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Five local physicians who specialize in orthopedic surgery will join Sparks Clinic. 

Drs. Jeffrey K. Evans, MD, John H. Harp, MD, Eric Heim, MD, Stephen A. Heim, MD, and Michael Wolfe, MD, will begin seeing patients at Sparks Medical Plaza in November.

“We’ve had a longstanding relationship with these talented physicians from Cooper Clinic and we are happy to welcome them into the Sparks family,” Dan McKay, chief executive officer for Sparks Health System, said in a news release. “They do extraordinary work in our hospitals and I know they’ll do just as well in our clinic.”

Many of these physicians already provide minimally invasive surgical solutions for patients suffering from joint pain at the Sparks Orthopedic and Spine Center at Sparks Regional Medical Center. The nine-bed unit opened in September 2015 and has performed more than 700 total joint replacement surgeries since then. They celebrate their second anniversary this week.

For more information on treatment options provided at the Sparks Orthopedic and Spine Center, or to enroll in a free community seminar focused on knee and hip pain, visit SparksHealth.com or call (479) 709-DOCS.

Bob Reykers has been promoted from events coordinator to sales director at the Fort Smith Convention Center.

He succeeds Jeremy Richey. Reykers, who will have oversight of the center’s sales and marketing efforts with support by Donna Ross, has worked at the convention center for many years.

Prior to working at the events coordinator, he was a key piece of the center’s operations team by serving as a building engineer.

“In these and other ways Bob has proven himself to be a great asset to our FSCC team, and we look forward to experiencing good things he will bring to the Sales Director role,” writes Tim Seeberg, director of the convention center.

Quantum Plastics LLC, a global plastics manufacturer, has named Ron Embree of Fort Smith as president and chief executive officer.

Embree had served as president and chief operating officer for Quantum Plastics since 2015. He succeeds Morris Rowlett, who will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

“Ron is a renowned plastics industry veteran,” Rowlett said in a news release. “His vast experience building and growing Quantum Plastics and River Bend Industries is invaluable. I cannot think of a more natural progression in leadership. Quantum Plastics is in a strong position and Ron is a strong leader who will seamlessly continue to grow the company.”

Since 2015, Quantum Plastics has added a total of four manufacturing facilities to its portfolio.

“Over the past few years, I’ve watched and participated in Quantum Plastics’ growth,” Embree said in the release. “I’m excited to assume this new role and lead our creative and talented employees.”

Hired in February, Arvest Wealth Management (AWM) regional investment officer Darin Drennan has worked in the financial services industry since 2001, helping clients with their financial goals.

“Drennan prefers a holistic approach of guiding clients through the intricacies of pursuing their life goals, and will work with a team of AWM client advisors and trust officers to properly manage their resources,” a news release states.

Rob Moore, meanwhile, was hired in January as an AWM client advisor.

He has 10 years of industry experience and holds Series 7, Series 63 and Series 66 licenses, as well as health and life insurance licenses in the state of Arkansas.

In his role, Moore will gather and analyze financial information in order to provide appropriate and individualized customer solutions through brokerage, insurance, trust products and trust services.

Amy Michalek was recently hired as an AWM client advisor assistant.

She has worked in the wealth management industry for 30 years, and comes to Arvest from another firm.

Michalek holds Series 7, Series 66 licenses, as well an Arkansas insurance license. All three are based out of Arvest’s ‘Tower’ branch located at 5000 Rogers Ave. in Fort Smith.

State Rep. Mat Pitsch, R-Fort Smith, recently received an Arkansas State Chamber/Associated Industries of Arkansas 2017 Business Matters Leadership Award during the State Chamber/AIA Door-To-Door Meeting in Fort Smith on Sept. 14.

Pitsch was recognized with the award for supporting positive business initiatives during the 91st General Assembly.

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