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Mark Barnett Jr. has been hired to lead the new Jonesboro location of EGP PLLC Certified Public Accountants & Consultants. As branch director, Barnett will spearhead the firm's efforts in accounting, auditing and financial consulting services for businesses and individuals. CPAC provides services throughout Arkansas, west Tennessee, north Mississippi and southern Missouri. The Jonesboro location is CPAC's fourth office; the others are in North Little Rock, Heber Springs and Bryant.

Abby Guy, Usha Nair, Laura Yates, Michael Gallaway and Jenna Hayes have joined the tax staff at JPMS Cox PLLC in Little Rock. Robert Dudley has also been hired to the firm's audit staff.

Jeff Cumpston, Doug Bonds and Brandon Wall have achieved newposi-tions within Nabholz Construction Services of Conway. Cumpston has been promoted to quality management director of the company's northwest Arkansas office in Rogers after serving the company since 1997. Most recently, Cumpston worked as the Rogers office's superintendent. Bonds has been hired as senior project manager for the company's Conway office. Bonds is a 22-year veteran with extensive experience in the commercial, institutional, higher education and health care markets. Wall is now the project engineer for the Rogers office and previously served as an assistant project manager in the special projects division of Burke Construction Group in Las Vegas.


Scott Carter, Larry Kircher, Betty Oliver, Beth Anne Rankin and Bob White have been elected to Ouachita Baptist University's board of trustees. Carter is the manager of Long Brothers Oil Co. in Norphlet (Union County), and Kircher was formerly the CEO of Citizens State Bank in Bald Knob. Rankin works for the State Treasurer's Office as executive director of the Arkansas 529 Gift college savings plan. Oliver formerly served as the staff chair for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service for Pulaski County, and White is the manager of the Special Services Divisions of Arkansas Underground Protection Service in Conway. The university's board members also approved Rachel Jones to be Ouachita's new director of Career Services. Jones previously served as marketing director for Sodexo, a food services corporation, on Ouachita's campus.

Ashok Subramanian, who is currently the dean and a professor of business at Buena Vista University in Iowa, has been hired as dean of the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Subramanian spent three years as dean of BVU and seven as chair of the Information Systems Department at the University of Missouri. His appointment at UAFS will be effective March 1.


Christian Pikul has joined Murphy USA Inc. in El Dorado as the company's new director of investor relations and financial planning analysis. Pikul, who has nearly 20 years of experience, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a master's degree in finance from the University of Colorado.


Amanda Mathis, formerly the district conservationist in Berryville and Searcy, has been named assistant state conserva-tionist for the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Little Rock.

Health care

Andrea Simpson has been announced as the new director of radiology for NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. Simpson started as an NEA Baptist student technologist in 2004 and most recently served as radiology manager since 2011.

Chris Kelsey, an occupational therapist at Conway Regional Therapy Center-Scherman Heights, is now one of four in Conway and one of 30 in Arkansas to receive the distinction of certified hand therapist from the National Hand Therapy Certification Commission. Kelsey is also employed by Therapy & Rehab Solutions in Conway.

Michael Stevenson has been named the information security officer for Sparks Health System in Fort Smith. Stevenson will oversee electronic information policies and ensure that information assets and technologies are protected at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, Sparks Medical Center-Van Buren and other Sparks clinics. Stevenson has been at Sparks since he was 17, most recently working as an integration engineer in the company's Information Systems department.


R. Ryan Younger has been named a member of Quattlebaum Grooms & Tull PLLC in Little Rock, Younger, whose practice concentrates on civil litingation, joined the firm in 2010 after serving as a law clerk to U.S District Judge Robert Dawson in Arkansas Western District.


Kerry Johnson, formerly the art director and senior production art director, has been promoted to print production and traffic director in the creative division at CJRW in Little Rock. CJRW is a public relations, marketing Kerry and advertising firm.

Kathryn Heller has joined Ghidotti Communications in Little Rock as account supervisor. Heller previously worked as a public relations account executive at the Sells Agency of Little Rock, where she Kathryn managed and directed Heller statewide public relations efforts for Arkansas tourism, banking and health care.

Heidi Damron has been hired by CJRW, the Little Rock marketing, advertising and public relations firm, as ad coor-dinator in the travel and tourism division. Damron will manage ad sales for several Arkansas Parks & Tourism publications produced by CJRW, as well as provide account management support to the travel and tourism team.


Eric Hughes, Ed Choate, Mark Ferguson and Ricky Floyd have been appointed to the Metro Little Rock Alliance's board of directors. Hughes founded the Hughes & Hughes law firm of Arkadelphia in 2009 and will represent Clark County. Choate, the president and CEO of Delta Dental of Arkansas, will represent Faulkner County along with Ferguson, the executive vice president of First Security Bancorp. Floyd is the owner of Sunrise Honda Motorsports in Searcy and will represent White County.

Brian Crowne has been named vice president of Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion by the Walton Arts Center. Along with serving on the executive committee of the Walton Arts Center, Crowne will be responsible for all operations of the Walmart AMP, which was bought from him in February 2011, including booking, third party rentals, management and operations.

Sue Owens, executive director of Economics Arkansas, a private non-profit educational organization in Little Rock, has been elected to serve as the 2016 president of the National Association of Economic Educators. Owens served as president-elect in 2015 after serving three years on the NAEE executive committee.

Real Estate

Robin Rapert-Quick has been elected president of Arkansas Chapter 64 of the Institute of Real Estate Management. an international community associated with the National Association of Realtors. Other officers are Karen Keathley, vice president; Donni Reed, treasurer; Kelly Gurlen, secretary; Kim Glenn, vice president of education; and Shirley Ellis, vice president of membership.

Clay Partridge Clay Partridge and Leslie Martin have joined Waco Title Co.'s Little Rock office. Partridge will now act as the central Arkansas area manager and Martin will act as a closing agent.

Caption: Jeff Cumpston

Caption: Doug Bonds

Caption: Brandon Wall

Caption: Ashok Subramanian

Caption: Amanda Mathis

Caption: Andrea Simpson

Caption: Chris Kelsey

Caption: Michael Stevenson

Caption: R. Ryan Younger

Caption: Kerry Johnson

Caption: Kathryn Heller

Caption: Heidi Damron

Caption: Sue Owens

Caption: Clay Partridge

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