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IANWA - 82 - Geovanny Sarmiento is Working Behind the Scenes to Make Rogers and Northwest Arkansas a Great Place to Live

IANWA Open [0:11] It's time for another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. The podcast covering the intersection of business, culture, entrepreneurship, and life in general here in the Ozarks. Whether you are considering a move to this area or trying to learn more about the place you call home, we've got something special for you. Here's our host, Randy Wilburn.

Randy Wilburn [0:42] Hey folks, and welcome to another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. I'm your host, Randy Wilburn, and I am here today with Geovanny Sarmiento. And Geovanny is the Vice President and Community Engagement and Inclusion officer for the Rogers Local Area Chamber of Commerce. And the reason why I have Geovanny on this particular podcast today is that there is another individual that happens just to be a connector beyond reproach, and her name is Karen Wagaman. And I wanted to give Karen a shout out. Karen works with the Rogersville Area Chamber of Commerce as well. She is a colleague of Geovanny, but Karen is just continually introducing me to different amazing people in and around Northwest Arkansas. And so, Geovanny is another person on a long list of people that Karen has personally introduced me to, and I appreciate that more than she will ever know. And the interesting thing about Karen is that I met her, and I can't remember exactly how we met but I went to one of the arts on the BRICS programs in Rogers, and then we met in person and introduced her to my family. And, you know, she's introduced me to Kenya Christian who was on a previous episode of the podcast talking about the 1619 project and she has introduced me to a bunch of people. So, for those of you that like this podcast and really enjoy the amazing guests like my current guest Geovanny, Karen Wagaman is a big person to thank in that process. As they say, it does take a village, and Karen is part of my village and I really appreciate her. So big shout out to Karen and without further ado, I just want to introduce the I am Northwest Arkansas tribe to Geovanny Sarmiento. How are you doing today, sir?

Geovanny Sarmiento [2:27] Oh, great. I'm feeling wonderful to be here with you. And thank you, Randy, for this opportunity. I also want to thank Karen for connecting us. I mean, you are absolutely right. She is an amazing person and a great connector. She is so [inaudible 2:41] and so well respected at what she does. And, that is what makes these organizations that I've worked for, the Rogers Area Chamber of Commerce, a great organization because we have people like Karen who is working day in and day out to do good and to better our community being through workforce or being through education, in health care, whatever it may be, we are here for our community.

Randy Wilburn [3:05] Absolutely. And as I think about it, the other cool thing about Karen is that it's not like she's been here forever. She's not a lifer. She's only been here for a few years, but she's made the most of it. I think she came down from Kansas and she has made a tremendous impact. And I got to say that every time I interact with her, it's a real treat so, you're right. But I want to learn a little bit more about you. You have a very interesting story. You wear many hats. And I would like to talk about some of those different hats that you wear because it does play into what we are all about here on the podcast, I am Northwest Arkansas. Because our focus, of course, is the intersection of business, culture, entrepreneurship, and life in the Ozarks, and you actually dabble in a number of those different areas. But please tell the good listeners of the podcast, your superhero origin story. How did you end up here in Northwest Arkansas?

Geovanny Sarmiento [3:59] That's a very interesting question. I'm a family man. I have my wife. I support her a hundred percent the same as she supports me, so we formed a family. I have two daughters. I have one that is 15 years old, and the other one just actually turned nine years old. So, the way we got here to Northwest Arkansas, it turned out to be a blessing because of my wife's employment as at the time she was working for Ernst and Young and she came to work for Walmart. In the years that she worked there, Walmart proposed for her to start working for the organization and so she was transferred and that's how we stayed here in the area. So, like a lot of people, Walmart is kind of the anchor for us but at the same time, we have become to love this community and we call Northwest Arkansas our home. You know we came back recently. A year ago, from an international assignment, my wife got to work for Walmart. So, she worked for Walmart, Mexico and from Mexico after two years, we went to Santiago, Chile. So, even though we were four years away, we came back. And we always had in mind that we were going to come back to this region.

