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Passing judgment: six judges represent utility, legal, hospitality and financial sectors.

WILLIAM H. "BUDDY" SUTTON Managing Partner Friday Eldredge & Clark Little Rock

William H. "Buddy" Sutton received a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1954 and a law degree from the same school in 1959. In between, he served in the U.S. Air Force.

Sutton was assistant prosecuting attorney for Pulaski County before taking a position with Friday Eldredge & Clark in 1959.

A member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Association of Defense Counsel, Sutton is assistant general attorney for Union Pacific Corp.

Sutton chaired the Arkansas Billy Graham Crusade in 1989 and is on the board of Baptist Medical System. He chaired the Ouachita Baptist University board before being elected in November as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. He is the first layman elected to that position in more than 60 years.

Sutton was the recipient of the Arkansas Bar Association's Outstanding Lawyer Award in 1990.

JACK FLEISCHAUER JR. President and Chief Operating Officer Worthen National Bank of Arkansas Little Rock

Born in Little Rock, Jack Fleischauer Jr. attended what is now the University of Central Arkansas at Conway and Arkansas State University at Jonesboro.

Fleischauer first worked as a field representative for the General Electric Co. He quickly was promoted to collection manager and then credit manager. Fleischauer left Little Rock a year after joining the company to become branch manager of GE's Greenville, Miss., office.

Fleischauer moved back to Arkansas in 1972 to join what was then Worthen Bank and Trust Co. as a collector in the installment loan department.

Fleischauer eventually became executive vice president and chief operating officer of National Bank of Commerce at Pine Bluff, now Worthen National Bank of Pine Bluff. In 1985, he became president and chief executive officer of Peoples Bank & Trust Co. at Russellville, now Worthen National Bank of Russellville. He held that position for less than two years. The next move was to Hot Springs, where Fleischauer was president and CEO of First National Bank, now Worthen National Bank of Hot Springs.

Fleischauer's move to Little Rock came in July when he became president and COO of Worthen National Bank of Arkansas.

Fleischauer is a member of the board of the Arkansas Bankers Association and the Arkansas Association of Bank Holding Companies.

LINUS RAINES General Manager Excelsior Hotel Little Rock

Linus Raines, a Little Rock native, joined the Excelsior Hotel staff when the facility opened in 1982. Raines served as director of sales and marketing. In that position, she directed the catering, banquets and convention services divisions.

Raines later was certified by the General Manager's School of Cornell University at Ithaca, N.Y., one of four Americans who attended the school that year. The school included managers from hotels in Saudi Arabia, China, Thailand, Hungary and Mexico.

Raines oversees 375 employees and a business with annual revenues of $11 million.

She is vice president of the Sales and Marketing Executives Association of Arkansas and recently was named an Arkansas Professional Woman of Distinction by Worthen. Raines also was named Restaurateur of the Year by Arkansas Times.

DAVE ELDRIDGE Vice President of Marketing and Economic Development Arkansas Power & Light Co. Little Rock

A native of Birmingham, Mich., Dave Eldridge graduated from Western Michigan University in 1962 with a degree in business administration. Postgraduate studies included work on a master's of business administration degree at the University of Akron in Ohio and studies at the Thunderbird School of International Business in Phoenix, Ariz.

A former officer with the U.S. Army Special Forces, Eldridge first worked for the B.F. Goodrich Co. in Akron. He spent 13 years with Goodrich in a variety of management positions.

Eldridge later was employed by the state governments of North Carolina and South Carolina, heading economic development marketing programs.

Eldridge was in charge of organizing overseas offices and an export development program for South Carolina. He planned and conducted investment and trade missions to major international markets.

In North Carolina, he was responsible for international and domestic industrial recruitment programs. Eldridge also directed the state's tourism and film promotion efforts.

Eldridge joined Arkansas Power & Light Co. in December 1987 as manager of economic development. He was promoted to executive director of marketing and economic development in 1990 and executive director of sales and marketing a year later.

