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FEATURE 6

SEWELL CONSTRUCTION: A FAMILY AFFAIR

COVER STORY 10

MAKING MEMORIES AT THE HUFFMAN’S POOL

SPOTLIGHT 16

KELLER JOHNSON

T R AVEL 1 8

THE LAND DOWN UNDER

SPOTLIGHT 22

CONWAY FLOORING AND MORE

FAULKNER HAPPENINGS 24

SUMMER FUN IN CONWAY

EDUCATION 26

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR THE SUMMER!

THE LOOK 28

FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

GOOD TASTE 32

A TALE OF TWO BRUNCHES

BEAUTY 31

THE OXYGEN FACIAL

SPOTLIGHT 39

CANDACE MEEKS

FEATURE 41

2018 BUSINESSMEN OF INFLUENCE

TRUTH ON THE GO 62

A REDEEMED LIFE

ARTS 64

ARKANSAS SHAKESPEARE THEATRE

SCENE | HEARD 67

HAPPENING AROUND FAULKNER COUNTY

FAULKNER FAM 72

TH E VANCES

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spotlight

Business as a

Family Affair


If hard work were to kill a man,

I’d have been dead a long time ago.


—Jasper “Jack” Sewell

BY: JENNIFER STANLEY

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

AND SUBMITTED PHOTOS

The Sewell brothers of Conway find

success is a family affair. Derrick

Sewell, Torre Sewell, and Ashley

Sewell co-own Sewell Construction,

Inc., which specializes in commercial

and residential contracting.

Derrick is married to Angela and

has two children, Daren Sewell and

Chavon Fortson, and a stepson, Chris

Warren. Ashley is married to Sherry,

and they have two children, Courtney

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and Ethan Sewell, and a stepson, Miles

Allen. Torre raised his nephew, Jeffrey

Wilson. The Sewells are Conway

natives and are graduates of Conway

High School.

Sewell Construction, Inc. was founded

by their father, Jasper “Jack” Sewell, in

1978. “The original name was Jasper

Sewell Construction. However, when

we took over the business in 2000,

we shortened the name to Sewell

Construction.” The business is located

at the aptly named number one Sewell

Lane in Conway.

Jack started the business with only

two employees. “Our mother, Joyce,

handled all the bookkeeping and secretarial

work. When he began, people

he knew would give him concrete

jobs in and around the Conway area.

Eventually, he built his reputation

and contractors began contacting him

to complete concrete projects such

as sidewalks, curbs, and gutters. His

business then expanded to the greater

Little Rock area,” shares Torre.

Once the boys were old enough, Derrick,

Torre, and Ashley attended work

regularly with their father. As teens,

the boys’ summers were spent pouring

concrete and learning the value of hard

work. According to Torre, one of Jack’s

mottos was, “If hard work were to

kill a man, I’d have been dead a long

time ago.” Jack retired in 2000, and his

sons took over the family construction

business.

“Our company name was already

established. The hard work we put in

with our dad all of those years carried

over into today,” says Torre. Sewell

Construction, Inc. remains a family

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Even though we are brothers,

we are the closest friends. We will

always find a way to make it work.


—Torre Sewell

Brothers Torre, Derrick and Ashley Sewell (left to right) carry on the legacy of the

family construction business that their father, Jasper Sewell (below left) started

Sewell Construction 40 years ago.

owned small business. “We take pride

in doing quality work and being there

to make sure things are done right.”

While the majority of the company’s

jobs are commercial, the brothers also

delve into residential work with the

assistance of their long-tenured employees.

“We have two employees who

have been with the company for over

25 years: Sam Credit and Charles Credit

Jr.,” says Torre. In addition, most of their

projects are based in Central Arkansas.

Some recent, completed projects

include Mills High School in Little Rock,

the Conway Expo and Event Center,

a sidewalk project at the University of

Central Arkansas, and Murphy Arts

District in El Dorado, Arkansas.

On working together, Torre says, “Of

course we have disagreements, but they

don’t last very long. We have a body

analogy. Derrick is the head; he is the

business-minded one and is the more

serious one of us three. Torre is the heart

of the company, always the peacemaker

and encourager. Ashley is the muscle

and the entertainer, always ready to

make us laugh. Even though we are

brothers, we are the closest friends. We

will always find a way to make it work.”

As for the future of the business, Sewell

Construction, Inc. plans to continue

offering excellent, reliable service and

is available for all of your construction

needs. Adds Torre, “Jasper Sewell

passed away in 2012, but his legacy

is still going strong. And our mother,

Joyce, still gets up before dawn to

make coffee and see us off to work.”

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Our family‘s hopes and dreams have been made into a reality

that we can cherish forever through our place of gathering.


—Dee Ann Huffman


BY COLLEEN HOLT

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Ben & Dee Ann,

with daughters

Emily (left) and

Olivia (right)

Growing up in and around the water is the

main inspiration behind Dee Ann Huffman’s

desire to create a pool paradise of

her dreams right in her own backyard.

Dee Ann and her husband of 20 years, Ben Huffman,

have always dreamed of giving their family

the dream pool and backyard that they individually

dreamt about as children. The Huffmans,

who live at Centennial Valley in Conway, have

two daughters — Olivia, 17, and Emily, 11.

“Growing up I spent a lot of time as a child

and teen enjoying the water. The majority of

my favorite memories would be spending time

with my family and friends on the lake,” says

Dee Ann. “Being very family oriented, I always

strived to share these types of memories with my

own family by taking trips and going on vacations.

Ben and I have taken the girls on many

adventures, such as floating the Buffalo, going

to the lake, and taking our traditional family

vacation to Orange Beach each year. Taking my

girls on these trips allowed me to share my love

for nature with the ones I love.”

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With a family “dream pool” and backyard paradise right in

their back yard, the Huffmans can enjoy the perks of the

lake and nature without having to leave their home. “The

vision I wanted to achieve creating our paradise at home was

to construct a place where family and friends could come

together in a cheerful yet relaxing atmosphere. We decided

that incorporating the beauty of natural Arkansas formed stone

and symbolic features – such as rose bushes and bird feeders

– would be the best way to embody family faith and things

meaningful to our home,” she said.

“The natural Arkansas formed stone and the rock laid flower

beds have brought a more natural feel into our backyard, creating

an escape from the reality of busy city life. I’d like to give

a special thanks to Reed’s Landscaping and Jerrell’s Pools for

helping create our dream pool and backyard, and integrating

contemporary designs with an at-home feel.”

Childhood memories inspired at least a couple of highlights

seen in the backyard paradise. “As a child I can vividly remember

the sweet smell of the red roses at my grandmother’s

house. I wanted to bring the memory of visiting my grandmother’s

house by dispersing red rose bushes in the flower

beds,” Dee Ann said. “I was once told that the sighting of a red

cardinal meant that the spirit of a loved one was around. After

the loss of my father in 2016, I was graced with the presence

of a red cardinal in my backyard and knew this was a sign that

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my father was still watching over our family. I decided to set

bird feeders in my backyard in hopes that the cardinal would

return and establish its place in our forever home.”

Dee Ann said she and Ben wanted to make their place of

“fellowship and happiness, also a place of peace and prayer.”

Being active members of Central Baptist Church in Conway,

the Huffmans have looked beyond the appearance and

intricate details of the “dream pool” design and focused on

something more spiritually grounded.

“We have raised our family and built our home on what we

feel is the strongest foundation; a foundation of love and faith.

We decided to incorporate our family’s faith into our place

of gathering. Ben and I decided to make the main focal point

of our backyard our fireplace. Although we enjoy spending

family time roasting marshmallows and making s’mores over

the fireplace during the cold seasons, our favorite part of the

fireplace is the cross hanging above,” Dee Ann said.

“Being a church-based family and active member of our

community, the cross is set to remind us of our true meaning.

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Business is Booming

BY JENNIFER STANLEY

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Keller and Christi Johnson of

Conway stay more than busy

between family and running

multiple businesses. Their companies

include Keller Johnson Construction,

Inc., Safely Tucked Away Mini Storage,

and CAMS Containers and Mobile

Storage, as well as various commercial

and residential properties.

The Johnsons, both Conway natives,

have three children: Kristen, Kerrick, and

Kinleigh Johnson. They also have three

grandchildren including Jaxson, Gavin,

and McKenzie. Kristen is the mother of

all three grandchildren.

Keller is an active member of the

community, serving on the board of

the Faulkner County Homebuilders

Association. He earned the Builder of the

Year distinction for 2017. Likewise, in

her limited spare time, Christi chairs the

fundraising committee of the American

Cancer Society for Faulkner County.

“I have been part of this committee for

six years and have been the fundraising

committee chair for five.”

Keller Johnson Construction, Inc.

specializes in both commercial and

residential building and was founded in

2003. Current projects include Princeton

Village, which is a subdivision developed

and built by the company. “We are

currently working on various new construction

and remodeling jobs for several

clients. We just finished the remodel for

Jim’s Razorback Pizza, which is located

on Hogan Lane in Cassidy Plaza,” shares

Christi. Past jobs include commercial

airport hangars, commercial warehouses,

condominium complex renovations, and

other restaurant additions and remodels.

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They are also an authorized Ideal Steel,

Inc. dealer.

The Johnsons added to their offerings

by purchasing Safely Tucked Away in

2005. The storage units are conveniently

located on South Harkrider in Conway.

They have over 500 onsite storage units,

as well as 75 mobile storage units and

offer several rental term options based

on the customer’s needs.

