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The I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast covers the intersection of Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, and Life in Benton and Washington County Arkansas. If you are thinking about moving here or already live here, we've got great inspiring stories, ideas, things to do, places to see, people to meet, and food to eat. Learn why we are one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas of the United States.

The I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast covers the intersection of Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, and Life in Benton and Washington County Arkansas. If you are thinking about moving here or already live here, we've got great inspiring stories, ideas, things to do, places to see, people to meet, and food to eat. Learn why we are one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas of the United States.
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The I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast covers the intersection of Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, and Life in Benton and Washington County Arkansas. If you are thinking about moving here or already live here, we've got great inspiring stories, ideas, things to do, places to see, people to meet, and food to eat. Learn why we are one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas of the United States.

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Episodes

33 - What's Happening? Just Ask JazzyJaeNWA

9/16/2019
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About the Show: People move to Northwest Arkansas for a variety of reasons. Some come for the obvious opportunities provided by Fortune 500 firms like Wal-Mart, JB Hunt, and Tyson. Still, others come to attend the University of Arkansas. And some people actually come here to retire. Go figure! We sat down with the dynamic duo of J’aaron Merchant and Jasmine Hudson also known as JazzyJaeNWA to learn how they got started curating and sharing cool information and the latest events here in...

Duration:00:48:01

33 - SoNA Conductor Paul Haas is leading 65 years of Symphonic Excellence in the Ozarks

9/16/2019
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About the Show: I must confess that I love classical music. Especially the Symphony. I grew up on Tchaikovsky, Handels Messiah, and Pachabel Canon. I also love the Opera but we’ll get to that later. I learned very early on in my time here in NWA that we have our own Symphony and that it’s not just a program that has sporadic events but one that has been in existence for 65 years and counting. The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas or SoNA as it is called has developed a following and provided...

Duration:00:30:15

32 - Waste Not Want Not with Food Loops

9/9/2019
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About the Show: Imagine being able to divert 95% of the waste produced at an event with 10,000 people and recycling it?!? In this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Michael Kraus, Project Manager with Food Loops who shares his story, the origins of Food Loops, and how they only had to send 5% of the waste from the Roots Festival to a landfill. Food Loops has worked hard to create a sustainable environment for programs like Bite NWA, events at Crystal Bridges, Heartlands Summit, and...

Duration:00:39:17

31 - Doing Business in Bentonville

9/2/2019
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About the Show: In this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Andy Wilson, Executive Director of Doing Business in Bentonville. Doing Business in Bentonville is a professional speaker series for current and prospective suppliers to WalMart and Sams Club. They focus on best practice topics that are critical for supplier success. All of this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. Important Links and Mentions on the Show: Andy WilsonConnect with Andy onLinkedInDoing...

Duration:00:38:11

30 - Junk Brands - Making the Best Athletic Headbands in the Industry Right Here in NWA

8/26/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Craig Lile, President of Junk Brands in his Bentonville office. It’s no accident that Craig is in the position that he’s in. Hear how he arrived in NWA back in 1997 from South Africa, became an SEC Golfer, earned his stripes on the PGA Tour, worked his way up the ladder at Acumen Brands, and eventually landed the plum assignment of growing an established organization like Junk Brands. Junk Brands makes some of the best...

Duration:00:30:26

29 - And Now a Word From Our Sponsor

8/19/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we hear from our fearless founder, Randy Wilburn. It’s been 29 episodes of the show in less than six months. We discuss our experiences and some of the highs and lows of doing a podcast. In addition, we make the case for the growth of podcasting and voice applications like Alexa, Siri, and Bixby. There is still so much to be done here in Northwest Arkansas when it comes to podcasting and we are working behind the scenes to bring you the...

Duration:00:33:12

28 - Matt Cooper is The Preachers Son

8/12/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Chef Matt Cooper from The Preachers Son in Bentonville, AR. Originally from Arkansas and an actual Preachers Son, Chef Matt spent time on the West Coast in Oregon where he attended culinary school and then made his way back to The Natural State spending time in the Little Rock area and then coming here to NWA. Chef Matt has run a number of successful restaurants and The Preachers Son is no different. We spend time discussing...

Duration:00:45:55

27 - Jerrmy Gawthrop's Deep Roots in NWA

8/5/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Jerrmy Gawthrop, Founder of Greenhouse Grille, Woodstone Pizzeria, and Co-Founder of The Roots Festival. Jerrmy has been around the world and then some. Starting out in New Orleans with a pit stop in Indiana before spending his formative years in Benton County. He’s personally witnessed and been a part of the explosion of growth and transformation of Northwest Arkansas. Jerrmy cut his teeth at a young age in a restaurant...

Duration:00:40:51

26 - Dr. Bowtie Todd and his passion for people

7/29/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Dr. Todd Jenkins, Global Inclusion Leader with JB Hunt. We discussed everything that he is working on including the upcoming NWA Young Professional Summit. The #NWAYPSummit is taking place at the Walton Arts Center on August 9th, 2019. Dr. Todd talked about growing up in Columbia, SC, where he learned first hand that it does take a Village to raise up future champions and giants. Never seen without a Bowtie on Dr. Todd...

