Movers & Shakers (Jan. 19, 2009)

Pamela Lamb, a certified financial planner as well as a certified trust and financial adviser, has joined BKD Wealth Advisors LLC of Little Rock as managing adviser. She has more than 12 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Sunni Booker has been hired by Hornbeck Seed Co. of DeWitt as area sales representative. She will be responsible for servicing existing and prospective clients in northwest Arkansas, western Tennessee and southeastern Missouri. Booker previously was mid-South sales manager for Nachurs Alpine Solutions, as well as a sales and marketing assistant for Producers Rice Mill.

David Rankin, president of Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia since 2002 and previously president of the Division II Gulf South Conference, has been selected as a member of the NCAA Division II President's Council. The council is a forum for presidential interests in Division II athletic matters. Rankin also serves on the Gulf South Conference executive committee.

Financial Services
Tammy Whitley has been named area production manager for Regions Mortgage in southern Arkansas. Whitley has 18 years of experience in the mortgage and real estate industry. She also is a member of the Benton and Bryant Realtors Association and the Benton Chamber of Commerce.

William Jeffs has been named by Regions Bank to the position of senior vice president for the public funds, institutional and not-for-profit business lines. He has worked in finance for more than 32 years.

Ryan Carrus has been promoted to assistant vice president of private banking at Twin City Bank of North Little Rock. He holds NASD Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses and state of Arkansas health, life and fixed annuity licenses.

Claire Pribula, who has previously worked with EDS, IBM Global Services and SAP in Asia, has been appointed vice president of sales for the Asia-Pacific region of Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock. Pribula will be responsible for creating and executing Acxiom's sales and business strategy across the region. Russ Mathews and Gary Leung have also relocated to the Asia-Pacific region.

Leesa Ferguson has been promoted to vice president of human resources at Heifer International of Little Rock. Ferguson has worked for the company for six years, having previously worked in management at Alltel Corp. of Little Rock. She is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas at Conway.

Friar Jose Uppani has been appointed as a full-time chaplain in the St. Edward Mercy Pastoral Services Department of Fort Smith. He has served the Catholic Church since he was ordained as a priest in 1981, acting as an associate pastor in three churches in the Diocese of Little Rock. He also was the director of the Archdiocesan Retreat Center.

Real Estate
Isaac Smith has been named a principal of Colliers International of Little Rock. He has been with the company for six years. Joining him at Collier will be Gayle Corley, who was appointed chief operating officer and general counsel. Corley will be involved in the company's strategic financial planning, partnership management, analysis of business development relationships and policy development. Corley was previously a lawyer with Friday Eldredge & Clark in Little Rock for 17 years.

Judd E. Hollas was promoted to president and chief executive officer of EquityNet LLC of Fayetteville. He is a co-founder of the company, a member of its board and had been chief technology officer since its inception in 2005. He has more than 10 years of experience as an independent technology analyst and investment manager in the private and public domains.

Mike Smart of Avoca, a water operator for Beaver Water District of Lowell, was named 2008 Water Operator of the Year for populations greater than 5,000 by the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Federation.

Cindy Harp of Rogers, a laboratory technician with Beaver Water District, also was recognized as 2008 Laboratory Professional of the Year by the same group.