ABOUT US

Celebrate Arkansas Magazine began in November 2003 to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Northwest Arkansas. More than 15 years and 140 issues later, Celebrate Arkansas continues to feature Arkansas' finest businesses, entrepreneurs, and lifestyles each month. Available throughout local retailers such as Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Sam's Club, and more, Celebrate Arkansas also extends its reach throughout Northwest Arkansas through its subscription-based service.

 
 
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WYLEY ELLIOTT — Editor-in-Chief

Nickname: Will
Favorite Movie Star: Sandra Bullock
Favorite pastime: Swimming
Greatest advice ever received: In all things choose “joy.”
Unique feature: Military walk
Born: Bentonville, Ark.
Raised: Cabot, Ark.
Education: University of Arkansas and Ouachita Baptist University
Aspiration: Be more like my dad
Greatest moment in life: The day I married my wife
Favorite sports team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Most admired famous person: Sam Walton
Favorite Movie: Titanic
Pet Peeve: Mean people
Quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Who shares your birthday: George H. W. Bush
Favorite publication, other than CA: People magazine

 
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STEPHANIE ELLIOTT — Executive Director of Operations

Nickname: Stamp
Favorite pastime: playing with my cats
Greatest advice ever received: Don’t throw a pity party, no one will come.
Born: Ft. Smith, Ark.
Raised: Vian, Okla.
Education: Oklahoma State University
Favorite Movie: Sound of Music
Aspiration: To act and sing in a musical production
Greatest Accomplishment: Raising two Godly young women
Favorite Sports Team: OK State Cowboys & AR Razorbacks
Pet Peeve: Bad drivers
Who shares your birthday: Thurgood Marshall
Favorite publication, other than CA: Real Simple

 
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HALEY BATEMAN — Managing Editor

Nickname: Haybale, Hay, Hayford, H-Bomb
Favorite Movie Star: Matt Damon, Steve Carrell
Favorite pastime: Watching 20/20, running, golfing
Greatest advice ever received: Be kind for everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
Unique feature: I have a double crown
Born: Little Rock, Ark.
Raised: Fayetteville, Ark.
Education: Brigham Young University
Aspiration: To play the cello
Greatest moment in life: My wedding day, of course
Favorite sports team: Arkansas Razorbacks, BYU Cougars, Seattle Seahawks
Most admired famous person: Ellen
Pet Peeve: When people read your text and don’t text back
Quote: When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. —Franklin D. Roosevelt
Who shares your birthday: Halle Berry, Steve Martin, Magic Johnson, Tim Tebow
Favorite publication, other than CA: The Skimm

 
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JUSTIN FRONING — Creative Director

Nickname: J-Fro
Favorite Movie Star: Tom Hanks
Favorite pastime: Playing with my family
Unique feature: Was formerly a touring professional musician
Born: Fayetteville, Ark.
Raised: Northwest Arkansas
Education: University of Arkansas, Tauernhof Bibel Schule, Schladming, Austria
Aspiration: Creating designs and illustration that make a societal impact
Greatest moment in life: It’s a tie. My wedding day and the births of my children.
Favorite sports team: Arkansas Razorbacks / Seattle Seahawks
Most admired famous person: Jesus
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Pet Peeve: Incorrect grammar
Who shares your birthday: Jonah Hill and BatDad
Favorite publication, other than CA: Communication Arts

 
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KRISTA KHONE — Director of External Relations

Nickname: My closest friends call me KK
Favorite Movie Star: Anthony Hopkins
Favorite pastime: Traveling
Greatest advice ever received: As long as you did your best, that’s all that matters.
Unique feature: I am ambidextrous.
Born: Fayetteville, AR
Raised: Rogers, AR
Education: University of Central Arkansas and University of Arkansas B.S.E and M.Ed.
Aspiration: To have a life well-lived and to be remembered as a good person, daughter, friend, and Christian.
Greatest moment in life: It is impossible to pinpoint one.
Favorite sports team: New York Yankees
Most admired famous person: Pat Summitt
Favorite Movie: The American President
Pet Peeve: Poor grammar
Quote: I may be right. I may be wrong. But I am never indifferent.
Who shares your birthday: Maurice and Robin Gibb (The BeeGees)
Favorite publication, other than CA: Garden & Gun

 
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BILL BROTHERS — Senior Director of Business Development

Nickname: Bill (William is my formal name)
Favorite Movie Star: Robin Williams
Favorite pastime: Travel
Greatest advice ever received: Measure twice; cut once.
Unique feature: Left handed
Born: Hannibal, Mo.
Raised: Several places, but mainly Joplin, Mo.
Education: Kansas State University
Aspiration: To be a good husband and father
Greatest moment in life: Seeing our kids grow up to be great adults
Favorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals
Most admired famous person: Mother Theresa
Favorite Movie: Field of Dreams
Pet Peeve: Rude people
Quote: “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” -Abraham Lincoln
Who shares your birthday: Sam Elliott
Favorite publication, other than CA: ESPN magazine

 
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DANIEL YEAGER — Graphic Designer

Nickname: Daniel (My first name is actually William)
Favorite Movie Star: Jim Carrey
Favorite pastime: Bike rides
Greatest advice ever received: My Uncle Ben once told me, “With great power, comes great responsibility."
Unique feature: I'm a ginger
Born: Rogers, Arkansas
Raised: Bentonville
Education: NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Aspiration: To be like my friends at Celebrate Arkansas.
Greatest moment in life: Day of salvation
Favorite sports team: “We like sports and we don’t care who knows."
Most admired famous person: Jesus
Favorite Movie: Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
Pet Peeve: Tardiness
Quote: Jesus + Nothing = Everything
Who shares your birthday: Peter Parker (Probably not but lets just say he does)
Favorite publication, other than CA: The Amazing Spider-Man comics