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PEOPLE IN BUSINESS

Euba Harris-Winton, a long-time member of the Western Arkansas Employment Development Agency board of directors, was recently honored at the board’s annual meeting for her 38 years of dedication and service on the board.

Harris-Winton, 93, has been an active member of the community for many years including work as the Mallalieu Community Development Center executive director from 1970-97. She has been a featured speaker for the Clayton House’s Family History Series to share memories of growing up in Fort Smith in the 1930s.

Donald H. Flanders Sr., cofounder and chairman of the Lloyd Flanders Inc. furniture company in Fort Smith, was one of four industry leaders inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame in October at High Point, N.C.

Flanders (1924-2012) is known for transforming the casual outdoor industry in the early 1980s by introducing metal outdoor furniture that looked like traditional natural wicker. Flanders had sold Flanders Manufacturing Co., which had 350 employees, in 1969 to Riverside Furniture Corp. in Fort Smith. He later acquired the assets of the Lloyd division of Heywood Wakefield Co. in 1982 with operations in Menominee, Mich. and Fort Smith on Wheeler Avenue.

“Mr. Flanders was a people person who believed it was important to be a leader in the industry, not just to participate in it,” a news release from Menominee, Mich.-based Lloyd Flanders Inc. states.

Flanders had also served in leadership roles for the Southwestern Furniture Manufacturers Association and the Summer and Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association, now the International Casual Furnishings Association.

Todd Nighswonger has joined Mercy Fort Smith as senior media relations and communications specialist, serving hospitals and clinics in Fort Smith and the surrounding Arkansas and Oklahoma communities where Mercy operates.

He previously was media relations specialist for Mercy in Joplin, Mo. Nighswonger has 30-plus years’ experience in media and media relations, chiefly as an editor for newspapers and magazines. His previous media positions have been in communities including Arkansas City, Kan., Ardmore, Okla., Neosho, Mo., and Paragould.

“Todd is a seasoned professional, and we think he will be a huge asset to Mercy Fort Smith,” Ryan Gehrig, president of Mercy Fort Smith, said in a news release. “We welcome him to our wonderful community.”

Nighswonger has a bachelor’s in journalism from Kansas State University and a master’s in management from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. He and wife, Terri, have four children in their 20s who live in northeast Ohio, where the family spent 17 years. The couple has been married 30 years.

Jennifer Cook, who formerly served as senior media relations specialist at Mercy Fort Smith, will take on full-time duties in media relations and communications at Mercy Northwest Arkansas in Rogers.

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