Randolph County Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Annual Meeting will be held Monday October 17, 2011 at the Randolph County Development Center.
Guest Speaker will be Dick Trammel, Pocahontas native and Executive Vice President of Arvest Bank.
About Dick Trammel:
Dick Trammel is a native ofPocahontas,Arkansasand a 1960 graduate of theUniversityofArkansaswith a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. During his years at the U of A, he was selected to Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities, was a Razorback Cheerleader and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, he received his Omega Omega Chapter of Sigma Chi, Fullbright Award in May 2006. He was the recipient of theUniversityofArkansas Alumni Association’s Outstanding Community Service Award in 2001.
After college, Trammel returned to his hometown and was active in the cotton gin and grain elevator business until 1970. He then became vice president and was a founding director of Planters and Stockmen Bank. While in Pocahontas, he served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, Randolph County Farm Bureau, founding director and chairman of the Rolling Hills Country Club, president of the Rotary Club and president of the Randolph County Fair Association.
In 1975, Trammel moved toRogers,Arkansasto become a vice president of First National Bank & Trust Company, which later became Arvest Bank, Rogers. He currently serves as executive vice president & a member of the Board of Directors of Arvest Bank Benton County.
As a youth, Trammel was active in Scouting, earning the rank of Life Scout, and attended the World Jamboree in 1950 atPhiladelphia,Pennsylvania. Trammel received the Silver Beaver Award from the WestArk Council in February 2005. He received the 2011 Golden Eagle Award from the WestArk Council Boy Scouts of America.
He is past president and current member of the Board of the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce. He is a past chairman of Downtown is Uptown and Leadership Rogers Steering Committee. He has served on theRogers-Lowell United Wayboard and twice served as drive chairman. Trammel was the recipient of the Chamber’s “Good Neighbor Award” in 1982 and the “Pride of Rogers” award in July of 2000. The Chamber Board renamed the annual “Good Neighbor Award” to the “Dick Trammel Good Neighbor Award” in February 2007.
Trammel is a past president of the Rotary Club of Rogers, past governor of Rotary International District 6110 in 1985-1986 and was a member of the 2000 Rotary International District 6110 Group Study Exchange Team to the Ukraine.
He is a founding director of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County and received one of their Tribute Awards in 2000.
Trammel is a founding director, director emeritus and past chairman of the Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute (NARTI), now H.O.P.E.. He received the 1997 Distinguished Service Award from the Arkansas Hospital Association for his work with NARTI and the Northwest Arkansas Medical Community. He was one of the recipients of the Eagle Award for 2001 from the Washington Regional Medical Foundation for his outstanding contribution towards the improvement of healthcare inNorthwest Arkansas.
He is a member of theUniversityofArkansas Medical School Area Health Center Northwest Advisory Boardand theUniversityofArkansas Medical School Northwest Advisory Board, theUniversityOfArkansas Medical School Foundation Fund Boardand the UAMS Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation Board. He served on the Board of Directors for Mercy Health Systems of Northwest Arkansas from 2002-2008. He is a past chairman and current board member of the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas Foundation Board and is a charter and current member of the board of the Cancer Challenge at Bella Vista and received their Hero Award in June 2004. He has also served on the Board of the Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation.
Trammel is a charter member, past Chairman and past board member of the Board of Trustees ofNorthwestArkansasCommunity Collegeand received the Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation “Quality of Life Award” in March of 2006. He is a founding board member and current member of the Rogers Youth Center Board of Directors. Trammel served on the board of the Rogers Razorback Club and received the Larry Larimore Spirit Award 2002. He is a founding board member and treasurer of the Law Enforcement Assistance Program of Benton County. In the spring of 2005, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appointed Trammel to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, he is a past Board Chairman and served on the board until December 2008. He is a past board member of the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges.
He is a past chairman and board member emeritus of theArtsCenterof the Ozarks, past member of the Board of the North Arkansas Symphony Society, and a past chairman and past member of the Arkansas Arts Council. He is a past board member of theEurekaSpringsSchoolof the Arts. He received the 2003 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award from the Northwest Arkansas Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals. He received the “Hero of A Lifetime Award” from the Ozark Affiliate of the American Red Cross in April 2005.
Trammel is a past member of the Board of the Ozark Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and a board member of theJonesCenterfor Families. He also served as the Chairman of the American Heart Association 2002 Northwest Arkansas Heart Walk, received the Citizen of the Year 2002 Award from the American Heart Association, Ozark Affiliate and served on the Board of Directors. Dick was a charter Board Member of Rebuilding Together of Northwest Arkansas, having served as Vice Chair.
Dick is a featured columnist in Celebrate Magazine, “Hey Friends, Let’s Talk Treasures”. Dick received the Bill Fleeman Gentleman of Distinction award for his work inNorthwest Arkansas’ fight against cancer from H.O.P.E. in October 2005. He received the first “Living and Giving Award” from the Northwest Arkansas Branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in March 2007. He is a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma Board and the board of theU.S.Marshalls Museum Foundation. He received the Arkansas Community Service Distinguished Citizen Award in July 2009.
In January 2009, Governor Mike Beebe appointed Dick to the Arkansas Highway Commission, to serve until January 2019. Dick was voted by the readers of the Northwest Arkansas Media Poll as the Northwest Arkansas Best Ambassador in 2010 and 2011.
Dick is married to Nancy Trammel and together have four children, ten grandchildren, two great grandsons and a great granddaughter. Dick and Nancy attend the First Baptist Church of Rogers.