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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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

C. Lowry Barnes Set To Chair UAMS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. C. Lowry Barnes has been named chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He previously worked at UAMS as a professor of orthopedics and maintains a private practice. He will start in his new position Aug. 1 and will continue to see patients at Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics and St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, both in Little Rock. read more >

Gary Campbell in Driver's Seat of Accelerate Arkansas (Movers & Shakers)

Gary Campbell has been elected chairman of the board of Accelerate Arkansas. Mike Malone has been hired as vice chairman. Accelerate Arkansas is a group of business and education leaders in the state with the goal of raising per capita income of Arkansas residents to the U.S. average by 2020. read more >