Steven M. Anthony, president of one of Arkansas’ largest logging companies, has been appointed to the state’s Racing Commission, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Friday.
Anthony replaces Butch Rice, whose five-year term expired on Friday.
The Arkansas Racing Commission regulates horse and greyhound racing and casino gaming businesses in the state.
Anthony’s term at the Racing Commission will expire on January 14, 2027.
“Steven Anthony is Arkansas at his heart,” Hutchinson said in a press release. “He grew up working in the family lumber business, which was founded in 1907. He knows the law and he knows how to run a business. The racing commission will be an even stronger agency thanks to his legal training, his networking professional experience and life experience.
Anthony is the president of Anthony Timberlands Inc. His forestry company operates five Arkansas sawmills, several secondary processing facilities and 180,000 acres of timberlands in the south-central part of the state, the governor’s statement said. .
An Arkansas Business article ranked Anthony Timberland Inc. as the seventh largest forest products company in the state.
Anthony is the son of John Ed Anthony of Hot Springs and Mary Lynn Dudley of Little Rock. He was born in Fayetteville and raised in Fordyce, where he graduated from high school in 1979.
The governor’s press release did not state that John Ed Anthony, president of Anthony Timberlands, owns Shortleaf Stable of Hot Springs, which runs thoroughbreds at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort and other racetracks. According to the Equibase.com website, the team had 106 race starts in 2021, with 28 wins, 21 seconds and nine thirds, and earnings of $2.3 million.
According to the governor’s press release, Steven Anthony and his wife, Gay, live in Fordyce. They have two sons, Addison, who works at Anthony Hardwood Composites in Sheridan, and Wilson, who works at Anthony Timberlands. They also have four grandchildren.
Anthony began his career with Anthony Timberlands Inc. as a teenager when he spent summers pulling wood on the Green Range.
In 1983, Anthony graduated summa cum laude from Washington & Lee University with a degree in business administration. He received his JD in 1986 from the University of Arkansas Law School in Fayetteville and is licensed to practice law in Arkansas.
Anthony joined the forestry business full time in 1986 as Vice President of Legal Affairs. In 1995 he became vice president of pine production and in 2004 he was named president.
He is past chairman of the Arkansas Forestry Commission and past president of the Arkansas Forestry Association and the Southern Forest Products Association. He serves on the board of directors of the Bank of Bearden and on the executive committee of the Arkansas Forestry Association.