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College of Business Alumni Chapter
hosts Annual Homecoming Breakfast

Oct. 19, 2005 -- The College of Business Alumni Chapter at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will host its annual Homecoming Breakfast to honor the 2005 Business Executives of the Year. The breakfast will be Saturday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. in the Crowley’s Ridge Room of the Holiday Inn, 3006 S. Caraway Rd.

This year’s honorees are Bruce Burrow and Ben E. Owens. Attorney General Mike Beebe, an ASU alumnus, will be the guest speaker at the breakfast.

Burrow has more than 40 years experience in the commercial real estate business. He is partner of the Jonesboro-based firm MBC●Holdings, LLC (formerly Belz-Burrow Development Group), one of the region’s largest commercial property developers specializing in shopping centers and hotel properties. Some of his developments include The Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro, Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, and the Little Rock Hilton. Burrow serves on the board of many community organizations and is the Governor-appointed Commissioner to Arkansas Department of Economic Development.

Owens has been working in the healthcare management field for more than 48 years. He is president and CEO of St. Bernards Healthcare, which at 2,400 employees is Craighead County’s largest employer. He has received two honorary doctorates, one from Arkansas State University and another from Lyon College in Batesville. Owens has received several awards throughout his years in the healthcare management field, including the A. Allen Weintraub Outstanding Hospital Administrator of the Year. He is a member of more than 30 community, state, and professional organizations, including the Advisory Council to Arkansas State University College of Business.

Beebe is currently the Arkansas Attorney General. He served as a leader of the Arkansas Senate for more than 20 years before becoming attorney general. Beebe graduated from Arkansas State University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1968 and a law degree from University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1972. He was a member of the ASU Board of Trustees from 1974-1979 and recognized as an ASU Distinguished Alumnus in 1989.

ASU College of Business Alumni are invited to attend. There is no cost for the homecoming breakfast.

To make reservations, contact Chris Collins in the College of Business at 870-972-3035 or by email at

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