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Central Research, Inc.

Public Accounting - Finance

Central Research Inc. (CRI) was founded by Johnny Dillard, PhD, a retired Marine Corps Officer, Vietnam Veteran, and Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel.

We provide management and financial services solutions to the federal, state, and commercial sectors. Our growth and success reflect our ability to deliver customized business solutions in a quality- and client-focused environment.

CRI’s expansion under Johnny’s leadership from 1999 through March 2018, included a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business certification by the Center for Veterans Enterprise and an 8(a) certification by the Small Business Administration – all of which led to INC 5000 recognition of our company for six years in a row.

CRI has continued to grow from our small business roots and is currently a large business enterprise headquartered in Lowell, AR with eight satellite state offices.

Dr. Dillard and his son, Scott Dillard, worked to build Central Research into a strong, vibrant business dedicated to employing Veterans and disabled Veterans.

As President & CEO Scott Dillard’s leadership carries on the company’s founding values and service commitments.


Central Research, Inc. (CRI) offers exciting opportunities that will challenge your abilities, expand your skills and reward your contributions in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional career growth for all.

​Additionally, CRI offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and a positive work environment designed around the philosophy of mutual respect and the challenge of contributing to the continued success of our organization.

Central Research is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Core Values

As a premier services provider, CRI employs our core values of Integrity, Loyalty, and Excellence to deliver customized, quality services to our clients.

CRI conducts our business activities in accordance with the highest standards of professional behavior and ethics.

CRI is committed to the success of our clients, partners, and employees: we strive to earn loyally through trustworthy, reliable, and honest conduct.

CRI demands excellence in every aspect of its business. From our employees, to our business partners, to CRI leadership, we are dedicated to delivering excellence in all we do.