Connections: Walmart exec receives award honoring Black business icon

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Walmart executive Latriece Watkins, executive vice president of consumables, received the inaugural Madam C.J. Walker Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The award was presented in May by the national trade group Personal Care Products Council. It recognizes individuals who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to DEI through strong leadership and sustained efforts with a focus on workplace culture, programs and policies, or through external engagement with consumers and communities.

The award honors industry pioneer Madam C.J. Walker, who started her hair care business at the turn of the century, during a time when women of color had few rights and little opportunity.

NEW HIRES
Banking & Finance
Miranda Gauthier
Springdale
Employer: Today’s Bank
Title: Springdale market president
Previous employer: Centennial Bank
Previous title: vice president, commercial lending

PROMOTIONS
Banking & Finance
Jackie Rogers
Fayetteville
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Retail
Kennon Largent
Fayetteville
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Title: CEO
Previous title: director of business development

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Springdale
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Robert Kaelin
Fayetteville
Employer: Moore’s Chapel Funeral Home
Title: manager
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Organization: Arkansas Funeral Directors Association

Brock Gearhart
Fayetteville
Employer: Greenwood Gearhart
Title: CEO
Appointment: board of directors
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Tyler Dees
Siloam Springs
Employer: Simmons Foods
Title: director of business development
Appointment: board of directors
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