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Fresh update on "arkansas" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"It's four 23 It looks like a lot of people were not counted in the last census A bureau study finds about one in 20 residents of Arkansas and Tennessee were missed during the 2020 count and there were also significant undercounting for other states and over accounts in 8 others Undercounts can short change states of federal funding over the next ten years in Florida and Texas under count disappear to have cost them House seats In Minnesota and Rhode Island over accounts appear to have kept them from losing seats in the House Time four 24 it looks like the blue crab population in the Chesapeake is at its lowest level since it's been tracked One scientist calls the findings worrying A total abundance of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay is 227 million crabs which is the lowest abundance on record since the survey began in 1990 Allison Colin senior fisheries scientist with the Chesapeake Bay foundation says there are likely a number of ecosystem factors contributing to these lower numbers Including things like water quality issues the loss of underwater grasses which are important habitat for those juvenile crabs and possibly also increase predation from things like invasive blue catfish Colton says Maryland and Virginia have committed to looking deeper into those factors but in the meantime they'll need to double down on efforts to improve habitat and water quality and crab fisheries may have to look at limiting their.
Fresh update on "arkansas" discussed on ToddCast Podcast with Todd Starnes
"Hey, thanks for having me on, Todd. So what's the, what's the problem here? What did they do that has you riled up? Well, it's worse than a typo or a misspelling Todd. It's the wrong name. So just to set the table for you, last week, early voting started in Arkansas last Monday on May 9th. And shortly after polls opened on that Monday morning, we started receiving messages from outraged voters in multiple Arkansas counties who's in a screenshot showing that my name was wrong on the ballot on these voting machines is to Jack Beckett instead of Jake Beckett. And so we sprang into action, we called these county election officials where we heard about the discrepancies and they knew about this. They knew they admitted on the spot that they had known about this for weeks, and we presented evidence in court, actually we filed our lawsuits. They knew about this for weeks, not just these county election officials, but the Arkansas Secretary of State and the Arkansas state board of election commissioners. And not only did they not try to fix it, they had notified me, they did notify my opponents. They did notify the voting public, the media. They just tried to sweep this under the rug and slap me around, I guess, what like the typical Arkansas rhino, but I'm a little bit different. I took them to court. I filed lawsuits, we got results. We got them to fix these voting machines that they told us initially were unfixable. That's kind of a separate issue. Why can't Arkansas election officials fix voting machines on the spot? But it's an absolute disgrace. It's clear the Arkansas political establishment has been lined up to stop me since day one. And I'm proving over the course of this controversy that I'm not just a typical rhino who's going to virtue signal about key issues like election integrity. I actually care about it. I mean, I'm going to move the needle in a fight back and punch back hard and get results and that's exactly what happened. Now, Jake, there's another big controversy over there a pack which I understand you say is funded by the NRSC, putting out a flyer and they're calling into question your military service. They're saying they're accusing you of making false claims and this is from the from the information we have here. They're accusing you of embellishing your military service, falsely claimed you were an army ranger, falsely claimed you joined the army two years before you actually did. How do you respond to these charges? What will taught it's sick and disgusting for senator Boseman and his swamp cronies to try to smear my military service record just mere days before election day? It's truly unbelievable. I mean, they sent this mailer out specifically to veterans in Arkansas just to try to smear me and frankly it's pretty amazing because this is the exact same smear that the radical left try to use against senator Tom cotton last year if you recall that there was this big coordinated effort to say he lied about being an army ranger that he didn't go to ranger school, didn't have a ranger tab that he was embellishing his record and senator cotton last year. He went on Fox News with Brett Bayer and he said rightly so at the time, he said, look, this isn't about my military service. This is about my politics. And it's the exact same thing here. Senator Boseman and his swamp allies, the D.C. swamp, they're using the same tactics as the hard left that the hard left use against Tom cotton, the guy he's serving with, who also was a ranger who also served in the 101st airborne division like I did. And they were trying to take me out with these ridiculous false smears. It's absolutely disgusting. It's beneath the dignity of the office at senator Boseman hold and it just shows the link. I mean, he's an old man who can barely speak Todd. He doesn't he doesn't do media. He doesn't campaign. He's incapable of defending his record. So he is sinking to this new low of trying to smear my military record right before election day because he knows he's on the ropes. And he and his allies know that this is all about politics. I'm a true conservative. I'm an America first patriot. They know that I'm going to be an independent voice in Washington who's not going to be under the control. I'm not going to be an establishment puppet like senator Boseman is. So they're doing everything they can up to and including smearing my military service, essentially accusing me of stolen valor, which were all veterans out there. That's about a series of charge as can be leveled against someone who wore the uniform and it is not something I take lightly. It's an absolute disgusting smear and I'm not going to stand for it. All right, on the patriot mobile newsmaker line, Jake Beckett, who is running for the U.S. Senate in a pretty heated race, and I know that what Jan Morgan is also in that race, she's calls you the spoiler here. How do you respond to that? Well, that's certainly not true. I mean, in Arkansas, as you noted, it was a runoff state. So if no candidate gets a 50% majority in the primary, it goes to a top two runoff. So there's going to be a Bozeman vote and there's going to be a non I think just by the way that polling independent public polling has suggested that it's going to a runoff between myself and senator Boseman. And that's a reality. And that's why senator Boseman is spending millions of dollars on these false attack ads, these smears of my military service because he knows the swamp knows everyone knows that if it goes into a runoff between means senator Boseman, then he's going to lose. I'll be the next U.S. senator from Arkansas. So they're doing everything they can, including smearing my military service record to prevent that from happening..
John King: Trump Is the Dominant Force in the Republican Party
"It prompted CNN's John King to report that you may hope Trump goes away. You may wish he'll go away, you may think he's not influential, but you would be wrong. That is at the top. A lot of people at home say stop talking about Trump. Donald Trump is the most dominant force in one of America's two leading political parties. And he is proving it again in this year's primary campaigns. And so for the people out there who want to stop talking about Trump. That's not up to us. We have to cover these races where Trump's endorsement is clearly making a difference in West Virginia tonight justice didn't Ohio last week. We're going to have the Nebraska governor's race later tonight as those results come in. And then Pennsylvania Senate race, Georgia, both the governor's race, the Secretary of State's race there, the Arkansas, there are some Trump factors as well. So he is a factor in the party. For a lot of people at home who don't want to talk about him and wish he would go away. He is not going away. And he is the dominant force in the Republican Party right now. He's right. No way around that.
DNC Chair Jaime Harrison: Not Playing Fair Is a Good Road Map
"Because we're so awful, our side is so awful that we're not going to play fair and you got to hear the chairman of the Democrat National Committee agree with him. Let's talk about the fascists on the other side. So I hear that, but I do think there are a lot of people, because we were just talking about you and I, we consume 8 papers in the morning. We look at the minutiae of politics. And most Americans are not doing that. And there are still a lot of people who feel disconnected from the party or maybe even disappointed in the party fair or not. I want you to take a listen, we have Roland Martin on. At the beginning of the show. Brother ro ro is never shy about giving his opinion. So he had a lot to say about what he thinks Democrats should be doing. I want you to take a listen and get your thoughts. Sounds good. You've got to have president Joe Biden stop being scared of senator Joe Manchin and go make the argument in West Virginia and go to the red parts of Mississippi and Alabama and say, this is what we have done and these folks voted against it and this is how we have delivered. They've got to be willing to engage in war. You can not play fair with people who don't play fair. There are no rules. The other side has shown that they will do whatever is necessary in order to win so you've got to say America when they didn't care about you, we did. What are your thoughts? I felt like that was a good road map. Well, it is a good road map and rolling. I want you to know, I'm going to Kentucky and Arkansas. I'm going to be in Mississippi and Alabama. We're going to all across this country. The chairman of the DNC says on national television not playing fair is a good road map.
The Man Oppressing Women in Swimming: William Thomas
"Seems like a nice enough person was the 462nd best swimmer at University of Pennsylvania in the country. Was a man born a man, XY chromosomes was trying to compete in swimming, wasn't really getting anywhere. One day, Thomas wakes up and changes the name to Leah Thomas and decides that want to keep swimming. So it goes from the 462nd best swimmer to the best swimmer, almost overnight. And this happened really slowly by the way. This wasn't like an overnight thing. If you were watching this carefully like we were, we were covering this for like a year and a half. They were like, hey, this is going to be a problem. Like, hey, this is going to be a problem. And they're like, oh no, it's not like they're going to let they're not going to let Thomas compete at the top level the championship. And there you go, at the NCAA championship, in Atlanta, two weeks ago, Thomas was competing and won the NCAA championship as a biological man. And again, that kind of goes back to that whole feminist critique, right? Which is worse so upset that because we're being oppressed by men. And I say, so the feminists are silent because they're now okay because they're oppressed by men, even though they think they're women. It's like, isn't that against the entire argument that I was told my entire life. So now we have
The Most Important, Confusing Question: What Is a Woman?
"Leads to a question I want us all to ponder over tonight and think deeply about. And I love all of your opinions, which is the most important question that has really been confusing people, including the top levels of our government, which is what is a woman, right? And so I know this is so hard for some of us to grasp. I know I'm not a biologist, so I'm not really well versed to be able to answer these questions. Of course, for those of you that watch the Oscars and not funny enough, we'll get into that. So but don't watch anything that happens around you. Tangy Brown Jackson, woman that wants to, I think she's a woman. Who am I to say? I don't know. She will tell us. Because she doesn't know what a woman is. Trying to be on the U.S. Supreme Court was asked the question by Marshall Blackburn, very simple question, what can you define what a woman is? And she responded with this kind of smug arrogance. No, I can't. I'm not a biologist. So look, I'm not a veterinarian. I know a dog when I see one. I'm not a meteorologist. I know that there's a tornado yesterday at four 30 in the morning. Not exactly something that you need to have a degree in biology to be able to understand what a woman is. And it kind of got thinking as she was like so smug and she responded, which is, this has now become a wildly controversial thing in America. It's that if you're not even able to say, you know, this is a woman and this is a man. And what's so amazing about this is that 95 to 97% of the country agrees and biological reality and yet 95 to 97% of the country is afraid to talk about this issue.
