The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce honored a local icon at the 97th Annual Celebration of Business & Community.
Around 1,000 people came together February 2, at the John Q. Hammons Center to honor Dick Trammel.
Many people know him as a Razorback Cheerleader, a man who helped develop highways and education, while some simply know him as “Mr. Northwest Arkansas.”
“I’m celebrating with my friends the good life we have in Northwest Arkansas,” Trammel said.
After 81 years, 43 of them at Arvest Bank, Trammel announced his retirement just last month.
“I’m so honored that they would recognize me and my family, but it’s a we thing, I haven’t done it, we have done it together,” Trammel said.
Trammel immersed himself into the Northwest Arkansas culture for decades, having witnessed the area completely transform while serving as the Commissioner of the Arkansas Highway Commission.
“He walks the walk and talks the talk, and he really is sincere about making a better Northwest Arkansas,” said Raymond Burns, President of Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.
For many like Burns, the honoring is a way for some to see who was behind important projects here in our corner of the Natural State.
“If someone doesn’t know who Dick Trammel is, and that’s a big if, I think they walk away tonight knowing that Mr. Trammel has helped build a better Northwest Arkansas and knowing that some of the things that they enjoy he is responsible for bringing here,” Burns said.
“I’m just thankful for my life and thankful for everyone that is here and it means so much to be able to come together and to be friends,” Trammel said.