Movers & Shakers

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Mike Bieker Appointed Director of University of Arkansas Press

Mike Bieker was recently appointed director of the University of Arkansas Press in Fayetteville. He is taking over for Larry Malley, who retired in December. read more >

Stephanie Purifoy Takes Over Development for Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance (Movers & Shakers)

Stephanie Purifoy has been promoted to development director at the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in Little Rock. Purifoy started with the organization as field manager for the alliance's program Cooking Matters at the Store. Leslie Bass will succeed Purifoy as field manager. Bass previously worked in central Arkansas to identify and recruit groups to participate in the alliance's Arkansas No Kid Hungry programs. read more >

Matt Hicks New Market President at Rogers and Bentonville Centennial Bank

Matt Hicks was recently promoted to market president of Centennial Bank in Rogers and Bentonville. “Matt is very involved in the community and his leadership skills will help further build upon our reputation for strength and service,” said Scott Hancock, Centennial Bank Division president. read more >

Chris Marsh Makes Move to Boyette Strategic (Movers & Shakers)

Chris Marsh has joined Boyette Strategic Advisors in Little Rock as a senior consultant. Marsh most recently worked at Entergy Arkansas' Office of Economic Development in Little Rock. read more >

Beebe Taps Gene Eagle To Head Arkansas Development Finance Authority

Gene Eagle was recently appointed president of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority by Gov. Mike Beebe, succeeding Mac Dodson, who retired on Jan. 31. The ADFA specializes in low-cost financing for low- to moderate-income housing development, small industries and agricultural businesses. read more >

Simmons First Promotes Kish Ivey as Senior Vice President (Movers & Shakers)

Kish Ivey was recently promoted to senior vice president at Simmons First National Corp. in Pine Bluff. Ivey has more than six years of experience with Simmons and previously held the position of compliance manager for Simmons First National Bank. read more >

David Cook Picked To Lead Fayetteville's Arkansas Leadership Academy

David Cook was recently appointed the director of the Arkansas Leadership Academy in Fayetteville. The academy, a unit of the College of Education & Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, was created by the Arkansas General Assembly in 1991. read more >

Scott Copas Moves Into New Role as Bob Shell Assumes Chairman's Seat at Baldwin & Shell (Movers & Shakers)

Bob Shell is assuming the role of chairman of the board at Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. in Little Rock. Also promoted were Scott Copas, to president and CEO. read more >

Philip Adams New Director of Arkansas Promise

Philip Adams started work on Jan. 6 as director of Arkansas Promise, a program designed to improve education and career opportunities for low-income Arkansas teenagers with disabilities. read more >

Lofton, Langford Join Board of Arkansas Mutual Insurance (Movers & Shakers)

Dr. Jason Lofton was elected to the board of directors of Arkansas Mutual Insurance Co. in Little Rock. Lofton received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and practices family medicine at Lofton Family Clinic in De Queen. read more >