The Year in Executive Q&A: 2019

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Last week, as has become a tradition, Arkansas Business subscribers received the Book of Lists, in which we compile dozens of the lists we published during 2019 into one indispensable reference book for doing business in the Natural State. This week, in a somewhat newer tradition, we start 2020 by compiling another of our regular features: a year’s worth of the Executive Q&A.

We approached executives from businesses large and small, nonprofits and even government agencies, and asked them to answer questions about their organizations, their industries and themselves. This is not hard-hitting journalism — if we think someone needs that treatment, we certainly don’t invite him or her to participate in this feature. Instead, it’s a way for all of us — you and our reporting staff — to get better acquainted with the people, businesses and industries that make up the business community that is our common interest. These are people you buy from and sell to, or maybe you should. Or they may be your competitors, and there’s nothing more valuable than knowing what the competition is thinking.

The only thing I’m selling is newspapers, and I owe a big thank-you to the 50 men and women who participated in this feature in 2019. It is a compliment to Arkansas Business that they agreed to help make our publication more valuable to readers.

The Executive Q&A will continue throughout 2020. If you know of someone who would make a worthy subject, email me at

Gwen Moritz