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Review: 2012 Walmart Shareholders Meeting

Posted on 02 June 2012 by admin

The 2012 Walmart Shareholders Meeting was a tremendous success from both a business and an entertainment standpoint.

Justin Timberlake arrived on stage in a hula skirt, reminiscent of Sam Walton’s famous Hula Dance on Wall Street, and entertained the crowd as he emceed throughout the morning. A bevy of entertainers surprised the crowd of around 14,000 associates and shareholders as the meeting moved along. Entertainment included the Zac Brown BandVictoria Matlock, Juanes, Take 6, Ariele MacadangdangLadysmith Black Mambazo, Lionel Richie, Taylor Swift, and Celine Dion.

Here are more photos from the event. (Source: Walmart)

Shareholders heard from CFO Charles Holley, President of Walmart International Doug McMillion and CEO Mike Duke during the business portion of the meeting. The reports were rosy, as Walmart has seen improved comp-store sales in recent quarters and it’s share price has hit levels not seen in more than a decade.

Rob Walton, chairman of the board of directors, announced preliminary results of shareholder voting which showed that all 15 current board members were re-elected and Marissa Mayer of Google was elected as the 16th director. Shareholder proposals failed to receive the majority votes needed to pass.

The shareholders meeting wrapped up a long week of events, during which shareholders and associates were immersed in Walmart culture and history, and were entertained by artists such as Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and several others.


Walmart 2012 Annual Shareholders Meeting on Friday

Posted on 31 May 2012 by admin

The Walmart 2012 Annual Shareholder Meeting is tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. We’ve been told that Fergie was in Bentonville today, but we don’t know for sure who will be emceeing and entertaining.

Shareholders are required to bring an admittance slip, which  they should’ve received by mail. Otherwise, they can bring an account statement or other written proof of ownership of Walmart stock. A photo ID is also required for entry.

Walmart shareholders and associates from around the world have been enjoying the week in Northwest Arkansas in advance of the actual meeting on Friday.

On Tuesday night they were entertained by Carrie Underwood and Chris Young, followed by Aerosmith and Cheap Trick on Wednesday. They’ve been kept busy by tours of the Walmart Visitor Center and Crystal Bridges, visits to the Walmart Home Office and area Walmart Stores, as well as business meetings and training sessions.


Aerosmith and Cheap Trick to Entertain Walmart Shareholders Tonight

Posted on 30 May 2012 by admin

Aerosmith and Cheap Trick are the featured entertainment at the Walmart Shareholders Meeting tonight in Fayetteville. The concert begins at 7:00 at Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas Campus.

This year Walmart issued tickets to Associates through Ticketmaster, so if you don’t have a ticket, you won’t be able to get in. (A couple of requests for tickets have been posted on Craigslist, but no sight of any sellers.)

UPDATE: Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, who is also a host of American Idol, was reported sighted at a movie theatre in Rogers.

@RogersLana: What does rock star Steven Tyler do w/downtime when he comes to Rogers AR for #WMTShares? He sees #TheAvengers at @Malco Promenade Mall


History of the Walmart Shareholders Meeting

Posted on 29 May 2012 by admin

As we kick off the Walmart Shareholders Meeting week in Northwest Arkansas, here’s some great reading on the evolution and history of the meeting:

Talk Business: Wal-Mart Shareholders’ Meetings: An Evolution

In the early days analysts and a few local shareholders would come to Bentonville for a routine meeting on Friday then they were treated to a special event on Saturday — a golf tournament in Bella Vista, a day of fishing on Bull Shoals Lake or floating and camping on Sugar Creek near Noel, Mo., according to Walton’s biography.

Walton shared a story of how one float trip nearly met with disaster when a few folks had difficulty “staying the boat after a few too many beers at the barbecue.” From then on alcohol was banned from the annual meetings.

NWAonline: Walmart Meetings Grow (subs req)

Shareholders meetings often featured a meal on the lawn of the Walton home near where the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art now brings art to small-town America.

“There was always lunch on Sam and Helen’s lawn,” said Ed Clifford, who retired from a Walmart career that started in 1984. Clifford heads the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce. “Even after the meetings were held in Fayetteville, associates would take a bus up to their home and take a picture by their mailbox that said, ‘Sam and Helen Walton.’”


Carrie Underwood Performs at Walmart Shareholders Meeting Tonight

Posted on 29 May 2012 by admin

Carrie Underwood and a special guest will perform tonight at the Walmart Shareholders Meeting in Fayetteville. The show begins at 7:00 at Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus.

Tickets have been distributed to Walmart associates, so you may want to get in touch with a friend at Walmart if you want guaranteed admission. Although members of the public have been allowed to enter after all ticket holders at past shareholder concerts, it could be different this  year.

UPDATE: Aerosmith and Cheap Trick will be performing on Wednesday night, as we mentioned in a post last week. Tickets are also required for entrance to this concert.

UPDATE II: Word floating around is that Chris Young will be the “special guest” tonight. He tweeted earlier:

@ChrisYoungMusic: “Fayetteville I love you but running your hills around here sucks!”
@ChrisYoungMusic: “In Fayetteville, AR tonight for a private gig. Been too long since I have been on the bus. Enjoying the hell out of it.”

Entertainment at the 2012 Walmart Shareholders Meeting

Posted on 14 May 2012 by admin

Rumors are swirling around possible entertainment during the week of the 2012 Walmart Shareholders Meeting, but here are several likely candidates that we’re hearing right now:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Aerosmith
  • Cheap Trick
  • Bret Michaels

There are normally a couple of nights of concerts preceding the shareholders meeting, which takes place on Friday, June 1. During the actual meeting, which begins at 7:00 AM, there is traditionally a celebrity emcee (such as Sinbad or Adam Sandler) as well as musical entertainment (such as Kris Allen or Enrique Iglesias).

We’ll keep you up to date as we find out more…


Rick Santorum to Speak in Northwest Arkansas

Posted on 26 March 2012 by admin

Image: ABC News

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum will be the speaker at the upcoming Republican Party of Benton County Lincoln Day Dinner.

The dinner will take place on May 4th at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.

Tickets are scheduled to become available this week.

For more information, contact Mike Sevak at 479-936-1524 or


Where to Watch Super Bowl 2012 in Northwest Arkansas

Posted on 29 January 2012 by Courtney

Looking for a place to watch the New York Giants and New England Patriots square off? Whether you’re watching for the game or the ads, Northwest Arkansas has some great places to watch the big game. Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • Beef O’ Brady’s – Bentonville. The watch party starts at 4 pm with trivia, squares, prizes and game day food.
  • JJ’s Bar and Grill – locations in Fayetteville and Rogers
  • Louie’s Grill and Bar – locations in Fayetteville and Rogers
  • Grub’s Bar & Grille and Grub’s Uptown – both in Fayetteville
  • Hutch’s Sports Bar – Fayetteville
  • Farrell’s Lounge Bar & Grill – Fayetteville
  • White Oak Station – Rogers
  • Foghorn’s – Fayetteville
  • Ryleigh’s Sports & More – Fayetteville
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – locations in Bentonville, Springdale and Fayetteville