Charlie Kirk Details Being Banned From Twitter
"So I'm banned from Twitter, everybody. If you haven't heard. So we're going to walk through that. I actually haven't spoken very much about it publicly to podcasts or two on it. And it's on a very interesting thing. So the way Twitter works, if you don't know, if you violate one of their guidelines, they give you an opportunity to delete the tweet. Basically, okay, engaged in hate speech, you can get your Twitter account back. And so we logged onto our Twitter account, we're like, wait, why don't we have access to our Twitter account anymore? So I tweeted this out and I want to just anyone to tell me if there's anything inaccurate about this tweet. Richard Levine spent 54 years of his life as a man. He had a wife and a family, he transitioned to being a woman in 2011, Joe Biden then appointed Levine to be a four star admiral and is now USA Today has named Rachel Levine as woman of the year true where the feminists, right? Perfectly factual, but now I engaged in something called dead naming. Are you familiar with this phenomenon? No, I had to learn it alongside. Everyone else, including our millions of followers. So dead naming is when you use the name that used to exist of someone who's trans. And super politically incorrect, I guess. You're like not even allowed to mention the birth name anymore. It's now called dead naming. So I guess you can't call like Muhammad Ali cassius clay anymore. Or anyone who's ever changed their name ever. And so because of this Twitter basically says, okay, you're no longer allowed to have access to your account. You have to acknowledge and bend the knee and tell the rest of the world that you engaged in hate speech. And there's just like big red button that says, you can press delete. And look, it's very tempting. You know, we used to do a lot on Twitter. And I thought to myself, you know what, every single semester, I'm traveling, I'm talking to college kids telling them to hold the line that it's worth the cost that you might lose Friends. I'm like, what a hypocrite, I would be. If I just press that red button and told Twitter, like, you know, I did something wrong. Meanwhile, keep fighting on campus, everybody, and see you later. You know what? No, actually
Charlie's 'Educate Don't Mandate' Tour Visits University of Arkansas
"We had a great night last night in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We are going to auburn tonight where eagle is what they say at auburn university. I'll be there with Ali stuckey. Last night we spoke a lot of things my suspension from Twitter as well was so interesting. The questions that were asked in the Q&A format yesterday at University of Arkansas. And this kind of goes to show what the college campus kind of cartel has done. So I talked about a lot of different things. I talked about tyranny. I talked a little bit about kind of what's happening with the transgender issue. I talk about inflation. And all people wanted to talk about was the transgender issue. That was it. Completely fascinated them. Would you find happy to oblige and then finally we got a question on inflation. We talked about how as the currency gets less valuable it literally steals money from young people. It was actually a really interesting moment in the speech and will re air it on our rumble page and we'll also put it on our podcast page where we had some adult ticket holders that came to the event on one side of the room and the students on the other side of the room. We kind of had this divide of two of them, and I said, how many people on this side of the room own property, the adults every hand goes up? I said, how many people on the other side of the room own property? None of the kids hands go up. Obviously, if you would expect, and I said, because of our lockdown policies in the last two years, it is now significantly harder for this side of the room to be able to own property, but the other side of the room that already owns property, their debt is actually less because the currency is deteriorated deteriorating, therefore it ever debt burden you have is actually relatively less because there's more dollar bills out there and your property is actually worth more. The point I was making is that for the current students and recent graduates on the one side of the room, they have been largely disenfranchised from the same sort of economic promises. That previously
Severe storms pummel South after 7 hurt in Arkansas tornado
"Severe severe storms storms including including isolated isolated tornadoes tornadoes have have ripped ripped across across the the Deep Deep South South leaving leaving scattered scattered damage damage to to buildings buildings and and homes homes the the storm storm front front spanned spanned several several states states and and has has been been blamed blamed for for spinning spinning off off at at least least two two confirmed confirmed tornadoes tornadoes Wednesday Wednesday high high winds winds overturned overturned tractor tractor trailers trailers in in the the Weezy Weezy Anna Anna toppled toppled large large trees trees in in Mississippi Mississippi and and damage damage to to hotel hotel in in downtown downtown Nashville Nashville authorities authorities are are reporting reporting widespread widespread damage damage in in the the Jackson Jackson Tennessee Tennessee area area including including a a nursing nursing home home and and the the Madison Madison County County sheriff's sheriff's office office at at the the Mississippi Mississippi state state capitol capitol lawmakers lawmakers had had to to suspend suspend their their work work as as weather weather sirens sirens blared blared yesterday yesterday during during a a tornado tornado watch watch more more than than half half a a dozen dozen people people were were injured injured Wednesday Wednesday when when a a tornado tornado struck struck Springdale Springdale Arkansas Arkansas the the weather weather service service said said that that tornado tornado would would be be rated rated at at least least an an EF EF two two meaning meaning wind wind speeds speeds reached reached between between one one hundred hundred eleven eleven and and one one hundred hundred thirty thirty five five miles miles an an hour hour hi hi Jackie Jackie Quinn Quinn
Walmart to end cigarette sales in some stores
"Walmart won't be selling cigarettes at some stores even though tobacco sales can be a significant source of revenue Walmart will no longer sell cigarettes in some of its stores the Wall Street journal was the first to report the development noting that some stores in California Florida Arkansas and New Mexico we're on the list Walmart may not be the first national retail chain to kind of cigarette sales it is the largest target ended cigarette sales in nineteen ninety six in the drugstore chain CVS health did the same in twenty fourteen I Shelley Adler
Coach K makes 13th Final Four, Duke beats Arkansas 78-69
"Second seeded Duke advanced to its seventeenth final four after convincing seventy eight sixty nine win over number four seed Arkansas in his final season Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has the most final four appearances with thirteen surpassing the legendary John wooden the regional championship game at it really is the biggest game a college coach has to coach because it gets you into the promised land AJ Griffin with a team high eighteen points Powell bank kero added sixteen Arkansas got within five points early in the second half but Duke used at ten run to put the game out of reach in the lost Jaylen Williams with a game high nineteen points Riley arm San Francisco
Update on the latest sports
"AP sports I'm John another break for teams are through to the elite eight in March but dissection Arkansas upset number one Gonzaga seventy four sixty six while second seed Villanova beat Michigan sixty three fifty five in San Antonio top seed Arizona saw their season come to an end after they fill the number five Houston seventy two sixty Duke came from behind in San Francisco to edge Texas tech seventy eight seventy three it'll be used in taking on Villanova well the Razorbacks paced the blue devils a second jury in Texas has declined to indict new Browns quarterback deshaun Watson who's been accused of sexual misconduct only hours before the decision was announced once it arrived to Cleveland's headquarters wearing an orange throwback brown's jacket New York City mayor Eric Adams has exempted athletes and performers from the city's vaccine mandate following weeks of pressure from the sports world that's going to allow Kyra Irving to play at home for Brooklyn nets games again and allow one thanks to the members of the Yankees Mets to play baseball in their home ballparks I'm John literate AP sports
Duke beats Texas Tech 78-73 to send Coach K to Elite 8
"Arkansas beat a number one seed in the tournament for the first time knocking out Gonzaga seventy four sixty six JD notate had twenty three points seven rebounds and six assists for the Razorbacks diesel we came here to do co said before we left Fayetteville if we want to win and then don't get on the plane so I feel like week brought it the whole time we hear Jaylen Williams chipped in seventeen points and grabbed thirteen rebounds as Arkansas reached the regional final for the second straight year you could dance to the elite eight in its final season under coach Mike she chef ski Jeremy Roach had a pair of buckets while the blue devils put together a late seven O. run in a seventy eight seventy three victory over Texas tech Polemon Carroll led Duke with twenty two points Mark Williams scored sixteen Roach added fifteen I'm Dave very
Top-seeded Gonzaga rallies in 2nd half to beat Memphis 82-78
"Gonzaga made it seven consecutive trips to the Sweet Sixteen but it wasn't easy the west top seed Bulldogs overcame a twelve point second half deficit to defeat number nine Memphis seventy two sixty eight Gonzaga forward drew Timmy was game high with twenty five when his team was down by ten at the break he had a special message for his mates no matter what happens no matter what the score is win or lose this could be very well be the last twenty minutes about so you don't reply and go out with no regrets the zags next face Arkansas in the east fourth seed UCLA is returning to the Sweet Sixteen thirteen no first half run gave the ruins the lead for good and a seventy two fifty six victory over number five St Mary's next up for the Bruins red hot North Carolina I'm Bruce Morton
Razorbacks return to Sweet 16 with 53-48 win over Aggies
"Unlike the first round the higher seeds took care of business in buffalo as both Providence in Arkansas advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NC double a men's basketball tournament the fourth seeded friars destroyed the Richmond spiders seventy nine fifty one in the game that seem more lopsided than the actual score another foresee the Arkansas Razorbacks held off New Mexico state fifty three to forty eight leading scorer JT notate led the way for Arkansas with eighteen points but fouled out midway through the final half the friars advance to play top seeded Kansas in the Midwest regional at Arkansas slated the play Gonzaga in the west I'm sure we can go over
Arkansas deputy convicted in teen's death, gets year in jail
"An Arkansas policeman has been convicted in the death of a teenager a former Arkansas deputy has been convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced to a year in jail for fatally shooting an unarmed white teenager that death last year drew the attention of national civil rights leaders Michael Davis is also white was acquitted of the more serious offense of manslaughter well the jury found him guilty of the misdemeanor charge in the death of seventeen year old hunter Britain during a June twenty third traffic stop the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported that Davis will also have to pay a one thousand dollar fine I'm Shelley Adler
Arkansas hangs on for 75-71 win over 13th-seeded Vermont
"The Midwest regional of the NC WPW orcas wrapped and four teams including two underdogs are one step away from the Sweet Sixteen the Richmond spiders deliver the first big upset of the tournament when they beat the fifth seeded Iowa Hawkeyes sixty seven to sixty three if that wasn't shocking enough the New Mexico state Aggies knocked off the UConn Huskies seventy to sixty three thanks in large part of junior guard teddy Allen both for see the best as well the Providence friars knocked off the South Dakota state jackrabbits sixty six fifty seven the Arkansas Razorbacks prevail over the Vermont Catamounts seventy five seventy one I'm Jeremy K. go over
No. 9 Tennessee tops No. 5 Kentucky, reaches SEC final again
"The SEC men's final is set includes one top ten team and another who probably needed a bit weak to make the NC double a tournament and it appears they've got it that team is Texas a and M. the Aggies moved to twenty three eleven on the season knocking off number fifteen Arkansas led by Clinton Jackson's twenty points is a testament everything we've been too early in the season losing a straight to teach you some so when when things not going our way we know to stay calm we noticed a collective you know to stay together they will face number nine Tennessee at one PM eastern on Sunday volunteers hold off number five Kentucky sixty nine sixty two Kennedy Chandler led the way for the big orange with nineteen points Eric what L. Tampa
No. 5 Kentucky tops Vanderbilt again, 77-71 in SEC tourney
"SEC quarterfinals featured four ranked teams only three surviving advance in the opener Texas a and M. picks up their first win over a top five team since nineteen eighty two stunning number four Auburn sixty seven sixty two and M. advances to face Arkansas knocked off LSU seventy nine sixty seven in the evening session number nine Tennessee have five players scored in double figures eliminating Mississippi state seventy two to fifty nine volunteers will face number five Kentucky in the semifinal Wildcats hold off man to build seventy seven seventy one Eric what L. chapel Florida
Bryce Mitchell: We Shouldn't Be Giving Our Tax Dollars to Ukraine
"To get your thoughts on the whole Russia and Ukraine situation. You know, here's my first daughter. I'm not going nowhere to fight. None of these wars for these politicians. I'm staying at home and when the war comes dark and I will dig my boots in the ground and I will die for everything I love and I will not retreat. If this country is invited and everybody is saying, well, we got to evacuate. We got to leave. I will not. I will dig my boots in the Arkansas soil and I will fight for the people that I love for the land that I love in a way life that I love but I'm not going over she's to fight. I don't know what's going on to be honest, brother. I really don't. There's so much stuff and I don't think nobody knows what's going on fool. There's been so much political corruption in that area. You got Biden and his son making a ton of money off of and using our tax dollars to bribe their people. That's treasonous in my opinion. So you get Hunter Biden and his son using our tax dollars. Hey, if Ukrainian government, if you don't do this, we're taking your tax dollars. He shouldn't be given our tax dollars to that country anyway. We got veterans out here sleeping on the street and you're going to give our freaking tax dollars to these Ukrainians and I'd rather I don't know what's going on over there, but I'm not going over there fighting and God bless anybody that's over there is fighting and I hope that this just gets solved and I don't like war, you know what I mean? I don't want people dying and all that stuff. I don't want to be, but I don't know what's going on there. So much stuff that I think it's corrupted that we just don't know what's truly going on over there and I pray all those people are saying wow.
"arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas
"We are a proponent for blockchain based systems we're definitely proponent for decentralized networks and we do believe that networks that are decentral as nature will have truly the chance to succeed going forward and we also believe that there will be multiple blockchain's Were entering into a multiple Blockchain world where they all have to kinda coexist and work together so. I think that that's really where we're headed. I think that when i talked to students at the university now and and some of the stuff that they're working on some of the things that they're learning in their classes they're going to be very very well prepared for this new world. Yeah you know. And i think about it and and i and i get I think you have to. Almost everybody has to do their homework when it comes to the blockchain to understand it and have some appreciation for what it's all about when you think of how technology is moving so fast that artwork is being put on the blockchain. That's what non fungible token certain types of non fungible tokens can be attached to art. And it's creating a whole new way for people to transact business and for people to share their creations. Which i think is really you know incredible. I think of a guy that i follow him. Gary chuck and gary van or truck created this thing called the friends and he built it on the ethereal blockchain and he created non fungible token artwork that he then put out and made it available to a wide variety of people in those folks bought it now. That artwork is worth a lot more now. It may not be worth that in. Twenty years may be worth a lot more in twenty s. We just don't know but we're still at the early stages. I think people are trying a lot of different ways to create opportunities for blockchain blockchain to thrive into exist and for people to kind of put their arms around it and understand it a better way and say okay. Now i understand with the blockchain is about and one example that he gave which i think is really related to just about anybody is just think of the idea that a contract could be put on blockchain and that contract could be the contract of you selling your house and maybe you sell your house with some steak that you keep like one percent of the sale that house in perpetuity so that no matter how many times that house changes hands every time it changes hands that one percent still goes back to whoever holds that you know holds the right to that blockchain and the thing about that is just like with rishi was saying earlier is that human beings. Don't control that piece of it. There's a technology there behind that controls that information. So there's it's very hard or very difficult to mess it up or to create something that Is not supposed to be with regard to the blockchain. And i know i'm butchering you. Know out of the explanation of it. But we'll we'll get into a little deeper. I wanna talk just kind of a little bit about decentralized networks from the from the vantage point of some of the basic stuff that you're doing today because when liam explained to me some of the work that you're doing and i went in and met with some of the people in your office and they were showing how things are connected. And if you go online to my celia networks a website. I believe in in. Maybe there's some other sites you can go on. You can kind of see the connectivity of this decentralized network and how it's not sprint. it's not verizon. It's not t. mobile. It's just a decentralized network of connectors and that you don't need the same type of cell towers all over the place that we currently have in his system that a lotta people understand that you know. The average individual could have a connection point in their home or farm could have connection point. and how. How is that applied when it comes to a decentralized network. Yeah that's a great question. So one of the things that my celia network started out doing. And you know. That's kind of what i was referring to earlier. Bringing this technology here one of the first things that we decided to do was bring helium to northwest arkansas now. Helium is a open protocol. it's a spectrum agnostic protocol and what that means is a lot of people don't know this but not every internet is created equally in there are multiple internet's the best way to kind of realize this understanding is to think about you know everybody kinda started off with three g. and then you had four g. Lt he now everybody's really kind of five g. and these are really increasing spectrums in the sense that there's more data to be transferred and these higher end spectrums are better and better at sending tons and tons of data so that you can facetime your grandmother from the desert if you want to. But there's also a good use case for lower bands and a lot of industrial applications. They don't need the facetime quality data stream they still work perfectly fine off at three g and so those those lower spectrums are still abuse. What we're doing right now is relaunching. A nine hundred megahertz. So that's sub one g and that's a very low band network and it's specific for use cases for iot which is internet of things internet of things is basically millions and billions and trillions of sensors. Tiny little sensors that transmit small amounts data and they hardly use any power. They don't use a lot of bandwidth but they do last long time. They don't use a lot of battery. So