Connections: Erica Preston joins the business development team at Simmons Bank

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Simmons Bank, based in Pine Bluff, has hired Erica Preston as senior vice president and director of market development for Northwest Arkansas.

Preston, who lives in Bentonville, was previously chief operating officer of Danville-chartered Chambers Bank.

Alumnus of the University of Arkansas, Preston is also a graduate of the School of Banking at the University of Colorado. The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal included Preston in its 2015 Forty Under 40 class.

NEW EMPLOYEES
Bank and finance
Robert Gaffigan
roger
Employer: Bank of Generations
Title: vice-president; commercial lender
Previous employer: National Bank Heritage
previous title: commercial loan officer

Angela Horton
roger
Employer: Bank of Generations
Title: commercial loan officer
Previous employer: United Bank
previous title: Business Development Specialist

Education
Shadow JQ Robinson
Fort Smith
Employer: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Title: provost; vice-chancellor of academic affairs
Previous employer: University of Tennessee-Martin
previous title: Dean; College of Engineering and Natural Sciences

Legal
The Ann box
Fayetteville
EmployeeDr: Hall Booth Smith
Title: of advice
Previous employer: Elliot & Smith
previous title: lawyer

Amber Sanders
Fayetteville
Employer: Booth Smith room
Title: of advice
Previous employer: Lightfoot, Franklin & White
previous title: associate lawyer

Non-profit
Lance Johnson
Fayetteville
Employer: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas
Title: executive Director
Previous employer: Washington County Economic Opportunity Agency
previous title: director of children’s services

Immovable
Adam VanBecelaere
roger
Employer: Cushman & Wakefield/Sage Partners
Title: brokerage market manager
Previous employer: Walmart Inc.
previous title: director; real estate and portfolio management

PROMOTIONS
Bank and finance
Charlie Van Ness
Fayetteville
Employer: Simmons Bank
Title: branch president; NWA, Little Rock and Tulsa Markets
previous title: NWA Market President

Chris Rittelmeyer
Fayetteville
Employer: Simmons Bank
Title: NWA Market President
previous title: Vice President, Commercial Banking

Non-profit
Jill Suel
Fayetteville
Employer: Walton Center for the Arts
Title: Walton Arts Center Senior Director of Marketing and Sales
Previous title: marketing director

Hillary Morgan
Fayetteville
EmployeeA: Walton Center for the Arts
Title: marketing director
previous title: senior marketing coordinator

PRICE
Detail
Craig Underwood
Fayetteville
Employer: Underwoods Jewelers
Title: President
Award: Robert M. Shipley Award
Organization: American Gemstone Society

Transportation
Wyatt Jepsen
roger
Employer: Walmart Inc.
Title: truck’s driver
Award: Driver of the year 2021
Organization: Arkansas Trucking Association

Russ Curbo
Bella Vista
Employer: Lew Thompson & Son Trucking
Title: director of security
Award: Security Professional of the Year 2021
Organization: Arkansas Trucking Association

APPOINTMENTS
Non-profit
Brent Williams
Fayetteville
Employer: University of Arkansas
Title: associate dean; Sam M. Walton College of Commerce
Appointment: crew member
Organization: Arkansas Economy

Transportation
Brad Hicks
roger
Employer: JB Hunt Transport Services
Title: Executive Vice President; president of road services
Appointment: crew member
Organization: Arkansas Trucking Association

Utilities
Joey Msall
Fayetteville
Employer: Black Hills Energy
Title: Director of Operations
Appointment: crew member
Organization: Arkansas 811

DESIGNATIONS
Immovable
Oksana De Maris
Bentonville
Employer: Business Real Estate Focus
Title: broker
Designation: Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
Organization: CCIM Institute

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