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Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Magazine

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We are blessed with great people and leaders in our community here in Fayetteville Arkansas and it is my honor and privilege to meet and photograph them. So often these men and women can be right beside us in line at Walmart and we never know it, so many blend in since they are simply humble about what they do. They put in countless hours because of their dedication and should be recognized… and looked to for inspiration.

I recently had the honor to photograph there such great people for the cover of the new Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce magazine. These men include Chancellor Steinmetz with the University of Arkansas and Larry Schackleford, CEO of Washington Regional Medical Center.

Mercy Ball 2017

Mercy Hospital hosts an annual Christmas Ball fundraiser that is an event to behold. I've had the honor to photograph special VIPs for Celebrate Arkansas Magazine for the past 4 years! Through that time I've met many great philanthropist of NWA that give of their funds and/or time for the great work of Mercy Hospital and the care it provides. The list of great men and women I've met are very impressive and makes me proud of what I get to do but be a part of NW Arkansas. This year I had the honor to meet and photograph Savvy Shields (2017 Ms America - grew up in Fayetteville, just a mile from the studio), Becky Henley (wife of Brian Henley - Celebrate Publisher), Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison and David Wurm (VP of Sales Walmart - General Mills), just to name a few!

The event is typically the first weekend of December and if you're not in the holiday spirit by then, after this night you will be. It's not over the top "Christmas" but an impressive event with subtle hints of the holiday season introduction. Each year the JQ Hammons center is transformed from ceiling to floor in the most elegant style, it's a real treat to open the doors and see the room for the first time each year. From the exquisite table decor to the wall displays around the entire room, there is something to look at, even the hallways outside the ballroom are filled with decor to evoke a feeling of joy and excitement. Click here to see the Celebrate Arkansas magazine feature of the Mercy Ball.

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Becky Henley

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Governor Asa Hutchison

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David Wurm

Rogers Chamber Annual Banquet '17

Photographing the Rogers Chamber of Commerce Annual Event was 'business as usual' throughout the evening, little did I know what a great keynote was waiting. Nick Hobbs did an excellent job interviewing John Roberts, it was very informative, entertaining and motivational. Nick announced he had a surprise speaker, it was Johnelle Hunt, widow of Johnnie Hunt (JB Hunt). You immediately love her, she's so down to earth, sweet, caring and approachable.

After a couple of minutes Nick asked Johnelle about how she and Johnnie got started, she immediately had my full attention. She gave their history of how they got started with the rice hulls business which I didn't know about. She went on to talk about their struggles and how optimistic Johnnie was, and very humble about her role even though we know she as a great support and very hard worker, just as she is today. I was inspired and motivated by the story she shared and how persistent optimism can pay off. I was further enriched by how they both always show gratitude for everyone that works with them, and that's a lot, and also their morality with professional values.

The day after the banquet, I was watching the movie "Founder" about McDonald's 'founder' Ray Kroc, and thought they really should make a movie about Johnnie and Johnelle Hunt, it would make a much better inspirational movie! There is a book "J.B. Hunt: The Long Haul to Success" that I am looking forward to reading more.
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