a lot of these things can be built disposable and very very cheaply and so you can imagine manufacturing processes industrial processes logistical processes. This band is actually really really good for those things and ultimately it's cheaper and that's what we're able to do with the helium network. The thing that makes helium different from a lot of these these companies and these groups put out networks like this iot networks in the past is that they're centralized so what makes different is that this is an open protocol. This is completely open source which means anybody can jump on. It's not closed off like a traditional network it's truly decentralized and so the is not banned the internet of things band that were launching right now. Working with our local partners. Were working with the community. The reason that we do. This is because it's decentralized in a centralized system. We could do everything ourselves. And then we could charge people to access our network. That's not our intention at all. Really anybody can participate and we're actually taking steps right now to encourage our community around us to be more involved but right now we do partner with our community to help us deploy this network so instead of one giant device that broadcasts everywhere and everything kind of centrally located back to it. We have hundreds of smaller devices that connect to each other all to each other and much like the blockchain would work for bitcoin where you have a bunch of commute computers around the world with each other verifying that information and calling out any suspicious. You know receipts or anything like that. We have the same type of system going here. So the more of these nodes that we deploy around the area the stronger our network cats and it's almost like so for the average listener. Here you could have a notice your house. Technically right and you can have a node as i said earlier like maybe at a farm five miles down the road in those two notes could technically connect with each other and talk to each other but give a couple of examples like real world use cases that you guys are finding to be a real benefit right now. Yeah absolutely so. We've always faced this chicken and egg issue which is what comes first the network or the use and really answers. They kind of have to come at the same time. And so we've been very very busy building the network but it's a great question because what are we going to do with it. What does this enable one of the first products that were testing on the network is essentially a rebuild of gps. So we have these little devices that fit in the palm of your hand. They're called tabs. And what tabs allow you to do is to kind of keep tabs on your belongings a normal. Gps sensor would cost anywhere from fifty to one hundred fifty dollars. You know if you think about what you would put on your on your dog or cat throwing your backpack to make sure your laptop doesn't get stolen you know. They cost a lot of money. They cost a lot of money. Because there's a lot of technology packed into those things so generally speaking you've got a bluetooth wi fi cellular and gps chip the hardware is baked into there. And they're all pulling from that battery at the same time and so in order to kind of find your location on the ground. You're beaming up to a satellite through central server. You've got a a gps account that you're paying twelve fifteen dollars a month to kind of keep that connectivity online. And so what we hope to do with. This is to kind of the whole idea to create a logistical testbed. And a really a network for that and so this particular tabs device is a location tracker and if it doesn't have cellular it doesn't have bluetooth or wifi or gps. All it has a battery. And one of those sub one thousand g antennas or sub one gene. Tenace that connects store network. And so we're able to connect with all of the nodes in the area and actually pinpoint that location based on where it reports itself right. So essentially what this does is if we can get this right and as you know more and more integrations of the product come out will kinda hone in and figure out exactly how to replicate. Gps true gps with this and the best thing about it is since we don't have all of that heavy duty hardware built in. We don't have all those chips. We don't have all that battery drain. The battery on this lasts up to six months and so that really kind of changes the game with how how long we can get devices out in the field. They really changes. You know the cost and what we're putting into vices in order to get the same functionality out of it and ultimately for business it allows more up time and that translates into profitability. Yeah and you know. I was thinking i know when when we originally set down and talking i was talking to liam about this. I was thinking of applications that could be employed at a store at a grocery store. You know in terms of keeping track of all the refrigeration and keeping track of Humidity in a space and while there is technology for that now. It's all on this other technology that we're talking about that requires all these other hurdles to overcome in order for them to work properly right because if the phone goes out then there goes your ability to be notified if your refrigerator goes out at your camping lodge or if you don't have any kind of connectivity up there then you're you're kind of toast but this doesn't necessarily. This has a lot more staying power from that perspective and a lot more use applications. That aren't as i guess. Energy intensive and then technology intensive us from that perspective. I think one of the best ways to look at it is up until this point. We've put everything on the same internet our fastest internet. So it's kind of like having a six lane interstate and you've got eighteen wheelers you've got sedans and you've also got bicycles and grandma's walking down and what we're really trying to do here with o t and with this particular band to slice off a sidewalk and put that sidewalk next to the interstate for grandma's and the bicycles to where not only can the eighteen wheelers operated a more efficient rate but so can are pedestrians and so this is a efficiency based approach to where you know if you have a hunting camp or something far away or even a restaurant you wanna make sure you know when That temperature drops blow thirty degrees or about thirty degrees. You know you don't need your wife five g. for that. That's a very very particular sensitive information of course but you don't need facetime streaming you know capabilities for that. So this really offers efficiencies on both sides. Yeah and i like the way you described that whole idea of the sidewalk. And i'm while the difference here being that like you said i mean i don't have to go to t. Mobile to ask for permission to access their five g. network. I can create or come up with a solution on this little piece of sidewalk. An employee it and then maybe share it with other people or use it for myself in terms of whatever mind needs are and you know you have that capability and while everybody listening to this may not be have that you know mr science or mrs science background or desire to want to create that. Just the simple fact that. They'll it'll be easier for people to employ this technology and for the wider population to benefit from it. I think is important understand. Yeah and you touch on something really important there. It is open for everybody. You don't have to come to us if you want to use it. And that's truly one of the features of this decentralized ecosystem that were entering into. Is that everything up. Until this point has been access based and those that grant access are usually the ones that own so we're actively deploying a network that we don't necessarily own we're also not going to be the ones providing data to everybody. Everything really is open so we actually reach out to our partners and our community and ask them to help us host these devices so really over two hundred people around north west. Arkansas are our partners and helping deliver This network and at the same time. Whenever it's time to use the network everybody can use it. There's no barriers to entry. So it's been really important for us to make this iot endeavor one of our first ones but we are blockchain company in a blockchain infrastructure company. And so this is really just the first of many projects that we have to bring the north west arkansas. So you're listening to this. If i if i'm listening to this episode on mike wow that sounds interesting. I'd love to have a node or something like that. Set up at my house. Is that possible i mean. Do you have people that have have done that. Yeah actually we have a pretty good program. This is kind of the staples of what we've done. You know part of bringing this to northwest. Arkansas has been about education. Really getting the word out there explaining to people what we're doing showing how it happens. And as soon as they participate the benefit that they're providing to the overall network. So we do handout tabs to everybody. Who helps us participate and if that's something that somebody's interested in doing. We have all the information at our website. My salim networks dot com. We have incredible host program. And that's really what it is if you want to participate if you want to help us build this network but you don't really know anything about this stuff for you don't really know if you wanna sign up for anything and do a bunch of stuff. That's really who it's for and you know if you care about your community and you know kind of kind of like what we're doing with this technology we encourage you to sign up as a host and what that means is we will evaluate your location and we'll take a look. We'll see if we've got an empty area in terms of coverage at your home or your business and it's very very easy. You know we Evaluate that we have somebody contact you explain everything and ultimately we don't ask much of you except for allowing us to host this note at your residence are at your business and in order to kind of give back. We're compensating those host depending on the type of setup. We have simple setups as well as a little bit more involved pro setups but what it does is. It allows our host to participate in the growth of the network to feel as if they're actually providing coverage because you are and the more and more notes that we have go up the more and more of your friends that that do this the stronger our network gets and Just on a on a national scale north west. Arkansas is doing some pretty incredible things and it's largely due to our host program and the community support. Yea and and i. I gotta tell folks what we'll put all these links and information on the show notes So that way you can connect with rishi and you connect with liam and learn more about this and even contact my celia to be potentially sign up as a host provider. Because i actually did it. And i got reach us. Somebody reached out to me together. They haven't gone through the other step yet. But i ultimately do wanna do it if i am a good candidate for that so i think that's. That's something that people need to consider. Because i look at it as man. How can i help my community. More and create an access point that might be beneficial to the farm up the road. That maybe just doesn't have the best connectivity because that's the other issue that we're talking about you know we've we've talked about the you know we we don't really we. Don't talk about politics here on this podcast but we do we talk about things that we need to do to improve our communities and one of the things that we're trying to do with this infrastructure bill that they're trying to pass on a federal level. Is you know they want to improve ban with and they wanna improve improve broadband access because one of the things. We figured out during this pandemic that a lot of people are deficient in having that connectivity and while this decentralized network is is at a lower level so you're not going to get that five g. you're not gonna be able to you know. Get your episode of housewives of la with one g. That doesn't work that way. You need much faster speed but it does allow us to take certain things off of that normal network. An increase the speed over there while utilizing these decentralized network for things that don't have as heavy of an intensive requirement for speed but yet can still run efficiently. So i think it's exciting. What you guys are doing and how. You're kind of this up. This is still so brand new. You must feel. I mean you gotta be like a kid in a candy store when it comes to just the endless possibilities of what could be. You must come into work everyday. Like oh my god we can do this on my gosh. We can do that. What is that like. it's awesome hundred percent right. you know. that's the most rewarding thing is being around a bunch of people who also see this potential and possibilities and are working towards that every day it's really wide open. We're in the very very early days. Most of what is to come is going to be built on top of networks like this so we have some really really amazing programs with entrepreneurs and internships in the area. Students are very very creative. Entrepreneurs are extremely creative and really if we can create a organization that is a platform for building out this future. We wanna do that right here. North west arkansas and to your point as an entrepreneur. This is some of the most rewarding stuff when you actually see what you have up here in your brain and You know it unfolds and other people you can kind of deliver that message to people and then people can take it and run with it and you know being an entrepreneur very hard times. Amen to that a lot of times. I feel like entrepreneurs don't get enough credit for the that they do everybody kind of the glamorous side of things but you know most successful entrepreneurs and and you know we're all working towards more and more success but you know it takes being able to withstand some of those tough times and the hardest part of all that is maintaining belief in maintaining that self-motivation throughout the entire process. But if you get there and you get to the other side and other people begin to kinda see your vision. There's nothing that quite matches ad. Yeah no yeah. You're absolutely right. And i mean you're you're wearing that decentralized by nature shirt with pride and certainly you're walking the walk so i i do appreciate that. Are you guys doing anything to work with some of the local high school students or is that going to be because it seems like these young kids are the ones that are going to be iterating the fastest right when you think of jin z. And how they think. Look at my kids and how they process information. My eleven year old can do just about anything on a computer. And he doesn't need like i'm trying to show him some things. Like now gimme that daddy. I got and he has it all figured out and i'm just like okay. I don't i'm wasting my time here. This kid's way smarter than i'm ever going to be. But how are you going to. Have you thought about how you might harness some of that in create opportunities for some of these young kids to take advantage of what you guys are doing. Yeah that's that's one hundred percent right you know we have. I mentioned the internship program and so high school could could be eligible for an insurance delivery. Absolutely i think our our youngest intern was fifteen years old. There you go down you know. That's a part of this that that gets really exciting. We're here building out this network and we're getting it ready but there's a lot of students out there that wanna launch their careers and be entrepreneurs and all of a sudden we have a protocol and assistant and a network to where you can deliver ideas. Build your prototype for essentially nothing. You know it's this is a network that is essentially being put out there for everybody and so if you were tied to needing a verizon account and having a minimum twenty nine ninety nine data plan in order to set up some hardware to run some tests. That's essentially free now and whatever's not free about it. We're committed to giving that data out for free though sensors out for free because what we want. Is we want students to build entrepreneurs to build and business people to consider looking at what we're building to see if they can build a better version of it on this and there's a lot of cost savings there and so a lot of existing businesses will be ported over to the sidewalk and a lot of students will build brand-new things. That could never have been built before on the interstate on this new sidewalk so are entrepreneurship program. We're looking for anybody in the north west arkansas area. Who wants to kind of help build on this. We'll give you all the free data and sensors and training that you need to build your dream insane thing for for our interns are students. Were focusing pretty pretty specifically right now with the university of arkansas and really excited about some of the some of the programs that we have planned with them but yes all students. All students are welcome. Okay that's great. I mean. I think on that point. That's where we can wrap this up for today because there's still so much i wanna talk about but i really want to give us some time to come back and you know. I'm hoping you'll come back. So that we can do another episode and we can get more into the nitty gritty of the blockchain. Maybe talk a little bit more about helium and you know how helium relates to like maybe doj aucoin or to a theory him or to bitcoin and all the stuff that people hear about but they still don't really have any idea what it is right. I own a bunch of crypto. I've done my research on it. And i'm fine with owning it going to zero but i'm also fine with owning it and you know the upside. Is there right. So i certainly want to encourage people to be thinking about the long and short of what the blockchain technology is going to provide for us in the future in the sooner that you embrace it and understand it the easier it will be for you to adopt new opportunities when they come about like mice helium. And what you guys are doing here. So thank you so much for coming on the podcast and just kinda sharing your knowledge before i let you go though. I mean when when rishi is not working you know day and night on this. What do you do to unwind here in north west arkansas. What do you love about this area. Besides what we already talked about. Yeah so north west arkansas. Like i mentioned before as is my home. And it's really the first time i've ever felt at home and so what i like to do around north west arkansas. When i'm not working and not kind of you know at work or building our team or focused on work is just to relax and and be at home. So i like to take walks with my two dogs. I like to go kayaking with a few buddies. I like to go down to dickson street and walk around especially these days. Yeah yeah so just really just embracing the community around enjoying and watching people be people and just feeling good about what i'm doing here. You have a favorite restaurant. no. I don't. I i really liked giraldi notes on the wall down breath some good. How would supply there It's hard it's hard to call a favourite but I gotta give giraldi some props. Okay cool have you been to pizzeria ruby yet in johnson. No okay got. Check it out chef. Michael robert shaw. He can make a mean pie. He cut his teeth on the north end of boston so he knows about pizza so i highly recommend that you do that so fantastic while they are. I love that. So retail founder. And ceo of my celia network she can find them at my celia networks dot com and we'll put links to that that's networks with an as well dot com put links to. She's contact information. Liam's contact information as well as the website and additional information that you can find out about what my salim is doing. And like i said check them out contact them. They have an online form. You can fill out and find out if you're eligible to put a note up in kind of go from there. And when i say a node i'm not talking about some ugly dish off saucer on the top of your house. Trust me when. I say this when i saw how small these things are. That's a of the story. But trust me when i say this it. You'll be doing a lot of good not just for yourself but for the the network as a whole and for what it means for the of the scary. Because i think that you know. In addition to what my celia misdoing north west. Arkansas is on the cutting edge of trying and doing new things. And and i think we're going to benefit from it in this area in the next five ten fifteen twenty years and that's why i think we're going to be more than adequately prepared to grow like we're supposed to grow by twenty forty five so you know. Jump on the train folks. It's therefore you were waiting at the at the train station. Just get on. Because this north west arkansas spaces is going to continue to expanding with people like rishon mathau liam lafarge and the rest of the folks at my celia networks. The sky is the limit so reshi thank you so much for coming on thank you. I appreciate it absolutely absolutely well there. You have it folks another episode of the. Im northwest arkansas. Podcast to learn more about us or.
