Four leaders in the fields of public relations and publishing, business building and public service, and farming and food processing have been chosen for induction into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame next spring, the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville announced Monday.
The four who will join the 62 other Hall of Fame members Feb. 7 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock are:
- James H. Faulkner of Little Rock, founder of public relations and advertising firm Faulkner and Associates and publishing agency Falcon Publications, who is now director of First Security Bancshares and First Security Bank of Mountain Home.
- Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty of Little Rock, who serves several positions, including chairman of McLarty Associates — which he co-founded with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1998 — and chairman of McLarty Cos., an Arkansas-based automobile dealership. McLarty also served as an adviser to three U.S. presidents, including Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.
- Stanley E. Reed of Marianna, who was a lawyer, farmer and member to the Arkansas Farm Bureau board of directors from 1987 to 2008 and also led the UA board of trustees as chairman for 10 years. Reed, who died in 2011, also served on many other board of directors, including Simmons National Bank, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Baptist Health Systems.
- Mark C. Simmons of Siloam Springs, a UA alumnus who built Simmons Foods Inc. and Affiliates into a billion-dollar company with more than 6,000 employees and 20 facilities in North America. Simmons Food company is a poultry and pet food manufacturer.
The selection committee was composed of nine business and community leaders, and it picked the inductees on the basis of their impact as business leaders, their initiative toward community improvements and their business ethics, UA said in a statement.
Inductees also must be over 60 years old.
The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame's permanent home is in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development atrium on the UA campus.
Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.