In addition to Safely Tucked Away, the

latest addition to their rental portfolio is

the addition of CAMS Containers and

Mobile Storage. This business is managed

by their son, Kerrick. He also oversees the

commercial and residential maintenance

aspects of the Johnson portfolio. “We

are extremely excited about having him

work with us daily and look forward to

him being a part of growing the business

further,” say Keller and Christi.

CAMS Containers and Mobile storage

was an instant success for the Johnsons.

“The business took off right away and

hasn’t slowed down since,” says Keller.

The storage containers are offered as

an alternate solution for clients’ unique

storage needs. “We can deliver containers

on the customer’s request at their

scheduled time. The containers can be

left on site, or we can also pick them up

once they are loaded and store them at

our secure location. Once the customer

is ready for the container to be delivered

back for unloading, we bring it back.

This is especially useful for businesses

such as construction companies. We are

able to deliver the containers from job to

job for onsite equipment storage.” Rental

terms vary based on client needs. The

Johnsons plan to add additional storage

units over the next year.

Though working alongside a partner can

present challenges for some, Keller and

Christi make it work by playing to their

individual strengths. “Like anyone, working

together can be a challenge sometimes

because it’s hard to ‘turn it off’ so to

speak. When we are off work we find

ourselves talking about specific projects

or the business in general .We do make a

great team. Where Keller is out in the field

the majority of the time overseeing current

construction jobs and shows the rental

property, I oversee the office, including

employees, leases when needed, and the

accounting side of our operations.”

Of their future plans, Christi says, “We

are always looking for ways to grow

our businesses. We truly enjoy what we

do and love looking for the next step or

working on the next project.”

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travel

Australia: The

Land Down Under


Travel is fatal to

prejudice, bigotry, and

narrow mindedness.


—Mark Twain

BY MARY ETTA QUALLS

SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Hello again. This month we’re going

to explore the rugged and indescribably

beautiful Australia. There

is only one problem with Australia that

I can think of, and that is it’s a 17 hour

flight from Arkansas. It’s a very special

place, and although I’ve been there for

work and pleasure, I have never been to

the Sydney Opera House, or climbed the

Sydney Harbor Bridge.

First let’s clear the air about a few

things. Australians DO NOT DRINK

FOSTER’S Beer, they send it to the

U.S. for us to drink. Australians rarely

go by their given names, most often

by a nickname. For instance, my friend

Karen Woodcock is called KAZ. All

Australians I’ve met over the years are a

fun loving adventurous group.

We will begin our adventure in Sydney. I

was there shortly after a cyclone, so lots

of wind and rain. But this didn’t prevent

me from spending a lot of time at Darling

Harbor enjoying the many wonderful

places to eat right on the water. Shopping

in Sydney was also a treat, I’ve shared a

pic of their mall, which was a renovated

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Kangaroos everywhere on the golf course — plenty of water, grass and shade.

train station. When I arrived in Sydney

it was pouring rain, so I asked my driver

to stop at a McDonald’s one block from

the hotel — it ended up being a $40

cab fare to go a block for a $5 burger.

As my husband Bret always says, twice

the money and half the clothes. This is

especially true for Australia.

Let’s continue our adventure by going a

bit north to Brisbane. Much like Sydney,

it’s a harbor city, with lots of shopping

and dining opportunities within walking

distance. Our favorite place to stay in

Brisbane is The Treasury Hotel — Australia’s

old Government Treasury was

renovated and turned into a hotel/casino.

Imagine Little Rock’s Capitol Hotel only

about four times larger, with a casino.

Definitely plan to go back to Brisbane and

stay at this hotel again.

As we continue our journey north toward

the tropical areas Australia is famous for,

we find ourselves in Cairns, pronounced

“Cans”. This is where most of the trips to

the Great Barrier Reef begin. We stayed

in an historic hotel, the Pullman Reef and

Casino. Two bucket list items were to see

a kangaroo in the wild, and to pet a koala.

To find the koala, we took an early morning

train ride up into the mountains above

Cairns to Kuranda. The Kuranda Scenic

Railway was constructed in 1882-1891.

The railway was part of the route where

injured service men were evacuated from

New Guinea and other Pacific Islands

during WWII. It passes through the

rainforest, waterfalls, and Barron Gorge.

The views of the Great Barrier Reef on the

trip up the mountain were breathtaking.

At the Kuranda Koala Gardens we saw

beautiful birds, butterflies, kangaroos,

wallabies and koalas. The trip down the

mountain was via sky rail which gave us a

birdseye view of the rainforest.

While eating breakfast in the hotel the

next morning, we were told there were

Koalas in the rooftop zoo in our hotel. Oh

well, the trip to Kuranda was an adventure

we will never forget.

After a few days in Cairns, we began

to wonder where the kangaroos were.

It was always my understanding they

were everywhere, sort of a nuisance like

our deer, getting hit by cars and eating

everything in sight. We decided to ask a

few locals, who looked at us like we had

six eyeballs, and responded, at the golf

course, of course. So off we go to the

closest golf course, and there they were.

Laying under the shade trees with golfers

golfing all around them. The golfers

appeared oblivious to them, and the Roos

didn’t appear bothered at all. There were

males and females, some with babies in

their pouches. We were completely in

Precious to look at, but a bit stinky

to hold. Koalas sleep 23 hours a day

sitting in a tree.

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awe of them — we really were Arkansas

tourists that day.

A highlight of our trip was a low altitude

flight from Lizard Island across the

Great Barrier Reef back to Cairns. It’s the

preferred way to experience the beauty

and vastness of the reef.

Know how to tell an American tourist

in Australia? They are the one’s driving

around with their windshield wipers on!

Yes, it’s true. We continued our journey

north in a rental car, and being British,

they drive on the wrong (left) side of the

road, and the drivers side of the car is also

on the wrong (left) side. So, whenever

you think you are hitting the turn signal,

you are actually hitting the wipers… and

it did happen over and over.

Our next stop was Port Douglas — imagine

Little Rock’s Hillcrest and Heights area

in the tropics. There is a yacht club with

out of this world boats, many restaurants

(we actually ate ox cheek and loved it),

and of course shopping. Port Douglas

was our home base for a few days while

we traveled into the Daintree Rainforest

and Cape Tribulation.

Driving through the Daintree Rainforest

to Cape Tribulation was a slow go at

times, but the centuries old growth of

ferns and trees — some several stories

tall — was breathtakingly beautiful.

The thing that struck us the most was

how well preserved this place was, and

that Australians are very serious about

preserving their natural resources. Cape

Tribulation is where the rainforest meets

the Great Barrier Reef, both so large you

can actually see it from satellite.

We spent a few weeks in Australia, but

there are so many more places to see and

explore in the Land Down Under. Wine

Country, Perth to visit our friends Kim

and Kaz Woodcock, the Opera House,

Harbor Bridge and of course the Outback

too. Hope you’ve enjoyed sharing some

of our adventures in Australia.

Mossman Gorge where we walked

for miles in the rainforest looking for

Cassowary.

We took a brief dive trip out to a

famous dive site on the Great Barrier

Reef called Cod Hole. Potato Cod

larger than us.

To quote Mark Twain “travel is fatal to

prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness.”

What are you waiting for — get out

there and explore this beautiful world we

are so blessed to live in! Until next time…

Mary Etta Qualls: Conway resident for over 25 years. Married for 30 years to her best friend and travel partner, Bret Qualls.

We have a daughter and two granddaughters. We share a passion for travel and adventure, and a love for exploring other

cultures. I’m a wealth builder for Southern Bancorp, the nation’s largest Community Development Financial Institution.

Our mission is to create economic opportunity in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta by providing access to capital and

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profile

Conway‘s Flooring and More

BY JENNIFER STANLEY

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Eric and Christy Priester, the owners

and operators of Conway Flooring

and Design, are available to assist with

your flooring-related needs and more.

Conway Flooring and Design is located at

4035 McDowell Drive in West Conway.

Prior to its current iteration, the business,

which opened in 1995, was known as

Interiors Only. The Priesters purchased

it in June 2015 and changed the name to

Conway Flooring and Design.

“We offer all types of flooring, including

hardwood, tile, carpet, vinyl, laminate,

luxury vinyl planks, and luxury vinyl tile.

We also offer custom rugs and blinds,

shades and shutters, custom showers, and

backsplashes. We provide both residential

and commercial selections,” explains Eric.

When asked about their service offerings, he

says, “When you purchase your products

with us, we can take care of take-up and

disposal of existing floors, moving furniture,

installation of all residential and commercial

products, shower and backsplash tear-out

and installation, blind installation, and

more. We also have an in-house designer

to walk you through the process.” This

added service is especially helpful to buyers

with general ideas who may be unsure of

how to execute their vision. “Our designer

can really help you put your new look

together.” Conway Flooring and Design

also offers financing options.

When asked about the typical lifespan

of various flooring types, Eric responds,

“Most people change out carpet every

seven to 10 years. Wood and tile are

longer lasting products and are usually

changed out when a new style is wanted

or in the event of some sort of damage,

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such as a water heater leaking. The actual

lifespan of a floor typically depends on

the original quality and how well it is

taken care of. You do get what you pay

for in some instances. Most floors will

look good for a very long time when

taken care of properly.”

