Movers & Shakers (March 15, 2010)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 15, 2010 12:00 am  

Charles Johnson and Susan Johnson, owners of the Kitchen Tune-Up franchise in Little Rock, were awarded the Rookie of the Year award by Kitchen Tune-Up. The award is given to the owners of the company's top-performing new franchise as judged according to performance in several categories, including sales, customer service and the range of service offerings.

Andrew B. Faulkner of Newland & Associates PLLC in Little Rock has been appointed to the central council of the Arkansas chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors.

Mike Looper of Greenwood was named the Herbert L. Rothbart Outstanding Early Career Research Scientist of 2009 by the Agricultural Research Service. The ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency. Looper is a research animal scientist with the ARS at the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center in Booneville and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

Max Good has been hired as a project engineer by Brown Engineers LLC of Little Rock. He previously worked as a project engineer for Batson Bravo Engineers in Little Rock.

Financial Services
Meg Binz has been promoted to assistant vice president at Bank of the Ozarks in Little Rock. She is branch manager of the Chenal office.

Marlene Bown has been promoted to vice president for commercial lending at Bank of the Ozarks in Little Rock. Bown was previously the assistant vice president of Bank of the Ozarks' professional and executive client group.

Brannan Hester has been promoted to assistant vice president at Bank of the Ozarks in Little Rock.  He is branch manager of the Rodney Parham office.

J.C. Halsell has been hired by First Security Bank in Little Rock as a commercial loan officer. Dudley Moll has also been hired at the Little Rock branch and joins the bank's mortgage division.

Charles Jerry Jr. and Colin Gorman, certified public accountants, have partnered to form Jerry Gorman & Associates PLLC in Bryant. The firm offers a variety of services, including individual and business tax return preparation, monthly bookkeeping, payroll services and tax and estate planning.  

Charles Warren, financial services director of the Fort Smith School District, has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Public Service Award by the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. The award recognizes CPAs who have distinguished themselves in public service activities at the local, regional, state or national level.

Health Care
John F. Eidt, director of the division of vascular surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, has been named a director of the American Board of Surgery for a six-year term beginning July 1. The American Board of Surgery is an independent nonprofit organization that offers certification to surgeons who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge.

Sharon Lamb, president of Advanced Tissue in Little Rock, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation. The foundation is the fundraising arm for the hospital and research institute.

Leah Caradine recently celebrated 50 years as a legal assistant at Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard LLC in Little Rock.

Beth Porter has been hired as an account executive by Stone Ward advertising agency in Little Rock. She previously was an account executive at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods in Little Rock.

Martha Ellen Erwin, a community volunteer from Little Rock, Marilyn Ewing, vice president of RB Ewing Builders in Little Rock, Lee Hatcher, president of Silver Spur Properties in Little Rock, John Toney, a private certified public accountant in Little Rock, and Joi Whitfield, president of Big Dog Homes of North Little Rock, have been named to the board of directors of Hearts & Hooves in Sherwood. Hearts & Hooves provides horse-assisted therapy for people with disabilities.

Barry Sellers, director of Corning's Economic Development Commission, recently graduated from the Community Development Institute at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. The CDI trains local officials, board members, faith-based affiliates and governmental officials in how to strengthen their local economies and build communities. The full program involves a curriculum of more than 100 hours with corporate, academic and governmental professionals serving as faculty. Participants take a test after completing the program before they receive their CDI certification.  

Chuck Spohn of Fox 16 in Little Rock was named chairman of the Arkansas Zoological Foundation. Anton Janik of the Mitchell Williams law firm in Little Rock was elected to the foundation's board of directors.

Real Estate
Lou Barsotti was named Crye-Leike Realtors' top agent in the central Arkansas region for 2009 by achieving the highest volume of sales for the company for the year. Barsotti works from the Bryant branch office.



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