Movers & Shakers (April 9, 2012)

Architecture
Laura Lyon and Cindy Pruitt have joined the ranks at Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock. Pruitt will serve as a project architect and Lyon as an interior designer.

Financial Services
Leah Johnson of Lonoke has been promoted to AgFinancial services specialist at
AgHeritage Farm Credit Services' Lonoke branch. Johnson joined AgHeritage in 2007 as an administrative assistant.

Howard M. Beaty, president and CEO of First State Bank of Crossett, has completed the BSA/AML Institute, a professional certification program sponsored by the Independent Community Bankers of America. Beaty passed two certification exams.

Darren Wyatt of Fort Smith has been promoted to vice president at Simmons First National Bank, based in Pine Bluff. Wyatt, who has nearly 22 years of financial services experience, serves as a commercial loan officer for the western region of the Consumer Banking Group.

Government
Jeff Crow has been named the new chief of enforcement for the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. Crow has 30 years of experience in the military and law enforcement, including his most recent post as the law enforcement management specialist for the University of Arkansas' Criminal Justice Institute.

Gov. Mike Beebe will be honored by Junior Achievement of Arkansas at the annual Legacy Award Business Luncheon on May 10.

Health Care
Dr. William E. Garner, associate professor of rehabilitation counseling at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been elected vice president of the Southwest Region National Rehabilitation Association. The association includes members from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

Eric Simpson has been hired as the vice president of operations at the Fort Smith headquarters of IMWell Health. Simpson has more than 14 years of management experience in the nursing and home health care industry. Dr. Denver Barger has also been named as the medical director for the company's new Little Rock office. Barger has more than 24 years of experience in family practice medicine.

Dr. Elizabeth Gath has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock as an internal medicine doctor specializing in primary care for women. Gath most recently worked in a private practice that focused on women's health care needs.

Manufacturing
Jeff Watters has been named president of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, a Meadville, Pa., which has a manufacturing facility in Dumas. Watters has been with the company since 2009, leading the marketing, sales, research and development and IT teams.

Media/Marketing
Caroline Tyler has been promoted to associate account executive at Mangan Holcomb Partners of Little Rock. Tyler is responsible for developing communications programs for clients and managing those programs.