The Priesters founded their company on

integrity. “We feel like our honest and

friendly approach sets us apart from our

competitors. We try to treat each and

every customer like family and to make

sure they feel comfortable shopping with

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faulkner happenings

Summer Fun in Conway

BY DREW SPURGERS

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Happy dog days of summer in

Arkansas! This summer, if you’re

wishing your kids were back in

school, you fortunately have more things

than ever to occupy them!

Here are some ideas for summer

fun. Some of these locations are

already open, some ​Coming Soon:

The first is the long-anticipated ​

splash pad.​The City of Conway broke

ground on this in mid-May, and it’s

anticipated to open this summer, per the

City of Conway’s Facebook page:

The 5,500 square foot splash pad is

scheduled to be completed this Summer.

It will be free for public use and will

be handicap accessible. The splash pad

will be composed of three activity bays:

toddler, family, and action. These activity

bays will offer a variety play areas

containing dynamic water elements

tailored to various ages and abilities.

Next is still new to Conway: ​Urban

Air Trampoline and Adventure Park​

This indoor play-land is a safe place to

keep the kids inside and entertained (and

also to exhaust them!) year-round. The

park includes attractions such as climbing

walls, a warrior obstacle course, a

tubes playground, climbing hill, battle

beam, and more. If you have younger

children, there is a dedicated play area

for children 7 and under.

Urban Air is located in the Conway

Town Center off Skyline Drive, near the

movie theatre. You can drop in for fun,

or host a birthday party or special event

there. For the kid in all of us, they do

corporate parties, too!

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Share the Love Kids Club​ opened in

November of 2015. Their indoor play

facility offers a creativity-stimulating

playground, as well as something for the

adults, per their webpage:

Share the Love Kids Club is an indoor

play space focused on providing your

child a safe, clean, and imaginative

environment to explore and play!

Relax. Don’t worry parents. They had

you in mind when creating the space!

The 3,000+ square foot building will be

refreshing, hip, and full of comfy seating

so you can take a break from the chaos

of life, enjoy time with a friend, or play

with your little one without worrying

about messing up your home! Best part,

they are adjoined to Zeteo Coffee Bar for

all your caffeinated and yummy snack

needs! Coffee + play = win for everyone!

For the older or more active kids, ​

Jack’s Ultra Sports​could easily be

their full summer! Located at 655 Equity

Drive, Jack’s offers indoor paintball, laser

tag, archery wars, an escape room, and

other attractions. They also offer group

rates and private parties.

Thanks to the hard work of our city,

we also have many​free parks and

activities ​all summer long. Visit ConwayParks.com

for a full listing of our

parks (did you know there are 11!?) and

facilities (again, did you know there are

9!?). Don’t forget about our dog park if

you want to bring the furry friends!

In other ​Coming to Conway​ news:

​Newk ’s Cafe​has announced a location

in the Lewis Crossing shopping center,

next to Books A Million. ​Freddy’s

Frozen Custard & Burgers ​will also

open on E. Oak Street this summer. Oak

Street will also welcome a new location

for ​Andy’s Frozen Custard​. Whatever

you do this summer, be sure to support

local businesses and have fun!

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education

School‘s Out for the Summer!

work on all summer. Talk to your child

about their upcoming school year. Ask

them what they want to accomplish, and

share with them what you want them to

accomplish! When school starts, feel free

to share this with their teacher. Be sure

this is visible for you and your student to

see throughout the school year. Celebrate

big when there is an accomplishment!

BY LINDSEY JONES

PHOTO BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Summer! Summer is finally here.

Teachers and students can hardly

believe it! We have all worked so

hard the past ten months, and it is time for

some summer fun! Even though summer

is a precious downtime away from school

and schedules, it’s good to have ideas of

ways to stay active with your child to

ensure they do not regress academically

before starting back to school in August!

Here are a few things on my list

that are always good ideas for

summer fun!

We all love FREE! Please do not forget

about the Faulkner County Library. Be sure

to check out their website as they offer

several different free and air conditioned

activities throughout the entire summer.

If you cannot make an event on their

schedule, that is okay. Make it a weekly or

bi-weekly trip. Let your child select a book

that they can read on their own, and let

them read it to you there or at home. Let

them also select a book that maybe they

cannot read, and you read it to them. Ask

them questions about what they have read

as well as what you read to them aloud!

It is so important that you talk to them

about what they have read. For lower

grade students, don’t forget about practicing

those high frequency sight words and

practicing fact fluency- addition, subtraction,

multiplication, and division.

Let’s not forget the importance of life skills.

Make a weekly calendar and practice a life

skill a day. Some ideas are: tying shoes,

opening up their own snack, putting on

a coat and zipping it, buckling their own

car seat, making a bed, and keeping up

with their own belongings. If you have

an older student, it is never too early

to start showing them how to balance

a checkbook, make a monthly budget,

prepare for job interviews, or research

colleges. What better time to start than

this summer? Being intentional about

this will help prevent things sneaking up

on you and your child. You definitely

want them prepared when it counts.

One of my favorites - make a school year

bucket list. This is something you can

This next idea is super easy—create a

mommy/me or daddy/me journal. Write

to your child, and have them write back

to you. This would be a great way to

open up communication between you

and your child. You will be surprised at

what they end up sharing with you! Just

talking to your child and having conversations

instead of screen time is a winning

combination! If you have trouble getting

started, just simply write one or two

questions to them. Date it, and show it to

them. Have a set time of when you expect

them to have answered you back. This

could easily be done as often or as little as

you would like. Encourage good writing

techniques- complete sentences, capitalization,

punctuation, and including details.

Lastly, lather up with sunscreen, and go

outside! Visit a park, pack a sack lunch

and enjoy a picnic, go on a walk, take a

hike, or even play with the water hose!

I hope you all enjoy some good quality

family time as we relax and recharge

over this summer. Spending time with

your child is the best gift you can give

them, and it costs only time. This gift

means so much to them, and it will

pay you dividends both now and in the

future. Happy summer!

Lindsey Jones: I am a Conway High School and UCA graduate.

Married to husband Clint, and mother of Luci, who is five years old, and

twins Grant and Kathryn who are four months old. I just completed my

8th year of teaching at Theodore Jones Elementary School in Conway.

I love being an educator and being an advocate for students.

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eauty

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Oxygen facials are becoming more and more popular

in the spa industry, you will see this rejuvenating

service on many spa menus. These types of facials

particularly began to gain popularity when celebrities such

as Madonna endorsed the skincare service for its ability to

create a plumper and smoother surface, hiding imperfections

and resulting in a more youthful appearance. The oxygen

facial is a popular treatment to indulge in prior to a big event,

and it can be performed on all skin types.

In addition to being a relaxing way to pamper yourself,

oxygen facials provide the following key benefits:

Promotes collagen production: The infusion of oxygen

and vitamins into the skin encourages the production of

collagen, which helps plump up facial features and restore

volume and firmness to skin that has lost elasticity.

Helps detox the skin: Everyday toxins like air pollution and

cigarette smoke rob the skin of much-needed oxygen. An

oxygen facial helps reverse the effects of environmental

pollutants and rejuvenates oxygen-starved skin.

Speeds cell turnover: Medical researchers believe that the

infusion of oxygen into the skin may help the skin create

new cells at a faster pace. This increased cell regeneration

helps speed the healing of facial scars, acne and blemishes.

No side effects: Unlike other more invasive anti-aging treatments,

oxygen facials do not cause any uncomfortable side

effects like stinging, burning or redness. The process of delivering

the oxygen and serum is quite gentle, which makes oxygen

facials suitable for individuals with sensitive skin and for those

who would rather avoid injections or chemical treatments.

After an oxygen facial, you can resume normal activities

immediately, even applying makeup and using your normal

facial products. You can also expect to see a more refreshed

and rejuvenated complexion. One that makes you look wellrested

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restaurant

John Daly Steakhouse

brunch offerings

U.S. Pizza

brunch frittata

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A Tale of Two Brunches

Crowd-Pleasing Taco Bar

John Daly Steakhouse

brunch on the balcony

U.S. Pizza

brunch mimosas

BY LEAH ASHBY AND LINDA MARS

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Conway offers a multitude of dining options on the

weekends, and brunch is no exception. Linda and

I decided to hit two popular downtown spots to

sample their brunch offerings. This month, we satisfied our

appetite enjoying our favorite meal of the day at John Daly

Steakhouse and U.S. Pizza.

John Daly Steakhouse, located at 912 Front Street, serves

a decadent brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays

beginning at 9:00 a.m. While the brunch menu provides

a variety of sweet and savory options, when I see Eggs

Benedict on the menu, my search is complete. From

the poached eggs to the velvety béarnaise sauce, the

components came together in perfect harmony. I am more

familiar with the traditional hollandaise sauce but am now

a fan of the tarragon-flavored cousin, béarnaise sauce.

The seasoned home fries were the ideal complement

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John Daly Steakhouse

to the dish. I can’t imagine returning

for brunch and not ordering the Eggs

Benedict every time.

John Daly Steakhouse

Linda, although a brunch enthusiast,

had never tried Chicken and Waffles,

a soul food tradition. Always willing

to broaden her palate, she ventured

outside her culinary box and went

for the sweet and savory. The rich,

well-seasoned chicken atop the

crispy Belgian waffle satisfied having

breakfast and dinner at once. The

sweetness from the spicy maple glaze

elevated this magical brunch union. In

addition to the extensive brunch menu,

John Daly presents a Build Your Own

Bloody Mary with unique ingredients

for only $4.00.

