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AIA Arkansas Newsletter                         TOP            May 2014
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Member News
Calendar of Events
National Convention
Welcome New Members
Employment Opportunities
Associates News
Points of Interest
Opportunity Knocks
AIA National News
Gold Ribbon Sponsors
Silver Ribbon Co-Sponsors
Blue Ribbon Partners

Gold Ribbon Sponsors

Acme Brick Company


BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc.


Curtis H. Stout, Inc.


Innerplan Office Interiors


Nabholz Construction Corporation


Sourthern Reprographics, Inc.


Today's Office Inc.

Silver Ribbon



Alessi-Keyes Construction Co. 


CR Crawford Consturction


Dupont Tyvek


Glen Jones & Associates


Kinco Constructors, LLC


Long Sales Agency


McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc.


Porter Lighting & Controls


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"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." -William James


We hope you enjoy the May edition of Columns, the AIA Arkansas newsletter.  As always, use the links on the left or simply scroll down the page to see what has been and what will be going on with AIA Arkansas. If you have news you would like to share that meets the submission guidelines, please submit it to Joie Ketcham.  The next deadline is June 15th.

Response & Reflection

A Message from the President


Last month's devastating storms in Central Arkansas were heart wrenching, and laid bare the fragility of life in the midst of nature's fury.  While not every building can be practically constructed to withstand an EF4 tornado, the event serves as a sober reminder about the role buildings can and should play in providing safety and protection for their occupants, even while they're destroyed in the process.  Evidence regarding the types of structures susceptible to destruction, and the lack of adherence to sound construction practices was enlightening, if not discouraging.  Let's use this opportunity to educate ourselves and the public-at-large about the importance of building well, and to roll up our sleeves and lend a hand to those in need.  President Obama, touring the damage aptly observed that "The people of Vilonia and all the other towns devastated by the storm understand there's a lot of work that remains to be done."  There certainly is.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who were impacted by the storms.


Wesley Walls, AIA





Edward Durell Stone Garden Park Plan Revived With NEA GrantFunding

Community Design Center, Marlon Blackwell Architect on design team

Unfinished plans for an extensive garden park at Greers Ferry Lake,designed by iconic architect Edward Durell Stone, will be updated and completed thanks to a $40,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The University of Arkansas Community Design Center will lead a team to update and revise the design master plan and prepare a feasibility report.

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MacKeith Named Dean of Fay Jones School of Architecture

Professor's research focuses on Finnish and Nordic architecture

Peter MacKeith has been named dean of the Fay Jones School ofArchitecture at the University of Arkansas, effective July 1.


MacKeith is a professor of architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design &Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. He has served on the FayJones School's Professional Advisory Board for the Fay Jones School since2011.


"We are pleased to have Peter MacKeith join the University of Arkansas,"said Sharon Gaber, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "Hisexperience and leadership will help continue to propel the Fay JonesSchool to even greater heights."

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Announcing BRR's Newest Promotion

John Frank, AIA and LEED AP BD+C, has been named a Principal with BRR. John has 12 years of architectural design experience in retail, light industrial and commercial interiors projects. Since joining BRR in 2002, John has managed and provided senior-level management for all phases, from schematic design through construction administration, on hundreds of projects across the country. John is located in and leads BRR's Bentonville, Ark., regional office.   

Leading Arkansas Architecture Firms Merge to Expand Offerings

Award winning firms combine to focus on sustainable design in education and historic restoration projects.


Allison Architects and Ruby Architects recently merged to create a firm dedicated to serving clients through responsive and personalized design, with an emphasis on sustainability.


The firms have been collaborators for a number of years, with projects including the new Health Science Complex for Black River Technical College in Pocahontas, AR and the renovation of the historic field house for the Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  John Allison, AIA, LEED AP, Chris Hartsfield, AIA, and Aaron Ruby, AIA, LEED AP, will lead the merged firm, and Matthew Cabe, AIA, LEED AP is director of the Northwest Arkansas office in Fayetteville.

