. The black-tie optional event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and program starting at 6:30 p.m. 

Please Join Us

There are two ways to attend and show your support for this year's inductees. You may purchase a sponsorship and/or tables of ten. Also, individual tickets may be purchased for $150 each.

Purchase a Table or Sponsorship Purchase Individual Tickets


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 


  • Dillard's, Inc.
  • LaFrance Family
  • Stone Ward  
  • 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
  • Regions Insurance
  • Rondor Music International 
  • Simmons Bank
  • Tyson Foods, Inc. 
  • University of Arkansas Global Campus 
  • University of Arkansas Libraries 


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

2015 Media Partners

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