Because again, we feel like this is home, this is the place where we can make great friends have a support system here, and that is great. Whenever I talk to people that come from other parts, and they have made Northwest Arkansas at home, I think we all share the same sentiment that we have a great quality of life. It is a great place to raise a family. There's plenty of opportunities here. If you are an entrepreneur or you are looking for career advancement, whatever the case may be, you are going to find opportunities in this region. So, it was the same thing for us when we came back. I left the chamber, but as soon as I came back, I was able to get my job back, and that was a blessing in itself to come back to [inaudible 6:10]. And not only it supports you but it embraces you, so I feel very lucky, very fortunate to go through all of this and to continue doing what I love to do, Randy, which is helping our community. We do a lot of stuff here at the Rogersville Area Chamber of Commerce from education to health care to a better quality of life, employment, supporting entrepreneurs, and growing business. So, in all those aspects, there's a lot to go in. Sometimes we tend not to realize that there's a lot of work behind the scenes that go into making things happen here locally. And sometimes that is what the Chamber does. We are behind the scenes making, a lot of things happen here in the region. I am specifically talking about employment opportunities when we support these in the sense that we support entrepreneurs and get their ideas into action and start their businesses. We are stimulating our economy; we are generating jobs and that is what our people need to support their family so that is very rewarding. And, to be part of that is not only amazing, but it's also a blessing.

Randy Wilburn [7:29] Yeah, that's absolutely true. And you originally are from Ecuador. Is that correct?

Geovanny Sarmiento [7:35] Yes, Randy. I was born and raised in Ecuador. Believe it or not, that is why my very thick accent. I learned English at the age of 18 so, I'm a true example of that, that you can accomplish whatever you want to achieve, even if it is at a later age. So, it was not easy to learn English. I was an exchange student of [inaudible 8:01], and I was sent to Michigan here in the United States for one school year. In my role, it was so challenging to learn the language. But eventually, I was able to do it, and I was able to start comprehending, and then I started speaking, but believe me, it took me almost four months to do that. That also gives me a perspective on our new commerce, our immigrant community, and what they go through because I have gone through that. I was not born and raised here. I had to go through the immigration system, and go through all those hurdles because it was not easy; it took a lot of time, it took a lot of discipline to go through the whole process. So that gives me another perspective, like I said, to understand precisely their struggles and where they are coming from, and how to help them. So, I'm fortunate to work with a lot of those entrepreneurs that are like me, immigrants and, they had their dream when they moved here. They wanted to accomplish big things and, for me to be able to help them turn their ideas into realities is amazing. We have many, many examples of very successful business owners here in the region that had turned their ideas and believe me when they started their businesses, they didn't have much. And now they have a very comfortable life. They are looking after their families, educating their kids, and doing so great and employing so many people. So that's very very good for our community. So again, being an immigrant, it comes also with different experiences, right? When I first came here it was in 2008, you know, not like many people, we saw the transformation of this region. We saw how rapidly it was growing. By no means was I one of the pioneers. There are a lot of people that came before me. But I also saw how different it was and also the lack of diversity and, so I went through some situations where I didn't feel welcome here. But I took that as a challenge and I said you know what, we need to do something about this. I'm one of those people, Randy that is not going to just sit and complain, I said, you know, we are going to make this better. So that is where I put my passion and I started helping the community. Originally, when I moved here, I was in banking. I worked here for Arvest Bank and through Arvest, I was able to build, like, always, I'm a people person so I do relationships, just like you or Karen. I know to make new friends and that led me to different opportunities and that's how I landed into this world with the Chamber of Commerce. And again, I feel so fortunate because I'm doing what I'm passionate about.

Randy Wilburn [11:05] Yeah, I love that. And as I was reading some of your words, these are direct quotes from you; you kind of tapped into what you just said earlier. And you said something specifically- you said that the US is a land of opportunity and you are indeed free to go in any direction you want and your pursuit of happiness. But for many people who are not so fortunate to have the education, access to capital, health care, the language skills or the proper documentation, the American Dream may take a lot longer to accomplish or may even take a generation or two. This American reality is what makes me being Geovanny, an advocate for equal opportunity for all, and respect for human life regardless of our differences. And I think that just encapsulates what you have just shared and what is probably I would say, is the essence of your why in terms of why you do the things that you do, would that be correct?