U.S. Pizza Co., located at 710 Front

Street, serves a hearty brunch in a

relaxed atmosphere on Saturdays and

Sundays from 10:30 – 2:30. While U.S.

Pizza Co. is famous for its thin-crust

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John Daly Steakhouse

TURN BACK TIME

BOTOX

pizzas, sandwiches and salads, the

weekend options include creative

breakfast pizzas and frittatas, too.

Linda opted for the 8-inch Create

Your Own Frittata with onions, green

peppers, mushrooms, spicy tomatoes,

pepper jack, cheddar and mozzarella

cheese, including a side of fresh fruit.

For those who aren’t familiar with a

frittata, think crustless quiche. Asparagus

and Onion, Ham and Cheese, and

John Daly Steakhouse

Spinach frittatas round out the selection

of frittatas. Linda’s one-pan wonder

arrived in a cast-iron skillet with a

unique balance of whipped eggs and

fresh chopped vegetables. Portions are

generous enough to share with your

brunch BFFs.

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casual brunch

toes, and green bell peppers topped

with cheeses, the Sunday Warrior is a

mashup of breakfast and pizza rolled

into one. It was simply delicious, just

the right amount of fresh ingredients

and heat. What better way to balance

the heat than with a refreshing

mimosa? The mimosas are a deal at

$2.00, or you can go big and order the

mimosa bucket.

While this was a Tale of Two Brunches,

we plan to conquer all that Faulkner

County presents in the popular melding

of the breakfast and lunch category.

Our work is not done!


Brunch is always

a good idea.


—everybody ; )

Conway residents Leah Ashby and Linda Mars are

longtime friends who love entertaining family and friends.

Leah is a business analyst at Acxiom Corporation, and

Linda is a registered nurse at Circle of Friends Clinic at

Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

U.S. Pizza

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Graduated from Conway High and went to UCA and

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I have 2 boys, Hayden (14) and Deagan (11) that keep me

busy with baseball, basketball, church and friends. We are

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families to enjoy from restaurants, running trails and constant

family friendly activities in the community. We don’t plan on

ever leaving Faulkner County.

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love working one on one with my customers to find the best

product for them and educating them on their best options in

purchasing a home. Everyone deserves to be able to buy their

own home, I enjoy showing each person how to do just that.

Simmons has always been so good to me and encouraged me

to be involved in the community. I was humbly acknowledged

in 2014 as one of the top 5 Women in Business for this area.

Throughout my years here I have been able to serve on many

local boards and committees including Junior Achievement,

Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce

Education Committee, Friends of CASA, Haven Capital

Campaign, WINC, and Women in Networking. I had the

privilege of serving on the United Way of Central Arkansas Board

of Directors for 7 years, 2 of which I able to lead as president, and

headed up our annual fundraising efforts with Jeans and Bling

for 5 years. Involvement with the nonprofits has allowed me to

show my boys what it means to serve in our community.

I feel incredibly blessed to do what I do every day, working

with my customers and living in this incredible community.

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Erik Sward

Bell & Sward, Owner

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Little Rock. I received a bachelors of

Biology from the University of Arkansas and a

Masters in Health Administration from UAMS.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

My wife and I moved to Conway for her job and

that is when we came up with the idea to open the

business.

How did you get your idea or concept

for your business?

One day I was wanting to buy a nice, white dress

shirt and did not want to go to the big box stores. I

quickly realized there was no place in Conway to

buy men’s clothing.

What do you love most about

working/living in Faulkner County?

The people in the community.

To what do you attribute your success?

God, amazing customers, supportive friends and

family, reliable employees, and a little hard work

and long hours.

What does the future hold for you in

Faulkner County?

Hopefully many more years of business.

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Thomas Cabantac

Veterinarian

Tucker Creek Vet

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Where did you grow up and get your education?

Born and raised in Little Rock, went to UCA for my

undergrad studies. I attended Tuskegee University

School of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, AL.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

I met my wife, Jenny, while at UCA and we both

fell in love with Conway and always knew we

wanted to land back in Conway after vet school.

We love so many things about living, and owning

a business, in Conway and get excited about the

direction Conway is heading.

What do I love most about my career and why?

I love preventing diseases. I love healing diseases. I

love watching these patients grow up into mature

animals. In turn, when these patients are healthy,

when they are healed, and when they are all grown

up… the client (owner) is happy! If practicing the

best quality medicine that I can possibly do will help

these animals, AND make their human’s happy, then

I feel I have served my purpose.

To what do you attribute your success?

Having parents who supported my dreams from

day one. My wife is my partner and number one

supporter. The dream of Tucker Creek Vet was truly

a joint dream from day one and we are where we are

today because of our partnership in this endeavor.

Friends and associates who heard our dreams and

believed in us enough to back us at all levels.

Tell us about your family.

My wife, Jenny, and I have been married for 15 years

and have 3 amazing daughters: Madden (11 years),

London (9 years), and Quinn (7 years). Our business

is truly an “all hands on deck family business.” Jenny

is the office manager and keeps things moving at

TCV so that I can focus on the medicine. Our girls are

at the clinic often and keep themselves busy trying

to entertain the staff when we don’t have jobs for

them to do. We are a very “active” family. I love to

road bike, run, swim, and race in triathlons. My kids

compete in triathlons, races, Conway Crocs swim

team, softball, volleyball and anything else that gets

us out and about and moving. We love our church

and try to serve in some capacity every week.

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Dr. Spencer Gordy

Conway Family Dental

General Dentist/Owner

Where did you grow up and get your education?

Born and raised in Conway. I’m a proud Wampus Cat

and UCA Bear alum. I received my Doctorate of Dental

Surgery in cajun country at Louisiana State University

Dental School in New Orleans.

What brought you here to open a business?

This is home! There was a great need along with

excellent opportunity to grow as a professional and

serve the community.

To what do you attribute your success?

Hard work, passion for what I do, integrity and the

golden rule, treat others as you would like to be

treated.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I love to exercise, specifically running.

How are you involved in your community?

I serve as a member on the University of Central

Arkansas Foundation Board. I also serve as the Toad Suck

Daze Chairman and Conway Chamber of Commerce

board representative. I am also a director on the Faulkner

County Boys and Girls Club Board. Our company loves

giving back! We serve yearly at Arkansas Mission of

Mercy and Special Olympics clinic, giving free dental

services to those in need across the state. We donate time

and money supporting numerous organizations across

Faulkner County along with food, toy and clothing

drives periodically throughout the year. We also have a

program in which our “Employees of the Month” receive

a Gold Crown Award and we donate to a non-profit/

charity of their choice.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

I am a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. I serve

as Secretary and Treasurer of the Central District

Dental Society. I am also a member of the Arkansas

State Dental Association and the American Dental

Association.

Tell us about your family.

I have an incredible, beautiful wife Leslie and two

amazing daughters, Ruby Faye (4) and Landry (2).

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Tom Poe

Lenders Title Company

Conway Regional Health System

Board of Directors

Where did you grow up and get your education?

Grew up in Brazil, South America. Came back to the USA

for my senior year in High School. Went to Fork Union

Military Academy while my parents stayed in Brazil. Came

to Arkansas to go to Ouachita Baptist University

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How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

Spending 26 years as a real estate broker gave me valuable

experience and a strong foundation for better guiding the buyer

during their final phase of the purchase process which can be a

difficult and confusing step. My experience led me to the title

business where I provide a deeper level of service to buyers.

What do you love most about working/living?

I truly love the people and this community. I’m an avid

traveler but I always look forward to coming home.

To what do you attribute your success?

Being genuine and authentic with others has helped me build

long-term, meaningful relationships. Success doesn’t come

easily; you must be willing to put in long hours and hard work.

Being involved with the community and networking is a recipe

for success. Giving back and contributing to the community

always comes back to you.

How are you involved in your community?

I’m a member of the Conway Regional Health System Board

of Directors. As a prostate cancer survivor, my service on the

board of the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation is also near

and dear. I’m privileged to serve as an Honorary Commander

of the 19th AMXS Squadron, L.R A.F.B. And I also serve on the

Board of Directors for ARLEAP the Arkansas Law Enforcement

Assistance Program.

Tell us about your family.

Married to Lynne for 38 years. Our daughters: Cindy is married

to Mike Brown and gave us three granddaughters: Morgan,

Micaela and McKinley. Amy is married to Chris Roys and gave

us two granddaughters: Gaby and Emily. Our son Danny Poe

with a granddaughter Emma. Total of six granddaughters!

Advice for someone just starting out?

Don’t expect success to come overnight. You must work for it.

Never stop learning. The most successful people I know are the

ones who keep digging, who keep trying to improve. Understand

that wherever you are in your career is an opportunity to

learn which will prepare you for continued growth and success.

And one final thing, treat everyone you encounter with respect.

Sometimes the folks who help you out the most in life aren’t

the ones with a big title or prestigious role.

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Patrick Jamerson

SWEAT by Dr. FiT

Where did you grow up and get your education?

Grew up in El Dorado but graduated Mt. Holly High School.

Attended UCA — graduated with Marketing Degree.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

Receiving a scholarship to UCA. Also after college, I worked in

the corporate world for several years in telecom sales then the

past 20 years as a pharmaceutical representative, and Conway

offered a sense of community but still had a progressive

mindset. What motivated me to start my business in Faulkner

County were the opportunities and potential growth in fitness

along with the people and their progressive mindset.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

My business idea actually came when I was sitting in church

and had been asking and believing God would reveal my

purpose in life! In less than 3 weeks, I had started my fitness

company which now has grown into a fitness community,

SWEAT by Dr. FiT. That was almost 8 years ago and being able

to inspire and motivate others to achieve their fitness goals and

take a leap to go after their passion fuels me daily!

