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Hope in Haiti, Day 2: First Impressions

Eric Olson, SBJ Editor“Is there any hope in Haiti?”
I’m told by our veteran travelers most visitors to Haiti find themselves asking that question. Continue reading ‘Hope in Haiti, Day 2: First Impressions’

Hope in Haiti, Day 1, Part II: What does Drew Brees have to do with Convoy of Hope?

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorOn the flight from Dallas to Miami, I glanced up at the cabin TVs and saw the Convoy of Hope name flash across the screen as NFL quarterback Drew Brees was talking. Continue reading ‘Hope in Haiti, Day 1, Part II: What does Drew Brees have to do with Convoy of Hope?’

Simmons First buys the other Metropolitan National Bank

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorPine Bluff, Ark.-based Simmons First National Corp. (Nasdaq-GS: SFNC) yesterday received federal approval to buy Metropolitan National Bank – but not that Metropolitan National Bank.

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Mercy Foundation offers sneak peek of ortho hospital

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorMembers of the Mercy Health Foundation and invited guests got the first look last night at Mercy’s new orthopedic hospital that formally opens tomorrow with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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A look at Hammons’ casino license

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorOut of the Chicago area this week comes a report on the life of John Q. Hammons and his impact on the city of Joliet.

Did you know Hammons is responsible for bringing riverboat gaming to a city southwest of Chicago?

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What others are saying about Hammons

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorA few more stories about the life and business of John Q. Hammons have rolled into our newsroom.

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The curious and controversial life of John Q. Hammons

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorReports in other markets are offering perspectives on how  Springfield-based hotelier John Q. Hammons impacted their communities. In some cases, there is controversy; in others, curiosity that stems from a mix of modesty and conceit.

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Colleagues not short on Hammons’ stories

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorFollowing the May 26 death of Springfield businessman John Q. Hammons, we asked Springfield Business Journal readers for their most memorable experiences with the iconic hotelier and philanthropist. I’m posting a few below and expect more to come in.

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My Day with the Attorneys’ Friend

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorIt doesn’t take much time with Crista Hogan to learn if you’re going to keep up, you’d better quicken your step.

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2005 interview captures legacy of John Q. Hammons

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorAs I was reflecting on the legacy of John Q. Hammons and scanning through our editorial archives, I stumbled upon a column I wrote in July 2005. I was granted a face-to-face interview in his office in the John Q. Hammons Building, and we chatted on the record for about 15 minutes.

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