Stephen Tipton Named SVP at Centennial Bank (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, May. 13, 2013 12:00 am  

Stephen Tipton

(A correction has been made to this article. See end for details.)


Stephen Tipton has been promoted to senior vice president and credit risk management director of Centennial Bank and its parent company, Home BancShares Inc., in Conway. Tipton, a University of Arkansas business graduate, has worked for Centennial for seven years and has experience in retail, business development and lending.

John Curreri has been named senior vice president and mortgage production officer of First Federal Bank in Little Rock. Curreri has more than 14 years of mortgage lending and banking experience and has originated more than 2,000 loans. He is a graduate of the Associated Builders & Contractors School of Arkansas.


Daryl Davis and Todd Kuhn have been elected to the board of directors of Cromwell Architects Engineers in Little Rock. Davis, retired from the U.S. Navy, serves as the firm’s business manager and has been with the company since 2005. Kuhn, who has been with Cromwell since 1994, is a senior engineer and serves as director of energy services.

Jack F. See Jr., a partner with Wittenberg Delony & Davidson Inc. Architects, has been recognized as Educational Planner of the Year by the Southern region of the Council for Educational Facility Planners International. See was recognized for his service on the Arkansas Educational Facilities Task Force. He will also be eligible for the International Planner of the Year award, which will be presented later this year.


Elizabeth Caldwell has become a member of the Newland & Associates law firm in Little Rock, and Breanna Trombley has been hired as an associate attorney. Caldwell, who has an appellate practice, graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law in 2007 and specializes in estate planning, taxation and corporate and real estate transactions. Trombley, also a Bowen graduate, served as associate research editor for the UALR Law Review.


Debbie Johnson has joined the staff of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center at Harrison as its special projects and outreach coordinator. She previously served as a registered nurse and administrator at the Arkansas Department of Health for 35 years. Johnson is responsible for developing, planning, organizing and implementing a variety of activities pertaining to health outreach and special events. Larry Ramsay, a physician assistant, has also joined the staff of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison. Ramsay previously practiced family medicine at the Hurlburt Air Force Base in Mary Esther, Fla., and will be participating in regional outreach and family medicine clinics operated by NARMC. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and holds physician assistant licenses in Arkansas and Texas.

Aaron Wallace of Jonesboro has been inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Wallace, a physician at the NEA Baptist Clinic since 2011, also is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Richard Boone has been promoted to head operations and finance for the Southern & Western Group of Health Management Associates Inc. in Naples, Fla. Boone, who previously served as chief financial officer of Sparks Health System, has 25 years of experience in health care and also served as an associate administrator at Sparks. His new duties include overseeing 26 hospitals in seven states, including Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith and Summit Medical Center in Van Buren.

Angie Wilson has been named marketing director of Oasis Renewal Center in Little Rock. Wilson was previously employed with the Arkansas Times as an advertising account executive and has more than 10 years of experience in the industry.

John Bowen has been named new assistant vice president and administrator for Baptist Health Medical Center in Arkadelphia. He will be succeeding Greg Stubblefield, who was recently promoted to vice president for clinical services. Prior to joining Baptist Health, he served as system strategic planning manager for Christus Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Melissa Masingill has been promoted to vice president of public affairs of Delta Dental of Arkansas. Masingill joined the company in 2009 as director of communications and government relations and will be responsible for overseeing the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation, which guides the company’s philanthropic activity. She previously served as the assistant vice president of communications at the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care.


James Harkins, Maggie Hogan and Bill Pendergist have been named shareholder partners with Flake & Kelley Commercial in Little Rock. Harkins, a member of the company’s transactional team, is responsible for brokerage, leasing and development; Hogan serves as senior property manager. Pendergist helped open the company’s northwest branch in Fayetteville and has previously represented the Arkansas Supreme Court, Cintas Corp. and Jason’s Deli.

(Correction, May 14, 2013: Jack F. See Jr.'s place of employment was inadvertently omitted from the original article and has been added.)



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