Movers & Shakers (May 4, 2009)

Architecture
Charles J. Penix has been elected CEO of Cromwell Architects Engineers Inc. of Little Rock. The Cromwell board of directors also elected Gregory Cockmon as president and Daniel K. Fowler as chief operating officer.

Construction
Terri Mathis has joined Mulhearn Wilson Constructors of North Little Rock as financial controller. Also joining the firm are April Snuggs as customer service representative, Christy Acre as project coordinator in the client services division, Debby Hawkins as general operations manager, Jon Callahan as director of the client services division, and in the new construction and tenant finish division are Jennifer Ward as project manager assistant and Michael Johnson as project manager.

Education
Timothy A. Kral, professor of biological sciences at the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has been named the 2009 winner of the Charles & Nadine Baum Faculty Teaching Award, the university’s most prestigious teaching award.

Gwen V. Childs, professor and chair of the Department of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in LittleRock, has received the 2009 Outstanding Woman Faculty Award. Childs is internationally recognized for her research and moved her department’s funding ranking from 59th to 32nd in the United States.

Financial Services
Chad Carlson has been promoted to vice president of Delta Trust Investments Inc., a subsidiary of Delta Trust & Bank of Little Rock. Carlson also has met the requirements to become a certified financial planner practitioner.

Cary Matthews has joined Farm Credit Midsouth as a staff appraiser and will be working at the central office in Jonesboro. Matthews has 20 years of experience in real estate appraisals. Before joining Farm Credit Midsouth, he was president of Matthews Appraisal Service in Jonesboro.

Health Care
Jerrad Reese of Cotter has joined North Arkansas Regional Medical Center of Harrison as a certified family nurse practitioner. Reese previously was a nurse at Baxter Regional Medical Center of Mountain Home.

Legal
Russell Gunter, a director at the firm of Cross Gunter Witherspoon & Galchus of Little Rock, has received the Jim Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management of Little Rock. Gunter has over 25 years of practice in Arkansas and has represented management in numerous areas of labor and employment law.

Nonprofits
Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, a former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton and chairman of McLarty Cos., a transportation business in Little Rock, has been selected to receive the 2009 Lifetime of Service Award by City Year of Little Rock/North Little Rock.

Real Estate
Byron Calaway has joined Phillips Moudy Duke Real Estate of Benton. Calaway previously spent 22 years with the U.S. Postal Service and 10 years with a local family business.  

Sandy Gifford of Austin has joined Crye-Leike Realtors as a sales associate at the company’s North Little Rock branch. Gifford has more than a decade of experience in residential property management and real estate sales. She began her real estate career at Coldwell Banker in 2006. Miekka Reed has also joined Crye-Leike at the company’s Cabot branch. Reed previously worked as a sixth-grade teacher at the King’s Academy in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Technology
Mike Tabor has joined the executive team of Celerit Solutions of Little Rock as senior vice president of business development. Tabor has been working in financial services for 22 years and most recently worked at Edge Services Inc. of Woodbridge, Va.