Movers & Shakers for Nov. 24, 2008

Jianfeng Xu, assistant professor of biochemical engineering at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute and the Arkansas State University College of Agriculture at Jonesboro, has received the 2008 British Petroleum Young Scientist and Student Award. Xu was selected from more than 200 applicants worldwide.

John Womack, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in Fort Smith, was named president-elect of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge at the annual meeting of the board of trustees in Savannah, Ga. The president-elect serves a two-year term and is also a member of the executive committee of the school.

James Alger has been hired as president of Delta Trust Investments Inc. in Little Rock. Alger has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Michael Burns has been hired as a mortgage loan officer for Arvest Bank's U.S. Highway 10 branch in Little Rock. Burns came to Arvest from First Security Bank and has been a mortgage lender for five years. Also, Keri Yarbrough has been hired as an Arvest Asset Management investment client adviser for the Little Rock and Maumelle areas. Yarbrough has been in the financial services business for 10 years. 

Adrienne Bradley has been named to the Central Arkansas Waterworks Board of Commissioners. She is a senior rate case analyst/economist with the Arkansas PublicService Commission. She will serve a seven-year term.

Regina Favors has been named president and CEO of Pinnacle Business Solutions Inc. of Little Rock, a subsidiary of Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield. Favors, who joined ABCBS in 1968, recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Pinnacle.

Dr. Brian Linnhas been hired by the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison as a physician of family and sports medicine. Linn has lived in Arkansas all his life and graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Dr. Marc Rogers, a board-certified general surgeon, recently joined the medical staff of Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. Rogers has been in practice since 1997.

Jon Fountain has been hired to market products manufactured by Hall Tank Co. of North Little Rock. Fountain has more than 20 years of experience in petroleum retailing, overseeing new construction and leading in rapid implementation of retail outlets for major chains.

Scott Caldwell has returned to Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods of Little Rock as vice president of marketing services. He will lead the agency's northwest Arkansas office in Springdale.

James Hunt, Cindy Nash and Michael Stock have been elected to the board of directors of Easter Seals Arkansas. Easter Seals provides training, screening, technical assistance and referral services to children and adults with disabilities across Arkansas.

Thomas Lipham has been hired by the Arkansas Discovery Network, based in Little Rock, to be an educator aboard the Race for Planet "X," a museum on wheels that travels to sixth-grade classes throughout Arkansas. The Arkansas Discovery Network is a network of seven Arkansas museums. It is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.                    

Joseph Hudack has been named vice president and managing broker of Crye-Leike Realtors' commercial and property management division in northwest Arkansas. Hudack will be based in Rogers. Also, Crye-Leike's managing broker in Bentonville,

Cassie Elliot, has received her Certified Commercial Investment Member designation from the CCIM Institute.