Geovanny Sarmiento [12:03] That's absolutely right, Randy. It's not something that I truly leave with and it's something that I am also passionate about. If it wasn't because we have different opportunities, and that we start treating people with dignity and respect in giving everyone a chance to have the same opportunity; we would be failing as a community. So, I saw that and as I told you when I moved here, to me in coming at the time, I was living with my family in Austin, Texas. And we also experience the growth of Austin and all the great things that were happening in Austin and how fast it was growing. That gave me some perspective. When I came here to understand that this was almost like a clean slate where we needed to be supportive of this growth and that we needed to remind people that are either elected officials or people in power that we can't forget that there are other groups of people here that are working and thriving and embracing their families. But we needed to pay attention to them. We also needed to accommodate some of the same opportunities so they don't feel like they are being left behind. So, by all means, we are not a perfect community. I know that Randy, I would be naive to tell you that we are a perfect community; there is still a lot of work to do but we are working towards that. Every day that I come into the office that is my top priority, making sure that everyone feels appreciated, everyone feels like they have the same opportunity and the equal chance of being successful here.

Randy Wilburn [13:48] Yeah. And it's so funny, as I am listening to you talk and I can remember being a participant in a--- I think it was like a Rogers 2030 event that happened at my children's school; this was before they started at the Arts Academy. We met there with Ralph and several other people from the Rogersville Area Chamber of Commerce. And what I was impressed by was the foresight that everybody has had to try to think about, what do we want to see our community become, right, as opposed to--- I mean, things don't just happen. Things happen when you plan for them properly. I mean, they can only happen but then that is haphazard. And I would say that and you can correct me if I'm wrong, Rogers is taking the long game approach to how they want to see the community grow. How they want to encourage everyone in the community to continue to develop to be the best contributor to that community. And so, I think that looking at the long term and not just what's right in front of you over the next two or three years, that's important, but casting a vision that is bigger than just right where you are can help to set up a community for long term success. I feel Like Rogers has an understanding of that and, you guys are going to be one of the bellwethers for this region in terms of community growth in terms of community involvement by everyone, right. It shouldn't just be the same loud voices every time at this town hall at the city council meetings. Still, everybody should play a role in that and I feel like you guys at the Rogers, local Chamber of Commerce are doing a lot to try to contribute to that vision.

Geovanny Sarmiento [15:30] Absolutely. I think you nailed it right there because we've been having these visioning process. So right now, we're going to our 2030 mission. So, we are already planning for 2040, so there's a lot of work, Randy. You are absolutely right, what we need to do, and especially when we look forward to what we want to do, how we want to be recognized, and what opportunities we are going to present to our next generation. That's very challenging because, you know, we don't have all the answers. So that's why we do these admission process, we invite people from the community to come in and talk to us, right? And we get all the right ideas, you know, what they expect, how they see their communities growing, and what type of opportunities they want to encounter in the community. So, all of that information we take into consideration when we are planning for the future. So, for example, we have this highway system on I49, it happened because of that vision that we had, right? So, we plan as we needed to have better connectivity and we made that happen, right with the support of the community. So, there's a lot that goes on when we do the process. Many stakeholders get involved. We can't do everything. We can't claim that we made it all happen, but there are legislation and legislators that need to be involved and we have to gain their support. And especially for Rogers, right now, we're experiencing this tremendous growth. We have all these great things going on. Everywhere you look, no matter where you are in Rogers, you see a lot of things going on a lot of construction, more buildings and more roads being constructed or widened and, all of that is because we said this is where we are, this is how our populations are going to grow. We need better connectivity, more access, and more hospitals. We need more schools so all of that is part of that admission process. So, we can see your point, Randy and we can just cross our hands and think that all of this is going to happen organically. It's not. And we have to know exactly where we're going, right so, we are very active on that. We have been very successful in that here in the region, attracting all the retail opportunities that our city has been known for one of the prime destinations for shopping. We have the beautiful lake that we try to take advantage of, and all the amenities we have now this national recognition for being a cycling destination, and that also didn't happen overnight; there was a lot of planning for that. So, many great things are happening, but I also have to mention this because it is very important. After all, we have to know they are very generous families in our area, families that were pioneers and they have started these great businesses. But these are very generous families and they are giving back to our community and they are helping in every way they can to support many of the great things that are going on, and they support great organizations, nonprofit organizations that are fighting for many different needs in the community, right? For example, one that I also happen to be fortunate to be on the board, the Food Bank. We are trying to, especially right now, with the situation with COVID-19, we are trying to make sure that everyone has food on their table. And believe me, that's not an easy task. There's a lot of moving parts on that so again, with the generosity of all these families and the community, we make all that happen. So, I hope, Randy, that we continue to strengthen our community that all the newcomers also start joining us in the US and, they also have to understand how this community continues to be soul prospers in a great community to live. But again, it's because of the generosity of many people, and I hope that also becomes something that people start seeing and trying to copy, and newcomers coming here and collaborating and helping in any way they can.

