Movers & Shakers (June 20, 2011)

Jason Kaufman is the new safety coordinator for the organization and member programs department of the Arkansas Farm Bureau in Little Rock. Kaufman was previously an area service manager for J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell.

Business Services
Melissa Leeds has joined Express Employment Professionals in Little Rock as a staffing consultant. Leeds most recently spent two years as a sales analyst for Glazer's Distributers.

Brad Bartlett is rejoining his family's business, Bartlett Builders of Bryant. Bartlett spent the last 10 years with a commercial construction management company where his most recent position was senior vice president of construction, development and property management. Bartlett Builders focuses on energy-efficient homebuilding.

Bruce Binkley has joined the board of trustees at Harding University in Searcy.  Binkley is president and chief executive officer of T.D. Williamson Inc., headquartered in Tulsa. Joe Wild has also joined the board. Wild is the county judge for Indian River County in Florida.

Cynthia M. Daily is the new chair of the department of accounting in the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Andy Terry is the new chair of the department of economics and finance. Daily, an associate professor of accounting, has been with UALR since 2004. Terry, a professor of finance, as been on the faculty since 1990. Joe Felan has been named interim chair of the college's department of management An associate professor of management, Felan has taught at UALR for nine years.

Cynthia Treadwell-McConnell was named the distinguished alumna of the year by UALR's College of Business. Treadwell-McConnell is the president of Air Transport Services Group Inc. She graduated from UALR in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in accounting and earned an executive MBA from UALR in 2002. Frank D. Scott Jr., director of intergovernmental affairs and deputy director of policy for Gov. Mike Beebe, has received the Dean's Award for Excellence. He earned an MBA from UALR in 2009.

Kelly Neill, who has a doctorate in voice performance, has been named chair of the music department at Harding University. Neill has been a member of the Harding faculty since 2004 and is also the director of the Harding University Concert Choir.

Financial Services
Leslie Denison is the new vice president and portfolio manager for Arkansas for Iberia Wealth Advisors, a division of IberiaBank, in Little Rock. Denison has 30 years of experience in financial management as a trust department manager, regional portfolio manger and financial adviser for an international financial services company.

Dennis Farmer has been elected president of the Arkansas Society of Professional Lobbyists. Paul N. Means was elected vice president, and Billy Tarpley was elected secretary-treasurer. Farmer is the president of the Arkansas chapter of the American Beverage Association, Means is the manager of government affairs for Entergy Arkansas Inc., and Tarpley is the executive director of the Arkansas State Dental Association. The ASPL educates and advocates for lobbyists in Arkansas.

Health Care
Dr. David Edward Tamas has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Radiology. Tamas is a diagnostic radiologist at Radiology Associates PA and St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock. 

Rebecca Carol Mitchell of Little Rock is now district general agent for the Arkansas and Oklahoma sales district of Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. Mitchell has 10 years of experience in the insurance industry, most recently with Universal American.

Frank Fletcher Jr. will be honored Sept. 13 as Top Manager of the Year by Sales & Marketing Executives International Arkansas for achieving marketing and sales success for Frank Fletcher Cos. The award also recognizes community involvement and promotion of a free enterprise system. Fletcher will be the 44th recipient of the award, which has honored the likes of W.R. "Witt" Stephens, Sam Walton and Winthrop Rockefeller.

Joe Johnson has been named director of information technology at Wagner Industries of Little Rock, a third-party logistics provider. Johnson previously served as senior manager at Waste Management Inc. in Houston, Texas.