• Easterseals of Arkansas has honored Arkansans of the Year since 1986. Here is a list of those honored, in reverse chronological order.
2018 William T. Dillard II, chairman and CEO of Dillard's Inc.
2017 Stephen Jones, chief operating officer and vice president of the Dallas Cowboys
2016 Gov. Asa Hutchinson
2015 Sissy Jones, founder of Sissy's Log Cabin
2014 Rush Harding III, Crews and Associates co-founder and CEO
2013 George Gleason, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Bank of the Ozarks, now known as Bank OZK.
2012 Cindy and Chip Murphy, Little Rock philanthropists
2011 Gus Vratsinas, chairman of Bailey Construction and Consulting LLC and co-founder of VCC -- Vratsinas Construction Co.
2010 Sheffield Nelson, lawyer and former president and chief executive officer of Arkla Inc.
2009 Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys
2008 Then-Gov. Mike Beebe
2007 Houston Nutt, then University of Arkansas at Fayetteville head football coach
2006 Doyle and Raye Rogers, founders of the Doyle Rogers Co.
2005 Then-U.S. Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln
2004 William H. "Buddy" Sutton, former Razorbacks football player and retired lawyer
2003 Frank D. Hickingbotham, founder and former chairman of TCBY Enterprises Inc.
2002 Russell D. Harrington Jr., then CEO and president of Baptist Health
2001 Then-first lady Janet Huckabee
2000 Then-Gov. Mike Huckabee
1999 Lucy Lockett Cabe, Little Rock philanthropist
1998 Former Gov. Frank White
1997 Then-state Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher
1996 Patti Upton, founder of Aromatique Inc.
1995 Then-U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers
1994 Dr. George Mitchell, then president and CEO at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
1993 Don Tyson, then chairman of Tyson Foods
1991-1992 Then-U.S. Sen. David Pryor
1990 J.B. and Johnelle Hunt, founders of J.B. Hunt Transport Services
1989 Herschel H. Friday, then managing partner of the Friday, Eldredge and Clark law firm
1988 Mack McLarty, then chief executive officer of Arkla Inc.
1987 Then-U.S. Rep. Ray Thornton
1986 Walter Smiley, founder of Systematics Inc.
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