Most Admired Companies for 2021 as nominated by AMP readers
Brown Rogers & Co.
Brown Rogers & Co. LLC is a leading accounting firm located in Little Rock and providing personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses around the state. The team at Brown Rogers provides basic tax management and accounting services as well as more extensive services, such as audits, financial statements and financial planning.
The Brown Rogers team has a mission to help clients maintain financial viability in the present while progressing toward their future goals. Thorough research, analysis and attention to clients’ needs allows the team to provide the most accurate advice and plan of action.
High standards of dedication and professionalism have allowed Brown Rogers & Co. to maintain an esteemed reputation throughout the years in the business and financial community.
Little Rock’s MHP/Team SI is an award-winning, full-service advertising and marketing agency that was named by AdWeek as one of the top five fastest growing agencies over 20 years old and among the top 100 fastest growing agencies with “fresh-thinking and fearless leaders.”
Over its nearly 50-year history, the agency helps a diverse range of clients build their brands, increase public awareness, change behaviors, engage audiences and achieve results.
MHP/Team SI is best known for coining the term TraDigital™— the art of blending traditional and digital marketing. The agency leverages its own proprietary service called Doppio® that pairs the best data-analytics platforms with the insights and instincts of its certified professional staff to optimize campaign effectiveness.
Riceland is the world’s largest rice miller and marketer and one of the mid-South’s most prominent soybean processors. Generations of Riceland farmers have planted and harvested the rice that has made the company the industry leader it is today.
Riceland works closely with its 5,500 farmer-members in Arkansas and Missouri to continue cultivating the best quality of rice. On average, Riceland’s 1,500 employees prepare and market more than 125 million bushels (2.5 million metric tons) of grain.
Riceland products are shipped and sold under the Riceland label, private labels, as ingredients, and in bulk. The brand is sold across the country and to more than 75 locations outside of the United States.
WDD Architects — Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson — is one of the largest architectural firms in Arkansas as well as one of the largest comprised solely of architectural designers. Originally founded in 1919, WDD is now managed by six principals, each responsible for a particular area of the firm’s practice.
Currently, it has 30 employees with locations in Little Rock and Fayetteville. With four LEED Accredited Professionals, WDD is an active participant in the initiative to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, energy efficient and healthy places to live, work and learn.
The majority of WDD’s portfolio falls within the areas of municipal, education, health care, office space and correction projects. The firm is involved in projects of varying scopes from small renovations and additions to large renovations and new facilities.
In addition to architectural designers, the professional staff of WDD includes interior designers, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance specialists, space planners, contract administration personnel and computer-aided drafting and design staff.
Blackmon Auctions, based in Little Rock, is a third-generation family business founded in 1938. Led by Thomas Blackmon, who took over from his father, Tom Blackmon Sr., the firm conducts auctions of all sizes throughout the United States.
In the past 24 months, it has conducted more than 150 auctions in more than 25 states — as close to home as its own auction complex in Little Rock and as far away as Wyoming, Florida, New York, California, Ohio, Louisiana, Kansas, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Oklahoma and more.
Although Blackmon Auctions has grown into one of the largest equipment auction companies in the country, it still specializes in one-owner, on-site auctions, regardless of size.
Evolve Auto, located in North Little Rock, is the first exclusive electric vehicle (EV) dealership in the South. Evolve has two goals: increase the availability of EVs to the public and educate people about the benefits of switching from fuel powered vehicles.
EVs produce zero emissions and contribute significantly less greenhouse gases and air pollutants compared to gasoline engines. Evolve Auto is looking toward a greener future with electric vehicles.
The team at Evolve Auto wants to make the transition to plug-in vehicles smooth and easy with a relaxed, no-pressure buying experience for customers through transparency, competitive prices in the EV market and personable relationships.
Southern Bancorp is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with 52 locations across Arkansas and Mississippi. Founded in 1986 by some of the nation’s leading political, business and philanthropic leaders, Southern Bancorp has grown into a $1.9 billion asset organization with a unique array of financial products and services designed to help individuals at all stages of life’s financial journey.
Headquartered in Arkadelphia, Southern Bancorp combines traditional banking and lending services with financial development tools as well as public policy advocacy to help families and communities grow stronger.
Southern Bancorp’s approach to creating economic opportunity in the most persistently impoverished areas is rooted in the belief that net worth drives economic opportunity, and the strategic framework provides individuals an opportunity to build net worth through homeownership, entrepreneurship and savings.
Smoke Beast BBQ
Smoke Beast BBQ of Little Rock is a family-owned barbecue food truck operated by the husband and wife duo of Rebecca and Brandon Williams. Smoke Beast officially opened in late 2020.
