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Laborde, Russell and Williams Join Abaca (Movers & Shakers)

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Vince Laborde, Sean Russell and Mara Williams are new members of Abaca, a cannabis financial technology firm based in North Little Rock.

Laborde joins as vice president of lending and will help Abaca’s cannabis business clients with real estate/mortgage loans, equipment financing, inventory credit lines, purchase order financing and receivables factoring.

Russell is an information technology systems specialist whose mastery of bank systems and software will help ensure that Abaca’s cannabis banking platform functions well as the company grows and expands.

Williams joins Abaca as an inside sales lead. She previously worked at Pinnacle Wealth Group as a client relationship manager.

Peter Murphy has been hired as first vice president of investments at the Benjamin F. Edwards office in Jonesboro.

Bill Harris is the new vice president of investments at the Jonesboro office of the firm, which is based in St. Louis.

Jeremy Watson and Lamar Spainhouer are new associate vice presidents of investments in Jonesboro.

Murphy has worked as a financial adviser for more than 27 years. Harris brings 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Watson has worked as a financial adviser for 18 years.

See more of this week’s Movers & Shakers, and submit your own announcement at ArkansasBusiness.com/Movers.

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