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AMP’S 2021 FUTURE 50

Arkansas Money & Politics is proud to showcase its Future 50 for 2021. The Future 50 represents those Arkansans — business, political, cultural leaders — recognized by AMP readers as poised to do big things in their fields.
They could be up-and-comers, business leaders already established or industry veterans who have switched fields. But they all share one thing in common — from them, big things are expected. Highlighted by the subject of this month’s cover, Rock Dental Brands CEO Kristi Crum, this year’s Future 50 installment runs the gamut of Arkansas industry, from tech startups to government service.


Bill Sowell and his wife, Cindy, have worked side-by- side together for more than 20 years. The duo have made Sowell Management one of the most successful and trusted investment firms in the entire state. Outside of dollar signs and portfolios, Sowell enjoys golfing, boating and duck hunting.

Elyse Smith

Ex-TD Ameritrade Director Joins Sowell Management

A former TD Ameritrade director has jumped ship as the firm continues its integration with Charles Schwab.
Elyse Smith, who served as director of advisor services and business transitions at TD, is joining Sowell Management, a Little Rock, Ark.- based RIA with nearly $3.4bn in assets under management. She will serve as managing director of advisor services and business transitions.

Sowell Management Continues Expansion, Hires Krier As Managing Director Of Business Development

Sowell Management is expanding its business development team, hiring a new managing director of business development.
Amber Krier has been named to the new managing director role, where she will oversee the firm’s growth opportunities. In addition, Krier will be responsible for heading up Sowell Management’s comprehensive relationship management and identifying the best solutions to serve the firm’s advisors.

Bill Sowell standing in front of Sowell Management logo

Pushing to Put Investors First

For Bill Sowell, “fiduciary” is more than a word, even more than a duty.
It’s his business philosophy. As CEO of Sowell Management, a registered investment adviser in North Little Rock, he embraces a legal obligation to put clients’ financial interests first. And he’s frustrated that the requirement doesn’t apply to everyone across the investing industry.

Sowell Management, Local Hidden Treasure

As financial
nothing to sneeze at, is far from a towering glass-and-steel edifice befitting Gordon Gekko of Wall Street fame. Tucked into an office park just yonder of Maumelle, the single-story building is custom-built but to a passerby might serve one of a thousand utilitarian purposes. Inside, the open, functional space seats its occupants comfortably if not lavishly, right down to senior management offices. Family photos dot desks and scenes from Arkansas’ outdoors hang on the wall.

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