To what do you attribute your success?

It’s so many individuals I credit my success to it would take me

forever to name! Definitely my mom who worked endlessly

and tirelessly to inspire me to never give up and always aim

for stars. She instilled a work ethic, drive and passion for life

that still burns deep within this very day! Without my mom, I

wouldn’t be here today because the sacrifices she made in her

own life allowed me to reap the benefits of success I experience

in my current life. Thank my family, my ace, Josh Epps, and the

entire SWEAT Family for partaking in this journey with me!

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

Hmm, that’s a good question! To get away from it all, I love

listening to my son, LiL FiT, teach me about track and field.

Believe it or not, cleaning my studio and exercising are my

hobbies. I really need to pick up a new hobby LOL!

Advice for someone just starting out?

To understand you have to love what you do and not be afraid

to work 7 days a week and get to know the meaning of sacrifice.

Network well and form relationships with key individuals

that can help you out and help promote you beyond your

capabilities. Value your customers and laugh and smile often.

Never take today for granted and prepare for the unexpected!

And most importantly, keep God 1st, enjoy the journey and the

successes, learn through the storms and take calculated risks in

order to grow and stay relevant.

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Ryan Evans

Integrity Insurance

Account Executive

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Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Alma Arkansas and attended Arkansas Tech

University on a football scholarship.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

I accepted a position in Little Rock for AIG as an Agency

Director. My wife had also graduated at UCA and we somehow

knew we would end up back in the Central Arkansas

area, so Conway and Mayflower was the perfect fit.

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

While working with AIG Financial Network as a manager and

life insurance agent I had the opportunity to work with several

people and developed some wonderful relationships, but I was

only handling one aspect of their business and for only one

company in AIG. While I was strictly in the Life Insurance and

the financial side of the business I found myself traveling a little

more outside my community to build my business. At one time

I was licensed in seven states and wrote Life insurance 30 miles

south of the Canadian Border in North Dakota. I realized that

long term I wanted to service all of my client’s insurance needs,

and I wanted to establish my business in Faulkner County. By

joining Integrity Insurance, I was able to do just that.

What do you love most about working/living here?

I love how much the community serves each other. Conway

and the surrounding areas do an amazing of supporting its local

businesses, churches and non-profits. I truly believe that most

Faulkner county residents take pride in supporting the community,

and all the businesses and people that make it what it is.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I love to fish and be on the water, whether it’s on a boat on

Greers Ferry Lake with my family or on a kayak in the Buffalo

River. My wife and I love to hike and explore the Natural State.

How are you involved in your community?

Between my family and work we support several local nonprofits

by donations of our time and resources. We are very

involved in our local chambers of commerce and I am in the

Conway Area Leadership Institute right now. We also make

a donation to local charities for every referral for business

we receive in the agency. We started community outreach

workshops like self defense classes for women, babysitter certification

classes, discounted drivers education and free jewelry

appraisals. I am also a member of the Habitat for Humanity’s

Young Professionals group that helps raise money for Habitat

for Humanity of Central Arkansas.

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Corey Parks

Conway Area Chamber of Commerce

Director of Economic Development

My responsibilities include coordinating the business

retention and expansion program, responding to

prospect’s requests for information, providing statistical

analysis of the local and regional economy, and assisting

with the government affairs agenda.

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I am from Fort Smith, but am proud to call Conway

home. I graduated from UCA with a Bachelor of Business

Administration in Insurance & Risk Management and will

earn my Master of Business Administration in August.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

I moved to Conway to attend UCA and started my

career at the University of Central Arkansas Center for

Community & Economic Development after graduation.

To what do you attribute your success?

My success is attributed to my undergraduate experience,

support network, and a little hard work. Attending UCA

provided me a quality education, offered me leadership

opportunities, and taught me the importance of serving

others. It also allowed me to develop relationships with

friends and mentors. I’m blessed with a great friend group

and several mentors who encourage me in all I do. Most

importantly, my wife is superwoman. I would not be half

the man I am today without her and certainly married up.

How are you involved in your community?

I serve as a Deliver Hope mentor, American Foundation

for Suicide Prevention Arkansas Chapter volunteer,

and an Emerging Conway Young Professionals board

member. The Chamber is responsible for improving the

lives of area residents, so everything we do is centered

on helping the community.

Tell us about your family.

I live in Conway with my wife, Callie, and dogchild,

Dixie. Callie and I dated throughout high school and college

and just celebrated our second wedding anniversary.

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Advice for someone just starting out?

Build quality relationships, work hard, and never stop

learning. A former boss once told me “if you build and

maintain quality relationships everything else will take

care of itself,” and I could not agree more. A strong work

ethic and dedication are two qualities that have allowed

me to overcome every hurdle in my life. As we continue

to become a knowledge-based economy, it is imperative

people continuously improve through formal learning

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Beau Wilcox

Beau Wilcox, P.A., Attorney at Law

Where did you grow up and get your education?

Juris Doctorate (with honors), UALR William H. Bowen

School of Law, 2006; Bachelor of Arts, English, Hendrix

College, 1999.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

I never envisioned practicing anywhere else, and for 11 years,

I have been blessed and humbled to do so in the place I love,

cherish, and consider home.

What do you love most about working/living here?

It has been exciting and rewarding to see my community grow,

evolve, and adapt over the past four decades. You can nitpick

certain things to death if you were so inclined, but both objectively

and subjectively speaking, Conway and Faulkner County

are simply great places to live, work, learn, and recreate.

To what do you attribute your success?

I consider myself personable but professional, and aggressive

but fair-minded. The profession may be inherently adversarial,

but I have always believed that it needn’t be combative.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I am an amateurish guitarist with a passion for music that far

outstrips my actual skill. I am a pop culture fanatic generally,

but I particularly enjoy films, gaming, and technology. I love

spending time indoors and outdoors with my family and

adore my rescued, beloved dogs.

How are you involved in your community?

I have served in multiple capacities on numerous local and

regional non-profit boards geared toward improving education,

public health and welfare, and other causes over the last

15 years.

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

Faulkner County and Arkansas Bar Associations

Tell us about your family.

Married to Shannon since 12/31/2000, father to Graham (12)

and Hayes (8)

Advice for someone just starting out?

Never put your life at the mercy of your livelihood. Find

balance, and peace follows.

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Jon Ross Henderson

VP Commercial Lending

First Security Bank

Where did you grow up and get your education?

Grew up in Greenbrier, moved to Russellville to attend

Arkansas Tech and graduated with a Business Administration

degree in Economics & Finance. Moved back to attend UCA,

and graduated with a Masters in Business Administration. I’m

also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at

the University of Pennsylvania.

To what do you attribute your success?

Hard work and being dedicated to the task that First Security

hired me to accomplish over the years. I feel as if it is important

to perform at a higher level than your job description

describes – demonstrate that you are capable of doing more.

I also realize that my work ethic is something taught to me

by my parents throughout my life. My dad was the hardest

working person I ever knew. As I grow older and continue to

look back at the times we shared as I was growing up, I am

continually able to apply the “life instructions” that he gave

me 20+ years ago.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

The outdoors! Whether this is hunting, bike riding, trail running,

golf or any other opportunity that presents itself. Over

the past several years, Lindsay and I have gotten involved in

Obstacle Course Racing. People laugh when they hear that we

enjoy running up mountains, crawling through mud, under

barbed wire and over obstacles during the weekend – a far cry

from our daily routines, but we love it! Through the races we

have been able to travel to some really interesting places, our

favorite venues have been Lake Tahoe & Killington, VT.

Tell us about your family.

My family has been in Faulkner County for 100+ years,

Greenbrier area. Lindsay has been a resident of Faulkner

County for 19 years. Wife, Lindsay, been married since

2014. Lindsay is employed at the Conway Area Chamber

of Commerce as the Chief Revenue Officer. Dogs, Lilley &

Lola, both of which are black labs. Linus & Lucy, both of

which are Westies. Kids, none currently, but we are expecting

our fist to be born August 30th!

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Advice for someone just starting out?

I’m also an adjunct professor in the College of Business at

UCA, so I interact with many individuals who are just starting

their career. So many have been taught that they have to

sacrifice whatever it takes to become “successful,” but so

many become so focused on their career that they begin to

lack margin in their lives. This margin can include family time,

personal alone time, prayer time. Margin helps us to differentiate

what is most important as opposed to what is urgent.


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Where did you grow up and get your education?

Forrest City and UCA 2001

What brought you to Faulkner County to open a

business/work?

I came to Conway to attend UCA. Left afterwards for a job

opportunity in Dallas which I did not like so I relocated back

to Conway and at that time Greg Hunt mentored me in Real

Estate. Afterwards we started Sandstone Real Estate Group

here in Conway, AR with the dream of being to be inclusive

of all people who desire to live out the American Dream.

What do you love most about working/living in

Faulkner County?

The community, hands down. Our community is always and

willing to help where need be. We have great organizations

that attribute to the outstanding living experience in Faulkner

County.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

Family, Church, working out, Fraternity, Real Estate

Are you involved in any professional organizations?

President of the Arkansas Association of Realtist, Chamber

Board member, charter member of the graduate chapter of

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated

Tell us about your family.

