Congratulations go out to Healthy Connections, Inc., Chief Executive Officer Tony Calandro for being named to the 2021 Arkansas 250 list.

The Arkansas 250, which is produced by Arkansas Business, features Arkansas’ most influential business leaders from many industries across the state.

“Each year we compare notes with executives and leaders from every region and each major industry category in the state. We mine board of directors lists for publicly traded companies, universities, and nonprofit organizations,” said Chris Bahn, publisher of Arkansas 250. “We deep dive into reporting from media outlets, including Arkansas Business, to identify the business, political, and quality of life stories that mattered most. It is important to us that this list includes people actively plotting the course of our state.”

Calandro is in his 11th year as CEO of Healthy Connections. Last year he was named a finalist for Arkansas Nonprofit Executive of the Year.

“I am honored to have been included in such a prestigious list of Arkansas business leaders,” Calandro said. “This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of our Healthy Connections staff. This recognition is a reflection of the job they did throughout the past year.”

Arkansas Business praised Calandro for Healthy Connections growth in recent years. This has included expansion to areas like Little Rock, Bryant, and Hot Springs Village, and new services being made available to patients throughout the region.

Calandro is listed amongst many of the state’s top healthcare leaders including:

  • Chad Aduddell, CEO CHI St. Vincent
  • Chris Barber, President and CEO of St. Bernard’s Healthcare
  • Marcy Dodderer, President and CEO of Arkansas Children’s
  • Matt Troup, CEO Conway Regional Health System
  • Troy Wells, President and CEO Baptist Health

The list also includes business leaders from nearly every industry in Arkansas, including prominent names such as:

  • Warren Stephens, CEO of Stephens, Inc.,
  • Jim Walton, Chairman and CEO of Arvest Bank Group
  • Asa Hutchinson
  • Hunter Yurachek, Vice-Chancellor and Director of Athletics, University of Arkansas

See the complete list at

Healthy Connections is a Mena-based Community Health Network with locations throughout southwest and central Arkansas. Since its founding as a home-visiting program in 1998, Healthy Connections has been able to provide much-needed health, dental, behavioral health, and social services to families of every lifestyle. Services include primary care/family medicine, specialty services including cardiology, podiatry, and women’s health, My Kids Pediatric Clinic, Evolve Behavioral Health Services and Medication Management, Health For Life Clinic, Healthy Families Arkansas Polk and Garland counties, and more. Learn more about Healthy Connections at