Movers & Shakers (April 26, 2010)

Banking & Finance
Chadwick F. Delp has been hired as chief financial officer by Purchasing Power in Atlanta. Delp recently served as senior vice president in the consumer group of Purchasing Power's investment partner, Stephens Inc. of Little Rock. Purchasing Power is a reseller of personal computers, consumer electronics and home appliances and maintains relationships with major manufacturers, as well as resellers, distributors and other suppliers. Purchasing Power is a program that helps employees buy name-brand products with monthly payments through payroll deduction.

Lawrence E. Cornett has been elected to the board of directors of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Cornett is vice chancellor for research and executive associate dean for research at the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. NSBRI, funded by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration, is a consortium of institutions studying the health risks related to long-duration spaceflight and developing countermeasures to mitigate the risks.

Carl Fredrickson of Conway, Glen Jones Jr. of Jonesboro and Paul Mastro of Little Rock have been reappointed to the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority by Gov. Mike Beebe.

Tom Tyler, dean of the College of Business and professor of economics at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, is retiring after more than 40 years of service. Tyler joined the Arkansas Tech faculty in 1967.

Micah Hale, associate professor of civil engineering at the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has been given the 2010 Charles and Nadine Baum Faculty Teaching Award. Recipients of the Baum Faculty Teaching Award, an annual $5,000 award, are selected based on their overall excellence as teachers. They are chosen by a committee of UA students, faculty and alumni.  

Government & Politics
Chris Villines, who was the Saline County collector for 11 years, has been named executive director of the Association of Arkansas Counties. AAC works to improve county government at all levels through education and training, legislative representation, research and assistance, and publications and manuals.

Health Care
Sip Mouden, chief executive officer of Community Health Centers of Arkansas Inc. of North Little Rock, has been inducted into the National Association of Community Health Centers Grassroots Hall of Fame. The recognition is intended to honor the dedication and efforts of advocates who rally public and political support for the strength and expansion of America's federally funded community health centers. 

Ali I. Raja has been hired as a neurosurgeon at the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock. Raja was previously assistant professor of neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Brian Kratkiewicz has been promoted to senior vice president of media and interactive services at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods in Little Rock. Kratkiewicz previously was vice president of media and interactive services at the agency.

Joyce Baker has been hired as human resources director at Friendship Community Care in Russellville. Baker previously was the training manager for ConAgra Foods in Russellville.

Real Estate
Sue Fess has been hired as a real estate agent by Crye-Leike Realtors in Little Rock. Fess is working for Crye-Leike in addition to continuing as a senior director for Southern Living at Home in Little Rock.

Technology & Telecom
Cindy Brinkley, former president of AT&T in Arkansas and current senior vice president of talent development and chief diversity officer for AT&T Services Inc. in Dallas, has been named a 2010 Woman of Influence by Webster University's school of business and technology in St. Louis.

Jerry Fleenor of Verizon Wireless in Little Rock has been promoted from data sales manager to data director for the South Central Region. In his new position, Fleenor will continue to work from Verizon's Little Rock headquarters and will oversee and work to increase data sales in the enterprise, retail and indirect divisions for Arkansas, Oklahoma, western Tennessee and northern Mississippi.

Larry Farrar, general manager of the Hilton Metro Center in Little Rock, was presented with a state leadership award by the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The award was given to Farrar for his work on behalf of the Arkansas Hospitality Association in conjunction with the American Hotel & Lodging Association.