In 1961, J.B. Hunt founded the J.B. Hunt Company in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Mr. Hunt, now age 65, served as president and chairman of the board of the company from its formation in 1962 until 1982. Since 1982, he has continued as chairman of the board.

The J.B. Hunt Company opened its doors for business with only five employees. Within five years, the company grew to be the world's largest poultry litter producer. In 1969, the company purchased a small trucking concern of five trucks and seven trailers and in 1972 moved the flourishing trucking firms, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., from Stuttgart to Lowell, Arkansas.

J.B. Hunt Transport in now s publicly traded irregular route common carrier transporting truckload quantities of general freight through the 48 contiguous states, Canada and Mexico. The company's annual revenues have grown from an initial $100,000 to $734.3 million in 1991. By the end of 1991, the company owned a fleet of more than 5,500 tractors and 12,000 dry van trailers, and employed over 8,000 people.

In January 1990, J.B. Hunt Transport entered into a joint venture with Santa Fe Railroad to form a intermodal division. Since then, Hunt has entered into agreements with several major railroads, significantly expanding its intermodal business. Hunt Transport also established a flatbed division in 1990, further expanding its market reach.

Mr. Hunt, a life-long Arkansan, and his wife Johnelle have been married for forty years. Like the company, the Hunts have resided in various regions of Arkansas, but have now moved to the northwest part of the state where they raise Santa Gertrudis cattle.

Mr. Hunt is currently a member of the Board of Daystar, Inc., a media ministry of he First Baptist Church of Springdale, Arkansas. He is also a member of the Arkansas Business Council, the Board of Trustees of the Baptist Medical System Foundation, the Business Advisory Committee of the Transportation Center at Northwestern University, the American Studies Institute Advisory Board at Harding University, and a director of the American Trucking Associations Foundation. In May 1991, Mr. Hunt was honored by the Arkansas Motor Carriers Association as the first inductee in the AMCA hall of Fame.