Hailey Knight Steps Up to New Position for Downtown Jonesboro Association (Movers & Shakers)

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

Hailey Knight


Hailey Knight has been promoted to executive director of the Downtown Jonesboro Association. Knight was previously marketing and public relations manager for Focus Inc.

Business Services

Jesse Rodriguez, vice president of operations for Splash Carwashes of Little Rock, recently served on the “bright work” team that detailed the aluminum and other metals of the original Air Force One at the Seattle Museum of Flight.


C. Murray Smart Jr., former dean and professor emeritus of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, has been honored with the naming of the lobby of Vol Walker Hall in his honor. The naming of the C. Murray Smart Jr. Lobby was made possible by a $250,000 commitment from Smart’s son and daughter-in-law, Clifton J. Smart III and M. Gail Smart.

Financial Services

Jean Belcher and Joy Sewell have been promoted to consumer banking officers in the western region of Simmons First National Bank. Belcher, a 23-year employee of Simmons, is manager at the Fort Smith Brooken Hill branch. Sewell is manager of the Charleston branch. She has worked for Simmons for more than 14 years.

Daniel Keeton, Ashley Cloud, Dilynn Dodd and Chris Sossamon have joined Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas. Keeton is a regional field services officer who will provide support to branches in Bentonville, Siloam Springs, Fayetteville and Harrison. Cloud is a regional financial services specialist, and she will be working with the four branches. Dodd and Sossamon joined the Fayetteville branch office as loan officers.


Helen Walker Tolar has assumed the job of chief of staff for U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. Tolar is a 12-year veteran of Capitol Hill who most recently served as staff director and chief counsel for the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

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