Facing the adversity of opening during the pandemic proved to be difficult. However, the owners say this has built a toughness that’s needed to run a business.
Smoke Beast cooks up some of the best Texas-style barbecue. From tender brisket and pulled pork cooked low and slow, to homemade mac and cheese that rivals Grandma’s, every dish is made with love. And the customer service is elite. Quality is the essential ingredient of Smoke Beast. As an added spice, Smoke Beast also caters company events, weddings and any special occasions.
CBM Construction Co. Inc. has ties back to 1922 when W.E. Clark, great grandfather of current CEO, Clark B. McGlothin, began his masonry business. W.E. Clark’s business operated for more than 78 years before leading into the establishment of CBM Construction in North Little Rock.
The CBM staff consisted of just three people in 1976 but has grown to 24 employees, and each employee is able to assist any customer need from working projects to warranty requests.
Services provided by CBM include design build, pre-construction project evaluation, general contracting, construction management and CBM facility services.
Building relationships since 1922, the CBM team strives to provide the highest quality of customer service.
Chamber of Commerce
Little Rock Regional Chamber
The Little Rock Regional Chamber helps promote economic growth and development of the community. Guidance and support are available to ensure that businesses and industries can operate profitably, create opportunities and improve the quality of life for residents.
Members of the Little Rock Regional Chamber can connect with each other to network, attend training events and workshops, engage with business leaders and receive greater exposure to the community.
With international corporations headquartered in Little Rock in addition to startups, small businesses, universities, hospitals, nonprofits, religious organizations and more, the city is home to many areas of economic development. The Chamber connects both new and existing businesses to necessary resources to help them succeed.
University of Central Arkansas
The University of Central Arkansas was founded in 1907 as Arkansas State Normal School, a training institution for teachers. Today, the Conway university serves more than 10,000 students from all 75 counties in Arkansas, almost every state and more than 70 countries. Students may choose from 162 academic programs and certificates, which include undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs offered in-person and online.
The student-to-faculty ratio at the university is 16 to 1. Faculty and staff promote intellectual, professional, social and personal development through innovations in learning, scholarship and creative endeavors.
The UCA campus provides an active community of more than 200 student organizations. These include learning, leadership, community building, creative expression, volunteerism, mentoring and more.
UA Pulaski Tech
The University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock is a comprehensive two-year college, offering associate degree and certificate programs for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities and/or for career preparation and advancement.
UA-Pulaski Tech’s history dates back to October 1945 when it was established as the Little Rock Vocational School under the supervision of the Little Rock Public Schools.
In the early 1970s, the Veterans Administration transferred 137 acres to the North Little Rock School District, and what was by then called Pulaski Vocational Technical School was given 40 acres for a new school site. When the Arkansas General Assembly created the Arkansas Technical and Community College System in 1991, Pulaski Technical College was created along with 12 other technical colleges under the coordination of the Arkansas Board of Higher Education. In 2017, the college formally joined the UA system.
Conway-based Nabholz, one of the state’s leading commercial contractors since 1949, offers a full range of construction services across the United States.
With more than 70 years in the industry, Nabholz has the people, resources and expertise to provide excellent services and creative solutions, meeting the diverse needs of every client. Over the years, the company has expanded its work to other states and even formed Nabholz University, which offers a four-year apprenticeship program to individuals interested in the carpentry profession. Continuing education, professional development and advanced management training is also offered to team members at Nabholz.
The company has office locations across the state as well as in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Connecticut.
Convention and Visitors Bureau
Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) serves as the official destination marketing organization for Little Rock. Currently celebrating its 51st anniversary, LRCVB is responsible for promoting the city as a destination to leisure travelers and as a group meeting destination across the United States and worldwide.
Aside from its offices in downtown Little Rock’s historic Cromwell building, LRCVB is responsible for the management of Robinson Center, the Statehouse Convention Center, the First Security Amphitheater, Ottenheimer River Market Hall, three downtown parking garages and surface lots.
Using the iconic “Big on Little Rock” tagline, LRCVB’s advertising efforts bring millions of visitors to the capital city each year and inspire travelers to discover the pleasant surprise of Little Rock.
Cosmetic Surgery Practice
Dr. Suzanne Yee
Dr. Suzanne Yee founded her cosmetic surgery practice in Little Rock on the principles of artistry and innovation. Alongside her team, Dr. Yee can perform treatments ranging from advanced laser therapy and injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic to comprehensive mommy makeovers.
