Kevin Hawks, vice president of Hawks Mobile Homes in Alexander and Conway, was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) for 2012-13. The election of directors and officers took place at the group’s 40th Annual Convention, held recently at The Peabody Hotel in Little Rock.

Also elected or re-elected to leadership positions were: Chairman of the Board — Lloyd Watson of Roy Borden Agency in Little Rock; Vice Chairman of the Board - Sherman Price of Price Mobile Homes, Inc. in Mena; Secretary — Neal Bodenstein of Blevins, Inc. in Nashville, Tenn.; and Treasurer — Scott MacFarlane of US Bank — Manufactured Home Finance Division in Little Rock.

Other individuals elected or re-elected to serve as members of the Association’s Board of Directors included: Brent Cappaert, Cappaert Manufactured Housing, Vicksburg, Miss.; Ricky Davis, El Dorado Mobile Homes, El Dorado; James Duncan, Hanover Insurance, Fort Smith; Ken Ross, Triad Financial Services, Inc., Sherwood; and Matt White, American Homes of Russellville, in Russellville.

The Arkansas Realtors Association has announced that one of its members, Cherita Geraldson, was recently awarded the GRI (Graduate, Realtors Institute) designation after successfully completing 90 classrooms hours of specific education outlined by the National Association of Realtors.

The Realtor Institute, which is conducted by the Arkansas Realtors Association, was developed to satisfy the need for a more comprehensive and effective learning experience in various phases of real estate. By taking the courses offered by the institute, realtors can become a more competent professional, render broader and more effective service, and elevate the standards of the real estate industry.

The GRI designation sets individuals apart from other real estate agents and is awarded exclusively to Realtors. It indicates to the public that these individuals have obtained professional education that affects them, their clients and customers.

Cherita Geraldson is principal broker for Geraldson Realty, a local real estate company.

J. Stephen Jones, M.D., chair of the Department of Regional Urology in Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, was recently named the recipient of a combined $2 million gift that will create an endowed chair for urologic oncology research.

The chair will be named the Leonard Horvitz and Samuel H. Miller Distinguished Chair in Urological Oncology Research in honor of the two Cleveland philanthropists who contributed to the gift. 

The endowment will allow Dr. Jones to expand upon his work in improving diagnostic capability for early stage bladder and prostate cancers, as well as working to expand options for patients in management of these malignancies. 

"I am humbled by the generosity of Mr. Horvitz and Mr. Miller and I appreciate the support for our continued efforts to improve patient care in urological oncology," said Dr. Jones.

At the time of Dr. Jones’ retirement the chair will be renamed the J. Stephen Jones Distinguished Chair in Urological Oncology Research.

Dr. Jones joined the staff at Cleveland Clinic in 2000. He is a member of the Cleveland Clinic Board of Governors and is professor of surgery at Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

He is the author of more than 160 publications in major urological journals and nearly 30 book chapters; he has edited four urological textbooks and has written books for the lay public, "The Complete Prostate Book" and "Overcoming Impotence."