Movers & Shakers (April 27, 2009)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Apr. 27, 2009 12:00 am  

Ron Pitts of Little Rock, immediate past president of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and its technology adviser, has received the Certified Information Technology Professional credential from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Christie King has been promoted to senior associate at the northwest Arkansas branch of Wittenberg Delony & Davidson Inc. King joined the firm in 2003. Also at WD&D,

Cindy White has been promoted to associate of the Little Rock office. White has been with the firm since 2004.

Shirley Westmoreland, office manager for the northwest Arkansas office, also has been promoted to associate. Westmoreland joined WD&D in 2001.

Jan Hubbard has joined Wilcox Group Architects in Little Rock as controller. Before joining the firm, Hubbard was controller for Commercial Electric of Maumelle.

Business Services
Alan Roberson has been named operations manager for Arkansas Document Solutions Inc. of Bigelow. Roberson will oversee the company's sales and service efforts and brings with him 18 years of industry experience.

Uche Ewelukwa, a professor of law at the University of Arkansas of Fayetteville, has won the 2009 Human Rights Essay Award sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. Ewelukwa's essay, "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Child Today: Progress or Problems?," was part of the competition's theme of "60 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Its Contemporary Normative Impact."

Dave Robertson has been named new director of the Family Enterprise Center in the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Robertson comes to the university from Baldor Electric Co. of Fort Smith, where he has worked as treasury manager since 2006. He replaces Kermit Kuehn, who was the half-time director.

Financial Services
Jerry Castleberry has joined Bank of Little Rock Mortgage as a loan officer. Castleberry has more than a decade of industry experience in central and southern Arkansas. Sam Eary also has joined the bank as a loan officer. Eary has nearly 10 years of residential lending experience.

Health Care
Dr. Ammar M. Safar, director of the vitreo-retinal service at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences of Little Rock, has been named to the Martha Wood Bentley Chair in Ophthalmology. Safar graduated from Aleppo University School of Medicine in Syria and joined UAMS in 2001.

Dr. Jeannette M. Shorey II, an associate dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences of Little Rock, has been voted chair-elect of the Association of Academic Medical Colleges Group on Faculty Affairs. The group supports faculty and institutional leaders at the nation's academic medical centers.

Jim Jackson of the Jackson Law Firm in Little Rock has been named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association of Washington, D.C.

Ron Barron has been elected to the board of Healing Farms Retreat & Integrated Recovery Services Inc. of Hensley. Six other new board members will join Barron, including Alison Oliveto Beaudoin, Richard Berthelot, Elizabeth Gitchel, Chris Johnson, Ruth Pasquine and Sharlette Pumphrey.

Real Estate
David Sparks has been hired as a real estate agent at Phillips Moudy Duke Real Estate of Benton. Sparks has been in real estate since 1985 and was previously owner and principal broker of his own agency, David Sparks Realty Inc.

Greg Calaway also has been hired as a real estate agent for the firm. Calaway has been in business in the Saline County area for 25 years. He has owned and operated Pro Cleaners for the past 17 years.

Gary Balentine has been hired as a real estate agent at Crye-Leike's branch office in North Little Rock. Before joining Crye-Leike, Balentine was a vice president with Tak-A-Taco of North Little Rock for four years.

Russell Sawyer also has joined Crye-Leike at its Cabot branch. Before working in residential real estate, Sawyer was in the U.S. Air Force for nine years on active duty.

Patricia Cooper and Patsy Fowler have joined Exit Realty's Little Rock office.

A.J. Phillips, vice president of industrial relations for ABF Freight Systems Inc. of Fort Smith, will retire May 30 after 37 years of service with the company. Phillips has served in his current position for seven years. William David Evans will assume the position vacated by Phillips. Evans has been with ABF since 1979 and has worked as branch manager at the company's Newport, Little Rock and Atlanta service centers. He most recently worked as vice president of sales in Kansas City, Mo.



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