When designing treatments, Dr. Yee combines her keen sense of aesthetic balance and harmony to enhance each individual’s unique beauty. At their onsite, private surgical center, the team is equipped to perform each stage of any plastic surgery or noninvasive treatment to the highest standards.
A successful cosmetic surgeon must combine passion and artistic sensibilities, with years of extensive study and meticulous training in medicine. Dr. Yee’s extended training, professional memberships and awards paint an impressive picture, and patients respond to her integrity and professionalism.
Arkansas Federal Credit Union
Arkansas Federal Credit Union has been making a difference in the lives of employees, members and the communities they serve since 1956. With more than $1.5 billion in total assets and more than 300 employees, Arkansas Federal is the largest credit union in Arkansas. As a not-for-profit financial institution, Arkansas Federal invests profits back into benefits for members through higher dividends and lower loan rates. Both consumers and businesses entrust the credit union to get competitive rates and reduced fees on accounts and loans.
Currently headquartered in Jacksonville, Arkansas Federal continues to grow and expand in order to better meet member needs. This year, it will move into a new, larger corporate headquarters in west Little Rock. Arkansas Federal has 18 branches throughout Arkansas that serve more than 120,000 members.
Metro Disaster Specialists
Metro Disaster Specialists is a recovery, repair and remodel service serving Arkansans since 1979. Founded in North Little Rock by Reed McConnell, the company has grown to complete more than 18,000 projects across Arkansas.
Metro Disaster specializes in fire-and-smoke recovery, water-and-flood recovery, environmental recovery and natural-disaster efforts. In the past 41 years, the company expanded its facilities to provide 40,000 square feet of production and storage area. This expansion resulted in Metro Disaster becoming the most abundant storage space in the Natural State.
In 2019, Metro Disaster was named the “Restoration Company of the Year” by the Arkansas Adjusters Association and Professional Insurance Agents of Arkansas. In addition, the company was named the Arkansas Adjusters Association “Vendor of the Year” in 2016.
In 1928, brothers Sid and Pat O’Bannon of Little Rock teamed with Carl Miller Sr. of General Electric in Schenectady, New York, to launch GE appliance dealerships in Arkansas. This led to the creation of what is now Refrigeration and Electric Supply Co.
As the business grew and prospered under Miller’s firm hand, it soon outgrew the space on Louisiana Street, and Miller had a new building built in 1955 at 1222 Spring St., which still serves as R&E’s headquarters today.
R&E has continued to grow, expanding throughout Arkansas with its first branch opening in Pine Bluff in 1971. Since then, under the watchful eyes of Miller’s sons, Bill and Carl Jr. (retired), R&E has established branches in Hot Springs, Russellville, Conway, Searcy and Fort Smith, and continues to be Arkansas’ leading wholesale source for the refrigeration, heating and air-conditioning service industries.
Gary Houston Electric Co.
For more than 35 years, Gary Houston Electric Co. has served Central Arkansas with affordable, quality and timely commercial and residential electrical contracting services with a strong emphasis on customer service.
Constantly looking for opportunities to serve new customers, its areas of expertise include homes, retail spaces, restaurants, offices and warehouses among others. The company services both new construction and existing structures needing electrical repair or being remodeled. The majority of its work comes from repeat customers, whose relationships the company strives to build and maintain.
In addition to commercial and residential electrical services, Gary Houston offers facility maintenance and emergency electrical services.
Employment staffing agency
Premier Staffing, a BelFlex company, recruits, places and manages workers for clerical and professional positions including call center, data entry, human resources and accounting in a range of industries. It also provides commercial staffing workforce solutions in the light industrial sector.
Through its offices in Little Rock and Conway, Premier delivers deep industry knowledge, recruiting expertise, commitment to compliance and a partnering approach to improving productivity. It also has access to BelFlex’s network of resources and experts from the company’s 29 branches throughout the Midwest and Southeast.
With its professional team and thorough procedures, Premier maintains a reputation as an honest, reliable and professional business partner.
The company is driven by a passion for creating success for its employees, clients and communities — what it calls “succeeding together.”
Bernhard is one of the largest privately owned engineering and contracting firms in America. Bernhard’s engineering division was established in Arkansas in 1995 and is dedicated to providing innovative solutions for its customers.
Bernhard utilizes its 2,000 employees and 25 office locations to address the ever-present issue of aging infrastructure and deferred maintenance. The firm combines development, financing, design, construction, and operations to deliver turnkey Energy-as-a-Service solutions. With offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville, the company has several prominent clients throughout Arkansas including the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Baptist Health, the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas. Currently, the Bernhard team is involved in more than 900 active projects in the United States.