Duration:00:36:18

25 - Tyler Clark is helping move single parents and their families out of poverty and into prosperity

7/22/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Tyler Clark, Executive Director of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA (SPSFNWA). We wanted to learn more about the philanthropic underpinnings of Northwest Arkansas. Tyler was just the person to give us a history lesson. He spoke about the impact that Harvey and Bernice Jones from the Jones Truck Lines had on him and why their generosity and support encouraged him to get involved in philanthropic efforts wherever he...

Duration:00:53:33

24 - Did you know that NWA used to have a lot of Apple Orchards The guys at Black Apple Crossing Cidery did

7/15/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Leo Orpin one of the founders of Black Apple Crossing in Downtown Springdale and Manuel Tejeda, the event coordinator. Leo is proud that Black Apple Crossing is the first Cidery in the Natural State. In a few short years, they have perfected the cider process and invoked some of the historical aspects of apple production in this region. Who knew that NWA used to be the epicenter of Apple producing in this part of the...

Duration:00:38:57

23 - From 10,000 Watts to 100,000 Watts, The Evolution of Public Radio in NWA with Kyle Kellams

7/8/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Kyle Kellams, News Director of KUAF, 91.3 FM and Producer of Ozarks at Large. Kyle has been with the public radio station for more than 30 years. In High School, Kyle started out in radio on KTLO in Mountain Home, AR, where he grew up. He attended the University of Arkansas where he spent time working at KUAF among other stations. Kyle produces the Ozarks at Large show on KUAF. The locally produced news magazine covers...

Duration:00:51:42

22 - Clint Schnekloth is a Good Shepherd

7/1/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Clint Schnekloth who is the Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville. We talked about a wide range of topics including how Clint and his family ended up here in Arkansas, his views on the Bible belt, his heart for refugees and how he worked to start Canopy NWA. All of this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. Important Links and Mentions on the Show: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church...

Duration:00:56:33

21 - Living Gluten Free in NWA with Joseph Suarez

6/24/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Joseph Michael Suarez from Springdale to discuss his Gluten Free lifestyle and how he navigates the local restaurant scene to find a great meal. Joseph was diagnosed with Celiac less than 10 years ago. If you ask him, this diagnoses not only changed how and what he ate but it fundamentally changed his life for the better in many ways. He is a cancer survivor and if that is not enough he is also an accomplished Chef that has...

Duration:00:25:06

20 - 9-Hours short of graduation Burt Hanna quits the U of A to start a Multi-Million dollar Potpourri and Candle company and the rest as they say is History

6/17/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Burt Hanna of Hanna’s Candles to discuss his Entrepreneurial path, being a World-Class Water Skier, the son of a former Mayor of Fayetteville, and why he quit the University of Arkansas 9-hours shy of graduation to start his company. Extremely interesting and engaging Burt shared his recipe for business success which begins and ends with hard work and sometimes a little bit of luck. Burt started out with Potpourri and found...

Duration:00:32:28

19 - Hannah Withers Discusses Bread, Cocktails, Fried Cauliflower, and The Entrepreneurial Spirit Of Fayetteville

6/10/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Hannah Withers. Hannah along with her husband Ben Gitchel are the owners of Maxine’s Tap Room and the Leverett Lounge both in Fayetteville. Hannah has been working in a food-retail environment since she was thirteen years of age. Those valuable experiences coupled with her husbands time as a Saucier have brought them to the place we find them today. Maxine’s Tap Room was just named one of the best bars in America by Esquire...

Duration:00:42:36

18 - Could NWA be a Blue Zone? A Conversation with Tony Buettner

6/3/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Tony Buettner. He is the Co-Founder of Blue Zones LLC and the Director of Business Development and National Spokesperson. Blue Zones are the places in the world where people live the longest and are the healthiest. Those places include Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece, and Loma Linda, California. All of these locations share 9 distinct lifestyle habits. Known as the “Power 9,” they are,...

Duration:00:37:35

17 - NWA, more than just good paying jobs and affordable housing. A conversation with lifelong resident, Chad Coldiron.

5/27/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Chad Coldiron. He is the Director of HR and Executive Search at Zweig Group a local Management Consulting firm here in NWA. We spoke with Chad because he is a very interesting fellow, yes, like the Dos Equis Man, but with a flavor and knowledge of Northwest Arkansas. Chad shared a little bit about what it was like to grow up here in NWA and how much the area has changed over the past few decades. Chad walked us through the...

Duration:00:43:14

16 - It begins and ends with the children, a conversation with Erin Tarver, Early Childhood Development Specialist

5/20/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Erin Tarver, Executive Director of BrightHaven Christian Learning Center. Erin has a passion for children and it shows. We learned all about her “Why,” for starting BrightHaven and why she opened up her facility in Springdale. In addition to running the show at BrightHaven, Erin is also an Early Childhood Development trainer and she takes her team through twice the recommended continuing education requirements called for by...

Duration:00:34:38

15 - King of the Co-op with Mike Anzalone and Ozark Natural Foods

5/13/2019
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About the Show: On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Mike Anzalone, General Manager of Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville. Mike has spent most of his career in the Grocery/Retail business and has served in a variety of roles at the Co-op. In addition to that Mike is also an accomplished writer. Mike details what makes Ozark Natural Foods or “ONF,” as so many people call it such a special place. Aside from the fact that it is the only Co-op in the State of Arkansas, it is also...

Duration:00:39:26