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Jim Harvey named Executive of the Year.

JIM HARVEY OF LITTLE ROCK, chief executive officer of Central Arkansas Water, was named Arkansas Business Executive of the Year at the 2002 Arkansas Business of the Year awards.

Harvey has been employed by the waterworks in Little Rock for more than 30 years and guided the politically charged merger of the Little Rock and North Little Rock water departments that resulted in Central Arkansas Water. He is the first executive of a quasi-governmental organization to receive the award, which traditionally has been given to the heads of for-profit businesses.

Business Executive of the Year was among awards in seven categories handed out to the some of the state's premier businesses, nonprofit organizations and executives during the 15th-annual awards ceremony, which took place Feb. 20 at The Peabody Little Rock.

For the second straight year, the banquet was a sell-out that attracted more than 700. The awards are sponsored by Arkansas Business Publishing Group, which publishes Arkansas Business.

Also Thursday, Michael Aureli, executive director of Arkansas Hospice in Little Rock, was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year.

Other award-winners were:

* Sufficient Grounds Coffeehouse Inc. of Little Rock, which was named Business of the Year in Category I (1-25 employees).

* Kitchen Distributors Inc. of Fayettevile, Business of the Year in Category II (26-75 employees).

* Arkansas Specialty Care Centers of Little Rock, Business of the Year in Category III (76-300 employees).

* Arkansas Sheriffs' Youth Ranches of Batesville, Nonprofit Organization of the Year.

For the second year, Arkansas Business Publishing Group partnered with the Arkansas Community Foundation to present the foundation's awards for Outstanding Philanthropic Corporations, which honor businesses that give to charities and the community. Winners of those awards were:

* Entergy Arkansas of Little Rock,

* KATV of Little Rock,

* Avow Technology Solutions of Little Rock, and

* That Bookstore in Blytheville.

Arkansas Business readers nominated organizations for the business and executive awards. A panel of judges determined the finalists and winners. This year's judges were Bruce Lindsey, a partner in the Wright Lindsey & Jennings law firm in Little Rock; Stephen Mansfield, CEO of St. Vincent Health System; Ron, Strother, regional CEO of Arvest Bank in Little Rock; and Barbara Yates, a member of BKD LLC in Little Rock.
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