Snyder Environmental is an environmental remediation firm that focuses on safety and accuracy for a quality job well done. The company specializes in asbestos abatement, lead paint removal/stabilization, mold remediation, commercial duct cleaning and decontamination. Building trust with clients is a key element to everything Snyder Environmental does.
“Trust has at least two components, honesty and competence,” said Snyder CEO Joe Carter.
This commitment is demonstrated in the firm’s customer satisfaction results. Snyder earns 90 percent-plus satisfactory ratings in each of the following categories: meeting the project’s anticipated start date, completion of project within the expected time frame, leaving the work area clean and the performance and professionalism of the supervisor and crew.
Headquartered in North Little Rock, Snyder has more than 750 employees and 24 offices across the United States.
Ipsen Advisor Group
Ipsen Advisor Group is a Little Rock-based team of financial professionals believing it can accomplish more together than it can alone. Working as a team, Ipsen endeavors to provide solutions to the financial issues faced by its clients. This kind of work is deeply personal. But achieving what you truly hope to accomplish financially in life requires genuine communication, valued relationships and professional advice you can trust.
For more than two decades, Ipsen Advisor Group has worked closely with individuals, families and businesses developing customized financial solutions to address their unique financial goals. It works diligently to build individualized financial plans, then continually manages and refines them to meet clients’ objectives without unnecessary risk. It uses the best in technology, coupled with the support of the team’s real-life experience to focus on clients’ best interests.
Little Rock’s Smiley Technologies Inc. is a core provider for community banks founded in 2002 out of the need for better software and superior customer service. Its two founders are Elizabeth Glasbrenner and Vance Smiley. Their father, Walter Smiley, founded Systematics in 1968. Systematics was the pioneer of outsourced data processing for banks and eventually merged with Alltel and FIS in the 1990s.
In April, American Banker named Smiley the No. 2 “Best Place to Work” in the country for financial technology. Smiley is a service business focusing on continuous innovation and providing a quality of service that’s disappearing in this industry.
Powers of Arkansas
Powers is the premier commercial HVAC, controls and service company in Arkansas, offering a full range of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technologies to manage all aspects of customers’ HVAC needs.
As an independent field office for Siemens Building Technologies, Powers specializes in building automation and controls systems, which manage energy costs while maintaining the right comfort level for occupants. Powers works with building owners, facility managers, engineers, contractors and architects, providing design assistance on equipment, installation of controls and service on the whole HVAC system of the building or campus. Powers’ expertise is delivered to health care, education, government, commercial buildings, laboratories and industry.
Headquartered in North Little Rock, Powers covers all of Arkansas as well as Oklahoma, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
As Arkansas’ oldest and largest health insurer, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield has been helping improve the health, financial security and peace of mind of the people of Arkansas for more than 70 years.
The company and its family of affiliates are leaders in health insurance innovation and provide a full spectrum of health and dental coverage plans for individuals and groups. Arkansas Blue Cross employs more than 3,200 people in about a dozen locations throughout Arkansas. The company serves nearly 800,000 people in Arkansas and another 1.2 million through national accounts.
As a private, not-for-profit, mutual health insurance company, the company stands apart because its policyholders own the company entirely. Its commitment to the health of Arkansas and its people is unmatched.
Conway Regional Health System
Conway Regional Health System demonstrates the value that it places on the community by empowering a medical staff of more than 200 physicians and an employee staff of 1,500 in crucial decision-making that impacts patients every day.
These crucial stakeholders are energized through an Accountable Clinical Management Model for physicians and a Patient Care Governing Congress for the staff. As a result, Conway Regional’s patient experience, employee and physician engagement and physician engagement scores in the Press Ganey survey soared into the 95th percentile in 2020.
Conway Regional has been recognized nationally, statewide and locally throughout Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pope, Van Buren and Yell counties as a “Best Place to Work.”
The Capital Hotel
An icon of Central Arkansas, the Capital Hotel has been considered the “front porch” of Little Rock for more than 140 years. Since its debut in 1876, the Capital Hotel has served as business and political hub for the metropolitan city, attracting politicians, CEOs and celebrities alike.
A series of renovations and restoration projects, completed in 2007, have allowed the Capital Hotel to maintain its historic character and charm without compromising its comfort and luxury.
The hotel has earned a reputation as one of the South’s most elegant hotels. The staff at the Capital Hotel is dedicated to the personal attention of guests and their visitors through warm and personal greetings, conveying to all who enter the Southern charm and warm hospitality that the capital city has to offer.
Network Services Group
Network Services Group provides IT support to thousands of customers in Arkansas. Starting in 1989 in North Little Rock, the company has delivered quality products and outstanding customer service.
