Movers & Shakers (Aug. 1, 2011)

Agriculture
Jerry Masters of Dover was named livestock administrator of the Arkansas Livestock Show Association at Little Rock. Masters is the executive vice president of the Arkansas Pork Producers Association.

Architecture
Brooks Jackson was added to the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects & Interior Designers. Jackson is the president of Jackson Brown King Palculict Architects at Little Rock.

Education
Jan K. Hastings, who has a doctorate of pharmacy, is the new associate dean for development at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy at Little Rock. She replaces Jonathan J. Wolfe, who will now be the director of planned giving for the college. Hastings was most recently associate professor of pharmacy practice at the college.

Landry Kamdem Kamdem, who has a doctorate in pharmacy and is an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Harding University at Searcy, received the 2011 American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics Young Investigator Award. The award is a one-year grant to fund research in the field of clinical pharmacology.

Dr. John David Pemberton is now practicing ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at Little Rock. Pemberton will also be an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology.

Financial Services
La'Twan Cheatham is now a consumer lender for Arvest Bank at Little Rock. Cheatham was previously a credit analyst for Bank of America.

David Wooldridge was promoted to the position of city president of Hot Springs for Southern Bancorp. Wooldridge was previously the bank's vice president of commercial lending in Hot Springs. Carrie Price was promoted to assistant vice president for marketing for Southern Bancorp. She was previously a customer relations manager.

Health Care
Carrie Lee was promoted to director of the Emergency Department of Arkansas Children's Hospital at Little Rock.

Danial Nicole Trotter was named marketing coordinator for NEA Baptist Clinic and NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation at Jonesboro. Trotter will graduate Aug. 5, 2011, from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management.

Dr. Maher Dahdel, a specialist in pulmonary and critical care medicine, is now seeing patients at Sparks Clinic Lung Center at Fort Smith. Dahdel completed his advanced training with Cooper University Hospital at Camden, N.J.

Insurance
Robert M. Reilley was named vice president of marketing for Life & Specialty Ventures LLC at Little Rock. Reilley previously worked in marketing and operations for Aon insurance company.

Legal
Andrew Vines of Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP at Little Rock was elected a member of the Arkansas chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Media & Marketing
Amy L. Cruse was hired as an account executive by AY Magazine at Little Rock. She was previously a sales executive for Fox 16 and CW Arkansas television stations.

Nonprofit
Alan Sims is now vice president of sales and services for the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. Sims was previously the director of sales for the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Real Estate
Bob Bushmiaer was promoted to the position of executive broker at Pulaski Heights Realty at Little Rock. He recently attained broker license status and has been with Pulaski Heights Realty since September 2007.

Transportation
Steven L. Spinner was appointed to the board of directors of Arkansas Best Corp. Spinner is the CEO of United Natural Foods Inc. He will be on the board's audit committee.

Paul Bergant, 64, president of intermodal and chief marketing officer for J.B. Hunt Transport Services at Lowell, will retire Dec. 31, 2011. Bergant has been with the company for 33 years. J.B. Hunt also announced that Bob Ralston, 64, executive vice president for maintenance who has also been with the company for 33 years, will retire at the end of the year. Don Cope, 61, senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer, will retire Oct. 31, 2011. Cope has been with J.B. Hunt for 20 years.

Judy McReynolds, CEO of Arkansas Best Corp. of Fort Smith, has been named to the board of directors of OGE Energy Corp. of Oklahoma City, the parent company of Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. which serves 786,000 customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas.