Movers & Shakers (Dec. 6, 2010)

Construction
Sarah Marsh has been hired by Veridian, a Little Rock sustainability consulting firm, to open a branch office in Fayetteville. Marsh specializes in sustainability consulting and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design management. She was most recently a sustainability consultant and senior project manager at Rushing|Blackbird in Seattle and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects.

Jay Holstead has been appointed to the position of vice chair for the U.S. Green Building Council's Arkansas Chapter in Little Rock. Holstead is the director of sustainable energy programs for Comfort Systems USA Energy Services. His main responsibilities as vice chair include performing duties of the chapter chair due to absence, serving as chair of the annual statewide conference and acting as signatory for chapter expenditures and investments.

Education
Lynn Jacobs and Jeremy Hyman have been recognized for their book "The Secrets of College Success," which won the USA Book News Best Books 2010 Award in the college guides category. The award is presented by USA Book News. Jacobs is a professor of art at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and Hyman has taught at the University of Arkansas, the University of California at Los Angeles, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University. The book includes 640 tips for college success such as time-management, study habits and note-taking. Jacobs and Hyman have more than 30 years of combined experience teaching at eight different universities.

Financial Services
Adrienne Blackwell, Dixie Watts, Tammy Holt and Jessica Reese were announced as winners of the eighth annual ICE TIP Awards given by First Federal Bank in Harrison. The awards recognize team members who exhibit the bank's core values of integrity, commitment, excellence, teamwork, innovation and professionalism.

Elizabeth Bradley is the new vice president and assistant director of internal audit for Southern Bancorp in Arkadelphia. Bradley most recently served as senior internal auditor for Home Bancshares Inc. of Conway. She has also served as staff auditor for Bank of the Ozarks Inc. and held positions with First State Bank in Conway and Union Bank & Trust in Monticello. Tim Fisher is now the assistant vice president and loan review officer for Southern Bancorp. Fisher has more than six years of banking experience and worked for Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff as a loan review officer. He also worked in loan operations at Summit Bank of Arkadelphia and is a candidate for graduation in May 2011 from the Barret School of Banking in Memphis.

Health Care
Natalie White is the new director of physician business development at Sparks Health System in Fort Smith. White will serve as a liaison working with physicians to develop their practices and foster their partnership with Sparks Health System. White, of Van Buren, has experience in pharmaceutical sales and customer relations. She also claimed top prize on the CBS reality show "Survivor: Samoa."

Real Estate
Denna Griffis, a Colliers International property manager in Little Rock, has completed and passed all necessary courses and obtained her Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management. Griffis manages more than 800,000 SF in Batesville and Pulaski County.

Utilities
Alan D. Fortenberry of Springdale won the 2010 Glen T. Kellogg Leadership Award presented by the American Water Works Association, Southwest Section. Fortenberry is chief executive officer of Beaver Water District, the second-largest drinking water provider in Arkansas. He has been CEO of the district since 2001, is a registered professional engineer and currently serves as chair of the Arkansas State Board of Health.