Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

May 21, 2018

75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Combine for $38.9B This article is available only in print.

75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Combine for $38.9B

Revenue at Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield topped $2.5 billion last year, a milestone achieved by only one other company in the 30 years that Arkansas Business has been ranking private companies by revenue. read more >

Frank Fletcher's Way: Adapt and Serve Customers This article is available only in print.

Frank Fletcher, the CEO of a diverse empire, says his hotel, restaurants, car lots and fur store all must evolve. His company, which reported $750 million in revenue in 2017, employs about 1,000 people, a number that has steadily grown over the past 20 years. read more >

Arkansas Heart Hospital Keeps Up Steady Flow This article is available only in print.

Even though cardiac surgeries are down across the country, Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock hasn't missed a beat. read more >

This Week's List

75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Combine for $38.9B

75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Combine for $38.9B This article is available only in print.

Revenue at Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield topped $2.5 billion last year, a milestone achieved by only one other company in the 30 years that Arkansas Business has been ranking private companies by revenue. read more >


Executive Q&A

Coulson Oil's John Harris Says Employees, Customer Service Keep Wheels Greased

Coulson Oil's John Harris Says Employees, Customer Service Keep Wheels Greased

John Harris, an Ashdown native, has served as president and CEO of Coulson Oil in North Little Rock since 2013. The company has experienced record growth under his leadership, expanding to both retail and commercial fuels. read more >

Spotlight:

75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Combine for $38.9B

75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas Combine for $38.9B This article is available only in print.

Revenue at Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield topped $2.5 billion last year, a milestone achieved by only one other company in the 30 years that Arkansas Business has been ranking private companies by revenue. read more >

Harps Food Stores Contemplates Online Expansion

Harps Food Stores Contemplates Online Expansion This article is available only in print.

Kim Eskew knows that Harps will eventually have to dip its toe into the e-commerce waters, but he isn't necessarily excited about it. read more >

E.C. Barton & Co. Gets Big Man at Top

E.C. Barton & Co. Gets Big Man at Top This article is available only in print.

Steven H. Brimner, who stands 6-foot-7 and played college basketball in Montana, has been learning a new playbook since Jan. 1 as the new president and CEO of E.C. Barton & Co., the 102-store building materials chain based in Jonesboro. He also has some big sneakers to fill. read more >

Frank Fletcher's Way: Adapt and Serve Customers

Frank Fletcher's Way: Adapt and Serve Customers This article is available only in print.

Frank Fletcher, the CEO of a diverse empire, says his hotel, restaurants, car lots and fur store all must evolve. His company, which reported $750 million in revenue in 2017, employs about 1,000 people, a number that has steadily grown over the past 20 years. read more >

Arkansas Heart Hospital Keeps Up Steady Flow

Arkansas Heart Hospital Keeps Up Steady Flow This article is available only in print.

Even though cardiac surgeries are down across the country, Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock hasn't missed a beat. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

A Sigh of Relief (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

A Sigh of Relief (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Like many of Candidate Trump's promises — from a big, beautiful wall that Mexico will pay for to better health insurance for everyone at a fraction of the cost — his promise to control prescription costs was long on curb appeal and short on structure. A Potemkin drugstore, as it were. read more >

Rescue The Rep (Rett Tucker Commentary)

Rescue The Rep (Rett Tucker Commentary)

The bottom line is that The Rep is critical to our city's cultural and arts development, but it is also vital to our economic development. read more >

5 Tips for Boosting Employee Well-Being (Chris Martland Expert Advice)

5 Tips for Boosting Employee Well-Being (Chris Martland Expert Advice)

To help employers support their employees' health goals, here are five “Cs” that may drive engagement and create a successful well-being program. read more >

Stay Suspicious II (Editorial)

Stay Suspicious II (Editorial)

Judge Doug Martin's failure to recuse himself from Courtney Goodson's case at the start undercuts faith in the judicial system and is just as worrisome as the dark money seeking to influence the Supreme Court election. read more >