Randy Wilburn [20:12] Yeah. And I have said it if I have said it once, I have said it 1000 times on this podcast. I like you have been blown away by the level of philanthropic giving in this area. I mean, obviously, we talk about it, but we don't, or we say it in whisper tones, or, it's just, yeah, Walmart's in our backyard. JB Hunt is in our backyard, Tyson is in our backyard and then so many other growing organizations are in our backyard that has individuals that are part of those entities that have been major benefactors for the Northwest Arkansas corridor. And they have, whether they have sewn into Bentonville or sewn into Rogers or Springdale or [inaudible 20:53] or Fayetteville, you see some of the fruits of it and we continue to see that fruit ripen and manifests itself on a regular basis. When I tell people when they ask, why should I come to Northwest Arkansas? I'm like, well, because I think we're on the trending side of growth and opportunity, and that we realize that what we are trying to create here is something new. It's not something old, but it's something new. And so, with people, like you, Geovanny and others, like Karen, and so many others throughout this region that are trying to make Northwest Arkansas the best place to live on the map. It's not a surprise that we are slowly being recognized as a place to go as a destination of sorts, a place where you can raise your family a place where you can start a career. A place where you can go and have an adventure, a place where you can ride a bike just about anywhere on any type of gravel or road or mountain. A place where you can go to explore and find out a little bit more about yourself and I mean, that is a commercial in and of itself in terms of what I just said, but that's what I feel. Again, that's how I feel about Northwest Arkansas. I chanced upon this area, Geovanny, and I think we are all here for a reason now. So, I think the reason is that we need to all add our piece of it. You are doing it your way. I'm doing it my way and so many others. Karen is doing it her way. We all need to add our piece to the tapestry that is this magic carpet of Northwest Arkansas that really makes it a great place. And it's not that we're perfect, it's not that we have it all figured out, but I believe that there are more people here that want to figure things out, then there are those that just want to keep things status quo. Would you agree with me?

Geovanny Sarmiento [22:47] Absolutely. I think that our community continues to be a welcoming community. We have [inaudible 22:55] coming here from different parts of the nation, but also, we have people coming from different parts of the world because our world-class businesses are also hiring world-class talent; and that's what we want. We want to make sure that everyone that comes here encounters exactly what you just said, a great community with lots of support, lots of stuff to do a great place to raise their families, and have fun, right? So, we have opportunities, we have a great community, but we also have to be careful, right? Don't take things for granted. So, for example, another thing that we have done for the city of Rogers is working very closely with the police department. And, right now, in the national arena, you see a lot of unrest and the protests happening because of the excessive use of force and that's something that we plan ahead. If we don't plan, you don't envision* what we want to become. We could have easily been a part of that, but I feel fortunate, again, nothing is perfect. I know that the police departments are not perfect, but we have been working for so many years right now trying to advance the way that we do policing here. People that want to come in and ask tough questions and get their answers directly from the source, right. So, that has created an atmosphere of trust, you know, the police department that we are enjoying right now.

Through that program, we were able to lower the crime rate because now people are communicating with the police department and everything has to do with trust. Trust leads to communication; communication leads to a better community. So, that's just one example of how we have proactively been working to make this a better place. Again, with everything that's going on in the national arena, we are not anywhere near those significant problems that older communities are having. And also, again, because of the leadership of the police department, we have even tried to mirror as much as we can, the way that the police department looks and reflecting the community that they are serving. So, they have been actively seeking and intentionally hiring people of color to serve in the police department; thus, slowly, we are making progress and we are not quite there yet. But, I'm happy to report that right now, we have more than 12% of the department representing the community. So, that compared to where we were ten years ago, that's a tremendous difference.

