Rick Brown Promoted at James Cone Construction (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 12:00 am  

Rick Brown, James Cone Construction

Business Services

Jason Burt of Little Rock was awarded Best Portrait of a Man and first place in the commercial photography division at the 2012 Professional Photographers of the Ozarks print competition for his photograph “Avionics Tech.”


Rick Brown has been promoted from general superintendent to vice president of construction operations at James Cone Construction in Little Rock. He has been with the company for 19 years.

Robert Adams has joined East-Harding Inc. as a commercial construction estimator and project manager.

Richard Hedgecock has been named executive vice president of the Arkansas chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. He previously served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. John Sullivan of Oklahoma.


Vincent Harding and W. Stephen Smith have received honorary degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Harding, who worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. to advance civil rights and remains an advocate for nonviolent social change, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Smith, a UA alumnus and professor of voice at Northwestern University who developed a new approach to teaching the art of signing that promotes self-expression, received a Doctor of Arts & Humane Letters.

Gisela Erf, Christa Hestekin, Hoyt Purvis and Javier Reyes have received Honors College Distinguished Faculty Awards at the University of Arkansas for their role in supporting the university’s honors students.

Stephanie Vander-slice of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway has been named the 2012 Arkansas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement & Support of Education.

Dr. Linda Worley, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, has received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Academic Psychiatry. Worley is a past president of the association and is vice president of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. She also serves as a staff psychiatrist at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Women’s Primary Care Clinic and as an educational consultant in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Financial Services

Kami Taylor Coleman has been promoted to vice president of professional development and Taylor Jackson has been hired as education coordinator at the Arkansas Bankers Association.

Greg Shaver and Karen E. Shaw have taken new positions at Citizens Bank of Batesville. Shaver, who joined the bank in 1975 and has served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the last seven years, has been named EVP and secretary-treasurer. Shaw, who has been with the bank for 10 years, has been moved into the role of senior vice president and CFO. Before the move, she served as senior vice president and loan review officer.

J.C. Scemons has joined AgHeritage Farm Credit Services in the Brinkley office. Prior to the move, Scemons was a senior claims representative with Southern Farm Bureau.


Landi Mkhize, Mat-thew Rose and Mark Rye have been promoted at the Arkansas State Bank Department to certified bank senior examiners.

Health Care

Cathleen Shultz has been reappointed to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Shultz is dean of the Carr College of Nursing at Harding University in Searcy. A former president of the board, Shultz has served as the board’s education committee chair since 2011.

Dr. Robin Devan has joined the palliative care program, which focuses on improving the quality of life for people with serious illnesses, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She sees patients in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and is an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in the College of Medicine.

Dr. F. Roosevelt Gilliam III of Cardiology Associates and St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro has been named the recipient of the Bill Hartman Award from his alma mater, the University of Georgia in Athens. The award is the highest given to former student athletes for excellence in their professions or service to others.


Michelle W. Elliott of Longview, Texas, has been hired at Regions Insurance Inc. as senior vice president and producer. Elliott has 30 years of property and casualty insurance experience, with 24 of those years specializing in transportation insurance.


J. Bruce Cross, Allen Dobson, Donna Galchus, Russell Gunter, Ben Shipley and Carolyn Witherspoon of Cross Gunter Witherspoon & Galchus PC of Little Rock have been included in the 2012 Mid-South Super Lawyers directory as top attorneys in employment and labor law. Scotty Shively was listed in the alternative dispute resolution category, and Amber Bagley, Missy Duke and Jess Sweere were noted in the publication as Rising Stars.


Sara Koeninger has been promoted to senior vice president of corporate services at Balcones Resources Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas, and with facilities in Dallas and Little Rock. Prior to the move, Koeninger was project manager for the company’s new $25 million materials recovery facility in Austin, which opened on time and on budget in September.


Emily Miles of Little Rock has joined Mangan Holcomb Partners as an account executive. She will be responsible for managing and implementing marketing and public relations projects for St. Vincent Health System and other clients.


Arist Mastorides and Jeff Harsh have been named to the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter board of directors. Mastorides, who chairs the board’s fund development committee, is vice president of the global Wal-Mart team for Kimberly-Clark North America customer development. Harsh is the Hershey Company’s Wal-Mart customer team leader for the U.S. region.



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