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East-Harding Makes Kathy Robinson New CFO (Movers & Shakers)

Kathy Robinson has been promoted to chief financial officer for East-Harding Construction of Little Rock. She was formerly controller and has worked for East-Harding for more than 10 years. read more >

Dr. Dean Kumpuris To Receive Vision Award from World Services for the Blind

Dr. Dean Kumpuris of Little Rock is being recognized for his support of various downtown development projects by the World Services for the Blind Foundation. read more >

Bank of the Ozarks Taps Keesee To Lead Western Division (Movers & Shakers)

Don Keesee has been named western Arkansas division president at Bank of the Ozarks. Keesee, who has more than 30 years of financial experience in Arkansas, worked for Arkadelphia-based Summit Bank in Fort Smith until its recent acquisition by Bank of the Ozarks. read more >

Kelley Erstine Returns to UCA as Chief of Staff

Kelley Erstine, an alumnus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, started work last week as chief of staff at his alma matter. In his new role, Erstine will make $165,000 a year. read more >

Arkansas Lottery Taps Daryl Backes as Security and Compliance Director (Movers & Shakers)

Daryl Backes, former security chief for the Missouri Lottery, has been hired as security and compliance director for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery in Little Rock. Backes fills the position vacated by the retirement of Lance Huey in July. read more >

Dave Robertson Named Director of UA-Fort Smith Center for Business & Professional Development

In addition to his work as director at the Family Enterprise Center at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, Dave Robertson has been named director of the UAFS Center for Business & Professional Development. The move follows the retirement of Pat Eller. read more >

Jerry Claret Moves Up at Nations Equipment Finance (Movers & Shakers)

Jerry Claret has been hired as senior vice president of business development at Nations Equipment Finance, serving Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Claret was previously business development manager at ENGS Commercial Finance read more >

UA's Michael Kidd Named Poultry Industry Leader of the Year

Michael Kidd, director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science and head of the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has been named the Poultry Industry Leader of the Year by The Poultry Federation, based in Little Rock. Kidd joined UA's Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences in 2010. He is responsible for the Center ‘s programs in poultry science and related disciplines. read more >

Annie Wright Moves to UALR's College of Social Sciences & Communication (Movers & Shakers)

Annie Wright has been hired as director of development and external affairs for the College of Social Sciences & Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She previously worked as director of major gifts and special projects at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. read more >

Paul Harvel Honored with Life Member Award from American Chamber of Commerce Executives

Paul Harvel's 21 years of work at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce included raising the chamber's total assets from $70,000 to more than $10 million. read more >

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