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2014 Most Endangered Places List

May 22, 10:00 am

More Info 

Book Release & Signing

May 27, 5:30 pm

Join us for a special evening at the Historic Arkansas Museum with Charles Witsell and Gordon Wittenberg as we celebrate the publishing of Architects of Little Rock: 1833 - 1950.  AIA Arkansas's president, Wesley Walls will make a special presentation on behalf of AIA Arkansas. The book signing will begin at 6:15 pm.

More Info 




June 26-28, 2014

Chicago, IL


Don't forget to register for the AIA National Convention in Chicago. We have a few more hotel rooms available through our block of rooms. Contact Joie at the AIA AR office at 501-661-1111 to make your reservation.




AIA Arkansas members attending the national convention are invited to participate in the following:


Fay Jones School of Architecture Reunion

Sponsored in part by AIA Arkansas

Thursday, June 26, 6:30-8:30pm

Embassy Suites Lakefront 

Des Plaines River Room

511 N Columbus Drive


AIA Gulf States Region Reception

Friday, June 27, 6:30-9:00pm

Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Sheraton IV Room

301 E North Water Street

All members of AIA Gulf States Region are invited to attend.  There is no charge to attend. 


AIA Gulf States Regional Caucus

Thursday, June 26, 11:15am-12:30pm

McCormick Place

Room S403


Public Service Opportunity in Chicago

Every year, on the day before the AIA National Convention, AEC Cares brings together Architects, sponsors and volunteers from across the U.S. for a project that helps the host community. Learn more online and come help AEC Cares "Project Chicago" June 25 in Chicago.




Architect & Associate Members

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  • Corey A. Edwards, Assoc. AIA

    Allied Members 

    Click the company's name to access their contact information.



  • Res-Tek


    Multiple Architect Positions Available

    Hight-Jackson Associates, Rogers, AR, is hiring multiple architectural positions.  All experience levels will be considered. Applicant must have a degree in Architecture, be detail and team oriented, and is proficient with Revit and CAD design programs.  The firm provides competitive wages and benefits.  Please send resume to



    Support the National Design Services Act

    The AIA and the AIAS announce the introduction of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, which is already granted young lawyers, doctors and others in return for community service. The bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4205, was introduced Tuesday. Please contact your congressman today to support the timely passage of this important legislation. 

    The Advocacy Network Needs You

    The Advocacy Network is robust and organized grassroots advocacy network that not only connects AIA staff and components with AIA members, but also AIA members with elected members of Congress. The ultimate goal is to build a lasting relationship between AIA and Congress, so that every member will be the messenger on key advocacy issues.

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    Help Extend 179D

    We need your help to promote energy-efficient design with members of Congress. Tell your representative to extend the 179D tax deduction now at the AIA Advocacy Center.



    Why Aren't Architects Licensed Upon Graduation?

    The academy, the profession, and the organizations that serve emerging professionals are working to streamline the path towards licensure.

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    ARE 5.0 Transition Plan: It's here...!

    The launch of ARE 5.0 is still over two years away, but we wanted to let you know about the transition plan as soon as possible so you can make a plan and finish the exam no matter which version is available.

    Read the full article. 



    Planning starts for Park Hill's 'pop up'


    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


    Volunteers have begun brainstorming on attractions for North Little Rock's Park Hill neighborhood during an event one weekend this fall to show what the community can be if the attractions became permanent.


    Pop Up in the Rock - now in its third year - is an event put on by studioMain and Create Little Rock, an arm of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. Event organizers, volunteers and neighborhood residents work together to transform a chosen area into a vibrant urban community to gain momentum for permanent additions.


    This year, the group chose to focus on Park Hill, a primarily residential area off John F. Kennedy Boulevard in North Little Rock. The group also has announced the location of next year's pop-up event as West Ninth Street in Little Rock between Broadway and State Street.

