Every company gives lip service to the value of employees, but Olivia told the Rotarians what I've heard her tell the ABPG staff many times: "One of my most fervent dreams was to work with the very best people." (If that's just one of her sales techniques--the exclusivity is a powerful tool--it worked on me.)
A company like ABPG is dependent on reliable vendors.
Olivia shared ownership of ABPG with a handful of investors, and they deserved a return on their investment.
ABPG has long had a community service committee, and Mitch has made clear that his top community service priority is the food insecurity that still plagues so many Arkansas families.
Bettis, 51 and an Arkadelphia native, will also be CEO of ABPG, which Farrell started in 1995 as a separate home for Arkansas Business and its sister publications.
Bettis named ABPG's new parent company Five Legged Stool LLC for a business philosophy he got from Farrell, based on serving five groups of company stakeholders.
American newspapers operate with about a third of the staffing they had in 1990, so ABPG's 65 workers were reassured to learn their jobs are safe.
Five Legged Stool now owns everything, Bettis said, from the ABPG name and all its publications to "this desk, that chair, that coffee pot, that web address, that social media account.