Larry Wilson, CEO of First Arkansas Bank & Trust of Jacksonville, has received the Tampa Bay Trophy from the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance. The trophy honors a civic leader each year for their achievements and service to U.S. Air Force servicepeople. Wilson was recognized for his extensive service to the Little Rock Air Force Base and the local community. FAB&T is the only bank branch on the base.
Denise Thomas has been appointed to the board of directors of the Little Rock branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Thomas is the CEO of the World Trade Center Arkansas at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Jake Gray and Rick Massengale have been elected to three-year terms on the board of directors of Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce. Gray is the owner of Jake Gray State Farm Insurance, and Massengale is president of North Arkansas College. Three returning directors have also been elected to new three-year terms: Luke Feighert, owner of Feighert Financial; Neil Both, vice president of transportation at FedEx Freight; and Jason Patience, Wabash plant manager.
Tommy Swanhaus and Andres Acosta have been hired by TruService Community Federal Credit Union of Little Rock. Swanhaus, the new marketing director, has two decades of marketing experience. Acosta is now the credit union’s community development coordinator. Acosta previously was the multicultural liaison for the city of Little Rock. Both will have key roles in the credit union’s expansion plans.
Westrock Coffee Co. of Little Rock has hired two executives. Nicolas Lorenz joins Westrock as executive vice president of manufacturing. Lorenz will oversee the manufacturing of all products distributed from the company’s global enterprise to blue-chip customers. Cedric Smith joins Westrock as vice president and plant manager for the new flavors, extracts and ingredients facility in Conway, where he will oversee the production of cans, glass and plastic bottles and bag-in-box solutions. Both have more than 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry and will work to expand manufacturing capabilities.
Lawrence Whitman, dean of the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been appointed to the Little Rock Technology Park board of directors. Whitman replaces Darrin Williams, the CEO of Southern Bancorp of Arkadelphia, who served his maximum term on the board. Over the course of his career, Whitman has worked in STEM-related education and many business-related interests.
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