Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reception in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tuesday, January 03 at 05:05 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
One of the most anticipated annual events at Arvest Bank in Fayetteville, Ark. happens just two weeks into 2017. The bank will host the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reception Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Arvest branch at 75 N. East Ave., Fayetteville, Ark.

The reception honors the life and work of the great civil rights leader with guest speaker Joseph K. Wood and the Holcomb Elementary School Honor Choir.

Wood is the newly elected Washington County Judge and former Deputy Secretary of State for Arkansas. Before that he worked for Walmart Stores, Inc. corporate office as head of international recruitment and staffing. 

“The reception honoring the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a wonderful way to start our year,” said Gaye Wilcox, EVP and Sales Manager of Arvest Bank in Fayetteville. “We always look forward to it as a great way to honor Dr. King while remaining open in Fayetteville to better serve our customers.”
 
Wood was a foundling that had been abandoned on the streets at birth and spent the first few years of his life in an orphanage. Adopted into a family that included two brothers and a sister, he grew up in the tough neighborhoods of Chicago. His parents, a construction worker and an educator, stressed hard work and education along with serving the community. 
 
He earned his business administration degree from Iowa State University in 1987 and finished his master’s of christian leadership in 2016. 
 
Wood has a variety of business experience, including owning his own career consulting firm and working as assistant director of admissions for the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He also formerly worked as a state bank examiner. 
 
Among his many community service activities, Wood serves on the board for KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Delta Public Schools, is a board member for Youth Bridge, is a state representative for Sister Cities International, serves on the Region 2 Selective Services board and is a member of the Board of Governance for Ecclesia College in Springdale, Ark. He formerly served on the University of Arkansas Chancellor’s Diversity Advisory Board and on the board for the NWA American Red Cross. 
 
Wood and his wife of 24 years, June Wood, moved to Washington County in 1997 and share their home with June’s mother. The couple has three daughters and two grandsons. The family attends Christian Life Cathedral in Fayetteville.  
 
Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Fayetteville, Northwest Arkansas
bridgetta shepherd on 1/6/2017 at 6:20 PM
Sounds like an awesome event to honor a great man who paved the way for many people.

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