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Michael Hoggard Moves Up at Citizens Bank (Movers & Shakers)

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Michael Hoggard has been promoted to vice president-controller and information security officer of Citizens Bank in Batesville.

Sandy Starnes has also been promoted, to director of marketing. Starnes also is vice president of emerging products and services and will continue to serve in this role.

Kim Battle has been promoted to director of property management of Colliers International in Little Rock.

Katy Raines has also been promoted, to research and creative director. She previously was a graphic design specialist.

Kyla Farler has been promoted to general counsel for the Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health in North Little Rock.

Farler holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration and accounting. She is also a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law.

Jon Holbert of Confidential Business Intermediaries earned the designation of Certified Business Intermediary from the International Business Brokers Association.

Holbert received this designation through the completion of required coursework, a competency exam and adherence to the IBBA’s Professional Standards & Code of Ethics.

Hollan Woods and others have been promoted by HoganTaylor LLP in Little Rock and Fayetteville. Woods is a CPA based in Fayetteville and has been promoted to consulting executive.

Alex Talley has been selected as an assurance manager in Little Rock. Eric Botteicher and Greg Justus are now senior tax accountants in Little Rock. Robert Morgan and Evan McKinnon have both earned the title of assurance senior in Little Rock.

First Security Bank of Searcy, Simmons Bank of Pine Bluff and Arvest Bank of Fayetteville have been recognized by Forbes as Best-in-State Banks in Arkansas, in that order.

Bank OZK of Little Rock was ranked No. 1 in Georgia.

Arvest was ranked No. 1 in Missouri and No. 4 in Oklahoma. Earlier this year, Forbes and Statista, a German market data provider, named Arvest one of the World’s Best Banks.

Forbes ranked Simmons third in Tennessee.

The Forbes Best-In-State Banks List is compiled through survey participants that rate all banks where they had previously had a checking or savings account. The banks are chosen based on the participants’ overall recommendations and general satisfaction as well as five subdimensions that include trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services and financial advice.

The mortgage division of Arvest Bank of Fayetteville recently announced that it has originated more than $1 billion in mortgage loans for the 17th consecutive year.

As of June 18, Arvest closed a total of 5,148 loans this year that had a total loan value of $1 billion. That is the earliest Arvest has reached the $1 billion mark since 2013.

The total includes new home purchases and refinance loans.

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

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