Eldridge obtained his current position in November. He heads the Teamwork Arkansas program, which received the J. William Fulbright Award for International Trade Development in 1990.

JAMES L. "SKIP" RUTHERFORD Vice President for Public and Governmental Affairs Arkla Inc. Little Rock

James L. "Skip" Rutherford, a Batesville native, graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He joined Arkla Inc. in 1984 after serving as an administrative assistant to Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark.

Rutherford is a past chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party and a founding member of the Political Animals Club, a non-partisan Little Rock group that meets regularly to discuss politics.

He is chairman of the advisory board for the Arkansas School of Mathematics and Science, which is to open in the fall of 1993. A former member of the Little Rock School Board, Rutherford is vice chairman of the Arkansas chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and a member of the Arkansas Children's Hospital board.

Rutherford has won the William J. Smith Young Executive of the Year Award from the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Outstanding Young Arkansan Award from the Arkansas Jaycees.

CHARLES O. STEWART Senior Vice President and Public Affairs Manager First Commercial Bank Little Rock

Charles O. Stewart graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in business administration. He later graduated from the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking at Baton Rouge.

As public affairs manager for First Commercial Bank, Stewart works closely with the 135 members of the state Legislature and the six members of the Arkansas congressional delegation. He also manages a corporate foundation and coordinates bank activities in education and economic development.

Stewart was the first black appointed to the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission. He participated in trade and investment missions to Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan in 1985 and 1988.

Stewart is on the board of Philander Smith College at Little Rock and the board of the Arkansas Council for International Visitors. He was a delegate to the U.S./U.S.S.R. Emerging Leaders Summit sponsored by the American Center for International Leadership.

On The Road To The Mansion

Arkansas' Lieutenant Governor Has His Eyes Set On 1994 And The State's Top Job

Lt. Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, the featured speaker at the Arkansas Business of the Year Awards Banquet on Feb. 6, is not a native Arkansan.

Tucker was born June 13, 1943, at Oklahoma City. But Tucker's family moved to Little Rock shortly after his birth, and most people consider him about as Arkansan as one can get.

With a family that produced a state auditor, a White County judge and a state commissioner of mines and agriculture, it seemed inevitable that Jim Guy Tucker would seek office.

The 1964 graduate of Harvard University went to Vietnam in 1965 and 1967 as a civilian correspondent, writing free-lance articles for the Arkansas Democrat and other publications. In 1966, Tucker taught at American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and worked for the Agency for International Development in Washington.

Tucker later earned a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, joining Little Rock's Rose firm soon after graduation.

Tucker began his political career in 1970 when he was elected prosecuting attorney for Pulaski and Perry counties at age 27. In 1972, he was elected to the first of two terms as state attorney general.

Tucker was elected to Congress in 1976, replacing the retiring Wilbur Mills as 2nd District representative and earning a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee that Mills had chaired.

The Jaycees selected Tucker as one of the "10 Outstanding Young Men in America" in 1978.

Following two political defeats, once by then Gov. David Pryor in the race for the Senate in 1978 and the other by Bill Clinton in the race for governor four years later, Tucker left politics. He joined a Little Rock law firm and proved himself to be a capable businessman, forming County Cable Limited Partnership in 1983 along with his wife, Betty. The company, which provided cable television service to suburban areas of central Arkansas, succeeded beyond Tucker's wildest imagination.

Tucker made his political comeback in 1990 when he ran for lieutenant governor. He finished the seven-man Democratic primary with 53 percent of the vote. In November, he defeated Republican Muskie Harris with 74 percent of the vote.

Now, Tucker has his eyes set on the 1994 governor's race. In fact, many consider him the heir apparent to Clinton.
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Title Annotation:biographical profiles of Arkansas Business of the Year jurors; includes article on Arkansas' Lieutenant Governor
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Biography
Date:Jan 27, 1992
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