NSG founded Network Data Services, a managed service provider, administering support for banks, medical firms, car dealerships, lawyers, manufacturers, staffing agencies and service companies. Services may include installing a new phone system or setting up a computer network, while fostering the company’s award-winning support.
The firm remains based in North Little Rock, but now has a second location in Fayetteville. As it grows, NSG strives to “continue to focus on delivering incredible outcomes for you and your business.”
Insurance agency/Property and Casualty
Resolute Insurance Group
Based in Little Rock, Resolute Insurance Group has an incredible team of agents with expertise in everything from transportation insurance to personal home and auto insurance and everything in between. It was created by Kyle Duty, CEO; Josh Connor, COO; and Kevin Lamey, CFO, as a solution to the insurance needs faced every day.
The high-energy team at Resolute is dedicated to providing value in every interaction and understands that providing value over price is key to protecting client’s assets. One way the team does this is by shopping with multiple A-rated insurance carriers and leveraging niche broker relationships to find the perfect fit for every client.
Dow Worsham, founder and CEO of DOW Janitorial, grew up in the cleaning business. He founded his company at age 21 without formal business training or college education.
After 35 years, DOW Janitorial has just shy of 500 employees and is one of the largest commercial cleaning services in the state with 175 clients in 220 locations. Along with its North Little Rock headquarters, DOW has offices in Springdale, Jonesboro, Hot Springs and Mountain Home.
The coronavirus pandemic that has wrecked so many companies has been a boon for DOW Janitorial. Revenue reached record levels this past year. Worsham said his company had its best year ever. “It has been an incredible year of learning and growing for all of us, with a lot more demand for what we normally do, plus the additional disinfecting and electrostatic spraying we’ve been doing because of COVID-19.”
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton
Being the largest plaintiff personal injury firm in Arkansas with more than 30 lawyers and 100 staff members, Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is dedicated to serving the needs of clients across the state. The firm, established in January 2006, is ready to fight for clients no matter where they live with seven locations in Arkansas and Tennessee — Little Rock, Springdale, Jacksonville, Conway, Hot Springs, Bryant, and Memphis.
Their firm excels in client service through numerous other practice areas that include social security disability, workers’ compensation, nursing home abuse and sex trafficking.
Power Technology Inc.
Power Technology Inc. (PTI) of Alexander has been a leader in the photonics industry for more than 50 years. Since 1969, it has designed and manufactured laser products for analytical, industrial and biomedical applications.
Available wavelengths range from 266 to 1200 nm and include laser diodes in the ultraviolet, visible and infrared spectrums. In addition to its staff of fully trained electronics specialists, PTI houses a full-service, machine-services department. The company’s ultimate goal is complete customer satisfaction. It is dedicated to meet that demand with product development and innovation to bring new solutions to the ever-evolving photonics industry.
Since its founding in Little Rock in 1976, CARTI has delivered the world’s most advanced forms of cancer care in a compassionate, patient-centered environment. Today, CARTI is the state’s leading cancer-care provider with 19 treatment locations in 16 communities across Arkansas.
Through a collaborative approach, its team of renowned cancer experts treats all types of adult cancer and blood disorders with a full spectrum of treatment modalities, including medical, radiation and surgical oncology, as well as diagnostic and interventional radiology.
CARTI’s vision is to be the premier cancer treatment destination, ensuring that patients in Arkansas and beyond have convenient access to leading-edge cancer treatment.
Gadberry Financial Group
For more than three decades, Jay Gadberry and the Gadberry Financial Group have served the clients and communities of Arkansas by creating solutions to create, manage and protect wealth for clients and their families today and for the betterment of generations to come. The firm is built on
lifelong relationships with a sole focus on success for its clients.
Based in Little Rock, Gadberry Financial is a full-service investment firm and an independent branch of a large national firm. As such, it is able to provide resources and offer advice and insight that is completely free of bias and the conflict of proprietary interests often found in “big banking” and provide resources not usually available through regional or smaller firms.
Securities offered through National Securities Corporation (NSC), Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services provided through National Asset Management, Inc. (NAM), an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Fixed Insurance products offered through National Insurance Corporation (NIC). Risk Disclosure: Investing involves risk including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss in periods of declining values. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
Founded in 1887 in New Iberia, La., IberiaBank Mortgage continues serving Arkansans across the state. Powered by a trustworthy team, the mortgage lender delivers better technology, broadening lending capabilities and expanding financial networks.
IberiaBank entered the Arkansas market in 2009 when it acquired Little Rock’s Pulaski Bank & Trust. With 322 locations, IberiaBank meets the financial services of customers in retail and commercial, along with business and private banking, with housing mortgage representatives in 85 locations across 12 states.
