Movers & Shakers (March 23, 2009)


Rex A. Bouldin of Jones & Co. Ltd. in Jonesboro has been selected to receive the2008 Mac Angel Discussion Leader of the Year award from the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants of Little Rock. Bouldin has 32 years of experience in public accounting and joined Jones & Co. in 2007.

Washington County Assessor Lee Ann Kizzar has been elected president of the Arkansas Assessors Association.

Health Care
Gus Blass III, chairman of the board of St.Vincent Health System of Little Rock, has been selected as trustee of the year by Modern Healthcare. Blass has served on St. Vincent's board of directors intermittently for the past 20 years.

Carolyn Joyce, tour and travel sales manager for the Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau, was named hospitality manager of the year by the Arkansas Hospitality Association.

Sara Baruth, who runs the front desk and sales for Best Western-Eureka Inn at Eureka Springs, was been named hospitality employee of the year. John Ralston, director of the Arkansas South Tourism Association at El Dorado, received the silver cup award for outstanding commitment to Arkansas tourism. Jack Moyer, general manager of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, both at Eureka Springs, and the 1929 Hotel Seville at Harrison, was presented with the golden key award for the Arkansas hotelier of the year.

Ed David, owner of The Faded Rose restaurants in Little Rock, received the "Salut au Restaurateur" award as Arkansas restaurateur of the year. Nancy Clark, assistant tourism director for the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, was inducted into the Arkansas Hospitality Hall of Fame, along with Michael Dandurand, who recently retired from the Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods ad agency in Little Rock, and Cari White of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Jennifer Stanley of Conway has been promoted to vice president of Cornerstone Insurance Group of Little Rock. Stanley will be responsible for client satisfaction, marketing and analyzing group insurance products and monitoring HIPPA and COBRA compliance.

Aaron Squyres has been added as a partner at Wilson & Associates PLLC of Little Rock.

Squares has been a member of the firm since 2003 and is the supervising attorney of its litigation division.

Russell A. Gunter, of Cross Gunter Witherspoon & Galchus PC of Little Rock, will be honored by Best Lawyers as one of the preeminent lawyers in the U.S. at the directory's 25th anniversary event in Atlanta.

Michael N. Shannon has been promoted to membership in Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow of Little Rock. Shannon focuses his practice on business litigation, class-action defense and products liability defense. He is joined by four other new attorneys: Brandon B. Cate, business litigation and civil appeals; Joseph W. Ghormley, business transactions and real estate acquisition and finance; Karen S. Halbert, business litigation; and Jeb H. Joyce, commercial real estate.

Marvin Schwartz has been appointed executive director of Hippy USA of Little Rock. Schwartz is a 20-year veteran of nonprofit institutions, and has also been associated with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Acxiom, Planned Parenthood and Heifer International.

Real Estate
Mary Margaret Dunn has joined Crye-Leike Realtors' Kanis Road branch in Little Rock. Dunn has worked in real estate for 30 years. Shane Ferguson has also joined Crye-Leike's Kanis Road office. Ferguson has been involved in real estate for seven years. Nicole Davis has joined the North Little Rock branch of Crye-Leike Realtors as an agent and military relocation specialist. Davis was previously an agent and mortgage referral specialist at Coldwell Banker Advantage Realty in Cabot.

Ken Lazenby has joined Exit Realty in Rogers. Lazenby, a 27-year veteran of real estate, is a third-generation real estate agent.

Technology/ Telecommunications
Lindsay McEntire-Dugger has been hired as business consultant at Mainstream Technologies Inc. of Little Rock. The position was created for Dugger in order for her to increase the efficiency of technology investments made by local businesses.