BUSINESS PEOPLE Northwest Arkansas

Posted: April 16, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Rachel Krest was named director of development for University Libraries at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She has worked for University Development for more than 11 years, serving in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and most recently as the senior director of development for the Office of Annual Giving. Krest has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Arkansas. She is a part-time pastor for the United Methodist Church in Alpena.

Lt. Alan Johnson of the Washington County sheriff’s office recently graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va. He is a 19-year veteran of the sheriff’s office.

The following Realtors will be honored at the Eureka Springs/Carroll County Board of Realtors 2016 Awards for Excellence breakfast Tuesday in Eureka Springs.

• Bronze (total gross transaction of at least $1.5 million): Jason Williams, Williams Properties Real Estate; Amy Ward and Karen Kinsel, Century 21 Woodland; and Robin Milam, All Seasons Real Estate.

• Silver (total gross transactions of at least $2 million): Gene Land and Sherry Bland, Mountain Country Properties; Cheryl Colbert, Hooks Realty; Kyle Box, All Seasons Real Estate; Trey Weaver, Metropolitan Real Estate; Jeneanne Duncan, Montgomery Whiteley Realty; Janice McKelvey and Ken Riley, Century 21 Woodland; and Kim Williams, Coldwell Bankers KC Realty.

• Gold (total gross transaction of at least $3.5 million): Diane Paulsen, Coldwell Banker KC Realty; Glenn Crenshaw, All Seasons Real Estate; and Adam Biossat, Bay Realty.

• Platinum (total gross transactions of at least $5 million): Jeri Swofford, Montgomery Whiteley Realty.

• Diamond (total gross transaction of at least $7 million): Ronnie and Christy Whiteley, Montgomery Whiteley Realty.

Taylor Pannell was named weekend morning weather anchor and weekday reporter at KHBS/KHOG-TV. He anchored and produced weather segments at KOLN/KSNB/KNOP-TV in Lincoln, Neb., since April 2016. Pannell earned a bachelor’s degree in radio-television from Arkansas State University in 2015 and will complete the Broadcast Meteorology Certificate program from Mississippi State University in 2018.

Roxanna Buck was promoted to mortgage loan originator at First Security Bank. She was a mortgage loan processor for the bank.

James Brookhart was hired by Arvest Bank as vice president and commercial banker in Benton County. He has 10 years of commercial lending experience and will work at 5201 Village Parkway in Rogers. Brookhart worked in international real estate development for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the Arkansas Bankers Association Commercial Lending School.

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