My wife Shawnte and I have been married 15 years. We have

two children Jaxen 9 and Jersei 5.

Advice for someone just starting out?

If it’s your dream then stick with it. Always remember the

lessons learned in every peak and every valley.

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Matthew Carter

First Service Bank

Loan Officer

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Faulkner County attending Greenbrier

Schools K-12. After high school I studied at Central

Baptist College where I received my business administration

degree.

What brought you to Faulkner County?

To me Faulkner County has always been home. I

get to work in an environment where I know almost

everyone who walks in the door. The hometown connection

is what will always keep me here in Faulkner

County.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I enjoy spending time on the lake during the summer

and in the duck woods during the winter.

Are you involved in any professional

organizations?

I am a member of the Conway Core BNI chapter here

in Faulkner County

Tell us about your family.

I am very excited to be getting married this year. I will

be getting married on September 29th to my beautiful

finance Kurstee Smith. My entire family lives here in

Faulkner County and has for as long as I can remember.

What does the future hold for you in

Faulkner County?

I plan to continue growing at the bank and helping

my customers.

Advice for someone just starting out?

I would have to pass along the advice that was given

to me when I first started. Take every moment and

every situation as a learning experience. Some of those

situations will teach you what to do and some will

teach you what not to do, but never stop learning.

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What brought you to Faulkner County to

open a business/work?

Born and raised here and my dad has businesses and

does commercial and residential construction. One of

the businesses is a self storage company so the mobile

storage went right along with it. I have always helped

my dad with different things over the years with his

business and always knew when I got older that I would

come on board and be a part of the family business so we

decided to partner and add this to the storage company

last summer.

How did you get your idea for your business?

Mobile storage has always been something my

dad wanted to add to the business and we had the

opportunity to purchase CAMS in July of 2017 so I left

my current job and came on fulltime with the family

businesses to partner and manage the mobile storage

company.

What do you love most about working/living here?

Faulkner County is a thriving community and the citizens

in the community are very loyal to local businesses

To what do you attribute your success?

110% my dad. He has taught me everything I know and

has shown me what hard work truly is.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

Being outdoors and trail riding my motorcycle.

How are you involved in your community?

Through giving to numerous charities and sponsoring

events such as Lip Sync for Life for the American Cancer

Society, Stuff the Bus for United Way, local school

activities, sponsoring Chamber events that bring business

leaders together to network such as Off the Clock,

Bowling for Business and the Business Expo as well as

supporting the homebuilders association.

Advice for someone just starting out?

Don’t get in over your head, Rome wasn’t built in a day

so be patient great things come with time.

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Reggie Rose

Simmons Bank

Community Banker

Where did you grow up and get your education?

Pangburn High School/University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

What brought you to Faulkner County?

I was very fortunate to be offered the General Manager

position at Centennial Country Club when it opened in

1998. I spent the next 18 years at Centennial working for

a group of owners that are very respected businessmen,

but more importantly, are great people.

What do you love most about working/living here?

Diversity — and I’m not referencing demographics. Diversity

in education, occupation, recreation. Diversity in how

you worship. Diversity in retail, dining and housing. When

I moved to Conway almost 20 years ago, often times you

had to leave Faulkner County to experience certain things.

That is no longer the case. Our city and county leaders both

past and present should be commended on developing and

nurturing a high level of diversity across the board.

To what do you attribute your success?

Whatever success I may have had can be directly attributed

to my faith, family and friends. Personally, my parents Pat

& Carla Rose never settled for anything but my best effort

regardless of the task at hand and instilled in me that no

level of professional success justifies failure at home, and

my wife Natalie who is the most selfless person I know.

Professionally, the experiences, associates and relationships

I formed during 18 years of successes and failures in my

previous career afforded me a skill set that allowed me to

make a career change at 42 years old.

How are you involved in your community?

I serve on the United Way of Central Arkansas Board of

Directors, Conway Noon Lions Club and am involved

in the Cradle Care Teen Parent Mentoring Program.

Simmons Bank supports numerous organizations on an

annual basis and the Simmons Foundation provides local

support as well. I’m very fortunate to work for such a

benevolent organization that has remained committed to

Arkansas communities since 1903.

Tell us about your family.

My wife Natalie is General Merchandise Manager at her

family’s business here in Conway, Wilkinson’s Mall — their

50th year in business! My son Will just graduated from

Conway High and will be attending Arkansas Tech, and my

daughter Ella will be entering sixth grade at St. Joseph.

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Executive Chef

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Where did you grow up and get your education?

Grew up in Conway. After graduating I moved to Austin, TX to train

at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy and start my career working at

several fine dining establishments in the Austin area.

To what do you attribute your success?

I grew up with a father who had an extremely hard work ethic and

always admired the way he worked hard to provide for his family.

That stuck with me as someone who had a family at a young age. I’m

29 years old and have a wife, a 12 year old son, and an 8 year old son.

I’ve always wanted to give my boys the same example my father gave

me at a young age. The other side of it is finding something that you

really love to do.

How are you involved in your community?

As a chef my passion has always been working with local farmers

and supporting the central Arkansas grassroots network of small-Agri

economics. Over the past several years I was a board member of

FarmBox2Family which was a program that bought local produce from

local farmers and built 20lb “Farm Boxes” of fresh produce to distribute

to families located in food deserts in our state. As I become more

acquainted with community leaders in Faulkner County, I’d like to help

build programs like this to help nourish those in our community that

might not be able to provide it for themselves.

Tell us about your family.

Been married to Jordan for 10+ years. She, god bless her, runs the Infant

Day Care room at Grace Learning Center on Hogan Lane. Two sons,

Hunter (8), and Brayden (12). Both are big baseball players, X-Box

fanatics and involved with our church’s youth/children’s ministries.

What does the future hold for you in Faulkner County?

I would really like to help the food culture grow in our area. I’ve been

surprised with the amount of culinary talent here. There are a lot of

young culinarians ready to work and hungry to learn, and I hope I can

guide some of these talented individuals in a direction that helps them

grow into chefs/business owners, while helping Conway grow as a

foodie demographic. I would like to help introduce diners to new, fun,

and more eclectic cuisine that Conway has not had in the past.

Advice for someone just starting out?

Do something you love. If work feels like work, then you’re doing

the wrong thing. I enjoy cooking for my family on my evenings off,

and I feel like if you don’t have that then you can’t truly be happy.

Also, “Know your Day.” Wake up early, get that extra cup of coffee

in, and plan every step of your day out before you get to work. You

stay ahead of the game and have a leg up on everyone around you. I

can’t stress the importance of this enough and it’s something I coach to

every member of my team.

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T.J. Miller

Conway Alignment,

Heavy Duty Truck Services

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up and graduated from Greenbrier. My wife

and I lived in Conway for a few years, but we just

moved back to Greenbrier last fall!

What brought you here to open a business?

We saw it as being a major hub for businesses and

transportation that needed someone that specialized

in heavy duty suspension work. It was a huge

plus that we lived here and wanted our business to

be close to home, but Conway is such a thriving

community, we knew we would have support from

our families and other businesses in the area.

I was trained several years ago at a company in Saline

County. I found a passion for working on big trucks

and making them drive better. These guys spend a

lot of time driving and I can make their trucks drive

smoother, get better wear on their tires, and get

better fuel mileage that can save them a lot of money.

To what do you attribute your success?

My family and most importantly, my wife. She

knew what my dreams were and played a huge

part in making that happen. I have been fortunate

to be surrounded by businessmen and women who

each had different advice for us in the beginning.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I love to hunt and fish. I grew up in the woods and

spending countless hours on the water, and that is

still my place to get away! Whether it be deer hunting,

or fishing a night tournament on Beaverfork

Lake, I just love being in the outdoors.

Tell us about your family.

My wife, Raegan and I have been married going on

three years. She is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker

RPM Group and helps me behind the scenes for

Conway Alignment. We have two dogs, Beau

(Golden Retriever) and Jaxx (Dachshund).

Advice for someone just starting out?

You can never shake too many hands or meet too

many people. That is one thing I love about being

in Faulkner county. I never know who I’m going to

meet day to day.

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas Construction

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Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in the Faulkner County area. Resided

in Greenbrier and Conway both while growing

up. I received my education in the Conway and

Greebrier school districts.

What brought you here to open a business?

Being a lifelong resident of and deeply networked in

Faulkner County made for a natural transition into

business ownership.

What do you love most about

working/living here?

The most wonderful thing about living in the

Faulkner County area is the community. Not only

did I grow up in the community, I grew with the

community. I’ve seen the population signs half

of what they are now. The business growth and

business network in Faulkner County is leading the

state and I’m thankful to be a part of it.

To what do you attribute your success?

I would attribute the rapid growth in business and

success to being honest, fair, and putting in many

hours of hard work.

What does the future hold for you in

Faulkner County?

I look forward to what the future holds for my

business in the Faulkner County area. With all

the opportunities available, I plan to work for the

residents of this area for many years to come.

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Tim Bowen

Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway

VP/Administrator

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Southwest Arkansas and moved to Conway to

attend UCA where I received a Bachelor of Science and a

Nuclear Medicine degree. Afterward, I earned my Master of

Business Administration from John Brown University.

What brought your business to Faulkner County?