Randy Wilburn [26:19] Yeah. I mean, couple that with some additional training in the areas of mental health and social work-related things that yes, I think police officers need to have and that is a recipe for success in any community. I have been a big proponent of giving people the skills and the tools necessary to be successful. And when you don't give people the skills and the tools required to be successful, then it's a recipe for disaster. Unfortunately, that has been borne out in a lot of communities around the country. And, due to the death of George Floyd and a lot of the social unrest that we are experiencing right now, along with the pandemic, it has caused people to wake up and say, you know what, we have got to start fixing some things and we need to bring everybody to the table so that we can do it collectively so that it's not just one individual or two individuals or three individuals in a room by themselves, making decisions. And I think, you know, Rogers is a prime example of inclusivity when it comes to creating a dialogue and putting it out there for everybody to participate.

Geovanny Sarmiento [27:26] Absolutely. I mean, right now, Randy, I can tell you, I'm here to learn more about myself, and I am proud. I'm not saying this because I want to elevate myself, right, but right now, I am serving Governor Asa Hutchinson. He appointed me to the state of law enforcement task force that he created specifically for this, right. We condemn what has happened to George Floyd in the excessive use of force, that should not have happened. It should not happen in any community. So, I am part of that and I'm going to take advantage right now of your listeners in asking if anyone wants to talk about this and if anyone has a desire to have their voices heard in this task force that I'm part of to just get in touch with me. You can find me at www.rogerslowell.com, that's our website for the Chamber of Commerce. And you can find me there, send me an email, or give me a call, we can discuss it. I'm trying very hard to represent people and represent voices. I think that's my job in everything that I do. I don't hold all the answers. I don't have the magic wand to fix everything, right, but I am making myself available to anyone that wants to talk about these issues and has great ideas on how to move forward.

Randy Wilburn [28:49] Yeah. I appreciate you mentioning that; that was actually going to be my next question. I was going to say, hey, tell us about your new appointment with the Governor, but you beat me to it. So, thank you for that Geovanny, I appreciate that, and yes, we wish you nothing but success and that there's something really good that comes out of this panel of people that the Governor has brought together. I understand that it's a wide variety of people from all walks of life that are part of this which I think is important. So certainly, I want to encourage our listeners to reach out to Geovanny. His email is g-e-o-v-a-n-n-y@rogerslowell.com, that's all one word rogerslowe.com and his number in the office is 479-619-3186. And you can go to the website for Rogers little Chamber of Commerce. It's www.rogerslowell.com. And we'll make sure we put all of this in the Show Notes so that you have a way to reach out to Geovanny and he is not just saying that to say it, he means it, please reach out to him if you have questions. If you want to participate if you want to provide your two cents, I think now more than ever before, everyone needs to feel empowered to kind of share their two cents. Because if you don't say something, then you can't complain later on when you see things happening that you don't really like and you didn't have a dog in the fight because you didn't put your two cents in there. So, I think that that goes for everybody, myself included, we all have to have some type of involvement. And so just based on what you've heard today from Geovanny, I want to encourage our listeners to get involved the best way that you can. We don't really do politics here on the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast. Still, we do talk about issues and everything that Geovanny has spoken about today, whether it's immigration, whether it's food insecurity, whether it's just proper representation in government locally, I think these are all important issues that every one that is a part of Northwest Arkansas needs to participate. So, I appreciate you Geovanny taking time to come on today. And before we close out, I would love for you just to share what you do. I know you have some children that are along the ages of my kids so you are probably out doing a number of different things. It sounds like your wife is busy too. But when you have free time, what do you like to do here in Northwest Arkansas?

Geovanny Sarmiento [31:15] Who has the time? Yes, sir. So, with my family, we love hiking, mountain biking. My daughter is an avid rock climber so, we go and do that with her. And again, another blessing in my life, Randy, my little one, her name is Bibi and I called her the famous Bibi because she's more famous than me. She was born with down syndrome and that has taught me a lesson. She is a bundle of joy, very loving. She has a hard goal. She's very smart. She's like her sister. So, we have learned so much and that's another aspect of diversity that I tried to represent when I'm at the table. I know these organizations that I participate, only me, I have learned so much more than I can teach her about how wonderful these human beings are. So, again, it's a blessing. We are blessed to have her. She brings nothing but joy to our lives and her best past time, which you know, it also becomes ours, is swimming. She loves the water, so we take every opportunity to go canoeing with her and we went to the lake and we go swimming. So, again, here in Northwest Arkansas, you have limitless options, you know, as far as what you can do. Those are just a few that I love to do with my family and we take every opportunity that we can to enjoy nature. But yeah, anyone that is listening to this podcast outside of Northwest Arkansas, if you come, you are going to be busy, you are going to be involved especially if you love nature. There is something for here for you to do no matter what you like to do outdoors. My gosh, we got plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy life here.

