5 from local area among state’s 250 ‘most influential leaders’


Five individuals from North Central Arkansas are included in Arkansas 250, Arkansas’s Most Influential Leaders of 2019. The annual listing is published by Arkansas Business.The Arkansas 250 is intended to be a mix of household names, rising stars and those who prefer their influence and accomplishments to remain behind the scenes.The five from North Central Arkansas includes Clint Gaston of Lakeview, president/owner of Gaston’s White River Resort. Gaston is the grandson of founder Jim Gaston.



Photo: Clint Gaston

Clint Gaston is the fourth generation of his family to operate the lodge, restaurant and private club, which opened 61 years ago.

The list also includes the first husband and wife duo, Randy and Diane Zook, who list both Melbourne and Little Rock as their homes.



Photo: Randy and Diane Zook. Photo courtesy littlerocksoiree.com

Diane Zook is a former teacher, administrator and business owner now in her sixth year on the state board of education.

Randy Zook is president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas.

Also making the list is Mike Masterson of Harrison. Masterson is an independent columnist and correspondent, whose work appears in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.



Photo: Mike Masterson. Photo courtesy savetheozarks.com

Newton County resident Mike Mills of Ponca also made the Arkansas 250. Mills is the founder of Buffalo Outdoor Center and a recent inductee into the Arkansas State Tourism Hall of Fame.



Photo: Mike Mills

While not from North Central Arkansas, former state Senator Percy Malone of Arkadelphia has a Mountain Home connection. Malone is the owner of AllCare Pharmacy with 16 locations in Arkansas, including Mountain Home.



Photo: Percy Malone

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