The 2018 Arkansas Business Hall of Fame induction will add four businessmen to the list of 78 current members of the Hall of Fame.
James “Jim” A. Bottin, John D. Correnti, Herbert H. McAdams II and James “Kirk” Thompson will be inducted to the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at the Statehouse Convention Center, according to a University of Arkansas news release.
The business leaders are representative of multiple Arkansas industries, including software, steel, banking and transportation. Bottin is the founder and chairman of ABC Financial Services, a software company. Correnti, who will be posthumously honored, was the chairman and CEO of Big River Steel. McAdams, who will be posthumously honored, was the chairman and CEO of Citizens Bank of Jonesboro and Union National Bank of Little Rock. Thompson is the chairman of J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.
“Arkansas is more productive and stronger today because of these outstanding business leaders,” Walton College Dean Matthew A. Waller said in the release. “They transformed our state’s steel, banking, transportation and fitness industries. Each created jobs, built successful businesses and made Arkansas shine.”