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    The Near-Impossible Challenge of Designing the 9/11 Museum

    "Historical museums typically serve as a way to tell the official story of something that happened and what it means. This one is different. "It is a story that has no end," says Paula Grant Berry, a ­museum-­planning-­committee member whose husband died in the South Tower. The events of 9/11 are still raw in our memories and alive in our political and cultural climate."

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    ONE Prize Competition

    Submission Deadline: August 31, 2014

    Announcing the 5th annual ONE Prize Competition, organized by Terreform ONE, a non-profit design group that promotes smart design in cities. This year's competition is for a teaching facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is intended to be built and used for a new school of design and science, to open in the fall of 2015. Click here to register, submit, and receive more information.

    2015 AIA Gold Medal & Architecture Firm Award

    Call for Nominations

    The American Institute of Architects is currently accepting nominations for our two highest honors-Gold Medal and the Architecture Firm Award. 

    Deadline: July 11, 2014 before 5:00 PM EASTERN

    Find out more. 

    1407 BROADWAY


    At 1407, we recognize that our work environments demand new templates for creativity and success. That's why we're launching our first creative ideas competition. We want to hear what environments inspire you to create, collaborate, and succeed. What does this look like, feel like, sound like? How does it challenge you? What makes it tick? Who else is with you? How do you communicate with each other? What happens there that doesn't happen elsewhere? Responses can take almost any form - a mood board, poem, diagram, or sketch - whatever works for you. We are asking you to re-imagine your workplace.

    Find out more.

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    2015 International Codes®

    Buy your 2015 I-Codes now at the 2012 I-Code price!

    Offer expires May 31.

    Design Opportunities 

    May issue of Design Opportunities   


    AIA Introduces New Economic Indicator

    Last month, the AIA introduced a new economic indicator to supplement the trend information provided by the ABI. AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, spotlighted the new design contracts indicator in an AIA economic research white paper released last week, Designing the Construction Future


    Welcome to the New AIA

    In a time of change for members and the profession, the AIA is supporting architects and speaking about the value of design in a myriad of ways.

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    ABI Declines

    Following a modest two-month recovery in the level of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) again turned negative last month. The March ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 50.7 in February. (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).

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    Acme Brick Companyacme

    10921 Maumelle Blvd., North Little Rock, AR 72113

    (501) 812-5574

    Mike Anderson, Bryce Switzer, Kelley Atkins


    BancorpSouth Insurance ServicesBancorpSouth

    P.O. Box 251510, Little Rock, AR 72225

    (501) 664-7705

    Ken Estes, Alfred Williams, James Clark


    Curtis H. Stout, Inc.CurtisStout

    2400 Cantrell Rd. #100, Little Rock, AR 72202

     (501) 374-6694

    Melissa Stickford, Andy McMahan, Becky Major


    Innerplan Office InteriorsInnerplan

    7001 Innerplan Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72113

    (501) 371-0300

    Roger McMennamy, Tim McMennamy, Mark Phillips


    Nabholz Construction CorporationNabholz

    612 Garland St., Conway, AR 72032

    (501) 505-5800

    Jake Nabholz, Clay Gordon, Brad Hegeman


    Southern Reprographics Inc.SRi

    P.O. Box 1878, Little Rock, AR 72203

    (501) 372-4011

    Phillip McColey, Pam Brawley


    Today's Office Inc.TodaysOffice

    717 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

    (501) 375-5050

    Rhonda Bradley, Keeley Claude, Missy Holley





    Alessi-Keyes Construction Co.

    10623 Maumelle Blvd., North Little Rock, AR 72113

    (501) 225-6699

    Bob Butler, James Alessi


    CR Crawford Construction

    5274 N Crossover Rd., Springdale, AR 72764

    (479) 251-1161

    Richard Johnson, Scott Stokenburry


    Glen Jones & Associates

    107 Cherrybark Lane, Vicksburg, MS 39180

    (601) 634-0877

    Glen Jones, Lou Skeen 


    DuPont Tyvek

    171 Mountain Valley Dr., Maumelle, AR 72113

    (501) 804-7889

    Mark Edds


    Kinco Constructors

    12600 Lawson Road, Little Rock, AR 72210

    (501) 225-7606

    Rob Hileman, Marc Dillard


    Long Sales Agency

    914 Barber, Little Rock, AR 72202

    (501) 374-3088

    Randall Long, Mandy Green


    McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc.

