MOVERS & SHAKERS.
Suzanna Dean Bannerman and Robert Stephen Hogan have joined the audit staff of the Little Rock office of Arthur Andersen. Bannerman is a graduate of Baylor University, and Hogan holds a master's degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. John P. Shock has been named interim dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences during a search to find a permanent replacement for Dr. I. Dodd Wilson, who is succeeding Dr. Harry P. Ward as chancellor of UAMS.
W.E.P. "Bill" Kempf of Pine Bluff, a certified safety professional who serves as safety manager for Washington (formerly Raytheon) Demilitarization Co., was recently elected president of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. With 22 years of experience in the safety field, Kempf is currently assigned to the Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility under construction at the Pine Bluff Arsenal.
Karen Simons has joined Metropolitan National Bank as Internet banking specialist, and Stacy Lackey has joined the bank as a mortgage loan originator. Before joining Metropolitan, Simons was co-owner of Simons Consulting, a computer consulting firm in El Dorado that specialized in e-commerce. Lackey was previously employed by First Home Mortgage of Jonesboro.
Charles M. Miller has joined the staff of the Arkansas Bankers Association as director of government relations. He was most recently a member of Sen. Blanche Lincoln's staff, but he was previously a vice president of Capital Bank of Little Rock in charge of marketing and business development.
Jim Lincicome has been named manager of trust and investment for Firstar Bank in Arkansas. He was previously investment manager for the trust and investment division.
Micki Poteet of little Rock was the recipient of the 2000 Outstanding State Employee Award given by the Arkansas State Employees Association. Poteet is a payroll supervisor with the Department of Finance and Administration and has been with state government for 27 years.
Dr. James R. Barnes and Dr. Stephanie W. Granger have joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as laparoscopic surgeons and assistant professors in the department of surgery. Dr. Vahid Feiz and Dr. Tony Realini have joined the ophthalmology department at UAMS to establish a refractive surgery program.
Lin Little Blair, human resource project leader for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, was named the Arkansas Outstanding Professional in Human Resources for 2000 by the Arkansas Society of Human Resource Management State Council.
Eddie Choate has been named president and CEO of Delta Dental Plan of Arkansas Inc., and Robert Bumpas has been named director of marketing. Choate was previously president and CEO of NovaSys Health Network in Little Rock. Bumpas has 13 years of experience in employee benefits, including seven years with Pharmacy Associates Inc.
Allison Pickell has been promoted to director of marketing at Arkansas Business Publishing Group, and Virgeen Healey has been promoted to director of design and circulation. Pickell has worked for ABPG for most of the past 10 years, including four years as circulation director. Healey joined the staff in 1992 and has been director of design since December 1996.
Andrea Martin has joined ABPG as an editorial research assistant. Martin. is a recent graduate of Arkansas State University.
Ozark Film & Video Productions of Springdale won six awards in the 2000 AXIEM Awards, a national competition. Winning entries were a commercial for the Arkansas Department of Health; a music video for BudgeText; a regional ad campaign for Freeman Health System of Joplin, Mo.; a commercial for Ron Blackwell Ford; an education video for the Southwest Dairy Center; and a regional ad campaign for WeatherKing.
Marilyn Joyner has been promoted to manager, systems and programming, at Murphy Oil Corp. in El Dorado. She has been with the company since 1966. Steven W. Post has been promoted to manager, retail support. He has been with the company since 1980. J. Randal "Randy" Ross has been promoted to supervisor, network and desktop support. He joined the company in 1996.
Jennifer Lawrence has joined Optus Inc. in Jonesboro as director of marketing for the company's two divisions, Optus Telemation and Optus Telequip. Peggy Davis has joined Optus Telemation as an account executive.