Mayor of Arkansas City
Community Outreach Coordinator, Aristotle
Rick Hales is the mayor of Arkansas City, the county seat of Desha County; the director of Community Partnerships for Aristotle Unified Communications of Little Rock; a licensed realtor and developer; and one of the leading proponents of tourism development around the Delta Heritage Trail.
At Aristotle, he brought broadband internet service to Arkansas City, a historic “last mile community” located at the levee of the Mississippi River. He is renovating three properties in town listed on the National Register of Historic Places and owns and runs the historic Furr House bed and breakfast.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello alum served in the U.S. Army as an operations systems research analyst for the Army Chief of Staff at the Pentagon. Back home, he applied his talents in owning and operating a low voltage electronics business for nearly three decades, serving southeast Arkansas residences, businesses and schools. In Arkansas City, he has plans to develop a catfish/rib joint with live blues music, an internet café and coffee shop within the town’s historic district.
Life begins at 50, the saying goes, to which the incomparable Phyllis Diller once replied, “Maybe it’s true that life begins at 50. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out or spread out.” (The women and men included on the following pages, at least, will find that funny … not to mention, they actually know who Phyllis Diller is.)
Fifty is the new 40, or something like that, but in this Ponce de Leon age of youth worship, we at AMP thought it would be nice to recognize those business leaders in Arkansas who aren’t under 40 or in their 20s. Once one hits the milestone age of 50, life doesn’t stop, after all. For many, it speeds up. Nominated by readers, the leaders recognized in AMP’s inaugural Fifty Over 50 list haven’t slowed down — they have realized more success, achieved new goals and even launched entirely new chapters. And we salute them.
The vigor of youth is a beautiful and necessary thing. But so is the wisdom and discernment of age. Besides, like the saying goes, 50 is nothing more than the new 40, right?
The members of AMP’s inaugural Fifty Over 50 list were nominated by readers. They represent a broad spectrum of Arkansas business, industry and politics. They are former state legislators, business owners, CEOs
and more who represent industries ranging from farming and construction
to restaurants and retail.
Some of them started on an upward trajectory early in their careers and haven’t slowed down. Others began new chapters later in their journeys and achieved success — and made profound impacts on their communities — in new ways.
We’re proud to recognize these women and men-… experienced, seasoned Arkansas leaders whose collective journey is just beginning.
Click here to see the full list of 2022 AMP Fifty Over 50!