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Kay Kelley Arnold Age: 38 Title: VP/Communications of Arkansas Power & Light Co.

Robert Birch Jr. Age: 42 Title: EVP of Twin City Bank Update: Birch recently was named chairman of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business Advisory Council. The council is comprised of top business executives in central Arkansas.

Curt Bradbury Age: 43 Title: Chairman, President and CEO of Worthen Banking Corp. Update: Among his many civic duties, Bradbury is president of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce and heads the Future-Little Rock task force on economic development. Professionally, he continues to guide Worthen to bigger and better things -- the bank will be merging with Union National Bank of Arkansas, with a target date of Jan. 1, 1993.

Graham Catlett Age: 40 Title: Partner in the Catlett & Stubblefield law firm Update: As of last week, Catlett was scheduled to be out of town for three weeks -- in Russia. Quality Products International Inc., a food distributorship of which Catlett is president, reportedly is going strong.

Meredith Catlett Age: 40 Title: Partner in the Friday Eldredge & Clark law firm

Mark Abernathy Age: 43 Title: Owner of Juanita's Mexican Cafe & Bar and Blue Mesa Update: Abernathy undertook the ambitious project of directing August in Arkansas, a four-day music and food festival at Little Rock's Riverfront Park. Despite unseasonably cool August weather, the first-time event fell well short of anticipated attendance and the project lost money.

Dennis Davis Age: 46 Title: Consultant to Arkansas Aerospace Inc. Update: Davis recently resigned as president of Arkansas Aerospace Inc. However, he will stay on as a consultant for the Little Rock company, a subsidiary of British Aerospace Inc.

John Flake Age: 44 Title: Partner in Flake Tabor Tucker Wells & Kelley Inc.

Don Jack Age: 50 Title: Partner in the Jack Lyon & Jones law firm

Barnett Grace Age: 48 Title: Chairman, President and CEO of First Commercial Corp.

Max Brantley Age: 42 Title: Editor of Arkansas Times Update: At this time a year ago, Brantley was columnist for the Arkansas Gazette, which was folded by Gannett Co. on Oct. 18. Brantley joined the Times on Dec. 1 and oversaw its transition from a monthly magazine to a general-interest weekly in May.

Dick Holbert Age: 49 Title: President of Central Flying Service

Millie Ward Age: 38 Title: Principal of Stone & Ward Update: Millie Ward became even more prominent in the advertising community when she and Larry Stone broke away from Resneck Stone Ward & Associates and emerged as Stone & Ward.

Steve Barnes Age: 42 Title: News Anchor at KARK-TV, Channel 4

Walter E. Hussman Jr. Age: 45 Title: Publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Update: Hussman, publisher of the Arkansas Democrat since 1978, emerged victorious in the intense Little Rock newspaper war Oct. 18. On that date, he purchased the assets of the Arkansas Gazette from Gannett Co. for $67 million.

Ron W. Strother Age: 43 Title: President/COO of First Commercial Bank

Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Age: 43 Title: Investor

William Scholl Age: 45 Title: EVP and Chief Lending Officer of Worthen National Bank of Arkansas Update: Scholl's tenure as chairman of Junior Achievement of Arkansas ended in July, but he is still active with the growing scholastic program and is on the board of directors.

Jim Moses Age: 43 Title: Partner in Moses-Nosari Real Estate Update: Moses and his partner, Jim Nosari, recently broke from architectural partners John Allison and Rick Redden to form Moses-Nosari.

Wally Allen Age: 43 Title: General partner of Holiday Inn West in Little Rock

Mark Grobmyer Age: 41 Title: Partner of the Arnold Grobmyer & Haley law firm Update: Grobmyer, Moses and Allen all were major forces behind Little Rock 2000, an ambitious project that sought voter approval for two half-cent sales tax increases to fund several projects in Little Rock. Included were a Diamond Center sports and entertainment arena, expansion of War Memorial Stadium and street improvements. The proposal ran into opposition by a faction led by Jim Lynch and was denied at the polls Oct. 8.

Stephen Stoltz Age: 40 Title: Chairman/CEO of Polyvend Inc. in Conway Update: Stoltz has moved to Loveland, Colo., to oversee Polyvend's new division there, Polymold Inc. Plans are for Stoltz to direct Polymold for two years. He remains CEO of the Conway company, too.

Jim Dailey Age: 50 Title: President of Dailey's Office Furniture Co. Update: Dailey, a proponent of Little Rock 2000, is chairman of the Future-Little Rock task force on public safety. He's running for re-election to the city board of directors with the hopes of being voted mayor by the board in its first January meeting. He's also on the steering committee of the National League of Cities.

James L. "Skip" Rutherford Age: 42 Title: Assistant to Clinton-Gore Campaign Chairman David Wilhelm Update: Rutherford, who was vice president for public and government affairs for Arkla Inc. and with the company for eight years, had been involved on a volunteer basis since last year in Gov. Bill Clinton's run for president. He joined the campaign full time Sept. 9.

Barbara Graves Age: 44 Title: President of Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions

Bill Clark Age: 49 Title: CEO and President of CDI Contractors Inc. Update: Clark's firm continues to grow. It ranks 156th among the nation's commercial construction contractors this past year. He continues to serve on the board of Union National Bank of Arkansas and is in his second year on the board of the Little Rock Boys Club.

John R. Marshall Age: 42 Title: VP/Customer Services of Arkansas Power & Light Co.

H. Hall McAdams III Age: 46 Title: Chairman of Union National Bank of Arkansas Update: McAdams' bank is in the process of being acquired by Worthen National Bank of Arkansas.

Jim Keet Age: 43 Title: President of Keet Management Co. Update: At this time last year, Keet was out of the political limelight, having lost to Ray Thornton in a bid for the 2nd Congressional District seat in 1990. The former state representative is trying a return to politics, though. He's running for a state Senate seat in the Nov. 3 election. Keet faces a stiff test against incumbent John Pagan.

Gus Vratsinas Age: 48 Title: Chairman/CEO of Vratsinas Construction Co.

Sherman E. Tate Age: 46 Title: VP/Arkansas Division Operations of Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co. Update: About a year ago, Tate moved from a position of vice president of customer relations to the distribution end of the company in a division providing service to customers instate.

Warren Stephens Age: 35 Title: President and CEO of Stephens Inc.

Randall L. O'Donnell Age: 41 Title: CEO of Arkansas Children's Hospital
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