UALR College of Business Dean Jane Wayland will honor David Cone, a 1965 graduate of UALR’s predecessor institution, Little Rock University, with a Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award.
Also, Jay W. Wisener, executive vice president of Arkansas Capital Corp., will receive the Dean’s Award for Excellence at an upcoming luncheon event.
Cone’s first professional job was with Strauss Distributors Inc. By 1985, he was president of the firm, became a partner in 1989, and CEO in 1995.
His unique strategy for developing the fine wine business by partnering with charities was a major success in exposing his wines with patrons who attended such events, while at the same time helping hundreds of chariti
es advance their missions.
In 2004, his business was sold to Dallas-based Glazer's, the third-largest wine and spirits wholesaler in the country. Cone served as Glazer's regional vice president for the state of Arkansas in charge of business development for the company's wine business and on-premise business and still assists the business while serving as the director of wines.
Wisener was a member of the fifth class of UALR’s Executive MBA
program and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from UALR. He is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Leadership Arkansas program.
For more information on the event, contact the UALR College of Business at (501) 569-3208.