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"Do it and there's days i don't depending on how i feel like yeah and i and i can see that double that you're talking about because if you're driving down crossover and the jones centers on your right so if you're going towards fate bill onto sixty five you can see that double. That's right there on that side of the pump track and it's really cool. I mean it's. I would encourage anybody to get down to springdale and just go over and park at the jones center and just walk in there and take a look at the pump track. I mean you've got helicopter laid out there. Midst got a bunch of stuff. And there's i know when we first had that original world we had a world event at that location in the weather was horrendous. It was really really bad that day that we had it but everybody that came in people came from all over to participate in the feedback was tremendous. So it's exciting so all the all the good stuff that's happening there. There's a whole a transformation taking place at the jones center. So i mean that's kind of par for the course here. North west arkansas. You're not quite used to that yet. But we are constantly iterating and improving upon things. So i'm really excited for what is to common. You'll probably find that in the next two to three years. There'll be several other pump tracks around in some of these different cities between fayetteville. And in bentonville that you guys will really benefit from not. It'll be wonderful who are definitely benefitting from what we have around us now. And we're we're glad to be here in arkansas. Yeah so are you guys developing any new models. I mean what i mean is there. I mean in terms of what you can share. What what can people expect from you guys in the future we have are currently we have a one twenty trail bike and a one twenty slope style. Buy in while there. We haven't produced but we're not in production on a more still trialing them working through some prototype problems that we had with one of them and those are solved now getting the hours on them to ensure that we have longevity and that we can offer our lifetime guarantees. We as we hope to. Yeah so all your bags come with a lifetime guarantee on our frame fixture and then a one year bumper to bumper on on all of our supporting component trees. Okay so like it might take your bikes out. And i break the frame gonna replace it. Basically we're going to have you send it back into us and we're going to analyze it and if it was dude are workmanship than yeah. We're going to work out a deal with the end. Gone a new frame if it's something that was due to your youth or due to the way that the bike was abused or not taking care of than we may offer a crash replacement discount for you. But that's gonna come down to per case and we'd ask that you go to your original supplier. I where he bought the bike and talk to them and have them reach out to us and we'll work with them to get back to you on how we're going to manage that situation okay. And speaking of original supplier. How many outlets are selling your bikes right now. We currently have six distributors across the nation. Okay we have one in pensacola florida. We have to in washington one in redding california and then the to here in bentonville and went over and russell. Okay bill russellville. Yeah okay cool so you guys are getting some expansion. Then yeah yeah. We got quite a few of our most of the satellites outside of the state or folks that we've been then in partners with another business ventures in the past shore and understand who and what we're about and they're totally stoked to have our brand on their showroom and be pushing our products okay cool and are you guys going to be hiring anytime soon. Are you hiring right now. We're currently were were very small staff of three In house and we currently don't have a need increase but has our demand increases. We will be staffing up and his our plan over the next five years to bring on a full fledged welding team. My currently do most of that work myself. Anita hand that off so going forward where that'll be the first position that we feel is a fulltime welder. And i'll be advertising for that through visit bentonville. I'm gonna ask for some help there to have bentonville help. Roll that out so be going through the community and through the trade schools to onboard that individual. Well yeah and i and i would imagine with. I mean there's there's just so many people here y- you might talk to the right person. And they're like oh. I know somebody or my son just completed this and he might be open to doing that. So i think finding those types of individuals here is easier than you think it as long as you. Can you know connect with people and build and develop those relationships because you'd be surprised who knows whom and always call. I know we always talk about six degrees of separation in in the world but here in north west arkansas. It's like three degrees. If i if you know me then. I know somebody that knows somebody that might be the answer to whatever you're looking for you know what i'm saying and so there's something nice about that and i'm always talking to people even outside of the area about what that looks like here in north west arkansas. So we're certainly glad you're here and we're certainly hoping in wishing for nothing but success for you and alien bikes will. We're definitely glad to be here in all the support we've received so far even in in our own ventures as we've reached out to different industry players to help us with our product. Everybody's been nothing but but helpful and honest and forthright and we appreciate the community here and we're glad to be part of it. Okay cool well. Yeah if you guys see a dude. Walk riding around with a wide brim Snap back Gray hat that says. Hey on it without with a logo. That looks like it's almost wings. That's probably michael salata. And he's probably ripping up a portrayal somewhere and shredded something. So that's great but michael. Thank you so much for coming on the. I am northwest arkansas. Podcast last question for you since you've been here you've been here short time. Have you gravitated towards any new places to eat or anything. That's really caught your fancy since you've been here. I gotta say. I product the pacific northwest. I'd heard a chicken and waffles. My whole life and never had until i had a good friend visit. And he's like. Hey we gotta go have some chicken and waffles and i gotta say those savory waffles or the best thing i've ever put to my mouth. Oh that's cool we're now where have you been going to get chicken waffles. I can't even recall. Did the look up in the drive. And i just hopped in with him and he said i found him or head and okay cool. That's cool wire. We'll have to get the name of one of your spots. I know that slim's and we just had tom boardman. On one of the founders of slim chicken they do a chicken and waffles. That's actually pretty good. And i know i grew up going to roscoe's chicken and waffles out in la. That's my spot but yeah no it. Certainly. there's some good places here to get chicken and waffles. So you know most certainly absolutely on my top ten list now all right. We'll good good. I'm glad to hear that. Well michael thank you so much for coming on the. Im northwest arkansas. Podcast we really appreciate it and we certainly look forward to hearing more about how. Helen bikes is growing in. How you have Will embrace and become a part of this bike culture that we have here in north west arkansas because it is it is kind of special and i think the opportunities for anybody whether you're a bike designer whether you're by creator whether you just like to ride bikes north west. Arkansas kind of has a little something for everyone in that area. Would you agree. I would totally agree. Okay no one is left out when they come to visit and or northwest arkansas. Now absolutely absolutely so good. We'll we'll thank you so much for coming on and we really appreciate it anytime. Have a great day. Thank you there. You have it folks. Another episode of. I am a north west. Arkansas was so great to have michael on from helen bikes indefinitely. Check them out and hope by the way. What is the website. Ww dot helen bikes. That's plural llc dot com. Okay so it's an h. e. l. l. i. o. n. bikes bi k. e. s. llc dot com. Please check out their website. And if you do drop them a line or anything make sure you let them know that you heard about them and you heard about michael i on the i am. Northwest arkansas podcast. So we'll certainly appreciate that but that's all we have for this week as always you can catch our shows wherever great podcast can be found. Stitcher soundcloud spotify apple. Podcast google amazon. It doesn't matter. And as i've always said you can just say to alexa. Hey alexa play. The latest episode of. I am northwest arkansas. And she'll oblige you. And i was looking to see if my alexa started to acknowledge that. But maybe she's not plugged in but anyway that's all good. Thanks so much for listening to this episode. Remember our podcast comes out every monday rain or shine and has always each week. We have a new story about somebody else doing something amazing here in north west. Arkansas like michael lozada with helen bikes. I'm.
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"I mean this is like the sun subtlest infomerrcial friends karate studio but it has been life changing that kids that were very you know just kind of like inward focused and not really not really outgoing. Just changed by being able to kind of find their inner strength through martial arts and he does a great job of it. I've seen videos of some of his students breaking boards with their hands with their feet going to competitions. And really just as we like to say wrecking shop and shot out to michael felix in into all the great work that he's doing here in northwest arkansas with adults but primarily with children really changing their trajectory and just changing their attitudes about things that were very proud of him though. Absolutely absolutely and you have two other kids and spencer down charlotte charlotte and charlotte's at the u. of a. and spencer. i. I've i've got a chance to know those guys even spencer watch arcades a couple of times and so you know we've had a chance to kind of meld our families together and your beautiful. I've shantelle and my wife. Nicola are very good friend. I really good friends. You know they they hang and they model together. They do all kinds of stuff together. They have found some simpatico in terms of cool stuff to do. Yes most arkansas. A good fit for sure it has been it has been so so continue on in terms of you talked about kind of finding your lane if you will. How did you end up with Becoming joining the board of sonar. So i was on a advisor. Council for crystal bridges was called arden fusion so the thought process around that was finding activities in coordinating events for young professionals people from twenty one to forty years old to do outside of work where they were for walmart. J. b. hunt tyson or any of the suppliers or where they on their own business helping them connect to the community and a good friend of mine. Julian brown and i served on that in our organization together and then she was vice chair persona so she asked me if i would join the board there and kind of capitalize on some of the ones we had at crystal bridges and as far as expanding our outreach to a younger audience and as well as getting sony into spaces that we haven't typically gone to a m- around north west arkansas right. Yeah no and. I think that's great and you guys have done a great job. You invited nicole. And i to an event i think it was like the first sonal event Since the pandemic started that they had the walmart center and it was nice. I mean we were socially distanced and spaced out but it was so nice to be in an audience and listen to music exactly. I mean it was great. It was fabulous was nice so that was where we announced our madden season. So we'll continue to have our masterworks programs at the walton arts center but we also have more programming outside of traditional venues of looking forward to this upcoming season for what a conductor paul hossan and rally. Nicholson having a more executive director in store for us. Yeah no it's i think it's great in and then you're you're also on. I think is still on the board of single parent scholarship fund which has changed. Its name yes so we are On the board for the single scholarship fund in northwest arkansas so we combined with the bitten county organization so it's one organization that serves madison carroll washington and bitten counties. Shout out to tyler clark yet. Will you engine use me too. And then i had him on this podcast and we did an episode early on about the single parents cowshed on and he told some amazing stories about some of the families whose lives have been changed because of this program for sure. Yeah so we help students who are within two hundred twenty five percent of the poverty level. I'm go to college and we give them a twenty five hundred dollars scholarship each semester. For those who are ten either a two year four year degree program as well as we support people who are in involved in trade school so everything from welding computer programming bike repairs coming up as well as cosmetology and programs like that as well and the healthcare industry so we have a lot of avenues to help me. People move from a poverty to prosperity when thing that we love about seeing within organization is how our recipients over time become donors and advocates for the program and we have great alumni association on. Were pass recipients help mentor current recipients and help them along their path yet. I mean. I think the program is is highly integrated. I mean tyler. And his team do a great job at. They're they are really all in and what they're trying to do now that they've kind of combined forces i mean that's it's the sky is the limit for those guys. Yeah so definitely gonna have a big impact on north west arkansas for the future. Yeah absolutely absolutely so now. you have. You've actually had a chance to experience number of the different companies. I mean you you said you work. You worked with tyson wing now. Did you also work at walmart. So yeah was with walmart for five years and then i moved over to sam's club okay. Three years ago. And it's part of the same organization so so so talk about that just your experience coming to north west arkansas and working and we talk about the big three. All the time and the big three is tyson j. b. hunt in walmart. You know three fortune. Fifty companies with walmart being the biggest the biggest employer in the united states. I'm one of the largest companies in the world and rightfully so their thumbprint is on north west. Arkansas you know a lot of ways. Yeah we're talk about just your overall experience coming here and being affiliated with those different oriented organizations and what. It's like because i know a lot of people from the outside when i tell them i mentioned bentonville or are mentioned. North west arkansas. They say oh walmart. And i like yeah walmart but it does so much more to it. What was what has your experience been like when you think about these companies and what they represent here in this area so they definitely give back to the area number one not only from an economic standpoint but from a philanthropic standpoint. There's a lot of passion for their customer and investment in their associates or team members that they call it tyson they both are very competitive but also focused on being agile and nimble and adapting for the time. So you've seen tyson experiment with a meatless proteins. And for a while they were involved in some renewable energy sources and then you seem walmart or relapse five to ten years expanded footprint in the digital space sure taking advantage of technology. I think that's what's key. Both companies have a founders mentality. But you also see them adapt for the time so that they are able to last for generations to come And continue to to Press yom elope against the competition. Yeah and there's some be competition. They are mayor especially walmart yet. Gins with a and ns within. That's that's amazon for those of you. That did figure it out. So but i gotta say that the more that i learned about walmart in what its potential capability. What it's capabilities are what its potential is. I wasn't so much sure that amazon would just have. It's way i think walmart is kind of figured things out. And they've moved forward and they keep bringing in new people and great talent. And so what would you say to people that are really thinking about coming here to work specifically at walmart but but also at at sam's or j. b. hunt or tyson. What would your advice be to them before they step foot into the state i in terms of learning more about what this place has like sure. I would definitely encourage them to do their research. Know failure in the top five cities to live with the university. And all of its arts. The way i describe arkansas or north west arkansas. People who don't live here randy is. It's kind of like a suburb without a city. So you have the events cultural events. You have good schools. You have recreational activities for your children. You have a relatively low crime rate and a lot of prosperity jobs and growth. But you don't have the hustle and bustle for the most part that comes with the city. So traffic is definitely improved here. Over the last five years with the expansion of i forty nine. So it's a it's a great place to live. We plan on calling it home for years to come and scrape place to raise a family but if you whatever your interests are you're going to be able to find it within north west arkansas short. Great restaurants Monoculture activities. I'm as i mentioned a couple of times before and then you might surprise yourself and find that. There's things to do here that you'd never knew would be interested in so you think about the bike trails or kayaking or things along those lines that you might find out that this is something you have a passion for and not only do. We have great restaurants. But if you're into libations there's lots of microbreweries and a here northward circle. There's a little bit for everybody and what you can't find here With the direct flights to a lot of major airports everywhere from new york to la to miami dc chicago dallas. You can get to what you wanna do relatively quickly and then when then a five hour drive of here there's so much history especially when you look at the events of the last year and a lot of people going on an a journey reeducate themselves about other parts of american history and wine to know understand more about the civil rights journey. So you've got little rock which is only two hours two and a half hours from here and you have the the little rock nine museum. And you've got up the road. In tulsa you have the greenwood arts district and our the tulsa race massacre happened. So there's a lot of street exact by wall street so there's a lot of history within three and a half hours from here that you would not maybe be able to get to as easily if you lived on the coast. Yeah and he's even just up the road up in missouri. There's even the site for the george washington carver museum and i think it as his childhood home. Yes childhood home. But there's a lot of lot of history and information that so. Yeah i mean you've got joplin when when you think of music in so i mean there you yeah you in. You're scratching the surface. I like to tell people in northwest arkansas. Wow you know getting out of a you know since the pandemic is decreased the number of flights but that will go back in time but the nice thing about being a northwest arkansas's. You're three hours from kansas city. Good barbecue up there. Five hours from saint louis good barbecue hair. Four and a half hours. I just did the strive to memphis great barbecue memphis less than three little rock less than five just a little under fire under five to dallas. So you can get three two. Okay caesar you can get you know you're not you know not too far away. That was the one thing. I had a concern about for those of you that are. Nba fans like man. We're going to miss out on mba. But but no. We've made a couple of trips down. Okay seen to see the thunder play. And it's actually it's a great facility. Great fan base down there and Gotten a chance to see some some good team come into town. So there's you know there's that in you've got the be okay center and tulsa and and then of course all the stuff that you have right here in our own backyard. We've got the amp we've got this brand new. What's the golf course program. That's right there off top golf off his right there next to the app and you got some outstanding people i think i i think i've seen them. Dave matthews band has been there. Twenty one pilots. Jimmy buffett coming hit. Bowl's coming seasonable. Yeah i mean there's just a little bit of everything right here in north west arkansas. So speaking of our music and arts and you've exposed me to a lot. I i mean i grew up going to the museum. I mean i grew up right outside of new