This is a podcast from PrimeGlobal member firm HoganTaylor in which Bob East, former owner of East Harding, Inc. and Advanced Cabling Systems, sits down with Robert Wagner to discuss how he started, grew, and sold multiple companies. Listen below. 

Bob founded East Harding, Inc. in 1974 and quickly grew it to primarily encompass commercial projects, including the convention center and baseball park in Little Rock, Ark. In 1998, Bob purchased Advanced Cabling Systems, a technology integration company specializing in structured cabling, fire alarm systems, intercom, and protection systems.

He has been a community staple in Little Rock, serving as President of the Little Rock Downtown Partnership and working with the Little Rock Airport Commission, Arkansas Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Cancer Research Center, and Bank OZK.

In this episode, Bob discusses how he overcame barriers in business and built multiple successful companies based on trust and culture.

To listen to the episode and review show notes click HERE>

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About “How That Happened”
“How That Happened” is a podcast produced by the HoganTaylor Advisory practice. For more information about the podcast, make sure to listen to the trailer episode of “How That Happened” where you’ll hear the show’s hosts discuss the format and what they hope listeners will gain from their interviews with business and community leaders.

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HoganTaylor LLP is one of the largest business advisory and public accounting firms in Oklahoma and Arkansas, with offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas. The Firm was formed out of a 2009 merger. In the years since, HoganTaylor has established its reputation as an innovative business advisory firm, increased its breadth of services, and more than doubled its size in terms of revenue and people. In 2019, the Firm ranked No. 91 on INSIDE Public Accounting’s list of the 100 largest CPA firms in the United States.

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