77th Annual Awards Nominees

Gloria Graham

Gloria Graham always dreamed of being a nurse. In 1987, she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Arkansas State in Jonesboro.

In 2000, Graham graduated and was certified as a nurse practitioner. She went to work for Midsouth Pediatrics in Marion, Ark., a clinic run by Crittenden Memorial. After her mother died in 2001, Graham devoted herself fully to the job.

After 41 years of employment with Crittenden Memorial Hospital, she retired and opened her own practice Graham Primary Healthcare in 2014.

Since opening her own private practice in 2014, Dr. Gloria Graham, DNP has worked tirelessly on education and community service within her practice. She spends real time with her patients going over their medication routine and how they need to stay healthy. For 5 years, she has provided free school physicals to ASU-Midsouth Girls and Boys basketball teams as well as other elementary and high school students. She also mentor and precepts students for ASU, UT, U of Memphis just to name a few. Her devotion to healthcare outcomes has always been her top priority. Through her diligent work in healthcare, she continues to set the bar high for healthcare professions coming behind her. She never turns down an opportunity to help someone else.

During her free time, she volunteers at her church Temple of Deliverance COGIC in the health and healing ministry and also on the education board. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is founder and CEO of a nonprofit organization, Called 2 Grow, which is a program that offers housing assistance, court/fine assistance, credit and budget counseling, parenting classes, and marriage counseling to residents of West Memphis and beyond. Brad partners with other agencies to provide employment opportunities and weekly Bible study for men in West Memphis. Brad has a passion and gift for working with individuals who have struggled with addiction and wish to live a healthier lifestyle and transition into gainful employment opportunities to support themselves and their families. He also ministers to the men who are incarcerated in the Crittenden County Jail every week which is something he takes very seriously. Brad loves providing the men with Biblical truths that will help sustain them while incarcerated and for a lifetime. Brad is relatable, loving, and the epitome of a community servant who strives to glorify Jesus Christ every day.

Gene Stimson’s Big Star

Gene Stimson’s Supermarkets Inc. is a family owned and operated business that has been in business for over 70 years. Gene Stimson Sr. opened his first store in Paragould, AR in 1948. In 1980 Gene Stimson Jr. joined the business and is now owner and operator of Stimson’s Big Stars in West Memphis, AR. Recently the third generation has also joined the company.

Stimson’s is a stockholder in one of the largest wholesale grocery companies and that enables them to have everyday low prices. The grocery chain features homegrown produce for better quality and better taste. They have experienced meat butchers that cut, wrap and package fresh meat daily. The Bakery/Deli cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and is considered one of the highlights of our stores that repeat customers enjoy each day. West Memphis is fortunate to have a local grocery chain that provides necessities for families and employment opportunities for so many who reside in our community.

Gene Stimson Big Star has been a pillar in this community and a member of the West Memphis Chamber since 1987. Ever since the 2020 COVID Pandemic, Big Star has really showed support for West Memphis.

They have donated food for a variety of projects. They donated food to 2023 Back to School Event sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The recent ice storm, they provided drinks and other items for citizens staying at the local warming station. Each time that an organization reaches out, Big Star always finds a way to show support. They are a huge asset to this community.

West Memphis Steel

West Memphis Steel is a full-line hot rolled service center located in West Memphis, AR. WMS is a leader in the region for carbon steel and first stage processed parts. WMS services Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee with next day deliveries while also maintaining weekly shipments nationwide. The combination of holding a huge inventory with processing capabilities has made WMS one of the most respected and reliable service centers in the Southeast.

The company’s professional staff is the driving force behind its success. They have maintained some of the longest tenured employees in the business spanning up to 30 years. Service comes first and WMS would not be the company it is today without its dedicated staff. The company is proud of its West Memphis Steel family.