york city. So you mean the moma was not. There's nothing for me to go there on the weekend on saturday or the guggenheim. Yeah and that was it but you know one of the things that i have enjoyed here. Immensely has been crystal bridges. And you'd like you said you've had a lot of involvement with them and you brought me to a lot of events we've seen some great people speak bear to bryan stevenson ryan stevenson. We saw the piano coupole. They're not couple. But there may the piano anderson in a row anderson row. They were there and they were fabulous. I actually that happened like right before the pen over those happened. Like right before a democ- south and i've been back one time since the pandemic but he acts it's just nice. I mean crystal. Bridges is is a kind of special place it is what they've done and the one family now walton had done. There is just amazing. I remember my son. Spencer was writing a report about crystal bridges. I think he was like an third or fourth grade now. So what are you talking about. And then we went to it opening weekend. A few years later runs totally blown away with what they had to offer. And and the level of works that were on display there and then they continue to update in an invest in the arts Not only visual arts erm visuals but we seen Jason moran his wife alicia hall moran to an amazing talent. i think they've had cheech marin. Come and speak so not only with the artists but they've had some Amazing guest speakers that have come crystal bridges absolutely ear and what was that Black artists that was The tightest kofar. No the other guy he came there. We actually met him we. We saw him speak but then he had his exhibit there with the afro pilkin Hank willis thomas lewis tom. Yes yeah he's doing some great work in in brooklyn right now and just a piece. That was commissioned by the city. I think for that area there but yeah he's an outstanding artists but we we have so many original works of art for sure there at crystal bridges. And i'm just like ads. It's kind of nice. Yeah rosie the riveter and you kinda go people just when you tell them all this like not north west arkansas. And i'm like yeah rob. No i think i got See jeff koons speak with my friend. Wendy jean bennett. And he's the one that did the gold heart shaped balloon therein the eleven restaurants so these are world renown artists We're lucky and and Bust have here north arkansas absolutely and it's only gonna get better. I think it. It really is and i mean you look at the arts when you look at the the museums and and just there's a little bit of everything to do and then all the activities that are going on now you and i ride a live on the trail and it's just nothing to just jump on a trail somewhere and go right out. Twenty twenty five miles. And you know you're never get on a road now you don't have to worry about getting hit except for some of those intersex. Where if you don't yell clear it. If you don't wait for the light invite could run into a problem but you know it is quite safe in and there's many so many trails to ride both ashphalt trails as well as gravel and off road mountain biking. You can't does. there's just so much your yeah absolutely. So what what is your what are you. What are you bullish about in the on the future of north west arkansas. So i i think you're gonna see Continued shift to being tech hub. An incubator for other businesses. I think that You'll also see an an increase investment in Biking and cycling and then i'm excited about the arts corridor. That's coming to fatal. yeah you know. Hopefully in the next ten or fifteen years where you have a large arena for concerts. That'd be nice. I know going malefic are gonna see john legend in tulsa which is only ninety minutes away in september. But it'd be nice to not have to make that drive right but Yeah i think it's going to be a continued focus on business whether it be tekere or retail and then the hartson than outdoor activities. Yeah so i mean. We didn't even mention the northeast. Arkansas natural the myrlie baseball team here. Yeah can't forget them. And you know i do wanna give a shout out in in the only reason why i'm bringing this up is because it you know i've talked about it before but i wanna give a shout out to the good folks at the children's hospital that's right here. Some renew hostile. That hospital did not exist. When i moved here in two thousand fourteen. But it's here now and My youngest son had a pretty bad bike accident the other day the day before we recorded this episode and I was really concerned. I thought he broke his leg. We ended up over at the emergency room children's hospital and they were just absolutely fabulous. They really were. I mean granted. We're in the midst of a pandemic right now. In healthcare workers are overworked. They arm at a high level. And and you know that personally but but it's just I gotta give a shout out to the children's hospital here in north west arkansas. Prior to this being built the closest children's hospital would have been little wrong and so it's something that we actually have a children's hospital here and then with some of the recent announcement that alice walton has made about the plans to to more opportunities for for learning in the medical field arena. That will you know we're gonna have a much more robust community of medical practitioners in the next five ten to fifteen years in this area and so you know there are good things happening here because that was a that was another concern. We moved here from boston. I mean it's like come on you know tops. The tops cities with great healthcare. And that's you don't think about it till you need it and we're straight up healthy but things happen and it's nothing like a bike to bring it to the emergency room and caused you to say. Oh my gosh my know my child or am i gonna be okay and so yeah i just just a shout out to those guys and for people listening to this aren't from year and i've talked to you in the past and others that are thinking about coming here. We have the infrastructure. And if we don't have it it's in the work that's the easiest i mean. That's the way that i can describe it. It's definitely in the work young. So you know my wife. And i joke all the time about a couple of retailers that we would just lament. We wish were here. No arkansas. But they're not far away and on top of all that we pretty much can get most of what we need and even even seafood stuff like that you come out on the west coast. East coast seafood. There's some good seafood places here where you can order stuff and get it the next day. I would be remiss if i didn't mention my One of my peers. Dan by food for sam's club. He does a really good job. Give them a try. Listen trust me. The sam's club no joke. The sam's club seafood section is to be reckon they've got some great stuff and the sushi People don't realize that sam's club sushi now they didn't do sushi before but those folks cut that sushi in it looked so fresh and it's good. Yeah so definitely recommend most do all. The sam's half that. I think we had that an about two thirds of her clothes. Okay yeah so. I would assume that. All the sams in north west arkansas would have they do. Yeah okay yeah ness the other thing too if you're coming here recognized that like walmart and sam's specifically they test out all the stuff that they're gonna do and roll out and other places. They do a lot of that testing ear. So you get you get first crack at it. You get the first experience. Like i had never heard of neighborhood walmart and before i came here i was like what is that and it was like you. Come here and it's like it's a little walmart right in your neighborhood. Like i have when i was there last night and it's convenient and it got a little bit of everything so you know i should get them to sponsor this no seriously though it's good stuff. There's a lot of good things whereas yeah we'd love to hear a like i said we've Been here seventeen years in its home. No pressure on my kids for grandkids in the future. But hopefully we'll be here for for quite a while and there's definitely a lot to deal like i said there's something for everybody and there's there's not pretending for connect with what you're familiar with and also an opportunity explore new things. Yeah absolutely i love and so we can end on that. But before i let you end i do wanna put you on the spot if i had to put a gun to your head and i said you could only take me to one restaurant. I know it's hard. Because i know you know a number of people that have restaurants. Aaron you go to a lot of different places. I do by Gimme your top three three so top three restaurants so i'm going to pizza so that account as one so giraldi for all the all of you from the northeast who complain about not being able to find good pizza here northward circle. Try giraldi down in downtown. Feb office center street also would stone and then My neighborhood spot as tim's pizza and then for can't go wrong with rights barbecue mitchum barbecue a couple of times on stores a great shout. What join right and his team are doing. Yeah they either got two locations. They have a location. That's right up on the trail in bentonville So yeah no. And they're barbecue sauces on point. Yeah my brother requested from texas. I mean to send him barbecues who carries their barbecue sauce walmart. And sam's anthony aso. Yeah we bought the pack and then pursue for special occasions. We'll go to atlas restaurant or heirloom heirloom shift. Jason paul That's another of amazing chef here in in atlas work going to have those guys on the pot elliott. Yeah we're gonna have a chef hunt on the podcast very soon so can't wait to share that. Yeah so those are my kinda go. To's yeah we will certainly share that with everybody on the show notes and make sure they know about those in. I don't know if heirloom is open yet. I think it might be. But i know for sure that atlas has open and they're doing They they obviously are doing reserve seating but There's a little bit of everything here to choose from. If you had to twist my arm at one place that i would say i i really is. One of my go-to spots now has leverett loud. Okay yeah. I love leverett lounge Shutout the hannah withers and her family and all the good folks at work there and all the good people that are in the service industry here in north west arkansas. They really know how to take care folks so yeah and we have a multitude of food trucks. You come from you come from a big city. Oh you fake. All every big city has a lot. You know food truck parks here and there. We've just got we've got food. Trucks littered all over north west architecture and the yacht club in fayetteville. All the way up to a great little food trucks spot that. I just found off the airport exit up there in. It's kind of like rogers. Johnson and then even bentonville course a street market and they even have food trucks there so slow but everything exactly. Yeah a little bit of everything. So 'cause there's a lot of people that are from different places here so the restaurant industries found a way to connect with all of them. So yeah for sure for sure will anthony man. This has been a pleasure. This is more like this is just us having a conversation but i told you one day i was gonna get you on this podcast and finally i did so i appreciate you. Coming on the podcast. Thanks for being a great friend. And thanks for all of your advice and for willie your willingness to open up your electronic rolodex right because when i say rolodex some people like what is a roller. Yeah now like an age myself. Now but Opening up your phone and connecting with so many great people here north west arkansas. That i've had on the podcast. And i will have on the future. No we definitely appreciate what you're doing. Randy. i can tell you that abuse the podcast for a to share with people who were new to the area people that we've tried to recruit to the area for them to get a feel what northwest arkansas is about a size what they can find a neat digital internet so they wanted to listen to your podcast. And we've helped you've been a great resource for us and in recruiting and as well as helping people feel connected to the community. Because that's one reason on thing that i've i've noticed her. North west arkansas is getting people connected to the community helping them find significant other helps them stay in northwest arkansas and So that's like what you're doing here and keep it up. And i'm just glad to be in honored to be here on the program with you so thank you so much. Thank you so much. Well there you have it folks. Anthony sunlen and Just a good friend of mine a good friend of the podcast and just wanted to have him on and have him tell his superhero origin story. Which was a great wine. And so i hope you liked that output. Some contact information as well as the anthony's linked in profile so you can check him out online and reach out to him if you if you just want to thank him for being on the podcast. That's another episode of the. I am north arkansas. Podcast to learn more about us or to read or download the show notes from today's episode visit. I am northwest. Arkansas dot com. 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"Stay closer to tyson and and also fade bill and when back then when you look at the diversity numbers on on the internet. It was the difference between one percent and three percent. And you know we had that concern with how. How's michael going to adjust north west arkansas. Come in from columbus georgia and where we think we moved. Here is sophomore year and when we left her when he graduated. I think in two thousand seven he was elected prom. King of the diversity challenges were not too much of a challenge for him got magnetic personality so so that was a win for the family. Oh my god yeah. And and and his name is michael felix. And i want to give a shot to his karate studio northwest. Arkansas martial arts academy over on crossover in mission right yes. I kids actually went there and we first moved here next. I think that might have been before we knew you guys that they went in and took He offers a great program there. I have several friends that have their children in their in their and it has been a life changing. I mean this is like the sun subtlest infomerrcial friends karate studio but it has been life changing that kids that were very you know just kind of like inward focused and not really not really outgoing. Just changed by being able to kind of find their inner strength through martial arts and he does a great job of it. I've seen videos of some of his students breaking boards with their hands with their feet going to competitions. And really just as we like to say wrecking shop and shot out to michael felix in into all the great work that he's doing here in northwest arkansas with adults but primarily with children really changing their trajectory and just changing their attitudes about things that were very proud of him though. Absolutely absolutely and you have two other kids and spencer down charlotte charlotte and charlotte's at the u. of a. and spencer. i. I've i've got a chance to know those guys even spencer watch arcades a couple of times and so you know we've had a chance to kind of meld our families together and your beautiful. I've shantelle and my wife. Nicola are very good friend. I really good friends. You know they they hang and they model together. They do all kinds of stuff together. They have found some simpatico in terms of cool stuff to do. Yes most arkansas. A good fit for sure it has been it has been so so continue on in terms of you talked about kind of finding your lane if you will. How did you end up with Becoming joining the board of sonar. So i was on a advisor. Council for crystal bridges was called arden fusion so the thought process around that was finding activities in coordinating events for young professionals people from twenty one to forty years old to do outside of work where they were for walmart. J. b. hunt tyson or any of the suppliers or where they on their own business helping them connect to the community and a good friend of mine. Julian brown and i served on that in our organization together and then she was vice chair persona so she asked me if i would join the board there and kind of capitalize on some of the ones we had at crystal bridges and as far as expanding our outreach to a younger audience and as well as getting sony into spaces that we haven't typically gone to a m- around north west arkansas right. Yeah no and. I think that's great and you guys have done a great job. You invited nicole. And i to an event i think it was like the first sonal event Since the pandemic started that they had the walmart center and it was nice. I mean we were socially distanced and spaced out but it was so nice to be in an audience and listen to music exactly. I mean it was great. It was fabulous was nice so that was where we announced our madden season. So we'll continue to have our masterworks programs at the walton arts center but we also have more programming outside of traditional venues of looking forward to this upcoming season for what a conductor paul hossan and rally. Nicholson having a more executive director in store for us. Yeah no it's i think it's great in and then you're you're also on. I think is still on the board of single parent scholarship fund which has changed. Its name yes so we are On the board for the single scholarship fund in northwest arkansas so we combined with the bitten county organization so it's one organization that serves madison carroll washington and bitten counties. Shout out to tyler clark yet. Will you engine use me too. And then i had him on this podcast and we did an episode early on about the single parents cowshed on and he told some amazing stories about some of the families whose lives have been changed because of this program for sure. Yeah so we help students who are within two hundred twenty five percent of the poverty level. I'm go to college and we give them a twenty five hundred dollars scholarship each semester. For those who are ten either a two year four year degree program as well as we support people who are in involved in trade school so everything from welding computer programming bike repairs coming up as well as cosmetology and programs like that as well and the healthcare industry so we have a lot of avenues to help me. People move from a poverty to prosperity when thing that we love about seeing within organization is how our recipients over time become donors and advocates for the program and we have great alumni association on. Were pass recipients help mentor current recipients and help them along their path yet. I mean. I think the program is is highly integrated. I mean tyler. And his team do a great job at. They're they are really all in and what they're trying to do now that they've kind of combined forces i mean that's it's the sky is the limit for those guys. Yeah so definitely gonna have a big impact on north west arkansas for the future. Yeah absolutely absolutely so now. you have. You've actually had a chance to experience number of the different companies. I mean you you said you work. You worked with tyson wing now. Did you also work at walmart. So yeah was with walmart for five years and then i moved over to sam's club okay. Three years ago. And it's part of the same organization so so so talk about that just your experience coming to north west arkansas and working and we talk about the big three. All the time and the big three is tyson j. b. hunt in walmart. You know three fortune. Fifty companies with walmart being the biggest the biggest employer in the united states. I'm one of the largest companies in the world and rightfully so their thumbprint is on north west. Arkansas you know a lot of ways. Yeah we're talk about just your overall experience coming here and being affiliated with those different oriented organizations and what. It's like because i know a lot of people from the outside when i tell them i mentioned bentonville or are mentioned. North west arkansas. They say oh walmart. And i like yeah walmart but it does so much more to it. What was what has your experience been like when you think about these companies and what they represent here in this area so they definitely give back to the area number one not only from an economic standpoint but from a philanthropic standpoint. There's a lot of passion for their customer and investment in their associates or team members that they call it tyson they both are very competitive but also focused on being agile and nimble and adapting for the time. So you've seen tyson experiment with a meatless proteins. And for a while they were involved in some renewable energy sources and then you seem walmart or relapse five to ten years expanded footprint in the digital space sure taking advantage of technology. I think that's what's key. Both companies have a founders mentality. But you also see them adapt for the time so that they are able to last for generations to come And continue to to Press yom elope against the competition. Yeah and there's some be competition. They are mayor especially walmart yet. Gins with a and ns within. That's that's amazon for those of you. That did figure it out. So.