We’re in the business of keeping people healthy and treating

them when they need us. I want to help our hospital have the

best providers, nurses, staff, tools, and technology to provide

the best healthcare possible. I strive each day to help create

a culture that supports excellence and creates an environment

where people want to work and get their care. On the

technology side,the hospital is loaded with some of the best

technology on the market. It was the first in the state to have

the complete da Vinci Xi robotic system. We have physicians

locally and traveling here from across the state to utilize our

facility because of the level of care we provide. When you put

talented providers and staff together with the best technology

amazing things happen for the patient.

What do you love most about working/living here?

I love seeing the community involvement. I would encourage

others to get involved and make a difference in our community.

This is one of the most progressive areas in the country.

From our schools – public and faith based to all of our nonprofit

organizations – there’s something for everyone.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

I enjoy hunting, golf, and basketball, but as most dads

know, your hobbies are whatever your kids are doing at

that point in their lives.

How are you involved in your community?

I’m on the board of directors for the Conway Area Chamber

of Commerce and Deliver Hope. Baptist Health doesn’t just

want to have a hospital in Conway. We want to be a part of

the community: Toad Suck Daze, Taste of Conway, Faulkner

County Fair, Conway Business Expo, Teacher’s Appreciation

Breakfast, and the Bike Share Program. In addition, we’ve

supported our schools by helping plant gardens at three local

elementary schools in the Conway School District, as well as

financed a running track for Jim Stone Elementary.

Tell us about your family.

My wife, Natalie, and I have two children: Brody, age 7,

and our new baby girl Bella who is five months old. Brody

plays every sport so we stay busy.

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Daniel Tyler

Founder + Lead Visionary

of Deliver Hope

Where did you grow up and get your education?

I grew up in Conway and went to college at Southern

Nazarene University and Global University.

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What brought you to Faulkner County?

After serving as student pastor for several years in a multicampus,

broad-outreach church setting in Wisconsin, God

birthed a vision in my family to move back to my home

town to create a ministry specifically for young people

caught in the emotional and relational chaos, dangerous

choices, and emptiness that once marked my life.

How did you get the idea to start your organization?

My life. Every aspect of our ministry began from some

version of my own life story.

What do you love most about working/living here?

This community is incredible. When communicated

properly, and given a clear avenue to contribute, Faulkner

County has continued to step up time and time again.

To what do you attribute your success?

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into

exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare

you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7 God’s grace is the

only thing I can contribute to “success”. While there are

practical things I have done in ministry/organizational work,

the reality is that I don’t deserve a thing I’ve been apart of, so

our focus at Deliver Hope is to seek the welfare of Faulkner

County. If this community succeeds, so do we.

How are you involved in your community?

Deliver Hope is a community organization focused on helping

at-risk youth find HOPE. We’re dedicated to inspiring young

people to dream beyond their circumstances, excel despite

their disadvantages and helping them reach their fullest God

given potential. Through our partnership with the Faulkner

County Juvenile Court, we’ve seen a 48% reduction in the

number of youth going into our local juvenile detention center.

Tell us about your family.

I love my family. My wife, Andrea and I have been married

for 9 years and have 3 children (8 yr old boy, 6 yr old girl,

2 yr old boy). We have spent the last year renovating a

106 year old home in downtown Conway. We attend City

Church where I serve as one of the teaching pastors. My

wife is a nurse at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Conway is

showing to be a great place to raise our family.

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Keller Johnson

Owner/President

Keller Johnson Construction,

Safely Tucked Away Mini Storage,

CAMS Containers & Mobile Storage

Where did you grow up and get your education?

Conway

What brought you to Faulkner County?

Born and raised here I have always loved the community.

Our community is a thriving community that has

always supported local businesses.

What do you love most about working/living in

Faulkner County?

I love the small town feel and the close nature of

people within the community but most love the people

that I have the opportunity to work with and the

relationships that I have built over the years by having

businesses here.

Do you have hobbies you want to share?

Cars and collecting pinball machines

How are you involved in your community?

We support several local charities such as Lip Sync

for Life for the American Cancer Society, Haven, and

Alzheimers, as well as local school activities, Faulkner

County Homebuilders Association and our church. We

also participate in and sponsor Chamber events that

bring business leaders together to network .

Tell us about your family.

My wife Christi, and three children, Kristen, Kerrick

and Kinleigh, and three grandchildren, Jaxson, Gavin,

and McKenzie. My family is the most important thing

to me and is my driving force and the reason for my

determination.

What does the future hold for you here?

I look forward to being able to continue to give and

support local non-profits within my community as well

as grow and continue to serve my clients and turn over

the business to the kids and retire one day.

Advice for someone just starting out?

Get a mentor! Find someone successful with good

business morals and learn from them.

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truth on the go

A Redeemed Life

BY ANDREA LENNON

All of us have seasons of life that

we view as wasted years. If you

don’t, hang on. It will happen.

We experience these seasons for different

reasons. Sometimes we are running

from God. Other times we are relying

on our own abilities. Then there are

times when we simply don’t care about

God or His plan. No matter what lands

us in a difficult season, we don’t have

to stay in that place. God is a redeeming

God. He brings meaning out of the

messes we create!

The children of Israel knew about living

during a difficult season of life. They

had been enslaved in Egypt and forced

to do hard labor. God called Moses to

return to Egypt and boldly approach

Pharaoh with this simple message, “Let

my people go!” After some convincing,

Pharaoh complied.

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I always end up

in a spiritual desert

when I judge God’s

plan based on MY

ability to possess it

rather than on GOD’S

ability to provide it.


—Andrea Lennon

God had a special plan for the Israelites

and it was a good plan. They were His

chosen people. When other nations

looked at Israel, it was God’s desire for

the nations to see the difference God’s

presence made in their lives.

Many years before the Israelites were

enslaved in Egypt, God promised

Abraham that his descendants would

inherit the Promised Land. This land

was designed to be a place of rest. It

was an incredible piece of land flowing

with milk and honey.

The plan was simple. The Israelites

would leave Egypt under Moses’

leadership. They would travel through

the desert and along the way God would

teach them how to live as a nation.

Twelve spies would go into the Promised

Land with the instruction to survey the

greatness of the land. Here is an important

point: the land was already theirs.

They didn’t have to earn it or buy it, and

they certainly didn’t deserve it. That’s the

thing about the “land” God has for us. It

is an amazing grace gift from Him.

Unfortunately, the wheels came off the

bus. When the twelve spies went into

the Promised Land, they judged the

land based on THEIR ability to possess

it rather than on GOD’S ability to

provide it. This led to big trouble in the

Israelite camp. The outcome was forty

more years of wandering in the desert.

As a result, the Israelites knew about

wasted years.

I have to admit that I love the Israelites

and I can relate to their story. The desert

wandering that I have done has resulted

from the same equation. I always end up

in a spiritual desert when I judge God’s

plan based on MY ability to possess it

rather than on GOD’S ability to provide

it. When I do this, I take my eyes off of

the Lord and put my eyes on myself.

The good news is this. God is a redeeming

God! The original generation died

in the desert and God raised up a new

generation to enter the Promised Land.

God was faithful to teach the Israelites

every step of the way.

We can be assured that the same

principal applies today. God is faithful!

He forgives our sins! In the process, He

uses our desert wandering experiences

to teach us lessons that refine us. He

reminds us that we are His and that

His plan is good. In the end, He sets us

back on the path that He created for us.

I, for one, can testify to the truth that

we cannot out run the grace of God.

Believe me. I tried.

How about you? Are you in a difficult

season of life that is a result of your

bad choices? If so, take heart! God has

a plan. He loves you. Right now you

can take an important step. You can be

honest with yourself and with God.

Confess your need for Jesus and ask

God to lead you every step of the way.

Then look for ways to get back on track.

• If you need to confess something,

confess it.

• If you need to make restitution,

make restitution.

• If you need to ask forgiveness, ask

forgiveness.

• If you need to accept responsibility,

accept responsibility.

• If you need to let something go,

let it go.

• If you need to get help, get help.

• If you need to share a secret from

your past with a trusted friend,

share it.

• If you need to step out in faith and

obey God’s call, step out!

Isaiah 26:3 says, God will keep in

perfect peace those whose minds are

steadfast, because they trust in Him.

When we trust in God and His plan for

our lives, we experience His redemption.

The good, the bad, and the ugly!

God wants it all. I truly believe that the

place of surrender to God and His plan

is the best place we can be!

Andrea Lennon: An “on the go” kind of girl who loves Jesus, Andrea’s life

calling is to teach women to know the truth, live the truth, and share the

truth. Her passion is honest conversation about the topics that drive our

lives and how we can weather the storms through the love and power of

our Lord and His Word. Connect with Andrea at AndreaLennonMinistry.org.

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Arkansas

Shakespeare

Theatre

BY JENNY DAVIS

PHOTOS BY ERIC WHITE

web of our life, “ Shakespeare

writes in All’s Well That Ends

“The

Well, “ is of a mingled yarn, good

and ill together.” Like many Americans,

our family has moved enough to be

considered semi-nomadic, and for us,

our moves, while always eventually

positive, involve the pain of saying

goodbye and the loss of an identity

tied to place, making them a “mingled

yarn.” When people ask my children

“where they are from,” they shrug

their shoulders and give all kinds of

answers, usually depending upon how

they believe the inquiring parties define

“home.” It could mean one’s birthplace,

where one graduated from high school,

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or where one’s parents live. It is a complex

concept, and, last June, when our

family joined my husband Houston,

the new president of the University

of Central Arkansas, in Conway, the

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre was

instrumental, especially for my then 18

year old daughter Whitney, in making

Conway feel like “home.”

