Promotions Bloom at Aromatique Inc. (Movers & Shakers)

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


Judy Balderree, previously vice president of retail sales, has been promoted to executive vice president of merchandizing and design at Aromatique Inc. of Heber Springs. Carlton Collier, previously vice president of sales and marketing, has been promoted to EVP of product development and strategic marketing.


Matt Bell, a partner at Viridian USA in Little Rock, and Alan Hope, president and owner of Powers of Arkansas of North Little Rock, have been named to the board of directors of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation.


Wade Luethy, Renee Mayer and Michael Westerfield have been promoted to managers at BKD LLP in Little Rock effective April 1. Luethy is an in-charge accountant for audit and attest engagements for a wide range of companies. Mayer specializes in accounting outsourcing and corporate and individual taxation for closely held businesses. Westerfield provides assurance and consulting services for hospital clients ranging from small standalone providers to large regional systems.

Funeral Services

Charles F. Dearman Jr., vice president, general manager and funeral director of Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello, was named Funeral Director of the Year at the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association’s annual convention last month. The AFDA gave its 2014 Posthumous Hall of Fame Award to Ralph Robinson of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home in Pine Bluff and its Living Hall of Fame award to Lewis Winter, who has spent more than 70 years with Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway. The Family Hall of Fame award went to the Verlyn Heath Family with Heath Funeral Home in Paragould.


Ewell “Pete” Welch, former executive vice president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, was honored by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture by having its board room named after him. The high-tech room is in the renovated annex of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service building on South University in Little Rock.

Jeff Pitchford has been hired as director of public policy for state affairs by the Arkansas Farm Bureau. Pitchford had worked in governmental relations for the University of Central Arkansas at Conway since 1999, the last five years as vice president.




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