Movers & Shakers (April 6, 2009)

Larry Davis, owner of L.E. Davis Construction Inc. of Harrison, has won the 10th annual Contractor of the Year Award sponsored by Caterpillar Inc. and the magazine Equipment World. Davis has been in the business for 38 years.

Lalit R. Verma, interim dean of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has been elected to the college of fellows of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering. Verma, head of the department of biological and agricultural engineering, had reorganized the department to include a biological engineering major.    

Blair Bryan has been selected as a member of the American Studies Institute advisory board at Harding University in Searcy. Nine other new members will join Bryan, including his brother Brant Bryan, Byron Carlock, Dennis Leggett, Topper Long, Paul Maynard, Lundy Neely, Jeffry G. Tennyson, Jody Venkatesan and David Waldron.   

Heather D. Williams has joined the public relations office at Harding University as director of news services. Williams has four years of public relations experience at various organizations in Arkansas.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Morris S. Arnold will receive an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Arkansas. Also receiving an honorary degree is Johnelle D. Hunt, who will be granted a doctorate of humane letters. Hunt is the widow of J.B. Hunt and helped him start J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell.   

Philip Parker, associate professor of music at Arkansas Tech University at Russellville, has been selected to compose a piece for the National Symphony Orchestra to be premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Parker, who has composed more than 40 pieces of music, has been a member of the university's faculty since 1977.

Kim Hadley has been named vice president of finance and administration of John Brown University at Siloam Springs. Hadley has had experience in public accounting at Beall & Co. of Fort Smith and internal audit control at Baldor Electric Co., also of Fort Smith.

Bernard G. "Bernie" Hochstetter has been appointed to lead the medical implant sales force at Kelyniam Global Inc. of Little Rock. Hochstetter has specialized in the approval process of new human implantation product lines with various health and medical regulatory agencies.

Financial Services
Karen S. McKim, manager of the Indian Hills branch of Simmons First National Bank in North Little Rock, has been named consumer banking officer. Karen A. Montana, manager of the downtown Little Rock branch, has also been named consumer banking officer. Donald L. Britnell has been named community executive and regional manager for the bank's north region, which includes Mammoth Spring, Hardy and Cherokee Village.

Teana "Tina" Bailey has been promoted to manager of Petit Jean State Bank's new University branch in Morrilton. Bailey joined Petit Jean State in 2006 after a career that included 24 years with First National Bank of Fort Smith and a stint as a teller manager for First Security Bank in Conway and Little Rock.

Will Fisher has been promoted to vice president of lending services at Petit Jean State Bank. He previously was an assistant vice president of lending, having joined the bank in 2001.

Health Care
Sharon Bussard of Cabot is the new program director for the Conway Regional Wound Center. Bussard transferred from the hospital's GI lab and outpatient surgery center and previously worked as program coordinator for the joint academy at St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock.

Jennifer Carlisle has been promoted to vice president at the Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation in Little Rock. Before her promotion, Carlisle was director of operations for the foundation.

Robert Phelps, director of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, will receive the Diamond Award from the Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The award honors a recipient outside the profession who has used public relations principles to advance the state. Amy Barnes, assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Mass Communication, will receive the Crystal Award from the society. This award honors those public relations practitioners who have demonstrated lifetime achievements in the profession.