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24:41 min | 7 months ago

"northwest 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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"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

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"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"And so that's how we started feeling networks. Okay and so here. There is a unique. Twist and my celia networks that is the fact that this is kind of build with the blockchain in mind right. And i don't wanna scare people that are listening to this. That maybe don't understand cryptocurrency. You're the blockchain you've heard about. It may be heard about it on the nightly news. Maybe you have some friends that have some Bitcoin or ethereal. Maybe they got it early on. If that's the case they may have a lot of money in in in.

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

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08:27 min | 8 months ago

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"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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"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

I am Northwest Arkansas

25:46 min | 9 months ago

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"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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"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

I am Northwest Arkansas

08:22 min | 9 months ago

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"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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I am Northwest Arkansas

07:51 min | 9 months ago

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"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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I am Northwest Arkansas

06:40 min | 9 months ago

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"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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00:45 sec | 9 months ago

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"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting inmates at the jail in northwest Arkansas have been prescribed an anti parasitic drug to treat covert nineteen sheriff Tim Helder of Washington County Arkansas confirmed Tuesday night that the jail's health provider keris correction health has been prescribing ivermectin for inmates with Kobe nineteen elder said there have not been any inmate deaths at the jail from the corona virus ivermectin is approved by the U. S. food and drug administration but for treating parasitic worms head lice and skin conditions in people and animals it is not approved for treating or preventing cold at nineteen this week health officials in Arkansas and Mississippi said they've seen an uptick in calls to poison control centers from people who used ivermectin hi Mike Rossio

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I am Northwest Arkansas

06:06 min | 10 months ago

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"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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I am Northwest Arkansas

05:15 min | 10 months ago

"northwest 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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I am Northwest Arkansas

03:19 min | 11 months ago

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"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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I am Northwest Arkansas

07:21 min | 11 months ago

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"It's time for another episode of. Im north west arkansas. The podcast covering the intersection of business culture entrepreneurship and life in general. Here in the ozarks whether you are considering a move to this area or trying to learn more about the place you call home. We've got something special for you without further ado. Here's our fearless host randy wilbur..

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04:42 min | 11 months ago

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"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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"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

I am Northwest Arkansas

03:41 min | 11 months ago

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"Brian bach and the rest of the team here. There's some great folks but But yeah a lot of lot of growth a lot of great things that are happening in this area and so i can't wait to check out. Shameless food yeah. I betcha flavors just i mean it just sounds fantastic and they seem like really cool people just very high energy and so like when i was messaging than back and forth just to get more information and they were so excited just sending me photo that i didn't tell them you were going to talk about no. I didn't. i told him. I would put it on instagram or so. Yeah of that. So they'll be excited. But and the last one that i want to talk about is actually in eureka springs. We kinda talked about. Eureka is still a part of north west arkansas. It is the ultimate weekend trip. As i mean get away i personally am on the board for main street eureka's so i get to hear about a lot of really cool things and you know i. My fellow board members all all live in eureka springs. So i'm the only one that doesn't live in eureka so i will often text them and say. Hey what's this newest thing that is going over here. Can you drive down and go see it like that. I'll actually be in eureka tomorrow. So intel more doing a main street cleanups so we're gonna clean some things up and the main street organization just such a phenomenal job. They maintain the rainbow stairs. They support the businesses just so many amazing bangs and one of those new businesses is the spring on main which is a new restaurant on main street. Hence the spring on me so So it is a new casual. Dining restaurant just opened on main street featuring american fare unique shirk coutry options and craft cocktails and weekend brunch which is just a an excellent combination in eureka springs They're open every day. Except tuesday and wednesday from eleven to nine. They're open longer on the weekends. So like kind of tend to ten on the weekends I will say for eureka. If you're going to eureka. i would go later in the week. Like thursday to sunday kind of thing. A lot of the businesses. It's very tourism driven so like monday tuesday wednesday. Some of them may or may not be open so the spring on main close tuesday and wednesday for that reason. So if you're going to go for your first time definitely go on a weekend at the height of the summer. Yeah it's like wednesday. A lot of them will be open on wednesday. Monday is kind of rough in. Tuesday is kind of rough. And it's just it's mostly. The shops like a lot of the restaurants open every day obviously for the locals. But if you're a very tourist driven kind of special occasion restaurant they may be only open on the weekends. So you always can check their social media. Of course they're they're very clear about it. But if you're going to go for the first time i would go a long weekend and you'll be totally fine and then you start to figure it out like i've been there enough times that i know who's open monday and tuesday but It is very tourism driven which means a lot of stuff for the restaurants but In terms of the spring on main the food. Look so good if you are not following them on instagram. Do so right now. Like it is a masterclass. In food photography it looks so good and they have everything from a panko crusted avocado with crab to chicken and waffles. At brunch to a limestone sour cocktail like everything burgers. I mean huge menu..

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"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

I am Northwest Arkansas

05:50 min | 11 months ago

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"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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"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

I am Northwest Arkansas

03:04 min | 11 months ago

"northwest arkansas" Discussed on I am Northwest Arkansas

"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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Congress Restores Medicaid To Pacific Islanders In U.S.

