2016 Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Class Announced

The 2016 class of the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame has been announced by the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Board.

This year’s inductees are:

  • William T. Dillard II, chair and chief executive officer of Dillard’s Inc.
  • Dr. George K. Mitchell, former president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Winthrop Rockefeller (1912–1973), former governor of Arkansas and founder of Winrock Farms
  • Patricia P. Upton, founder and former president/chief executive officer of Aromatique Inc.

They will join the 70 other Hall of Fame members during the induction ceremony on Feb. 12, 2016 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

“It is a privilege to celebrate the achievements of these four outstanding business leaders of our state through their induction into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame,” Walton College interim Dean Matt Waller said. “They and those inductees who have preceded them represent the best in business in Arkansas. Their lives and careers have had a tremendous impact on business both inside and outside the state and have inspired others to do the same.”

Read more about this year’s class here.

Photo courtesy of University of Arkansas. Clockwise from top left: William Dillard II, George Mitchell, Winthrop Rockefeller and Patricia Upton.

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