Fred Leonard

Fred Leonard is not only a member of the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce, but also West Memphis Rotary Club and President of the West Memphis Athletic Booster Club. He has helped with a variety of tasks for the WM Chamber. Mr. Leonard is the President Elect and Leadership Chairman of West Memphis Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to joining State Farm Insurance Company in January of 1995, Fred was a Counselor and Manager (Youth Home Inc.), Program Developer (Pulaski County Government), and Director of Future Builders Incorporated II (Non-Profit Organization) and daycare worker. He coached AAU Basketball, College Football (Graduate Assistant) and officiated high school basketball.

Fred has demonstrated strong leadership and servitude. Recognized as a man from humble beginnings, he is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, life coach, mentor, motivational speaker, business consultant, community leader, loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Jack Poff Jr.

The ASU Mid-South office was established in 2021 with Jack Poff Jr. as director to provide professional assistance to startup and existing business in Crittenden, Cross, Lee, St. Francis, and Woodruff counties. This location operates as a regional office of the ASBTDC statewide network. Poff, a REALTOR since 2005, has first-hand small business experience and a history of community involvement with the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce, Main Street West Memphis, and festival and city economic development committees.

Good Neighbor Love Center

In 2023 The Good Neighbor Love Center celebrated 40 years of service. They have been hard at work. In 2023, GNC was the only non-profit organization paying utility bills for West Memphis residents, through a grant received from Crittenden County. With grant funds and their allotted budgeted funds, they paid over $20,000 in utility bills.

GNC donated school supplies for over 200 students in collaboration with a Back-to-School bash held at Maddux Elementary. Also, in conjunction with education, they start the Girls Support Girls. Period movement, where they donated sanitary items to each school in Crittenden County. The school counselors and nurses were overjoyed because these are items, they pay for out of pocket to help female students.

Throughout the summer months, they have a fan program that allows residents over the age of 62 to receive a fan in the event it gets too hot. Just this past Christmas they did the Letters to Santa campaign, adopting 5 students from each West Memphis and Marion elementary schools. They worked with counselors to create a wish list, and they purchased toys for the families.

The Good Neighbor Love Center does a lot of things that sometimes go unnoticed. They are more than just food providers. They are a sense of hope.

East Arkansas Family Health Center

East Arkansas Family Health Center (EAFHC) provides comprehensive primary and preventive health care services appropriate for the population served at each of its health centers. The centers are headquartered in West Memphis and offer medical, dental, pharmaceutical, ophthalmology, laboratory, radiology, and transportation services. The centers also provide preventive health screenings, diabetes and cardiovascular wellness and nutrition classes, HIV/AIDS care, and behavioral health assessments. The facilities are premier. West Memphis residents are fortunate to have such state-of-the-art facilities and talented medical professional to serve anyone who needs services, whether insured or not. The CEO, Dr. Susan Ward-Jones, is a trailblazing administrator who has expanded services and ensures her team provides excellent customer service at every level. Moreover, she is actively involved in the community on various levels.

Therapeutic Focus

Therapeutic Focus began in 2011, having only 1 employee. Now in 2024, they have grown to a total of 26. Therapeutic Focus is the first and only Black Female led comprehensive pediatric therapy clinic in Crittenden County (offering occupational, physical, speech therapy services).

Since opening they had been on the move. Most recently in 2022, owner and operation, LaTeasha Davis was named Enterprising Women’s Magazine Woman of the Year 2022. Therapeutic Focus was featured in Arkansas Business, 2023 and on WREG Live at 9.

Therapeutic Focus’ mission is to alleviate cognitive and developmental deficiencies in children by providing safe, ethical, individualized treatment services that will prepare them to thrive within society. They are truly making a difference in our community.

Signature Graphics

Signature Graphics has been serving the greater West Memphis, Arkansas area for over 15 years. They specialize in many different forms of printing on a variety of mediums. Services include graphic design, banners, business cards, brochures, screen printing on t-shirts, notary work, and much more. Signature Graphics has the industry knowledge and experience to complete your custom projects in a timely manner. They focus on providing the best customer service in the industry and meeting all of our customer’s deadlines and expectations. Al Quarrels, owner, is patient, kind and professional.