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"Magnetic personality so so that was a win for the family. Oh my god yeah. And and and his name is michael felix. And i want to give a shot to his karate studio northwest. Arkansas martial arts academy over on crossover in mission right yes. I kids actually went there and we first moved here next. I think that might have been before we knew you guys that they went in and took He offers a great program there. I have several friends that have their children in their in their and it has been a life changing. I mean this is like the sun subtlest infomerrcial friends karate studio but it has been life changing that kids that were very you know just kind of like inward focused and not really not really outgoing. Just changed by being able to kind of find their inner strength through martial arts and he does a great job of it. I've seen videos of some of his students breaking boards with their hands with their feet going to competitions. And really just as we like to say wrecking shop and shot out to michael felix in into all the great work that he's doing here in northwest arkansas with adults but primarily with children really changing their trajectory and just changing their attitudes about things that were very proud of him though. Absolutely absolutely and you have two other kids and spencer down charlotte charlotte and charlotte's at the u. of a. and spencer. i. I've i've got a chance to know those guys even spencer watch arcades a couple of times and so you know we've had a chance to kind of meld our families together and your beautiful. I've shantelle and my wife. Nicola are very good friend. I really good friends. You know they they hang and they model together. They do all kinds of stuff together. They have found some simpatico in terms of cool stuff to do. Yes most arkansas. A good fit for sure it has been it has been so so continue on in terms of you talked about kind of finding your lane if you will. How did you end up with Becoming joining the board of sonar. So i was on a advisor. Council for crystal bridges was called arden fusion so the thought process around that was finding activities in coordinating events for young professionals people from twenty one to forty years old to do outside of work where they were for walmart. J. b. hunt tyson or any of the suppliers or where they on their own business helping them connect to the community and a good friend of mine. Julian brown and i served on that in our organization together and then she was vice chair persona so she asked me if i would join the board there and kind of capitalize on some of the ones we had at crystal bridges and as far as expanding our outreach to a younger audience and as well as getting sony into spaces that we haven't typically gone to a m- around north west arkansas right. Yeah no and. I think that's great and you guys have done a great job. You invited nicole. And i to an event i think it was like the first sonal event Since the pandemic started that they had the walmart center and it was nice. I mean we were socially distanced and spaced out but it was so nice to be in an audience and listen to music exactly. I mean it was great. It was fabulous was nice so that was where we announced our madden season. So we'll continue to have our masterworks programs at the walton arts center but we also have more programming outside of traditional venues of looking forward to this upcoming season for what a conductor paul hossan and rally. Nicholson having a more executive director in store for us. Yeah no it's i think it's great in and then you're you're also on. I think is still on the board of single parent scholarship fund which has changed. Its name yes so we are On the board for the single scholarship fund in northwest arkansas so we combined with the bitten county organization so it's one organization that serves madison carroll washington and bitten counties. Shout out to tyler clark yet. Will you engine use me too. And then i had him on this podcast and we did an episode early on about the single parents cowshed on and he told some amazing stories about some of the families whose lives have been changed because of this program for sure. Yeah so we help students who are within two hundred twenty five percent of the poverty level. I'm go to college and we give them a twenty five hundred dollars scholarship each semester. For those who are ten either a two year four year degree program as well as we support people who are in involved in trade school so everything from welding computer programming bike repairs coming up as well as cosmetology and programs like that as well and the healthcare industry so we have a lot of avenues to help me. People move from a poverty to prosperity when thing that we love about seeing within organization is how our recipients over time become donors and advocates for the program and we have great alumni association on. Were pass recipients help mentor current recipients and help them along their path yet. I mean. I think the program is is highly integrated. I mean tyler. And his team do a great job at. They're they are really all in and what they're trying to do now that they've kind of combined forces i mean that's it's the sky is the limit for those guys. Yeah so definitely gonna have a big impact on north west arkansas for the future. Yeah absolutely absolutely so now. you have. You've actually had a chance to experience number of the different companies. I mean you you said you work. You worked with tyson wing now. Did you also work at walmart. So yeah was with walmart for five years and then i moved over to sam's club okay. Three years ago. And it's part of the same organization so so so talk about that just your experience coming to north west arkansas and working and we talk about the big three. All the time and the big three is tyson j. b. hunt in walmart. You know three fortune. Fifty companies with walmart being the biggest the biggest employer in the united states. I'm one of the largest companies in the world and rightfully so their thumbprint is on north west. Arkansas you know a lot of ways. Yeah we're talk about just your overall experience coming here and being affiliated with those different oriented organizations and what. It's like because i know a lot of people from the outside when i tell them i mentioned bentonville or are mentioned. North west arkansas. They say oh walmart. And i like yeah walmart but it does so much more to it. What was what has your experience been like when you think about these companies and what they represent here in this area so they definitely give back to the area number one not only from an economic standpoint but from a philanthropic standpoint. There's a lot of passion for their customer and investment in their associates or team members that they call it tyson they both are very competitive but also focused on being agile and nimble and adapting for the time. So you've seen tyson experiment with a meatless proteins. And for a while they were involved in some renewable energy sources and then you seem walmart or relapse five to ten years expanded footprint in the digital space sure taking advantage of technology. I think that's what's key. Both companies have a founders mentality. But you also see them adapt for the time so that they are able to last for generations to come And continue to to Press yom elope against the competition. Yeah and there's some be competition. They are mayor especially walmart yet. Gins with a and ns within. That's that's amazon for those of you. That did figure it out. So.
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"Folks and welcome to another episode of. I am northwest arkansas. I'm your host randy wilbur. And i'm excited to be here with you today. Have i got a great guest for the podcast. This individual is actually a very dear friend of mine. Somebody that i met early on when i moved here to northwest arkansas. We ended up attending the same church. And you know for a lot of folks that may or may not understand this when you go to a place in. They're not a lot of people that look like you when you see people that look like you. You tend to gravitate towards them and connect with them right. And so i'm always explaining this to my friends and especially my wife friends and i'm just like hey you know it's when you go to a place and they're not a lot of black people you tend to stand out and so one of the things that i was always concerned about. When moving to north west arkansas was what was it going to be like as a black man in north west arkansas. Raising my kids in north west arkansas for my wife as a black woman. North west arkansas. Not that that was a bad thing. But it's just. It's just the reality. That african americans have to think about when they moved to a new place especially a place where they're not the dominant or the primary group of people there and so coming from new england specifically boston where there's a huge african american population is a huge west indian. Population is a huge very diverse. Population of all types of people from all walks of life is very interesting and so coming to north west. Arkansas was certainly a game changer. And it was definitely different and Anthony my guess. Anthony sunlen had kind of helped me through this process. As i've been here now almost seven years. I can't believe that and i love. I've loved every minute of my time here in north west. Arkansas have nothing but great things to say about my experience here just as a human being but even as a black person. I've had a great experience here in north west arkansas and so i've told people all the time that this podcast was the podcast. I would've wanted to have listened to a four. I relocated here to north west arkansas just to learn more about the area and what it's like and so without further. Do i wanna welcome my good friend. If any some to the. I am northwest arkansas podcast. And now we'll say before. I let him speak. And i'm holding his mouth before i let him speak anthony's name has been mentioned multiple. I i can't even keep track. I should probably have a counter. For how many times anthony's names as been mentioned by mutual people that have been on the podcast mutual friends of ours and others and he's the real reason is the reason why i've had a lot of really outstanding individuals on this podcast and i mean i could go on and on the list of names. I was trying to make a list. But i lost track but but you know i would say the folks from a sonal where anthony is on the board and and what will. I'll let him talk more about that. But without further do anthony sunlen. Welcome to the podcast. Thanks renae it's great to be here today looking forward to having a conversation in just chopping it up all right now. Well you know. I mean i'm just going to keep a real with you. You know you listen to the podcast. 'cause you're always sending me text messages or i like that episode or if i don't hear from you for a week i know maybe that episode wasn't for you and that's fine because not every episode is meant for everybody right. That's why we say the where. The intersection of business culture entrepreneurship in life and saw everything. All those topics may not float your boat but some of them do needless to say. You've been a huge advocate for me for the podcast and and and and you know a dear friend. We ride bikes together. We we've got to experience a lot here north west arkansas together and i'm very thankful for that that we were able to meet like that. I didn't know you from adam before i moved here. North west arkansas. So that's the cool thing and now you know we're we're good friends and so people ask me well. Have you made friends here. And i'm like yeah. I've got several friends. I talk about you talk about one of my newer friends been clark. And there's of course marks y who could who could never forget mark and he's another individual. That's been a real big cheerleader of mine. And a proponent of this podcast and somebody that has made so many introductions for me but but anthony you have. I'd love for you just to share with our audience a little bit about your superhero origin story. Because you've actually been in northwest arkansas for a while you're kind of like an. Og you're not from here but you've been here for a little bit. No you're exactly right rainy so we my family and i moved to northwest arkansas. In two thousand four so going on seventeen years this november mood appear with tyson foods and my first visit to northwest. Arkansas was in nineteen ninety-five. When i came up here for a microbiology class at tyson was conducting up here and i can tell you in that. Nineteen ninety-five today. The areas changed drastically. Am i think when i first visited here. The holiday inn convention center was brand new. And so we've had the lot of growth in the area a lot more restaurants diversity. A lot more cultural events to do. I mean it's great place to raise a family and we'll talk a little bit more about that but yeah glad to be here. I'm from. I call san antonio texas home. My dad was a social worker in the military so we moved around every three years. So i kinda call myself. A citizen the world because we spent about three years in the philippines. I kinda exposed me to a lot of different cultures and when you move around every three years you learned to make friends wherever you go and kind of lean into the things you have in common rather than your differences. So it's kinda helped shape me to where i am today. I think you've done a good job of that. Because like i said i mean. I'm always amazed at the people that you know. And and you certainly don't let grass onto your feet and you get out and you get involved in. What would you say was the was the thing that kinda put you over the top with regard to north west arkansas. When you first got here that allowed you to acclimate to this area. Fairly quickly so for me. It was just finding things to do outside of work hamson. Fortunately i build relationships at tyson. For the i guess twelve years before we moved up here and knew a lot of people in the area. I'm having come up here to the corporate office but making sure that the family was able to get connected so headline good friends to help my wife find employment. She's in the medical field. And then our oldest son michael was really involved in or and still is involved in martial arts so getting him connected in his activities and was very important to us and when we looked at schools. I'm in the area. We looked at kratie schools just as closely as we looked at the k..
