Big Moves Made at ASU's Small Business & Technology Development Center (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 12:00 am  

Laura Miller and Robert Bahn of the Small Business & Technology Development Center at Arkansas State University


Laura Miller was selected as the new director of the Small Business & Technology Development Center at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Miller, formerly a lead business consultant at ASBTDC, has been with the center for 13 years. Robert Bahn was promoted to lead business consultant.

Wendi J.W. Williams has been appointed to the board of the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education in Washington, D.C. Williams is a faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas Community College, and earned a doctorate from the University of Texas in El Paso.

Dr. John Henderson will become medical director of the physician assistant program at Harding University in Searcy, effective in May. Henderson received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and maintained private practices in Searcy for more than 20 years.

Jason W. Dean, an assistant librarian at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has been selected to serve on a working group for the International Organization for Standardization. Dean’s group will revise the cataloging standard that establishes the specifications for the International Standard Book Number.


Jeff Arey, mayor of Haskell, was recently elected president of the Metroplan board of directors in Little Rock. Also elected were Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland, vice president; Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher, secretary; and Ward Mayor Art Brooke, treasurer.

Don Bennett, Stanley D. Green, Jim Halsell, Michael Phipps, Corey Runnells and Julie Trivitt were recently appointed by the Fayetteville City Council to the city’s first board of directors for the Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program. During the first meeting of the board on Feb. 10, members will draw straws for three one-year terms and three two-year terms. Sarah Marsh, a member of the city council, was also appointed to the board by Mayor Lioneld Jordan, and Peter Nierengarten will serve as the city’s staff representative.

Financial Services

Judy Pennington has been named assistant vice president and loan review officer at Relyance Bank in Pine Bluff. Pennington joined the bank in 2010. Also promoted were Karan Foust, to assistant vice president of Jefferson Title Co., the title and escrow arm of Relyance, and Angela Melhorn, to accounting officer.

Rich Richardson has been hired as a vice president of investments and financial adviser at Delta Trust Investments Inc. in Little Rock. Richardson previously worked for U.S. Bancorp Investments Inc.




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