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Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department Hits High Road with 5 Promotions (Movers & Shakers)

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Lorie Tudor, Emanuel Banks, Tony Sullivan, Kevin Thornton and Joe Sartini were promoted with the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department at its central office in Little Rock.

Tudor will serve as the department’s deputy director and chief operating officer. She joined the AHTD in 1981 and most recently served as assistant chief engineer for planning.

Banks was previously assistant chief engineer for operations and will now serve as the department’s deputy director and chief engineer. He joined the AHTD in 1987.

Sullivan has been named the department’s assistant chief engineer for operations from his previous position as state maintenance engineer.

Thornton was promoted to assistant chief engineer from division head of programs and contracts. Sartini will be state maintenance engineer after previously serving as district engineer in Little Rock.

Financial Services

Keith Carlson and Donna Aylward have joined Arvest Bank in Little Rock. Carlson will serve as a mortgage lender and was previously an owner at Tulipworks LLC. Aylward has been hired as vice president of development after working as vice president and branch manager of Summit Bank and PNC Bank.

La’Twan Cheathem and David Marks were promoted to commercial loan officers with Arvest Bank in Little Rock. Cheathem was previously a consumer loan supervisor and has 11 years of banking experience. Marks has more than 20 years of retail and commercial banking experience and previously worked in mortgage operations with Arvest Central Mortgage Co.


Bart Barlogie has been named distinguished professor of medicine and pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. Barlogie has also been awarded the title of distinguished clinical scholar in residence in recognition of his role in clinical research with multiple myeloma. Barlogie is founder and former director of the UAMS Myeloma Institute. He joined UAMS after earning his medical degree from Heidelberg University in Germany.

Health Care

Melissa Jenkins has been hired at Presbyterian Village in Little Rock as director of development. Jenkins previously worked as a fundraiser for Hendrix College specializing in annual giving.

The Jack Stephens Heart Institute at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, an international nonprofit that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by helping health care facilities “create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction,” the hospital said in a news release. SCPC accreditation confirms that hospitals have achieved a higher level of expertise in treating patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

Sparks Health System of Fort Smith has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the commission’s standards for exemplary patient care. Sparks was recognized for excellence for patience care in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Sparks is one of just 314 hospitals across the country to have achieved this recognition for three consecutive years.


David Wayne Gairhan Jr. is the 2014 recipient of the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award presented by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation in Hot Springs. Gairhan is a third-generation rice, soybean and corn farmer in Jonesboro and a former president of the Craighead County Farm Bureau.


Nicolas Mayerhoeffer has been hired as marketing manager for Jason International. He has more than 20 years of experience as a marketing director and business development consultant.


Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard PLLC of Little Rock has been ranked regionally in 40 practice areas in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Mitchell Williams received 30 first-tier metropolitan rankings overall, including 24 practice areas in Little Rock, five in Fayetteville and Rogers and one in Austin, Texas.

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