Our 2021 Influencers of the Year list is a great way to kick off the new year. We recognize many Arkansas business leaders through lists in AMP, but this one is extra special. Nominated by AMP readers and chosen by members of our advisory board (members of last year’s inaugural class of Influencers), these Arkansas professionals are leading by example.
This year’s impressive class includes: Razorback head football coach Sam Pittman; George Makris, chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corp.; El Dorado Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer; data pioneer Charles Morgan of First Orion; UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson; and our January cover subject, Dr. Jose Romero. These honorees represent just a sample of the impressive leadership displayed in the 2021 class.
Also inside, we’re happy to provide a look at the efforts of the Arkansas Department of Commerce and Arkansas Economic Development Commission to help state businesses survive the economic impact of the pandemic. Plus, we consider what Arkansas tourism will look like this year, and we talk to local tax experts about what to expect in the new environment of 2021.
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