When we first moved to Conway, we

were no different than other families

who move — devastated to leave

friends and our oldest daughter in

Atlanta, excited about our future at

UCA, and hopeful that our children

would share our view of Conway as

a progressive city that values families,

education, and the arts. For Whitney,

this move was particularly sad. On our

last day in Atlanta, a steady succession

of friends visited to say goodbye, and,

with each exit, our house became

literally and figuratively emptier as the

movers loaded our belongings into

the truck. Her friends would spend

the summer together before scattering

across the country to their various

colleges, and she was saying a premature

farewell. Even as she recognized

the incredible opportunity that UCA

offered our family, her years in Atlanta

had been formative to her identity,

for there she found success as a visual

artist, made life-long friends, and developed

the confidence to participate in

her high school theater program, even

landing the role of Olivia in a production

of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre‘s 12th season opens on

The Lawn at UCA, directly across from the president’s

house, on June 8th, with ​A Winter’s Tale​, one of the

rare opportunities to see this play produced live.

I used her love of theater as a way to

distract her from her sorrow, pointing

to the opening night of the Arkansas

Shakespeare Theatre’s production of

Love’s Labour’s Lost on the lawn across

the street from our house less than a

week after our arrival in Conway as

something to anticipate. The Arkansas

Shakespeare Theatre is a company

hosted by UCA that brings theater

professionals to Conway for engaging

performances, especially for its

summer festival season. We would

host a party for the cast, crew, and

supporters of the Arkansas Shakespeare

Theater at the President’s House opening

night, our first official event to host

as a family. Since the party was days

away, Houston and I felt the pressure

to unpack as quickly as possible.

As we moved boxes to appropriate

rooms, the carpenters for AST built

the set for the play on the lush lawn

in front of McAlister. As we filled the

shelves of the cabinets in the kitchen

with dishes, across the street the actors

began practicing their blocking and

memorizing their choreography on the

newly constructed stage. As we rushed

to prepare our home to receive guests,

the actors, directors, and technicians

practiced late into the night, their

dialogue the soundtrack of our move.

Opening night arrived, and we

attended our first Arkansas Shakespeare

Theatre performance, moved by

Shakespeare’s language and the skill of

the professionals on the stage. Soon

after the performance’s completion,

we rushed to our home to greet a

steady stream of creative, fascinating,

and intelligent people. They were

boisterous and happy, ready to enjoy

themselves after the what they knew

had been a great performance. Whitney

met set designers, directors, costume

designers, actors, and artists from

Chicago, Los Angeles, and, her soonto-be

home, New York City, where she

would attend college in the fall. The

members of the company encouraged

her to stay in contact with them and

offered her tips for living in the New

York, a place many of them had called

home at different times. Everyone

there spoke highly of his or her time

in Conway, and many had worked

for multiple summers in Conway

because of their respect for AST and

the pleasant experiences they had here.

As the stragglers left the party, Whitney

turned to me with the first genuine

smile that I had witnessed in weeks

and said, “That was cool.”

As the summer continued, Whitney

found that she loved Conway, but

she could not ignore that when her

friends Facetimed her or texted her,

they recounted their activities together,

leaving her feeling isolated and lonely.

The anticipation of starting a new

stage of life in a few short months also

intensified her boredom, and, frankly,

she tired of us. That is when we would

find her on many a dark, humid Arkansas

evening, seated with a bowl of

cereal in hand on the front steps of our

house watching repeat performances

of Love’s Labour’s Lost. With the traffic

blocked, she had a perfect view, part

of the 8,000 people who saw one of

ASTs performances last season, and yet

separate, as if Shakespeare wrote the

entire spectacle just for her. In jasminescented

air, she, from her new front

porch, watched the actors perform

Shakespeare’s dissection of the human

experience, which, regardless of the

setting, always includes some laughter

and some tears, just like life. In Love’s

Labour’s Lost, the three main characters

who once sought frivolity find purpose

and adulthood, and, in the process,

learn to wait for that which they most

desire, just as Whitney had to wait

through a bittersweet summer for

college to start in the fall. After each

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performance, Whitney would reenter

the house, a little less frustrated and a

little more patient for having escaped

into Shakespeare’s imagination and,

while there, finding an experience

similar to her own.

At its best, theater provides a communal

experience that reminds us of

our shared humanity, that our journey

through this life is not a solitary one,

and we are thankful for the comfort

and distraction that theater provided

for us during a transitional time in our

lives. Prior to the first production last

summer, we sat on the front lawn of

UCA with strangers, many of whom

are now dear friends, and we hope to

meet many more of our neighbors and

make even more friends at this season’s

performances. We feel lucky to live in a

community like Conway that supports

an endeavor as special as the Arkansas

Shakespeare Theatre, a community that

we proudly call our “home.”


We feel lucky to live in a community like

Conway that supports an endeavor as special

as the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, a

community that we proudly call our home.


—Jenny Davis

Jenny Davis is a career

educator with experience

in middle and high school

English classrooms. With

a passion for literature

and the difference that

education makes in students’ lives,

she believes that education empowers

students by giving them the critical

thinking skills to accomplish their goals.

A native of Mississippi, Davis received her

Bachelor of Arts of English and Master

of Arts in Teaching from the University

of Memphis. Additionally, she earned

a Master of Arts in English from Austin

Peay State University with a focus on

early American literature, and her thesis

won the department’s Dogwood Award

for Literary Criticism.

In the past, Jenny has served as the

president of her children’s elementary

school PTO, a leader of two Girl Scout

troops, and a Sunday School teacher.

She currently serves an organizer of the

Women’s Leadership Network, a member

of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theater

Event Planning Committee, and as a

board member of the Conway Symphony

Orchestra and C.D. Wright Women’s

Writers Conference. In her free time,

she enjoys running, reading, planning

vacations, and walking her two basset

hounds, Elvis and Winston.

Jenny lives in Conway with her husband,

Houston, who serves as president of the

University of Central Arkansas. Jenny and

Houston have three children, Polly (22),

Whitney (19), and Josh (16).

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scene | heard

Boy Scouts Build Bat Houses

The boys of Pack 453 in Conway have

been busy this year! Under the direction of

Scoutmasters Tray Fowler and Joe Rogers, the

Pack is chartered by Harvest Church of the

Nazarene. Despite being the youngest pack in

town, they have managed to become one of

the largest and most active Cub Scout packs in

the state, earning the 2017 Foothills District

“Pack of the Year” award. They attribute

their success to their enthusiastic boys and

committed parents who take pride in putting

on a quality program for their children.

In recent months they have camped in

several locations (and temperatures), hiked

exciting trails, visited planetariums, toured

fire stations, camped overnight on a submarine,

dug for diamonds, and completed several

community service projects. The final meeting

of this school year was held at beautiful

Beaverfork park where the boys constructed

and hung several bat houses around the lake

to help the bat population, subsequently

helping control the mosquitos in the area.

The boys of Pack 453 would like to thank the

community for all of their support and are

looking forward to even more growth and

adventures in the coming months!

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faulkner fam


I love that there

are a ton of crazy

dog people here! : )


—Lacey Vance

PHOTOS BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

Our Faulkner Fam: The Vances

Your Names:

Chad, Lacey, and Scarlet.

Dog children are Gunner,

Jetta, Brown and Yellow

Where are you from?

Him: Wynne AR

Her: Jonesboro AR

Where do you work?

Him: Pharmacist at Cornerstone

Pharmacy in Greers Ferry

Her: Head Human at Hounds Hideaway

How long have you lived in

Faulkner County?

Both: 7 years

How did you two meet?

We knew of each other from Undergrad

at ASU but officially met via Facebook

in 2011 when Chad was doing

Pharmacy school rotations in Jonesboro

When you get a date night

where do you go?

We start out with big ideas and then

somehow always end up at Damgoode

Pies in Little Rock

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If you had to live somewhere

else in the world where would

that be?

Same answer for both of us — we’d

love to spend fall/winter anywhere

in Arkansas and spring/summer in

Montana or Colorado

Describe parenting in one

sentence:

Him: It’s like someone convincing you

to trade your free time and favorite

hobbies for something you’re not sure

you’re going to enjoy or be good at, and

then it turns out to be even better than

you could have imagined.

Her: It’s actually easier than I thought

it’d be, because we got super lucky with

such a happy, sweet, easygoing baby!

When you shop local (for fun)

what stores are always on

your list?

Him: Bell & Sward

Her: Simply Sweet Kids, E. Leighs,

and Patticakes Bakery

What is your favorite thing to

do as a family?

Right now our favorite thing to do is

watch Scarlet’s reaction to trying new

foods, and we also love taking her to

see the grandparents and her cousins.


What do you love most about

living in this community?

Him: It’s small enough to get to know

people but big enough to have everything

you might need.

Her: I am constantly in awe of how

supportive both the city of Conway

and the people here are of small

business. This is a place where you

can have a big-city idea, put it to

work, and everyone will genuinely

want you to succeed. After having

lived and worked in other places, I

think it’s a more unique quality than

most people realize. And, of course, I

love that there are a ton of crazy dog

people here! :)


It‘s like someone

convincing you to trade

your free time and

favorite hobbies for

something you’re not

sure you’re going to

enjoy or be good at, and

then it turns out to be

even better than you

could have imagined.


—Chad Vance,

on parenting

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