90.3 KAZU Programming

00:51 sec | 1 year ago

Congress Restores Medicaid To Pacific Islanders In U.S.

"Has restored Medicaid to Pacific Islanders legally residing in the U. S. Under a military and economic treaty as Jacqueline Froelich with member station K. You af reports the entitlement has been unavailable to these legal immigrants for decades. Over 100,000 migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia, Pelo and the Marshall Islands Live in the U. S. And Marshall is counsel General Eldon Alec says many cannot afford insurance. I think it just very fortunate that the U. S government has now Reinstated our Medicaid. Because, you know, uh, we don't want any more people to die. Kobe 19 surged through northwest Arkansas last year home to 12,000 Marshall Lees, who experienced cases at a rate of 400% higher than in the general population.

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Walmart to test drone delivery with Zipline in latest deal

WTOP 24 Hour News

00:27 sec | 1 year ago

Walmart to test drone delivery with Zipline in latest deal

"Called Zip lined to launch a drone delivery program early next year to deliver health and wellness products close to the retailers headquarters in northwest Arkansas. Company says it plans to eventually expand to general merchandise. It's the second delivery drone deal for Wal Mart within a week. It's using drones from startup fly treks. To deliver groceries and households. This household essentials in North Carolina and one of the last

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Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America

Skimm'd from The Couch

05:06 min | 1 year ago

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America

"Hey everyone. This show might sound a bit different today because we're skimming from three different couches. This game is still working from home for the time being because of Kobe Ninety today, Clare, Babbit. No fonteneau joins us on skimmed from the couch. She is the CEO of feeding America. The nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization feeding America provides more than four billion meals to more than forty million people across the country Clare Thank you so much for joining us today. Welcome to skin from the couch what thank you so much for having me. We are. You've a fascinating stories. WE'RE GONNA get into it, but I gotta ask you what we ask all guests on the show skim, your resume for us. So I have a high school in my. To griped way Harrington graduate from high school. So everything I'm going to say a list of I. So I have an undergraduate degree I've that an limb in accession I'm a lawyer by training I worked in government in big for accounting in a major law firm or one that would be Walmart in northwest Arkansas and it's now Mike to be the CEO of feeding America as you just mentioned. something that we can't Google about you. that. Had My druthers by real fantasy would've been to sing background vocals for Luther Vandross. Do. You have a good voice. No. Not, really though my kids I think they seem like it but they not. So. We're GONNA talk about how you grew up and when we usually talk about people's professional story you know obviously, we're all shaped by how he grew up in our family dynamic and you know only children verses having siblings versus just different family structures, Daniela each have one sibling, and we talk a lot about that dynamic. You have more than one sibling and I would love for you. To to share a little bit worried about that. Boy Do I. Have More than one of laying. In fact unusually, ladies will use this to warm up audience what speech I'll ask them. To sue you have they never guessed one hundred and seven dams I. Say that one more time one, hundred and seven I thought it was a Typo as we were doing prep for this one, hundred seven. So your listeners will quickly say biology must not be the only thing involved fares. At birth adoption, Bostick theorem one of one hundred kids and I love that you early on asked that question because I do think it informs everything that matters about me was shaped by that fats. That is a lot of people and I cannot imagine saying that amount. If you bar blood in my family, let alone my siblings, I really want to understand. Like what that dynamic, wise and like your parents sound like extraordinary people that were able to give to so many individuals to really provide a home for so many children I mean literally just walk us through the very tactical how many people lived in the house like how many of your siblings names do you now? Okay I'm sure I, know all by siblings. Can and it's probably the reason that I remember he'll stories more than their names now because I used of all capacity. Sensitive, it's all that I've ever known. So my parents learned of two little kids neighboring town who were suffering for mcglasson abuse. My Dad was at work in bag. My mom was working from home and she got him in the Aren Ima. Ronald. So I'd never known anything this. It's through the ice of brands that I came to realize how bizarre was. So there were never more than sixteen Abbas several living at home at the same time but there were many times when there were six of us living at home at the same and what was something really unique about our family. Of course, the numbers are big but the other thing is that I love the way you talk about family because I. I've always had a sense of what it means to be family. That feel a little different than maybe some of the conventional thoughts around what it means to be family. So family for us in order mentally we were not biologically connected. So that's not what brother or sister in our household I had a lot more brothers and sisters I have a lot more. Than I have sisters. I was rough and tumble with my brothers and my sisters we engage the Lai in activities together. And often they were outside.

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Japan's ruling party calls for a doubling of military expenditure

Democracy Now

00:32 sec | 4 years ago

Japan's ruling party calls for a doubling of military expenditure

"Japan says it wants to double its spending on military defense to defend against North Korean threats the record high forty seven billion dollar request for next year was approved by Japan's defense ministry over the weekend. A big chunk of the money would buy a pair of land based missile defense systems and a ship to air interceptor with an expanded range and accuracy developed jointly by the US and Japan, the defense ministry emphasized the need to further strengthen missile defenses because North Korea hasn't taken concrete steps to get rid of its nukes despite its pledge to do

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