Movers & Shakers (May 17, 2010)

Business Services
Eric J. Stuart, president of Dimora Group Inc., has completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts to earn the designation of accredited valuation analyst. Dimora Group is a business development and business valuation consultancy, specializing in the development, execution and funding of strategies and initiatives to grow its clients' companies. Business valuations are most commonly required in conjunction with the acquisition of a business, company succession planning, buy-sell agreements and initial public offerings.

Education
Stephanie F. Gardner, dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, was honored with the college's inaugural dean's chair. An endowed chair is the highest academic honor that can be bestowed by a university on its faculty. Gardner's chair was supported with designated gifts totaling $1 million. The chair has been awarded in recognition of Gardner's accomplishments and puts her in charge, as long as she is dean, of funds that will be used to support student programs, faculty recruitment and more.  

Financial Services
Alan F. Warrick has been hired as a senior adviser by Lovell Minnick Partners LLC and will work from Little Rock. Lovell Minnick Partners, which has offices in the Los Angeles and Philadelphia areas, is an independent private equity firm that provides buyout and growth capital to companies in the financial services industry. Before joining Lovell Minnick Partners, Warrick worked from Little Rock as a managing director for strategic business development at Aegon USA Financial Services Group.

Government & Politics
Julie McQuade, community outreach coordinator for the city of Fayetteville, was named Arkansas' 2010 Volunteer Coordinator of the Year by the Arkansas Volunteer Coordinators Association. The association presents the award annually to an outstanding salaried or non-salaried Arkansan who has demonstrated leadership and professionalism in the field of volunteer management. 

Health Care
Carl Covey, a specialist in anesthesiology and pain management in private practice in Little Rock, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for the state of Arkansas.

Brian Thomas has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Thomas previously served as chief operating officer of Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Legal
Justin Allen has been rehired as an attorney by Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP in Little Rock. Allen worked for the firm before serving as chief deputy attorney general for the state of Arkansas for the last three years. 

Judy Simmons Henry, partner and business litigation attorney at Wright Lindsey & Jennings, has been certified as a contract adviser by the National Football League Players Association. Henry is the only certified female agent in Arkansas. The certification authorizes Henry to represent, advise, counsel and assist eligible players in the negotiation, execution and enforcement of playing contracts in the NFL.

Nonprofits
Nathan E. Tyler, an associate with Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow PLLC in Little Rock, was elected to the board of directors for the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. The Downtown Little Rock Partnership is a nonprofit organization that advocates for planning, legislation, transportation, economic development and numerous public and private initiatives that strengthen the overall downtown business, cultural, entertainment, recreational and residential community in Little Rock.

Real Estate
Jodie Franklin has been hired as a real estate agent by Keller Williams in Fayetteville. Franklin previously was community manager for Rausch Coleman Homes in Farmington.

Sara Starr has been hired as a real estate agent by Crye-Leike Realtors in Fayetteville. Starr most recently worked as a real estate agent for Re/Max Associates in Fayetteville.

Retail
Kelly Newton, certified gemologist appraiser for Newton's Jewelers in Fort Smith, has been elected to the American Gem Society International board of directors. The American Gem Society is the leading trade association dedicated to ethics, knowledge and consumer protection in the jewelry industry. Members of the society are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification exams to maintain their AGS titles. 

Technology
Steve Baber, professor of mathematics and computer science at Harding University in Searcy, has been inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Computing. The AAC recognizes and honors professionals whose work is continuously and significantly advancing the profession of computing in Arkansas. Baber has worked for 27 years with Harding's intercollegiate programming teams as well as with the Arknet Board that brought the Internet to many public high schools, colleges and universities across Arkansas. Baber will work with the AAC to benefit the computer science students at Harding by learning about additional resources to use in the classroom, enriching job networking and aiding in the selection of graduate schools.