Bank OZK Chairman and CEO George Gleason was honored by the Commercial Real Estate Council of Metro Little Rock as its 2020 Person of the Year.The award is for a person in the metro Little Rock market who made a significant impact and the nearly $100 million headquarters campus in west Little Rock is very significant.Located at The Ranch along Highway 10, the Bank OZK headquarters features nearly 250,000 square feet that the Council called a “watershed event for commercial real estate development in Little Rock.”And Bank OZK isn’t done as the Council noted there’s more coming as there’s “a long-term plan for expansion and development that will compound other growth in the Highway 10 corridor.”A remarkable development for a financial institution with deep Arkansas roots and started as Bank of Ozark with a single building on Highway 64 in Ozark, another branch followed in Altus and that growth continued, along with some name changes, to a 10-state behemoth with nearly 300 locations and billions of dollars in assets.
Other finalists were Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Henry C. Kelley Jr., Kelley Commercial Partners.The late Dickson Flake received the first Legacy Award. Dickson co-founded Barnes, Quinn, Flake & Anderson, Inc., now Colliers International | Arkansas, and worked for 55 years in commercial real estate. Some projects he developed include:
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield’s downtown Little Rock headquarters
USAble Corporate Center
Systematics headquarters, now Fidelity
Arkansas Department of Human Services downtown Little Rock headquarters
Jones Eye Institute at UAMS
Alltel Arena, now Simmons Arena
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