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Forty Under 40: Phil Schoettlin

As chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas’ 3rd District Committee, Phil Schoettlin has seen a metamorphosis in Northwest Arkansas. Since 1990 when he got involved in local politics, the…

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Forty Under 40: Karen Williams

As owner of a State Farm insurance agency, Karen Williams works with folks from every industry. The 37-year-old said her outgoing personality helps her communicate with customers from different backgrounds….

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Forty Under 40: Kay Palmer

Realizing the impact her department has in day-to-day operations on both her employer and her customers makes every day an exciting one for Kay Palmer. Palmer, 38, is the chief…

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Forty Under 40: Jim Singleton

A native of Gravette, Jim Singleton knows farming. And after nearly 18 years in banking, he knows a little bit about that, too. Singleton’s combined talents are why Arvest Bank…

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Forty Under 40: Steve Voyak

In 1996, after three years of talk-news radio and nine years of newspaper reporting, Steve Voyak switched journalistic gears. Rather than report news to the public, Voyak became the director…

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Forty Under 40: Arthur Thurman

Arthur Thurman earned a bachelor’s degree in finance management from the University of Arkansas in 1984. He had already started graduate school in 1985, when the U.S. Comptroller of the…

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Forty Under 40: Tina Waggener

As executive director of The Cancer Challenge in Northwest Arkansas, Tina Waggener said she sees the best side of people. “There couldn’t be more satisfaction than working with people who…

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Forty Under 40: Gregg Ogden

Gregg Ogden returned to Fayetteville to run the family business in 1996, following stints in Dallas and Atlanta as a hole-in-one insurance salesman. But his greatest ace was yet to…

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Forty Under 40: Kerry Watkins

It took Kerry Watkins only three years to become a chartered financial analyst, a feat that takes most analysts another year or two. Raised on her family’s Greenland farm, the…

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Forty Under 40: David Mix

David Mix, 39, has approached the real estate business like a golf tournament. He’s in it to win. And though he’s been very successful on the links of Northwest Arkansas,…

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Forty Under 40: Tonya Smith

When Dr. Tonya Smith opened her pediatric dental office in May 1999, she permanently filled her dance card. Every month, more than 500 patients ages 1-18 swivel in and out…

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Forty Under 40: Brent McGruder

Brent McGruder, 39, grew up in southwest Missouri and earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Arkansas in 1984. As a college junior, McGruder went to work…

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Forty Under 40: Corey Osborne

Corey Osborne, 30, moved the headquarters of Shakey’s Frozen Custard from Joplin, Mo., to Fayetteville in March. This fall, he plans to begin an expansion that will eventually take the…

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Forty Under 40: Jim Smith

Jim Smith took a huge career step in 2000 when he moved from Little Rock to Northwest Arkansas to open the first Friday, Eldridge, and Clark Law Firm office outside…