Movers & Shakers (Jan. 9, 2012)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 12:00 am  

Matthew Swaim, who is on the staff of WER Architects & Planners of Little Rock, has been licensed as an architect by the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects & Interior Designers. Swaim graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1994 and worked for firms in Arkansas and California. He returned to Arkansas in 2011 and completed his licensure test in September.

Financial Services
Matt Hicks has been promoted to vice president of lending for the northwest Arkansas region of Liberty Bank of Arkansas. Hicks, who works in the office on West Walnut Street in Rogers, began his career with Jonesboro-based Liberty Bank in 2004 and was most recently assistant vice president for lending at the Thompson branch in Springdale.

Health Care
Carol A. Ammon of Wilmington, Del., founder and retired chairman of Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., has been named chairman of the advisory board of the Myeloma Institute for Research & Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Other board members are Michael Birnbaum and Ken Halliday, both of San Antonio; Louis Cella of St. Louis; Lucia Dougherty of Miami; Stephen Engstrom and Jimmy Moses, both of Little Rock; Denny Holman of Dallas; Bob Kohler of Fayetteville; Denis McDonald of New Orleans; Dag Skattum of London, England; Joseph Walker of Dana Point, Calif.; and William Webb of Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. John Lane and Dr. Ralph Daher have joined the staff of Sparks Health System of Fort Smith. Lane, a board-certified family physician, is practicing at the Greenwood Family Medical Clinic in Greenwood. Daher, who is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, is practicing with Sparks Renal Care Associates in Fort Smith.

Joseph Smith, senior vice president of private programs and chief information officer for Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Little Rock, has been named one of the "Elite 8" executives for 2011 by Insurance & Technology magazine.

Jeff Gardner, CEO of Windstream Corp., will be recognized as the Clara Barton Distinguished Humanitarian of the Year by the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas at a luncheon Jan. 18 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock.

Real Estate
Bob Buffalo has joined Baxley-Penfield-Moudy Realtors, which has offices in Bryant and Benton. Buffalo previously spent 30 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency at Ozark.

Tara Miller has joined the commercial real estate firm of NAI Halsey at Jonesboro as a leasing specialist. Miller is a native of Randolph County and a graduate of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro.  

Olan Reeves, a member of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, has been elected president of the Southwest Power Pool Regional State Committee for 2012.



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