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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. 

Please mark your calendars for the 2015 induction event on Friday, February 13, 2015, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

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


  • Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries 
  • First Security Bank
  • Kansas City Southern
  • Simmons First
  • Tyson Foods, Inc. 
  • University of Arkansas Global Campus 
  • University of Arkansas Libraries 


  • Arkansas State University
  • Friday, Eldredge & Clark LLP
  • JW Nutt Company

2015 Media Partners

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