Four Named For State’s Business Hall Of Fame

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The University of Arkansas Walton College of Business announced four inductees into the 2014 Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

James H. Faulkner of Little Rock, who established Faulkner and Associates in 1957 as a one-man public relations and advertising firm that grew to be a leader in the mid-South region and in Falcon Publications, a company that in June 1981 produced Take One, the first video entertainment magazine in the nation.

Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty of Little Rock, chairman of McLarty Associates and chairman of McLarty Companies, who has a distinguished record of business leadership and public service, including serving as advisor to three U.S. Presidents: Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

Stanley E. Reed of Marianna, a lawyer and farmer and member of the Arkansas Farm Bureau board of directors from 1987 to 2008, serving as its president from 2003 to 2008, and was also a member, and later chairman of the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2008. Reed passed away in 2011.

Mark C. Simmons of Siloam Springs, chairman of Simmons Foods Inc. & Affiliates, one of the nation’s largest privately held broiler-processing companies and the largest private-label pet food manufacturer in North America.

“We are pleased to welcome these four outstanding business leaders to the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame,” Walton College Dean Eli Jones said. “They are being recognized among the best and brightest in Arkansas business, joining the distinguished list of members of the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame. All the hall of fame’s members continue to inspire the future global business leaders with their outstanding achievements.”

The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock on Friday, February 7, 2014. The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is permanently housed in the atrium of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development at the Walton College on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.