IberiaBank Mortgage offers three loan options: fixed-rate mortgage, adjustable-rate mortgage, including affordable housing loans and rural development. The mortgage company offers industry-leading competitive rates and continues to fit a variety of financial needs. As a local mortgage lender, it takes pride in the ability to approve and fund local loans.
Arkansas Zoological Foundation
The Arkansas Zoological Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth and development of the Little Rock Zoo. The AZF raises funds for new zoo exhibits, education programs and other upgrades at the zoo.
The AZF has raised funds for some of the Zoo’s most exciting new features, including the Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe habitat. The AZF also assists the Little Rock Zoo with its conservation efforts by providing support for Little Rock Zoo staff to travel abroad and work with conservation organizations worldwide who are saving animals in the wild.
The AZF has also recently worked with Mayor Frank Scott Jr. on a Zoo Task Force for the Future and held public meetings to discuss new business plans and models for the success of the Zoo. This resulted in the development of new ideas for the renewal of the Zoo to make it a regional tourist attraction and to update outdated facilities.
Sherwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Sherwood Nursing and Rehabilitation is committed to providing the highest quality patient care. From the moment patients enter the facility, they will experience the difference the facility has to offer. Sherwood Nursing wants patients, as well as their families to feel comfortable and safe.
While providing skilled nursing care, Sherwood Nursing offers short-term rehabilitation, long-term and respite care. The qualified staff is ready to give support for the tasks of day-to-day living while enjoying carefree activities.
The team is dedicated to providing a secure environment for its patients. Sherwood Nursing Home is devoted to providing high-quality care, which celebrates the dignity and grace of every person who enters their facility.
Innerplan has been proudly serving Arkansas since 1979, now with a state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot headquarters on Maumelle Boulevard and an additional office in Fayetteville.
With a focus on furnishing and designing projects for corporate, educational and health care environments, Innerplan features a portfolio filled with decades of design work.
With a full-service furniture dealership, an experienced design team, three dedicated project coordinators and certified in-house installation staff, it is Arkansas’ go-to spot for interior furnishing and design.
Office Supply Company
Pettus Office Products
Pettus Office Products of Little Rock is a family-owned-and-operated office solutions provider that offers contract office furniture, office products, janitorial supplies and technology solutions. It prides itself on providing exceptional customer service and being a one-stop solution for workplaces by providing “everything for the office.”
After 32 years in business, Pettus has grown into one of the largest independently owned dealers in the region. After multiple acquisitions throughout Arkansas and Louisiana, Pettus provides local service and delivery across the entire state.
Lynn Pettus founded the company in 1989 and remains CEO. Eric Pettus and Josh Pettus manage the sales and operations for the Pettus organization. In addition, Audra Pettus leads the team of interior designers for its contract office furniture division.
Complete Payroll of Little Rock began as Combined Financial Services, founded by Guy Dillahunty in 1992. When he retiredin October of 2000, the company was purchased by Betty Jo King, who continued to grow the company with the same principles on which it was founded.
Eventually, the company became Complete Payroll Services and moved forward by adding services such as online payroll, web-based timekeeping administration, biometric time clocks, pay cards and more. Staying on top of technological advancements in the industry, Complete Payroll is proud to offer the very best from HR services to 401k management.
Plastic Surgery Practice
Little Rock Plastic Surgery
As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Spann has worked hard to get where he is today. In his recent pursuit and acquisition of a board certification in plastic surgery, Spann completed a five-year stint in general surgery, two years in plastic surgery and 18 months of intensive testing and practice evaluation.
He is now board-certified in both general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Both boards are recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Located in Little Rock, Dr. Spann’s office offers a range of procedures, including facial rejuvenation, body contouring and breast surgery. In addition, his office also provides non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX, dermal fillers, Fraxel laser resurfacing and Liposonix. Dr. Spann has been selected as a top plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Arkansas by multiple publications.
Arkansas Graphics Inc.
Arkansas Graphics Inc., a customer-focused, technology-led commercial printing company in Little Rock, has been in business for more than 45 years. AGI has built a proud heritage on the core skills of a traditional commercial printing company while staying on the cutting edge of new technologies and working practices. The company credits its success to hard work, perseverance and commitment to excellence – values that drive it today and will continue to do so.
AGI provides a wide range of products and services from graphic design to printed forms, marketing materials and annual reports. As one of the top offset and digital commercial printers in the region, AGI continues to expand its offerings to include digital storefronts, variable data printing, direct mail, laser die cutting, UV coating, promotional products and large format graphics and signage.
