Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock announced Monday that Mandy Richardson has been promoted to publisher of the company’s monthly city magazine, Little Rock Soirée.

Richardson had previously served four years as advertising director. As publisher, she will oversee all facets of the magazine’s operations.  

“Mandy has done an outstanding job building the sales team for Soirée, and has worked tirelessly with Editor-in-Chief Sandra McGrew to help craft the future of the Soirée brand,” said Olivia Farrell, CEO of Arkansas Business Publishing Group (ABPG), the parent company of Little Rock Soirée.

Richardson’s promotion comes as Farrell, who has been publisher of Soirée since its inception in 2002, plans to spend more time on other ABPG projects.

Richardson brings more than 14 years of communications, sales and management experience to the publisher role. Before working at ABPG, she was regional account manager and team leader for Commerce Bank and director of marketing for Centers for Youth & Families in Little Rock.

“I am confident that Mandy's leadership paired with the talents and energy of the Soirée team are going to be a winning combination,” ABPG President Mitch Bettis said.

Richardson received a masters degree in media communication from Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri and a bachelors degree in corporate communication from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.


About ABPG

Arkansas Business Publishing Group is a niche-publishing company that also owns a Web development firm, FLEX360. ABPG produces more than 20 publications, including magazines and websites.

Its products include Arkansas Business, the state’s business news authority; Little Rock Family, a monthly parenting magazine launched in 1994; and Little Rock Soirée, a monthly magazine covering nonprofits, fashion, food and events in Little Rock since 2002.

Other publications include Arkansas Bride, Guest Guide to Greater Little Rock, Arkansas Next: A Guide to Life After High School and Arkansas AgBusiness.