Moves Made at Two Simmons First Subsidiaries (Movers & Shakers)

Financial Services

Mel Hutchins has joined Simmons First National Bank of Pine Bluff as a vice president and commercial loan officer in the bank’s Little Rock region. He has worked in the central Arkansas banking industry for 26 years and was previously a senior vice president for One Bank & Trust of Little Rock.

Robert Castleberry has joined Simmons First Investment Group in Little Rock as a vice president and manager of investment financials and operations. Castleberry most recently served as president of Excel Construction of Arkansas in White Hall and was previously a financial manager with GEO Specialty Chemicals and a divisional controller for Century Tube.

Bruce Maloch has been promoted to vice chairman, chief operating officer and general counsel at Farmers Bank & Trust of Magnolia. Chris Gosnell has been promoted to regional president, and Scott N. White has replaced him as president of FB&T’s Malvern division. Maloch, who was regional president and is also a state senator, joined the bank in 1986. Gosnell, who joined the bank in 2010 and had been president of the Malvern/central Arkansas division, has relocated to the corporate headquarters in Magnolia. White, who has spent 17 years of his 28-year banking career with FB&T, was most recently executive vice president.

Bart Shaw has joined the new Conway location of Summit Bank of Arkadelphia as assistant vice president and business development officer. A native of Quitman, Shaw is a 2004 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas at Conway and previously served as vice president of operations for the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jon Allen has been named compliance officer by Parkway Bank in Rogers. A native of Newport and graduate of the University of Arkansas, Allen has five years of banking experience and most recently served as manager of retail sales in Rochester, Minn.


Sasha Cerrato has been hired as creative director by the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton. WRI has also promoted Katherine Whitworth to senior program coordinator and Payton Christenberry to program coordinator. Cerrato comes to WRI after more than three years working in graphic design roles for publications owned by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, including Sync. Whitworth joined the institute last October as a program coordinator. Christenberry joined WRI as an intern in the programs department in January 2012 and was promoted to program and marketing associate in January of this year.

Real Estate

Rebekah Gray of Colliers International has been elected president of the Greater Little Rock Chapter of the Building Owners & Managers Association. Other officers and board members include Jeff Yates of Irwin Partners, vice president; Roxanne Litchholt of Moses Tucker Real Estate, treasurer; Vada Reynolds of Coldwell Banker Hathaway Group, treasurer-elect; Jennifer Lester of Union Plaza Building, past president and membership chair; Becky Haywood of ThysennKrupp, communications chair; Melinda Martin of Plaza West, education chair; Maggie Hogan of Flake & Kelley Commercial, education co-chair; Betty Donovan of Little Rock Medical Associates, golf tournament chair; Rich Riley of Otis Elevators, associates chair; Casi Runnells of Colliers International, awards chair; Anne Laidlaw of Arkansas Building Authority, awards chair; Roger Lacy of D&B Janitorial Co., advocacy chair; Carey Thompson of Baptist Health, community service chair; and Teri Monahan, executive director.