Arkansas Bar Association
The Arkansas Bar Association (ArkBar) is a voluntary bar association that has served the legal profession since 1898. With roughly 5,000 members, ArkBar strives to represent its members by providing services that support the practice of law and promote the profession.
As part of its mission, ArkBar focuses on improving the legal system in Arkansas, assisting in the enactment of laws and serving as members’ trusted and collective voice at the state capitol. ArkBar supports its members with tools such as free legal research, law practice management resources, weekly case summaries via podcasts and discounts on services to help their practice.
Beginning in July, ArkBar is introducing a new affiliate membership for paralegals who are supervised by attorney members to increase law practice efficiency.
Professional Services Company
Cameron Smith & Associates
For more than 25 years, Cameron Smith & Associates has been the go-to talent resource for a wide range of leadership roles throughout the United States.
Its team of dedicated, experienced consumer packaged goods (CPG) recruiters have devoted more than 25 years to finding and placing the best talent. Based in Northwest Arkansas, CSA has deep ties to the Bentonville community and a finger on the pulse of other CPG hubs surrounding retailer corporate headquarters in cities including Chicago, Minneapolis, Cincinnati and Seattle.
CSA works to find the right people for positions in those communities where consumer product leaders have made their homes. Because of its process and the relationships the company has built, CSA is a consistent leader among search firms in the consumer goods industry, with a solid reputation as a trusted advisor to companies and candidates alike.
CustomXM is a full-service marketing, print, sign, branded apparel and promotional product provider. Located in the heart of the Argenta Arts District in North Little Rock, this family-owned business has been serving Central Arkansas for more than 55 years.
CustomXM uses a variety of colorful graphics, print, signs, banners, the internet, walls, floors, windows, creative thinking, lots of coffee, and sometimes even smoke signals, to help its clients market smarter. It is built on relationships first and revenues second and was founded with a heart for serving the community.
Walmart started as a single discount store in Rogers, founded on the idea of selling more for less. Over the last 50 years, the company has grown into the largest retailer in the world.
Walmart’s mission remains the same: helping people save money and live better. Each week, approximately 220 million customers and members visit approximately 10,500 stores and clubs under 48 banners in 24 countries and e-commerce websites.
With FY2021 revenue of $559 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart is committed to creating shared value for customers, communities, associates and suppliers around the world. The company aims to use its business strengths and spark collective action to transform systems through ambitious commitments within opportunity, sustainability, community and equity.
Public relations firm
The Peacock Group
The Peacock Group (TPG) understands the value of relationships and results. Every day, the award-winning team at TPG combines nearly 50 years of communications expertise with innovative thinking and creative storytelling to help its partners achieve success. Proudly based in Little Rock, TPG’s experience includes The White House, U.S. Congress, presidential campaigns, global summits, regional coalitions and statewide outreach efforts.
Real estate company/Commercial
Lindsey and Associates
Led by owner and previous Razorback and Minnesota Viking football player Jim Lindsey, the Lindsey team incorporates a strong work ethic, fair play, honesty, integrity and professionalism into a very successful game plan.
Lindsey founded Lindsey & Associates in 1973 alongside J. W. Gabel. Their first office was in a little house on Highway 71 in Fayetteville with only a handful of people. Handling residential, commercial, investment and land properties, the real estate team has grown to more than 250 professionally trained agents working in two Northwest Arkansas offices. Day-to-day operations are led by Suzett Sparks, managing broker for the Rogers office, and Lindsey’s son, John David, also a former Hog who joined the firm as general manager in 1996.
As a locally founded and based company, Lindsey & Associates has been the leader among Arkansas real estate companies in sold and closed listings for many years.
Real Estate Company/land Broker
Lile Real Estate
Lile Real Estate was founded in February of 1993 by Gar Lile, a licensed real estate broker in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas; an Accredited Land Consultant (ALC); and an Arkansas state Certified General Appraiser.
With a team of sportsmen, outdoorsmen, and farmers, Lile Real Estate has the firsthand knowledge and experience needed to understand what Arkansans are looking for in a land agent.
The company has sold $350 million worth of real estate in the last five years and $650 worth of real estate in the last decade. The passion and expertise at Lile Real Estate is unmatched, securing its position as one of AMP’s most admired businesses for 2021.