    PO Box 34087 / 9090 West Markham, Little Rock, AR 72203

    (501) 371-0272

    Dan Beranek, Tim Brockway


    Porter Lighting & Controls

    6001 Murray St., Little Rock, AR 72209

    (501) 570-8170

    Megan Gardisser, Phillip Phelps  






    All-Storage Products

    PO Box 22266

    Little Rock, AR72221

    (501) 666-8600

    Tom  Garner


    Antique Brick & Block

    1609 E. 9th Street

    Little Rock, AR72202

    (501) 375-0060

    Jason   Garner


    Archway Graphic Designs

    1202 Business Park Dr.

    Little Rock, AR72204

    (501) 224-0227

    Teresa  Baker


    Arkansas Automatic Sprinkler & United Fire Suppression

    185 Arena Road

    Cabot, AR72023

    (501) 843-9392

    Sandi  Ake


    Arkansas Business 

    Publishing Group

    122 East Second

    Little Rock, AR72201

    (501) 372-1443

    Rachel  Bradbury

    Arkansas Sun Control

    5301 Warden Road,  Suite H2

    North Little Rock, AR72116

    (501) 753-3800

    JP  Stalpers


    Arkansas Wall Systems

    2341 East 8th Street

    North Little Rock, AR72114

    (501) 945-5522

    Jeff  Hyde


     Ash Grove Packaging

    10809 Executive Center Dr Ste 321

    Little Rock, AR72211

    (501) 224-3372

    David  May



    PO Box 16235

    Little Rock, AR72231

    (501) 372-2373

    John  Kerr


    B+B Specialty Contractors

    PO Box 242915

    Little Rock, AR72223

    (501) 837-2663

    Laurence  Hammond


    Baldwin & Shell 

    Construction Company

    PO Box 1750

    Little Rock, AR72203

    (501) 374-8677

    Douglas  Henson

    Beshears Construction

    PO Box 6299

    Fort Smith, AR72906

    (479) 646-0846

    Kelly  Wilson

     Big Ass Solutions

    2348 Innovation Road

    Lexington, KY40511

    (859) 967-0502

    Tess  Simon


    Big Creek Farms of Hickory Flat (NUDURA)

