Magazine: Talk Business Arkansas March/April 2014

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The March/April edition of Talk Business Arkansas is out and it includes great stories on state business and political leaders, insight and analysis and some strong guest commentaries. You can access the online copy here.

Our cover story features Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith, who grew up in humble beginnings and has led a storied career to the top of the Tyson Foods leadership chain. Smith has also led the turnaround of the meat giant from big losses four years ago to record profits in 2013. What does Smith see as the challenges going forward? Read more to find out.

Gov. Mike Beebe participated in what is likely his final legislative session after a 30-year career in public service. How did this General Assembly compare to previous ones and what has made Beebe so remarkable in his mastery of the legislative process? We explore.

Tourism executives describe strengths and weaknesses in the industry and provide a preview of what’s in store in 2014. We examine booming Bentonville and what is making this northwest Arkansas town the epicenter of business and culture for the region.

Other great stories include a look at the success stories that have come from the Governor’s Cup business plan competition, an interview with new highway commissioner Frank Scott, our Q&A with Verizon Wireless’ Kristi Crum, and the challenges facing new Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon.

Guest commentaries include opinions from Arkansas Bankers Association chairman David Bartlett of Simmons First, Arkansas Children’s Hospital CEO Marcy Doderer, National Federation of Independent Businesses state director Sylvester Smith, and tips on corporate giving from executive Danny Games.

Plus, you’ll find additional stories on service, marketing, entrepreneurship, timber,and real estate. Access the online version of the latest Talk Business Arkansas magazine here.