Real Estate Company/Residential
iRealty Arkansas is a full-service real estate company with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate field. iRealty is headquartered in Little Rock and services the entire state with the goal of equipping home buyers and sellers with the technology and tools needed to bring about their goals.
iRealty makes this happen by hiring the best real estate agents in Central Arkansas and offering the most comprehensive and easy-to-use home search technology available. Some of the services offered by iRealty include commercial brokerage and leasing, residential brokerage, property management, development and investment.
iReality puts great emphasis on honest communication with clients, laying the foundation for giving clients of iReality a competitive advantage. Agents at iReality are prepared with top-of-the-line professional skills and have the capability and know-how to help clients all across Central Arkansas.
David Alan Bubbus created David’s Burgers as a tribute to his father, David Bubbus Sr., who had become a master butcher at the age of 16. Bubbus Sr. grew up in Central Arkansas and began his career in the meat industry at the age of five. He managed his first restaurant at the age of 19 before opening his own restaurant in Pine Bluff in 1967.
David’s Burgers is founded on the knowledge and principles of David Bubbus Sr., along with the traditions and craftsmanship found in master butcher shops. The black-and-white pictures that adorn the walls of David’s Burgers are Bubbus family pictures, welcoming customers into the Bubbus home.
David’s Burgers is the only hamburger restaurant with beef that is hand cut from USDA Choice chuck and ground for that day’s use. There’s an incredible amount of passion and detail that goes into food at David’s Burgers, earning it a spot in AMP’s list of Most Admired Companies for 2021.
Founded in Little Rock in 2007 as a consulting firm focused on building sustainability, building performance, and energy efficiency, Entegrity has built itself into the largest energy services company in the region.
Led by founders Chris Ladner and Matt Bell, Entegrity currently has more than 45 MW of solar under development in Arkansas and has earned the repeat business of the South’s largest entities, including state agencies, school districts, universities and Fortune 500 companies. Entegrity has brought a brand-new business model to the world of energy efficiency. With decades of energy and solar experience on their side, Entegrity is uniquely qualified to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to optimize building performance.
Its diverse array of services includes energy efficiency improvements, solar energy, energy storage, lighting solutions, water conservation, commissioning, energy modeling, energy assessments, building testing, sustainability consulting and innovative financial measures.
First National Title
First National Title Co. of Little Rock is an independent, locally owned and operated company serving Arkansas with services that are professional, efficient and customized to clients’ needs. Founded in June of 1997, First National Title has since grown from two to nearly 200 employees in multiple locations across the state. First National Title is an agent for First American Title Insurance, Chicago Title Insurance, Commonwealth Land and Title Insurance, Fidelity National Title Insurance and Old Republic National Title Insurance.
The team at First National Title has combined experience of hundreds of years in the title business. First National Title provides title examination and escrow closing services for all real estate transactions, including 1031 tax exchanges, and issues mortgagee’s and owner’s title insurance policies. First National Title is the choice for any complicated real estate transaction.
Maverick Chairman and CEO Steve Williams began a career in transportation in 1975 when he went to work for Steel Haulers Inc. in Kansas City, Mo. After President Jimmy Carter signed the Motor Carrier Act of 1980, deregulating the trucking industry, Williams seized the opportunity to pursue his dream and started Maverick with friend and co-worker Larry Leahy in a one room office in Texarkana.
In 1983, he purchased his partner’s interest in the company and became the sole owner of Maverick Transportation Inc. Today, the Williams family still owns 100 percent of the Maverick companies.
Whether it is hauling steel, building materials, boats or flat glass, striving to be the best can be seen in everything Maverick does. Today, from its corporate campus in North Little Rock, Maverick operates approximately 1,600 units and provides services throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
In 1949, a group of forward-thinking individuals saw a need for banking services in a community that had significant growth potential. Kenneth Pat Wilson was the leader of that group and was instrumental in establishing what became Jacksonville’s First Arkansas Bank & Trust.
Since 1949, the bank, its board and staff have been involved in the economic development of the surrounding communities. Its renowned trust department was established in 1972. In addition to organizing the bank, Wilson played a big role in the effort that resulted in the location of Little Rock Air Force Base to town in the early 1950’s.
Wilson was joined in 1971 by his youngest son, Larry T. Wilson, who now is the chairman of the board, president and CEO of FAB&T. Wilson’s son, Mark Wilson, joined the bank in 2001, and now serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Entergy Arkansas is a division of the Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged in electric power production, transmission and retail distribution operations. Entergy delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, in addition to owning and operating one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets as well as nuclear power options. Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and more than 13,000 employees. At Entergy, you’ll find a corporation that consistently strives to create sustainable value for customers, employees, communities and owners. That concentrated focus drives the way Entergy thinks as an organization, allowing the company to effectively navigate through numerous transitions, both revolutionary and evolutionary, and still deliver on its commitments to their stakeholders.
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