Movers & Shakers (Jan. 31, 2011)

Paul Cronan, director of the Master of Information Systems program at the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has been named to a three-year term as co-director of the Wally Cordes Teaching & Faculty Support Center. Cronan will begin his term as co-director in the 2011 fall semester.

Mark P. Fowler, vice chairman and president of Liberty Bancshares Inc. in Jonesboro, has been named to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Foundation Fund Board. Fowler has more than 24 years of experience in the banking industry.

Financial Services
Dennis M. Gilliam has been named to the 2011 Advisory Council of Securities America Inc., headquartered in La Vista, Neb. Gilliam is president of Integris Capital Management Inc. in Little Rock. He founded Integris in January 2009 after nearly 15 years in the financial services market.

Annette Leeth is the new assistant vice president/loss prevention specialist at the corporate office of First Federal Bank in Harrison. She previously served as a teller and corporate ATM coordinator with the bank. Anita Mayfield of the Mountain Home Westside office has been promoted to assistant vice president/new accounts representative. She previously served as assistant secretary/new accounts representative. Jessica Reese of the Harrison Northtown office has been promoted to assistant vice president/loan officer. Jennifer Reddell of the Harrison Downtown office has also been promoted to assistant vice president/loan officer. She previously served as a loan processor and new accounts representative.

Craig Mobley has recently been promoted to executive vice president of loan administration and compliance at Farmers Bank &Trust in Magnolia. Mobley has been with Farmers Bank since 2007 and was formerly the senior vice president of loan administration.

D. Keith Hefner, president and CEO of Citizens Bank & Trust Co. in Van Buren, has been named to the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He will serve a two-year term. Larry T. Wilson, president and CEO of First Arkansas Bank & Trust in Jacksonville, has also been appointed to a one-year term with the council.

Taco Williams has joined the Delta Regional Authority as the new director of the Healthy Delta Initiative and health policy adviser. Williams' experience in the health field includes work for the American Red Cross, the city of Little Rock and the American Cancer Society. She previously worked for Gov. Mike Beebe's Office of Boards & Commissions as the interim co-director and appointments adviser.

Kelly W. McNulty and Kelly M. McQueen are new shareholder with the Gill Elrod Ragon Owen & Sherman law firm in Little Rock. McNulty has been with the firm for five years. McQueen is currently vice chair of the American Bar Association's Air Quality Committee.

Baxter Sharp, an attorney with Sharp & Sharp PA in Brinkley and deputy prosecuting attorney for the 1st Judicial District, has been named chair of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation for 2011. Yvette Murphy-Erby, associate director of the University of Arkansas School of Social Work in Fayetteville, has been named chair-elect, and Regan Gruber Moffitt, senior associate for public policy at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, has been named secretary. New board members for 2011 include René Bryce-Laporte, senior associate for the Community Strategies Group of the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., and Vicki Saviers, former executive director of the Public Education Foundation of Little Rock.

Ed Horton is the new president and CEO of Lindsey Software of North Little Rock. Lindsey Software is the sister company to The PI Co., also of North Little Rock. Horton previously was the vice president of business development at Vestcom in Little Rock.

Billy Proffitt has been promoted to president of the U-Haul Co. of Arkansas.  Proffitt has been with the company since 2001, holding various management positions.