ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA) — Legendary businessman and University of Arkansas cheerleader Dick Trammel is retiring after decades in Northwest Arkansas.
Trammel spent 43 years at Arvest Bank, and is still giving back to our community.
“Dick’s true hobby and passion is people and helping people,” Arvest Benton County President & CEO Craig Rivaldo said.
Trammel has immersed himself into the Northwest Arkansas culture for decades, having witnessed the area completely transform.
“Mr. Sam Walton hired me, and I came to work for our banks at First National Bank in Rogers July 1, 1975. I love people and banking is people,” Trammel said. “One of the biggest changes in banking since I came here in 1975 is we had the first ATM machine in Benton County.”
His Arvest colleagues say his passion for work and community serves as an inspiration for all.
“A saying that Dick says all the time is, everyday is like Christmas and he truly lives that. He’s always happy, easy to approach, always caring,” Rivaldo said.
Nell Murphy, an Administrative Assistant for Arvest, adds, “He’s just always encouraging everyone, happy, excellent person to be around. We’ll miss him.”
Trammel is also in his final month of service on the Arkansas Highway Commission, a role he takes great pride in and believes much more is to come in the future.
“I’m hoping the see that the legislature will approve the funding needed by our state to take care of our highways and make them safe and to improve it with traffic safety and traffic congestion,” Trammel said.
His love for his community, including calling the hogs as a University of Arkansas cheerleader, is contagious.
“My friends say, Dick why do you get out there in that silly suit at homecoming at your age and why do you do that? My answer is, I’ve called the hogs on the 50 yard line and you haven’t.”
Although Trammel will still be involved in several organizations in retirement, he has one message for those who supported him throughout the years.
“I don’t forget to say thank you, because I didn’t do it, we did it together,” Trammel said.