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"Today. With paul gatling paul is the editor and associate publisher of the north west. Arkansas business journal and paul and i have been connecting back and forth. Of course. I've been reading the journal. Since i got here to north west arkansas in twenty fourteen and we have mutual friends and we had just connected a few times online and became linked in buddies. But i finally convinced him to sit down with me for a podcast episode so without further. Do i wanna walk. Paul gatling to the i am. North star saw podcast. How're you doing today randy. I'm doing great. It's great to sit down with you like you said. We have been trading emails and messages for a while the first of all thanks for reading we always enjoy the faithful and loyal readers of the business journal. So appreciate that man it is my pleasure and of course. I just a confession. I read primarily online right which is how a lot of people consume their information nowadays. And i just like the fact that they're always updates available in letting me come to know what's happening in this area and you know for the longest time i just wanted to. I've always been a business junkie. You know i was a kid growing up. I read black enterprise. i read fortune. I read forbes. I read all the business magazines. I didn't know why i just did. But you know it's just kind of one of those things but now being here and trying to understand the ecosystem of business in northwest arkansas specifically and let alone the state. I wanted to have something that i could sink my teeth into an in the north west arkansas business journal is just so well we like to think we do a pretty good job of covering the business news and north west arkansas as any good niche publication does right not not a. It's not a daily newspaper type format. It's a niche publication. We have our magazine that prince every two weeks as you mentioned. We do have a what. I think's a pretty robust website where we post stories on a daily basis sometimes as many as fifteen to twenty items a day depending on who makes what announcement who's donating this and who's ceo is left this company. Whatever it might be but what better place to cover business news than north west arkansas. You talk about all the development that's going on all that the of course the waltons are doing in all the healthcare initiatives that are announced every day and just big business from walmart. Tyson j. b. hunt to the small entrepreneurs small business and logistic space the retail space transportation. All of it. It's a fun job to have day in and day out it is. It is in so. And what i wanna do for the listeners. I wanna kinda back up just a little bit. And i want i want people to find out. Who is this good looking guy that writes these articles and and you see a space online. And you just you know people want to know who paul gatling is and and i would love for you just to kinda share your superhero origin story with our audience. Hobbling share my origin story. I don't know if we call it a superhero origin story. So i am an arkansas native. Despite as we discussed my affinity for the north carolina tar heels arkansas native. i was raised in bald knob. Arkansas people might know that as ten miles from sir see between sir and jonesboro the northeast corner of the state. Mother was a schoolteacher. She got a new job at bryant so we moved to bryant or attended nine through twelve graduated bryant. High school went to college henderson. State university arkadelphia graduated in henderson state. Played little golf on the golf team for the readies had a couple of jobs. There after graduation working for the daily newspaper was one working for the henderson state. Media relations office was another. And i remember my dad called me. This was in the fall of twenty or fall of two thousand said. He noticed an ad in the newspaper for sports editor of the daily paper. in bentonville. my work study job. Henderson was working in sports information office. I like sports. He thought that would be something that i should check out. You know twenty years ago. Twenty one years ago north west. Arkansas was starting to gain some attention. People were noticing. What's going on in north west. Arkansas people were moving the north west arkansas and so for that reason and the good fit for the job. Dad told me to should look into that. So i did. And the current sports editor at the daily record newspaper was getting married and was going to move to little rock in april so they wanted to hire somebody early. Two thousand and one to kind of train to be his replacement as the sports editor so came up here a good interview. They offered me the job. So i moved to arkadelphia move from arkadelphia bentonville in january two thousand and one wow and Have been in bentonville ever since the longest place. I've ever lived anywhere in arkansas. Lived here for twenty years. Came from state at the newspaper for about nine years went to the business journal in february of twenty eleven and became the editor in may of twenty thirteen. And like i said it's a great place to work. We've got a talented staff. Great group of people great ownership group good company to work for and like i said what better place to cover business news than than this part of the country as just a fascinating area dynamic area of all the things that are going on. I think we're all blessed to live here. And i'm blessed to be able to a hope document. Some of the things that are going on for our readers. Yeah no i love that. You talked about the ownership group a little bit and just account for the audience. The ownership group has other papers down in In the central arkansas. So i'll give you a quick history lesson so the business journal was started in nineteen ninety seven as a division of arkansas business which is based in little rock there have been a couple of ownership changes since then the most recent is and really want to underscore the because a lot of people still get this confused because they grew up with arkansas business. And the business cheryl being worn the same. Those two companies are completely separately owned separately operated. It's slide time magazine and sports illustrated. They are two different companies to different owners to different advertising departments business departments everything no longer affiliated with each other in the fall of two thousand sixteen the business journal was acquired by natural state media group. Which is headed up by roby. Brock and michael tilly and rob gutteridge publisher and a couple of other investors. And we have. We have the magazine here. North west arkansas that prince every two weeks. We have a magazine and northeast arkansas. The jonesboro market that prince once a month and then of course. We have our website in a business journal dot com and the sister website. Talk business dot net where we post business news. Every day we have a radio segment on the npr affiliate. Each thursday and sunday called the northwest. Arkansas business journal port. That's on ozarks large on ku af. And of course we have the sunday morning. Talk show anchored by roby brock that airs in jonesboro market little rock market and the north west. Arkansas market you can see it here. I believe it's ten thirty. Am each sunday on channel five. Okay yeah no. And i've i've seen that and also i listened to the biz journal report on ozarks at large which i don't miss murphy and the cool thing about this because ozarks at large comes out as podcast. I can catch that episode all the time off the physically on the same but i listen to it all the time just to kind of find out what's happening because if nothing else especially those of you that are listening. That didn't realize that this this great resources available to you. I mean you're there are a lot of ways that you can kind of stay abreast of what's happening in this market. And i know some people like to some people don't like to read some people just like the listen And that's one way to do that. Just to kinda get your your business fix if you will force it to have those good content partners. Kf in the npr affiliate says a laugh.
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"I was really going or what I want to do and it was important. Well, I'm a big student in biography is actually cuz I think you know there's nothing new Under the Sun and if you read I mean if you read a biography you can glean so much from the life of somebody else. As I've read Ben Franklin's Ulysses S Grant by Ron chernow is amazing and you start to really especially historical figures, you start to really you know you see what they went through. And so yeah, I mean I I I agree one hundred percent person that made an influence on me that that I just remember cuz it's such a great story. Is when I had for restaurants I got a guy named Ralph and Ralph Mason was at one point. The largest Sonic franchisee in the system and I got to go to his office in Oklahoma City and didn't have lunch with him. And you know, took you in the presence of royalty and you sit there and just want to listen and he was in his seventies late seventies probably and we talked and you know I just tried to discuss with him and you know, I wanted to be him. On a foreign restaurants and I asked him, I said, you know, how did you do this? Like I want to be like you, I want to have a big system. I want to take care of people. I want to have a lot of restaurants, I want to make money and he said, he looked at me as well. Tom, I thought, man, here, I'm, I'm not to catch the overnight right here and I was ready from the tell me any of those one store at a time. That's it. And you know it just I tell my story all the time because yeah so true meaning I don't make them all work and only way to make them all work is one at a time. Right? You know it's like it's almost like when you tell somebody, how do you get somewhere? It's not steady plotting and nobody wants to hear that. Cuz it's not sexy. It's not, you know, it's just you get in, you roll up your sleeves and you get your hands dirty. And that's what it takes to talk about the ten years overnight success. Thought that was true. And I don't know how many, you know, really wealthy guys. I I spoke to my younger days about business and they all said, you know, you don't make any money to your forty, you know? Like man, I'm going to beat that I'll get so far out of life. I didn't. I was wrong right there on the track. That's awesome. That's awesome. So, you know, speaking of Northwest Arkansas, if somebody listening to this that doesn't know a lot about this area. What is a one thing that really stands out to you about North West Arkansas? Maybe something that you like to do when your off time or that really, you know is one of the reasons that kind of keeps you grounded here outside of slums but yeah, Well, I think that it's hard to separate, you know, life and work for all of us. Right, absolutely. Northwest Arkansas has a wonderfully supportive, entrepreneurial and start up, yep. And that's been a great support system for all of us, but then you, you arrange the whole whole gamut to the gigantic organizations that are here. And I think that mix of people that ought to do their own thing along with, you know, Big Time experienced Executives that come in and out, in Northwest Arkansas, for these big companies, you know, that outcome is really interesting and it really allows for opportunity to Bubble Up. And so if you've got that, you got a great place to live, that's supportive of families, and kids, and Arts, and Music and life, and it's a great mix and a great blend of ideas, just cultures. And it's a very open and welcoming place. And it's been, it's been great for for me and my family, and my company. Yeah, I love that. Okay. Finally, finally, if someone, if I press somebody that job You really well and said what what is Tom's favorite quote or what do you hear come out of Tom's mouth all the time? What would it be man? I don't know what comes on my mouth all the time. I don't know if I can say it on there. Probably what I say anything else but I tell you what, I what I tell my team all the time or anything, it's kind of a mantra that we try to live by. As I tell them, never tell yourself. I'll get to see you tomorrow. Yeah. You get to it today. Do it. Do it to that? Yeah, absolutely. I could call us in the last email. Go check on that one restaurant. Whatever it is that you got to do if it's off today. Do it today. Yeah, I love that. He had never put off till tomorrow. What you can do today. So I just don't think. Never tell yourself that. Yeah, just never let that be right the months. Yeah, that's good. That's good advice. I need that it just that helps me. I'm writing a book and I need to that reminder every day that I've got to get up and get some writing in. So yeah, yeah, I still do it to also mailed to us more like, wait a minute. No, can't do it. I got a dog. Created right? Well yeah, it's just important. If you can if you say it out loud and think about it, yeah, then it kind of pops up in your daily life. Absolutely, I love that. Well, we'll end on that note, I'm Gordon, thank you so much. I really appreciate you taking time to sit down with me and share a little bit of your story here at Slim Chickens and what you and Greg have done over the years. I congratulate, you guys will be twenty years soon, so that's a big deal. But we really appreciate it. And thank you for sharing your story. With my audience has been growing up for church, and absolutely, absolutely. Well, folks, there you have it, another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas, the podcast to learn more about us or two thousand or download the show notes from today's episode visit. I am Northwest Arkansas, you can listen to this podcast and sign up for our free newsletter to keep up with us and all things nwe sign up today. You can also subscribe to the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast wherever you listen to it and please consider rating and reviewing us on Apple. Podcast are podcasts. Come out every Monday Thursday. Or shine. I'm your host, Randy, Wilburn, and we'll see you back here next week for another episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas, podcast piece off. We hope you enjoyed this episode of, I am Northwest Arkansas. Check us out each and every week. Available anywhere that great podcasts can be found took a show notes, or more information on becoming a guest visit. I am Northwest Arkansas. We'll see you next week on. I am Northwest Arkansas..
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"Was like what have I been dead? I know that's a deal. That's a deal. Like my kids, my kids go through. They make quesadillas all the time and they go through tortillas like they're going out of style. Oh yeah, you need to go. Yeah, I do need to go and there's a Panaderia, as well. So it's like a Mexican bakery. So they have you pick up the the little tray, like a lunch tray. Basically, like you would and you they have tongues where you pick out like the pastries. And it's like sweetbreads so colorful, Mexican sweet bread and then you go check out and they'll, you know, whatever you got, they'll ring it up. They also have the best month lease, like the mess tamale. So they have lunch at that. You can order as well just the best stuff so if you're at Lobby to go to La Popular next door as well. And then also honorable mention, a lot of people mentioned La, Finca and Supermercado. Toronto was the other one as well. And like we mentioned I mean there's so many amazing. Kids, like if we missed your favorite one, tell us like DMS on Instagram, email. I mean, they were so many amazing markets. We couldn't get to all of them, but these are just at least some of the favorites. Yeah, no. Well that listen, that's a comprehensive and exhaustive list it will certainly try to give each of these different ones some face time. But certainly, we encourage you to share Thursday's episode with a friend, or somebody else that's been asking about great markets to go to and definitely check out the show notes, cuz you can get the instant gratification of knowing where these places are right away. But if you want to hear a bit more about them, I mean, there's nobody better than Gera to kind of walk you through all the ins-and-outs of that and I certainly, I could do it, I'm sure. But but it would be more of a challenge but she has, she called it together a call together. A really nice list of places that you should check out here in Northwest Arkansas, that I think, would really benefit you, especially if you're trying to raise your cooking game to try, New Jersey, Yes, it's just it's there for you. It's definitely there for just, just give it a try. If you don't like it, there's probably something else on the shelf right next to it. That you'll like but it's like if you want to make the ultimate Indian curry foreign students like get the whole spices and really do it, right? And I mean, these are going to be the places that you're going to be able to do it, which we're very lucky. Like, in central Arkansas, these places don't exist. So at least in Benton, they may have some in Little Rock, right? Like a lot even I'm still willing to bet the farm that it doesn't exist. I mean, I think again, I would say it's an embarrassment of riches of what we have right here off of West Arkansas, and sometimes you just don't know it until you peel back a layer ten, take a closer look. So, but now this has been great. Certainly, we went over our time but I think that's a moving Target for us. But life is this is one of those episodes actually that I think is going to have some legs..
"arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas
"That's like the best way to do it, right? But I didn't know the whole spices and Karim Saleh until now. So I know we're having get it but they had, I mean, lentils, on lentils, on lentils, like bags and bags of every lintel you can never think of. I didn't know. There were this many lentils wage. So much and like rice and the fresh produce that I mentioned the Frozen items. They had ice cream. They tend ice cream. Frozen on Frozen Paratha, bread. Just, I mean, so many amazing things and we were talking about it. If I'm making a curry at home, it's a process. Like it's a lot of work and I can make my own naan bread. Sometimes I just don't want to add that to my plate. So I'm probably going to go and get some Frozen on and just like, keep it. Yeah. And I have, you know, some of those mixes like, where you can make falafel and like I want it own naan bread. So I'm probably just going to like keep that in my freezer, but they had so many things just an amazing Market in Bentonville would highly recommend, and I did want to give honorable mention to Christian mentioned, two other great places indiamart and I'm going to butcher this name. I'm so sorry, some bed Hall. My that's how it's spelled, I'm not sure if if I'm saying that correct. But we'll put it in the show notes so you know what the name actually is and there are those both in Bentonville. Those are both in bed. They're actually they're probably less than a mile from India Plaza. So they're all within the same, like airbags, which is really, really convenient. And the last place I wanted to talk about is actually less than a mile than where we're sitting Came From There, came from here, it's fresh on your yeah, fresh on my mind. If she called, This is a Hispanic supermarket. And I mean, the word Supermarket which I'll get into. It's called super mercado La villita in Rogers. So it's on a street and I mean, it is a massive Supermarket, like everything you can think of from Personal Care items to food and every Hispanic item, like, I could think of it was so much so much stuff tons of amazing produce, especially peppers, like a lot of fresh peppers from and I'm not a pepper person normally, but like I saw red jalapeno, Don't see those anywhere. There was some kind of a yellow pepper and I'm not talking a bell pepper. I'm talking like it was kind of a whitish yellow pepper. Unsure how spicy it was not going to try it off, but they had Habanero's, I mean, and the produce just looked amazing, like, I mean amazing-looking produce. They had poblanos, they had Citrus that, I mean, they had everything tons of dried peppers as well. So you'll see like, especially chefs use the dried peppers, and they'll rehydrate them and put them in a sauce, but you can't find them anywhere to save your.
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"North west. Arkansas has been incredibly resilient from your hospital. When i see you. Workers to our primary care clinics and pediatricians getting information out and and keeping folks out of the hospital The vaccination efforts have been really supported by the north west arkansas council and that's coming from organization in conversations from our major healthcare entities conversations. That have never happened for north west arkansas but just great coronation between those groups like we've never seen before and then financial support from some of those really big industries in northwest arkansas. As well to get just huge numbers of vaccine available in north west arkansas so How does coming to take the opportunity Yet this is buried wiping down any final thoughts. Dr turkey i. We mentioned the big three at the beginning of this podcast as well and support from tyson j mart in a special star next. Jv hot app is gone out of their way to to support the efforts. Here in north west arkansas. As been amazing our healthcare systems have come together that are used to be competitors or on the phone with each other hourly at right now and if you have a conversation with The way that you want just know that you may have moved the needle a little bit and the net. The when dr bernard or myself another physician has at conversation by them. It will help us get them there so every little bit helps so. Don't get discouraged. Yeah yeah. I've i've always been reminded that that truth comes to all of us in our own time right in so we each get there we some of us may make get there a little later than others but we all get to that truth at some point so i think that's the encouragement. Dr sharkey dr burner. I just wanna thank you guys so much for for taking time out of your schedule last minute to come on this special episode of the north west arkansas podcast and again we didn't want to dumb it down but we also didn't want to get to highly technical. You guys were perfect with sharing just kind of an anecdotal Perspective of what's going on right. Now what we need to be thinking about as we move into the end of the summer and early fall here in north west arkansas and beyond when it comes to dealing with covert nineteen and some of the variants that were seeing like this delta verion. So thank you guys so much for coming on. The podcast prevalent conversation yet duct. Dr shark is as good at the technical and Making it some intelligent. And i'll take the dumbed down rule. I wasn't calling anybody done. But you know i appreciate that. I appreciate that. I appreciate you guys and i hope anybody listening to this. We'll take the time to share it with a loved one. Share it with a friend a family member. Somebody that's on the fence..
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"Folks and welcome to another episode of. I am north west arkansas. This is a special episode back. I decided to do. Because i got an email from a very avid listeners. Somebody that's relocating here to work with one of what i call the big three. I don't want to name the company but you can figure out that would either be tyson j behind or walmart. But they sent me a really interesting letter with some concerns about how kobe nineteen and more specifically this new delta variant is being handled in northwest arkansas. And just in arkansas general right. I think we all have been watching the news lately and we've all seen all the problems that are coming up. Are that this. New variant is posing for people. Because we've kind of let our guard down in some ways But i decided you know what. I can't talk about this because i'm not a medical professional but i know people that know. Medical professionals shout out to people like State representative denise garner To meredith lowery from a right lindsay jennings and to some others for recommending to my two guests. That are coming on the podcast. That is dr. Mardi sharkey dr gary burner and i wanted to welcome you guys. I m north west arkansas. How are you guys doing. Thank you valionis. Absolutely so dr sharkey. What don't i start with you later. Good thank you sir for incumbent. Absolutely dr sharkey. I want to start with you. Why don't you just kinda tell your superhero origin. Story real quick. And then let's we're going to get into this and then we'll we'll let dr bernard give his quick Sharing leah's and then we'll get into it so My name is dr mardi shirke and i am the city health officer. I have a background. i'm trying to sepedi attrition Vanderbilt medical school did my residency training at johns hopkins and then Studied for my masters in public health at emory university in atlanta in my background has been in vaccine research and infectious diseases. I always kind of thought that we were moving on a little bit from that. Public health has been more centered on behavior. Changing honestly not something. I am passionate about. Infectious diseases is my mind. Gay in backseat. So i of had this little niche and when the pandemic started happening i started tracking what was happening in northwest arkansas in realizing nobody was following the data day today in our jumping cases so i was one of the first ones to sound alarm bells Last may when we started seeing increase here in northwest arkansas. At the same time that the federal city council reinstituted the board of health. Which dr bernard is a member of and then asked me to service. City obser- k. And dr bernard you want to introduce yourself real quick. Yeah i'm gary burr. Inner.
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"People welcome to another episode of. I am northwest arkansas. I'm your host. Randy will burn and this is a unique episode to say the least. I'm sitting here with ben clarke who is the owner founder of be unlimited and We actually sat down. We would just sitting here figuring it out almost a year to the date that we recording this podcast. Podcast is actually being recorded on march first. Twenty twenty one and we actually sat down on march third twenty twenty right before the pandemic hit and before everything just changed in our universes did the two.
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"My husband doesn't care he drinks hot coffee like whenever but he made hot coffee. And i had it my office house like this feels i and it's just 'cause i ran out. It's like no what happened. Is i my stopper for my little taty. Cold brew machine is missing. Somehow so i had to order placement. And i've got a beautiful box of onyx coffee waiting to go into cold brew and i'm just sitting there looking at it like Ati yeah it's the hot soup and the hot coffee. i just can't do it in the summer. I mean especially arkansas summer. it's brutal no house definitely not so well. No this is good. I certainly Those of you that are listening to this. If you have stuck with this long clearly we did not we did not meet our goal of keeping it short and like i said this is a brand new program so you know. This is part of the north west arkansas family of programs. And so we're trying something different here. We appreciate you kinda sticking with us and one of the things that we really want to do is is is. I know that jared feels the same way that i do about local businesses. We wanna try to support them as much as possible. And that's why. I think it's important to do stuff like this. That's why people like i am gastronome. And the hang the hungry pal replacement spokes out there. You know pumping up folks a lot of times. These guys aren't getting paid for this. This is just this is purely a passion play. Yeah this is what. I know you love doing this. I love doing this. I could talk about this all day long. And it's not a challenge for me but if you're a business locally here in northwest arkansas and you're looking for some exposure and you want someone to maybe talk about what you're offering talk about your menu some of the new stuff that you're doing for the summer or what your plans are for the fall. You should reach out to us here. I am northwest arkansas. You know jaren. I would love to chat with you and figure out how we can Put you guys as i like to say on blast in out there to to the bigger audience because the one thing i will say about the i am northwest arkansas audiences that we also get a lot of people that are either relocating. Here are considering relocating here. So they'll come to visit and when they come to visit they then we can give them a wealth of places that they can go and check out before they decide to make north west. Arkansas home definitely. So i really want to encourage you as a business owner to be thinking about that. We can help you as far as that's concerned. And so i'm glad to be partnering up with jared on this and again she is out out and about an all time so i'm going to try to capture that lightning in a bottle that she has created with all this great information and put it out to you And this consumable format of audio so we hope you like this particular episode and we wanna keep this coming if you have any insight if you have any ideas any thoughts were certainly open to them. Please reach out to us here. Hello i i am north west. Arkansas dot com email us. I'll share that. With jared and of course you can also reach her and talk to her directly on instagram at jared..
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"I went to kansas city and shopped at me. sean. I said hey. You've been acquired from bentonville walmart. And i said do you think they'll put one in bentonville and they said they've been talking about it. I don't i don't know and it's finally happening. We're finally getting a store in bentonville. I personally love me shaw. For the women's active wear especially their yoga leggings. They carry a lot of brands that we don't have here so like riyan yoga. Hopefully i'm saying this right piranha hopefully And they just. It's just a huge selection clothing footwear gear like camping gear. I mean everything you can think of for the active lifestyle which is perfect for north west. Arkansas it's just absolutely perfect for this area And it features brands that are not currently carried out a lot of the stores here. So it'll bring some good variety. Some good options. I mean my husband gets a lot of hats. They're randomly and loves their hats. Like it's just very different kind of things to what we have here and the closest moose jaw is actually kansas city. Okay so this is really exciting. It's open now or it will be open the fall so it's coming soon. They're going to be at south east a and maine which is kind of near the library. I was looking at the map yesterday. Like trying to put it in my mind where it is. It's going to be like right there near the library. Kind of like down towards oven and tap area so So they'll be open this fall which will be again. Amazing for fall. Outdoor like fall leaf hikes. And everything else and perfect timing. So i'm excited about them on the nature kind of track as well. This is a really interesting new place. it's called sacred hollow farm in lowell Recently opened july twelfth. It is a you pick flower farm where you can pick your own bouquet of wildflowers which is really really cool. I don't know if you know of any other place in our area and even in the state that you could do that maybe another part of the state. But i mean here. I've never heard of it. I haven't either in the closest thing i would think there would be to. That would be like a lot of the local flour offerings that you find natural foods or if you go to the farmer's market yes arms market has most of the farmers markets locally here having selection of local flowers yes dutiful bucase so this is another option that you know if you to go pick your own make it. I feel like this would be a really good Mother's day activity or bring your kids out and letting them pick their own flowers. Would-be really fun. Just just a really good activity for people They also have holistic health and wellness practitioners on the farm It's called sacred hall..
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"I don't know how that slowed down during the pandemic. But i'm sure it's gonna pick back up walmart still hiring tyson is still hiring at ab huntsville hiring. All of these major fortune fifty fortune five hundred companies are still hiring. So you know there's there's still a lot of work to be done and if we're gonna hit that goal of what they say almost a million people by twenty forty five. We absolutely will hit the. Oh i think yeah. I think so too and it'll be interesting to see how that all comes about. But i mean i think we'll be old heads by then as far as far as being around this area and because you're originally from little rock right. Yeah from benton to south. So but i grew up. My parents both went to the university of arkansas. So i grew up coming to bill razor by cheerleader. As a child and my parents have a custom razorback shape sink in their base. My love so. I grew up coming here and then you know came for college obviously spent one summer at home and then every summer after that job stayed i even worked for the north west arkansas business journal in college. So i've been kind of in that for a while and you know in north west arkansas businesses and i don't know why you would live anywhere else just an amazing place but listen. I seven years. Here i say the same thing and i really love it and i. It just keeps getting better. It keeps having done well. Let's dive into some of that. Some of the things that you are finding and and like i said you know each week. It's going to be something a little different. But why don't you kinda give me the list of of of of what you have found this week. That's worth mentioning. So the first one i want to mention i'm really excited about is a new smoothie food truck coming to fayetteville this is one of two. Actually you're coming to fayetteville. This one is called groovy smoothie severi like seventies ski no and the branding reflects that it is a new food truck going into the yacht club. Food truck parche Which is on college. So if you're not familiar with yacht club it's basically. It's kind of like a starting point for a lot of food truck so it's in the heart of college avenue like right next to babu. Dan's espresso and so it has a lot of different food trucks and they are moving in and opening july first opening as we record this the end of this week. So what i'm excited about to is. It's going to be another like healthier option in yacht club because you have dots nashville hot chicken. Which i love. I love everything that wrestle does. But and you've got an asian food truck in there you've got some kind of richer heavier delicious charleston's and then you've also got barbies. Say thanh food stands said. They are vegan. But it's also fried. It's fried sandwiches and fried nuggets. And the best vegan ranch you'll ever taste nominee so i tried it this week..
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"Hey folks in welcome to a special edition of. I am north west arkansas. Your host randy wilburn in a year today. I'm really really excited. Because i got somebody as a guest on today's special edition. Episode bet might actually be a a recurring guest. And that is jared. Nellie tom and jerry is one of the original founders of leisure list and a good friend of my now we..