Jennifer Styron knows about resilience.
In 2010, the Morrilton native was a director at First Southern Bank of Batesville when it was the victim of a massive bank fraud by its primary shareholder, Kevin Lewis. Lewis was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $39.5 million in restitution.
Styron lost her job when regulators took over the bank.
“While we all strive for career paths that are filled with more ups than downs, I look at this brief time in my career as a poignant reminder of human frailties,” Styron said. “And it reminds me to walk along my career path with humility and grace.”
In 2011, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate joined the finance team at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock and was later promoted to CFO.
In 2018, Styron joined CARTI as CFO, just as the cancer treatment provider was transforming itself under the leadership of CEO Adam Head.
Since then, CARTI has been growing. CARTI’s unaudited net revenue was $263 million for its fiscal year that ended June 30, which was up about 20% from the previous year. CARTI treated more than 90,000 patients in the fiscal year, the most in its history.
CARTI, which has about 675 employees, also is building a comprehensive cancer center in Pine Bluff that will cost about $18 million. It will be CARTI’s fifth comprehensive center in the state and the fourth to open in two years.
Styron credits the team she works with for her success. “I could not do it without them,” she said. “It is a team of very talented professionals” who are focused on CARTI’s vision of being the cancer treatment destination.
In the community, Styron serves on the boards of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency of Little Rock.