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Karen Garrett is managing partner of  HCJ CPAs & Advisors, a firm created by a merger this year.
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Arkansas CPAs Find Open Lane for MergingLock Icon

Today’s public accounting firms are hitting the plus sign. read more >
Ray Vester
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Vester Leaves Farmers & Merchants Board (Movers & Shakers)

Ray Vester has retired from the board of directors of Farmers & Merchants Bank in Stuttgart. read more >
Reanetta Hunt, Baptist Health Foundation
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Baptist Health Foundation CEO Files Lawsuit Over TerminationLock Icon

Reanetta Hunt eagerly returned to her native state earlier this year to take charge of the Baptist Health Foundation. On her 90th day of employment, two business days after signing off on an audit, she was terminated. read more >
Vince Stone and Ray Dillon of Stone Bank
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Stone Bank Hires Vince Stone, Names Ray Dillon to Board (Movers & Shakers)

Vince Stone has been hired as senior agri loan officer for Stone Bank in White Hall. Ray Dillon has been named to the board of directors in Little Rock. read more >
Susan M. Miller

Susan M. Miller, BKD (Lifetime Achievement Award in Accounting)

In 2007, Susan Miller was named BKD’s health care niche leader. The health care team has 16 employees and works with about 30 hospitals to improve their bottom lines. read more >
Former Southern Bank of Batesville execs Jim Haynes, EVP and chief lending officer; Woody Castleberry, president and CEO; and Bill Patton, chief operating officer
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Blocking And Tackling (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

It's easy in hindsight to spot errors. I don’t know enough about auditing to know whether BKD’s auditors were incompetent. I do know from hard experience that errors often seem obvious in hindsight, and while they may be the result of lazy technique, some errors are virtually unavoidable. read more >
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BKD Agrees to $4 Million Settlement with FDIC

Accounting firm BKD LLP agreed to pay the FDIC $4 million to settle a federal lawsuit tied to the 2010 failure of First Southern Bank of Batesville. read more >
Kevin Lewis
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BKD Settles With FDIC Over Kevin Lewis Fraud

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. last week settled its lawsuit against the accounting firm BKD LLP, just days before the trial was scheduled to begin in U.S. District Court in Little Rock. read more >
Kevin Lewis (inset) was convicted of defrauding First Southern Bank of Batesville out of $23.3 million.
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In Fraud By Kevin Lewis, Blame Is On Trial

In a civil trial scheduled to start next Monday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. will blame regional accounting firm BKD LLC for failing to uncover the massive fraud that led to the 2010 failure of First Southern Bank of Batesville. read more >

Arkansas Business Power List 2016: Accounting

An accounting resource to help navigate the leadership of the largest Arkansas companies or institutions. read more >
Bill Jeffs
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Arvest Adds Bill Jeffs to Central Arkansas Team (Movers & Shakers)

Bill Jeffs has joined Arvest Bank in central Arkansas as a wealth management and regional investment officer. Jeffs has more than 40 years of experience, including executive management positions in several large, multinational financial service firms. read more >
Photo of Kevin Horn by Jason Burt
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Charities Prosper Under New Laws, Economy

An improving economy and a state full of philanthropic hearts have meant another good year for Arkansas charities, despite concerns that tax law changes might have caused complications. read more >
Kevin Lewis, right, and attorney Tim Dudley walk to U.S. District Court in Little Rock. | (Photo by Gwen Moritz)
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FDIC Points Finger at Accounting Firm for Missed Opportunities in Kevin Lewis Fraud

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is blaming BKD LLP, the Springfield, Mo., accounting firm with a large Little Rock office, for allowing Kevin Lewis’ fraud to go undetected long enough to destroy First Southern Bank of Batesville. read more >
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BKD LLP Ranks No. 1 on List of Largest Accounting Firms in Arkansas

BKD LLP ranks first on Arkansas Business' annual list of the state's largest accounting firms. read more >
From left: Chris Doolittle of BKD LLP, Missy McJunkins Duke and Amber Bagley of Cross Gunter Witherspoon & Galchus.
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Affordable Care Act Amplifies Risk of Misclassifying Employees

Health care reform is increasing the importance of the correct classification of employees, employment lawyers and others say. That’s because the “employer mandate” of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees (or their equivalent) to offer those workers health insurance. read more >
About 300 people attended Wednesday's Arkansas Business Health Care Symposium at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
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At Symposium, Employers Told to Budget Now for Health Care Reform

Employers should assess their business quickly to determine a plan of action that minimizes risk as they face looming health care reforms that are already taking place, according to speakers at Wednesday’s Arkansas Business Health Care Symposium. read more >