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Rogers Lowell Chamber Celebration 2019

Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce held their annual Celebration event Saturday February 2 at John Q Hammons in Rogers. This was my fourth year to photograph this event. This year was dedicated to honoring Dick Trammel. If you live in NW Arkansas, this name his very well known, if not, take a moment to familiarize yourself with his brief bio here, and this does not cover all the many boards he has sat on and his many accomplishments for Arkansas.

The event was amazing! After the cocktail hour, the event started with the University of Arkansas mascot 'Pork Chop' mixing and mingling through the crowd followed by the traveling Band and Razorback Cheerleaders getting things kicked off. As Dick was a Razorback Cheerleader in the late 50's and has participated on the field with the cheerleaders at homecoming football games for over the past 20+ years. Dick got on stage right in the middle of them to cheer and "Call those Hogs"!

Then came the awards portion of the evening starting with the Small Business of the Year award which went to Sam's Furniture. Sam's Furniture is constantly supporting and sponsoring many worthwhile events and charities throughout NWA and does an incredible business in Springdale with their 100k sq ft facility!

The list of speakers this year was very impressive with Senator John Boozman, Congressman Steve Womack and ending with former Arkansas Governor Mike Bebe. They all gave incredible talks almost, which any comedian would have been jealous of, everyone was constantly laughing and hooked on every word.

A portion of Governor Bebe's speech stood out in my memory. He spoke about the uniqueness of NW Arkansas, how it's like one big city when we refer to "Northwest Arkansas", not necessarily Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, etc, but we're all here together in one region, this type region is very rare if exists at all. He went on to say if Washington had the camaraderie, kinsman ship and willingness to work together as the people of NWA, things would be much better and much more would get accomplished.

A surprise visit also came from Santa himself. Now you're thinking WHY SANTA? I remember shaking Dick's hand and chatting with him in the past, I would ask "How are you doing?" he always answers with a big smile "Every day is Christmas and night the 4th of July"! That was his answer to everyone, and when he said it, you believed it!

Throughout the evening, Dick Trammel was presented several awards including a highway named after him among many others. Dick will also be Congressman Steve Womack's guest at the State of the Union Address in Washington this week.

Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce Celebration on location event photography by Branch Photography NW ArkansasTable Sponsorship at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography
Dick Trammel at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography
Govenor Mike Bebe - SenatorJohn Boozman at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyRazorback mascot Pork Chop at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyCall those Hogs with Dick Trammel and University of Arkansas Cheerleaders at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography
Small Business of the Year - Sam's Furniture, Joe and Larra Donaldson at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography
Congressman Steve Womack at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyDick Trammel Highway dedication at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyEvent Photography with Dick Trammel and Santa at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyGovenor Mike Bebe at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyDick Trammel Awarded at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyEvent photographer honoring Dick Trammel at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyNW Arkansas Event Photographer at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography

Tyson SalesCon19

We are blessed with some incredible corporations headquartered right here in NWA. Among the largest are Walmart, Tyson, JB Hunt, Sam's Club and George's to name a few. This year I had the opportunity to photograph Tyson Salescon 19. For two partial days I created around 250 headshots of attendees, they were all very appreciative of the photography, the care and diligence in making them happy with the results.

I had the honor to meet and photograph Tyson CEO Noel White and the CCO Scott Rouse with the people who were awarded. They were both there congratulating the honorees and those who were retiring, this was impressive. Part of any successful corporation is the accolades given to top performers and the encouragement to those who could be doing better.

We all know how global Tyson is and there are a lot of places that serve Tyson that we may not know about at all. I found out earlier this year the fat and grains that Tyson provides to other companies world wide that I had no idea about. I also was surprised at first, then it all made perfect sense, that Tyson is one of, if not the largest, provider of leather world wide. To me this is an example of not letting anything go to waste.

A few days after the event, well over 100 people had downloaded their headshots and the people at Tyson HQ had received many great compliments and positive feedback from everyone across the country loving their photos. I had the opportunity to photograph headshots from Tyson associates from all over the country, from California, Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Chicago, just to name a few (and of course, NWA).

This is a few of the photos taken…

Headshot photography on location for Tyson at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography


Tyson Salescon19 awards banquet and dinner at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyTyson CCO Scott Rouse at Tyson Salescon19 awards banquet and dinner at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography
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Veteran's Gala 2018

I want to give high accolades to Joe and Larra Donaldson for organizing and implementing the first (hopefully annual) Veteran's Gala. The line up of speakers included Coffey Anderson who was great musical entertainment of the national anthem followed by PFC Jessica Lynch who shared her testimony of being an Iraq POW. She was followed by Chaplin Captain Justin Roberts who also shared his experiences and a intro of the soon-to-be-released movie "No Greater Love". Lt Get Leroy Sisco presented a home to a young veteran and his wife provided by Wells Fargo and furniture by Sam's Furniture. Evan Owens shared information about Reboot Combat Recovery helping veterans defeat combat trauma.

George Chmiel shared his story of his run across america, along with the struggles he faced but also the people and lives he touched along the way. Lt Governor Tim Griffin, introduced the keynote speaker of the evening, Col Oliver North. I remember Col North from his long time on TV with the Iran Contra hearings back in the 80's, he gained my respect back then and I've always seen him as a dedicated American Marine, if not hero, they put him through a lot during the hearings but he came back with all charges reversed, he's been in the spot light since that time as a political commentator, television host, author and presently president of the NRA. His keynote address was one that had my attention the entire time.

The evening closed with Coffey Anderson praying over the event and gracious donations to help the veterans in need. Hopefully this event will become an annual event, the convention center was practically sold out. The bar was certainly set high for the future gala's but I know they will pull it off now that it has momentum. I would like to add that EVERY speaker received a STANDING OVATION!

I was honored to sponsor the photography for the evening of not only the speakers but at the VIP reception. On a personal note, I had the opportunity to meet Willie Robertson, of Duck Dynasty and CEO of Duck Commander. I enjoyed their show and what they stood for, Christian morals and their spiritual heart. He wasn't there to speak but rather a supporter of a great cause for his friends the Donaldson's.


Col Oliver North, Keith Branch - Branch Photography

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.

Miss America Savvy Shields at Mercy Gala 2017 at John Q Hammons in Rogers Arkansas Fashion photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Savvy Shields

Becky Henley at Mercy Gala 2017 at John Q Hammons in Rogers Arkansas Fashion photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Becky Henley

Governor Asa Hutchison at Mercy Gala 2017 at John Q Hammons in Rogers Arkansas Fashion photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Governor Asa Hutchison

David Wurm at Mercy Gala 2017 at John Q Hammons in Rogers Arkansas Fashion photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas
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.

Rogers Lowell Chamber Annual Banquet 2017 Nick Hobbs interviewing John Roberts, event photographer Branch Photography from NW ArkansasRogers Lowell Chamber Annual Banquet 2017 Nick Hobbs interviewing Johnelle Hunt and John Roberts, event photographer Branch Photography from NW ArkansasRogers Lowell Chamber Annual Banquet 2017 Nick Hobbs interviewing Johnelle Hunt and John Roberts, event photographer Branch Photography from NW ArkansasRogers Lowell Chamber Annual Banquet 2017 Nick Hobbs, Johnelle Hunt and John Roberts, event photographer Branch Photography from NW Arkansas