    183 Thomas Road

    Pangburn, AR72121

    (501) 230-5651



    Bigelow Commercial

    3 Garden Oaks Lane

    Maumelle, AR72113

    (501) 517-3230

    Tony  Simmons


    Capitol Imaging

    1301 West Capitol

    Little Rock, AR72201

    (501) 376-2446

    Mark  Rickett


    CDI Contractors

    3000 Cantrell Road

    Little Rock, AR72202

    (501) 666-4300

    Dwayne  Wilson


    CertainTeed Corporation

    2907 Sweetgrass Drive

    Little Rock, AR72211

    (501) 400-5127

    John  Johnson


    CFS Green Homes

    PO Box 270

    Monticello, AR71657

    (870) 367-3214

    John  Bargh


    Clark Contractors

    15825 Cantrell Road

    Little Rock, AR72222

    (501) 868-3133

    Christina  Lusk


    Conference Technologies

    1419 Westpark Drive, Suite B

    Little Rock, AR72201

    (501) 375-2800

    David  Crook


    CPI Daylighting 

    28662 North Ballard Drive

    Lake Forest, IL60045

    (847) 816-1060

    Bobby  Addison


    CSL Materials

    9410 S. Elwood Ave, Ste 111

    Jenks, OK74037

    (918) 618-2655

    Mason  Means



    2349 W. Hudson Rd

    Rogers, AR72756

    (479) 621-8889

    Shaun  Carver


    DFI Architectural Signs 

    219 West 7th

    North Little Rock, AR72114

    (501) 372-8881

    Charles  Aitkens


    DSC Cabinets

    9812 Interstate 30

    Little Rock, AR72209

    (501) 568-4444

    Kayla  Cooper


    Duro-Last Roofing

    525 Morley Drive

    Saginaw, MI48601

    (800) 434-3876

    David  Bradke


    Enloe Enterprise 

    4928 Holly Street

    Kansas City, MO64112

    (816) 561-9229

    Vickie  Enloe


    Evo Business Environments

    409 East 3rd Street

    Little Rock, AR72201

    (501) 244-9696

    Chris  Cerrato


    Facility Design Marketing

    605 Sussix Loop

    North Little Rock, AR72120

    (501) 247-6831

    Katie  Escovedo


    Featured Systems

    5 Clare Circle

    Bella Vista, AR72714

    (479) 855-6422

    Ed  Chitty


    Fleetwood Windows & Doors

    1 Fleetwood Way

    Corona, CA92879

    (800) 736-7363

    Mark  Lanigan



    184 East Fantinel Blvd.

    Springdale, AR72762

    (479) 750-4565

    Brent  Farmer


    Georgia-Pacific Gypsum

    PO Box 105605

    Atlanta, GA30348

    (800) 225-6119

    Ron  Blanchard

    H.E. Williams

    831 West Fairview Avenue

    Carthage, MO64836

    (417) 358-4065

    Kelly  Hartley



    Architectural Products

    5007 Black Road, Suite #230

    Memphis, TN38117

    (901) 452-8462

    Bruce  Hillyer


    HP Engineering

    3333 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Suite 330

    Rogers, AR72758

    (479) 899-6370

    Bill  Hodge


    HSA Engineering 

    Consulting Services

    5701 Euper Lane, Suite A

    Fort Smith, AR72903

    (479) 452-8922

    Trey  White


    Hubble-Mitchell Interiors

    8001 Assembly Court, Unit 34

    Little Rock, AR72209

    (501) 312-2700

    Chris  Hubble



    6 Hethwood

    Little Rock, AR72210

    (501) 519-9806

    Karen  Williams


    Inside Effects

    PO Box 31179

    Little Rock, AR72260

    (501) 954-8866

    Dustin  Pitonyak


    J.D. Day & Company

    6701 W 64th Street, Suite 221

    Overland Park, KS66202

    (913) 722-3213

    Jim  Day


    Jay S. Stanley & Associates

    5313 McClanahan Drive, Suite G5

    North Little Rock, AR72116

    (501) 758-8029

    Jay  Stanley


    Kalwall - Glass Erectors

    PO Box 30005

    Little Rock, AR72260

    (501) 455-1324

    Gary  Smith


    Lighting & Power Solutions

    217 N. Chester

    Little Rock, AR72201

    (501) 374-2155

    Brian  Self


    Lunday & Associates

    717 E Center Street

    Sheridan, AR72150

    (870) 942-1463

    Wade  Lunday


    Mainstream Technologies

    325 West Capitol, Suite 200

    Little Rock, AR72201

    (501) 801-6739

    Tom  Allen



