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Bell, LaFrance, Ward, Wray to Join Arkansas Business Hall of Fame

One woman and three men – all distinguished leaders in business and community service in Arkansas – make up the class of 2015 inductees to the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame Board announced that these outstanding leaders will join the 66 other members of the Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015:

  • Al Bell, who as an executive and owner of Stax records made the Memphis Sound a major part of pop music in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Stephen L. LaFrance Sr., who built USA Drug from one store into the largest privately owned chain of drugstores in the United States.
  • Millie Ward, who is co-founder and president of Stone Ward, a full-service advertising agency with offices in Little Rock and Chicago.
  • Donald E. “Buddy” Wray, who served in several executive positions over decades with Tyson Foods, including chief operating officer and executive vice president and special assistant to the president and chief executive officer.

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