Randy Wilburn [33:17] Absolutely. I agree 100% and I'm going to put you on the spot again. What is your favorite restaurant here in the Northwest Arkansas area and you can mention more than one but I'm sure you've got a go-to that you like to go to because people on this podcast like to eat like myself? So, I would love to know what place you like to go?

Geovanny Sarmiento [33:35] Well, I love tacos so there is a local place here in Rogers called El Senor de Los Tacos. It is a very good place to go and enjoy a taco. If you're looking for good Tamales in [inaudible 33:52]. You won't be disappointed if you go to Napa Bhullar Tortilleria la popular they make the best Somalis in town. And if you were asking this question, the first thing my daughter would mention is sushi. So, we go and enjoy all the sushi that they can eat at their local favorite place which is owned by a good friend of mine in downtown Bentonville. The owners are Blue.

Randy Wilburn [34:25] Yeah. I have been there. They do have some really good sushi there. I have always said that two of the best sushi spots in Northwest Arkansas. You got Meiji down on the south side in Fayetteville, and you've got Blue up north. And so yeah, and Blue flies in a lot of fresh fish every week. So really, good sushi there---

Geovanny Sarmiento [34:48] And Ali, the owner, is also from Ecuador, so we are good friends.

Randy Wilburn [34:59] I have to mention your name the next time I am there.

Geovanny Sarmiento [35:04] And yeah, to your point, they fly in the fish every day. The freshness is not much here in Arkansas.

Randy Wilburn [35:13] Oh, absolutely. Well, man, that's great. I appreciate that. Those are some good places, and we will be sure to put those in the Notes so people know where to check those out. And we all know how to reach out and connect with you, Geovanny if we want to reach out. So, thank you so much for coming on the podcast today, we appreciate it.

Geovanny Sarmiento [35:32] Thank you, Randy. Thank you for this opportunity, and I'm always at your service.

Randy Wilburn [35:36] Oh, man, that's great. And I look forward to some point in time in the near future for us to meet downtown at Onyx and grab some coffee and chat some more as we start to open up things. We don't have to be as socially distant as we have to be right now because it's killing me that I can't be in the same room with you to have this interview. I'm a very peaceful person and people-oriented. I like to connect with folks. So that's the one big thing that I am missing out on in this season of doing podcasting. I love the technology, but I missed the touch and that's the hardest part.

Geovanny Sarmiento [36:09] We will get an opportunity to get a taco.

Randy Wilburn [36:13] Oh, absolutely. I will take you up on that, my friend. I will take you up on that. So, Geovanny Sarmiento, thank you so much for coming on the podcast. We really appreciate you. Continue to do what you're doing to make Northwest Arkansas a special place to imprint and be a difference-maker here in the United States of America. Thank you so much.

Geovanny Sarmiento [36:31] Thank you. You have a great day, sir.

Randy Wilburn [36:33] You too. Well, folks there you have it another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. It was so good to get Geovanny on this podcast. I would love to hear your responses and let me know what you thought about this particular episode. Again, we try to mix it up. We try to do different things and bring a lot of different engaging people on the show that can make you think, make you go hmm, make you go, oh, wow, I didn't know that about Northwest Arkansas. And so, each time we bring on a new guest, our goal is to surprise you and to impact you in a special way. So, thanks for taking the time out of your day to listen to this particular episode. As always, you can find I am Northwest Arkansas, wherever great podcasts can be found, especially Apple podcasts. And you can always write a review. You can let us know what you think about the podcast and give us feedback. You can also visit us online at iamnorthwestarkansas.com and leave a review. Ask a question whatever you want and as always, you can reach me, Randy Wilburn, at randy@iamnorthwestarkansas.com and I'll get back to you right away. I appreciate you guys so much. I hope you have a great day and we will see you next week. Peace.

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About the Show:

About the Show:

Geovanny Sarmiento is the Vice President & Community Engagement and

Inclusion Officer for the Rogers Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. Geovanny’s

journey to Northwest Arkansas became a blessing because of his wife’s

employment at Walmart.

Hear all about Geovanny’s fascinating journey on this episode of I am Northwest

Arkansas.

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