    11617 Kanis Rd

    Little Rock, AR72211

    (501) 224-2775

    Jason  Roach

     Marvin Windows and Doors

    P O Box 100

    Warroad, MN56763

    (901) 484-5403

    Mark  Walkenbach


    McGraw-Hill Construction-Dodge Division

    5107 Kaplon Road

    North Little Rock, AR72118

    (501) 851-1438

    Connie  Schroepfer


    MDC Wallcoverings

    1200 Arthur Avenue

    Elk Grove Village, IL60610

    (847) 437-4000 x7464

    Nikki  Stelloh


    Meeks Lumber & Design Center

    PO Box 6160

    Springdale, AR72766

    (479) 236-7780

    Herb  Rimel


    Mid-Continental Restoration 

    401 E. Hudson Street

    Fort Scott, KS66701

    (620) 223-9158

    Matt  Deloney


    Midwest Block & Brick

    1601 Electric Avenue

    Springdale, AR72764

    (479) 750-7887

    Mike  Ankrom



    Milestone Construction Company

    2002 South 48th Street

    Springdale, AR72762

    (479) 751-3560

    Kelli  Gemmell


    Minick Materials

    326 N Council

    Oklahoma City, OK73127

    (405) 343-7879

    Mike  Mayzak


    Missco Contract Sales

    PO Box 321400

    Florwood, MS39232

    (601) 987-8600

    Mack  Skeen


    Morrison Shipley Engineers

    5704 Euper Lane

    Fort Smith, AR72903

    (479) 452-1933

    Greg  Shipley


    Musco Sports Lighting

    100 1st Avenue W

    Oskaloosa, IA52577

    (641) 673-0411

    Jeremy  Lemons


    Neenah Foundry

    16401 Chenal Valley Drive #8306

    Little Rock, AR72223

    (800) 619-6756

    Pat  Risley


    Otis Elevator Company

    1527 Bowman Rd., Ste. A

    Little Rock, AR72211

    (501) 312-7600

    Richard  Carlton


    Panda Windows & Doors

    3415 Bellington Road

    Las Vegas, NV89030

    (702) 643-5700

    Ximena  Rojas


    Performance Surfaces

    821 W Wilshire Blvd

    Oklahoma City, OK73116

    (405) 463-0505

    Ryan  McCaslin


    Pittsburgh Paints

    1074 W Markham

    Conway, AR72032

    (501) 327-7955

    Brent  Ernst


    Related Product Sales (RPS)

    405 Shall Avenue

    Little Rock, AR72202

    (501) 993-5873

    Chris  Little


    Resource Interiors

    31 Kingspark Road

    Little Rock, AR72227

    (501) 960-7994

    Tom  Johnston



    110 Riverside Drive

    Cartersville, GA30120

    (913) 375-5191

    Dan  Pickens


    Roofing System Solutions

    PO Box 30355

    Edmond, OK73003

    (405) 650-8915

    Tim  Reed


    Schindler Elevator Corporation

    400 Hardin Drive, Ste 170

    Little Rock, AR72211

    (501) 375-0930

    Larry  Hammond



    School & Office Products 

    of Arkansas

    P.O. Box 26015

    Little Rock, AR0

    (501) 663-5500

    Terry  Greene


    Sherwin-Williams Company

    15484 College Blvd.

    Lenexa, KS66219

    (913) 381-8633

    Brook  Nienstedt



    1000 E. Rochelle Blvd

    Irving, TX75062

    (469) 995-2200

    David  Bell


    Smart Vent Flood Vents

    430 Andbro Dr. Unit 1

    Pitman, NJ8071

    (877) 441-8368

    Garrett  Tirpak


    Southwest Solutions Group

    17200 Chenal Parkway, # 300

    Little Rock, AR72223

    (501) 859-0675

    Justin  Story


    Sport Court

    700 Minton Road

    Benton, AR72019

    (501) 316-2255

    Patti  LaFleur


    Sports Floors Incorporated

    6651 Reese Rd

    Memphis, TN38133

    (901) 452-9492

    Bruce  Gleneck


    Tandus Flooring

    5906 Wall Street

    Benton, AR72019

    (501) 607-2044

    Christie  Hood


    Terracon Consultants

    25809 I-30

    Bryant, AR72022

    (501) 847-9292

    Dana  Lumpkin



    100 Gamble Road

    Little Rock, AR72211

    (501) 227-0648

    Matt  Bell


    Wilsonart International

    321 North Plaza

    Little Rock, AR72205

    (501) 256-9022

    Amber  Burley





    AIAAR Red Grey

    1020 W 4th Street, Suite 400

    Little Rock, AR 72201

    (501) 661-1111 Phone

    (501) 372-4505 Fax