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Curt Bradbury.

Name: Curt Bradbury Age: 42 Title: Chairman, President and CEO of Worthen Banking Corp.

Worthen Banking Corp. of Little Rock continues to prosper, as does its leader, Curt Bradbury.

Even the usually conservative Bradbury now agrees the turnaround is complete.

After several years directing a comeback effort, Bradbury now is leading an aggressive acquisition campaign to push Worthen further beyond the $2-billion asset mark.

Bradbury is making up for lost time in competing with Little Rock's First Commercial Corp. to become the largest bank holding company in Arkansas.

Worthen bought the insolvent Independence Federal Savings Bank of Batesville last year and also made a run at Twin City Bank of North Little Rock, the third-largest bank in the state.

Worthen's string of acquisitions includes One National Bank's North Little Rock branches and First State Savings Bank of Mountain Home.

The next deal will involve Worthen repurchasing First National Bank of Fayetteville from trucking magnate J.B. Hunt.

Jack Fleischauer is now presiding over Worthen's flagship bank in Little Rock after leading the company's Hot Springs bank back to profitability.

That move will free Bradbury to pursue his vision of creating an Arkansas banking empire with the name recognition of a Tyson or a Wal-Mart.

And don't forget Bradbury is the incoming president of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
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Title Annotation:Our 30 for the 90's - An Update
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Sep 16, 1991
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