Movers & Shakers (March 22, 2010)

Education
Shane Hunt, marketing professor at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, has been named the national recipient of the Inspire Integrity Award by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. This award is given to one full-time university faculty member each year who has, through his or her lessons and actions, made a significant impact on the lives of students and instilled in those students a high degree of personal and academic integrity. As the recipient of the award, Hunt will receive a $3,000 personal stipend and a $2,000 contribution to the ASU general scholarship fund.

Don Tyson of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale and Isaac Crumbly, a Widener native and vice president for career and collaborative programs at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, will be awarded honorary degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Tyson will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and Crumbly will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree. Tyson is being honored for building Tyson Foods Inc. into the largest protein producer in the country and for donating millions of dollars to a broad range of educational and other causes. Crumbly is being honored for creating innovative training and development programs that opened the way for thousands of minority and female students to enter the energy industry.

Engineering
Rick Geraci, a senior project manager for Brown Engineers LLC in Little Rock, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers' central chapter. The award is intended to recognize chapter members who have made exceptional technical contributions to the engineering profession, their communities and the organization.

Financial Services
Korey Keith has been hired as executive vice president by Farmers Bank & Trust in Malvern. Keith previously served as city president at First Southern Bank in Searcy.

Suzanne Dawson was promoted to senior vice president and senior retail officer at Southern Bancorp in Helena-West Helena. She was previously retail and deposit operations officer for the central region.

Health Care
Imran Ahmad has joined the department of hematology-oncology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and will see patients in the medical oncology clinic. Ahmad previously served as clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and as consultant medical oncologist at Saskatoon Cancer Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Insurance
Cecil Suitt has been hired as a senior field representative by Lammico, a physician-owned company specializing in medical professional liability insurance. Suitt will be based out of Greenbrier and will be responsible for risk management, claims handling and marketing in Arkansas. Suitt previously was director of major case liability at the Travelers Companies Inc. in Little Rock.

Media/Marketing
Tom Sims has been hired as vice president of corporate development by Allegro Media Group of Portland, Ore. Sims will be working from Bentonville. He previously worked as a national account manager for Vivendi Entertainment out of Bentonville.  

Ross Cranford has been promoted to vice president of tourism services at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods in Little Rock. He previously served as director of strategic planning for the company.

Jason Burt, owner of Jason Burt Photographer in Little Rock and a frequent contributor to Arkansas Business, has been named Top Marketing Professional of the Year for 2009 by the Arkansas chapter of Sales & Marketing Executives International. The organization's awards committee and board of directors considered increased client base, increased repeat business, quality of products and adaptation to meet changing client needs among the criteria determining the award's recipient.

Real Estate
Chris N. Rix has been hired as a real estate agent by Crye-Leike Realtors in Hot Springs. Rix transferred his agent's license from ERA Realty Associates in Hot Springs.

Technology
Eileen Denne was recently named senior vice president of Connect Arkansas in Little Rock, an affiliate of the Arkansas Capital Corp. Group. Denne previously served as senior vice president of communications and marketing for Airports Council International-North America in Washington, D.C. Connect Arkansas is a private, nonprofit organization established to secure economic, education, health, social and other benefits for the state's citizens via accessible broadband tools.