Farm­ing­ton Chamber Hands Out 2018 Hon­ors


Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

FARM­ING­TON — Farm­ing­ton Area Chamber of Com­merce took the op­por­tu­nity last week to rec­og­nize the 2018 Busi­ness of the Year, to honor a per­son who has made an im­pact on the com­mu­nity and to show its ap­pre­ci­a­tion to a long­time Chamber board mem­ber.

About 100 peo­ple at­tended the Chamber’s spring ban­quet held in the com­mons area at the new Farm­ing­ton High School. Nel­son Pea­cock, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of North­west Arkansas Coun­cil, was guest speaker.

Mike Wil­lard, Chamber board pres­i­dent, pre­sented Thomas Corn­well with an Ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Ser­vice award for his in­volve­ment with the Farm­ing­ton Chamber and other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Leg­end Re­alty was named 2018 Busi­ness of the Year and high school Prin­ci­pal Jon Pu­ri­foy was rec­og­nized with a new honor called the Im­pact Award.

Thomas Corn­well

Corn­well served as a mem­ber of the Chamber for 20 years and as a mem­ber of the Chamber board of di­rec­tors for 15 years. He re­cently re­signed as a board mem­ber.

“Tommy is al­ways will­ing to vol­un­teer for his com­mu­nity to do what­ever pos­si­ble to make a dif­fer­ence,” Wil­lard said.

An Arkansas na­tive, Corn­well earned a de­gree from the Dal­las Col­lege of Mor­tu­ary Sciences. He used his de­gree serv­ing as an em­balmer with a spe­cial unit dur­ing his ser­vice in Italy with the U.S. Navy.

Re­turn­ing home to North­west Arkansas, Corn­well con­tin­ued his ca­reer in the fu­neral home in­dus­try work­ing in Fayet­teville, Ben­tonville and Moun­tain Home. In 1966,

Corn­well changed his ca­reer fo­cus and opened an in­sur­ance busi­ness that con­tin­ues to be suc­cess­ful to­day.

Af­ter the ban­quet, Corn­well said he has en­joyed serv­ing on the Chamber board of di­rec­tors.

He spear­headed the Chamber’s golf tour­na­ment and said see­ing that event grow has been one of the high­lights of his term.

He was most sat­is­fied, he said, with the Chamber’s abil­ity to of­fer col­lege schol­ar­ships to Farm­ing­ton grad­u­ates.

“It’s been an honor to serve,” Corn­well said.

Leg­end Re­alty

Farm­ing­ton Mayor Ernie Penn pre­sented the 2018 Busi­ness of the Year to Bob Daugh­tery, one of three own­ers with Leg­end Re­alty.

For the past five years, Leg­end Re­alty’s gross sales have grown from $1.4 mil­lion in 2013 to al­most $5 mil­lion in 2017.

“Your com­mu­nity is go­ing to grow with your neigh­bor­hoods,” Penn said in mak­ing the an­nounce­ment. “They rep­re­sent our com­mu­nity and bring peo­ple to our com­mu­nity to help our com­mu­nity grow.”

Leg­end opened in Farm­ing­ton in 1999 with Keith Marrs and Mike Too­ley as orig­i­nal own­ers. Marrs, Too­ley and Daugh­tery are cur­rent own­ers. To­day, the firm has 19 bro­kers and agents.

Penn said many fac­tors set Leg­end Re­alty apart from other firms, in­clud­ing the hon­esty and in­tegrity of its agents and staff.

The busi­ness has lo­cal peo­ple and pro­fes­sional agents who have a knowledge of their mar­kets, Penn said, not­ing em­ploy­ees give back to the com­mu­ni­ties they serve.

“The suc­cess of any busi­ness is de­fined by the strength of its as­so­ciates,” Penn said, in thank­ing Leg­end Re­alty for be­ing an in­te­gral part of the Farm­ing­ton com­mu­nity.

Jon Pu­ri­foy

Bryan Law, su­per­in­ten­dent of Farm­ing­ton schools, pre­sented the Im­pact Award to Pu­ri­foy, a new award given to some­one who has had a “real im­pact” in the com­mu­nity.

The school dis­trict re­ceived around 100 ap­pli­ca­tions when it be­gan its lat­est search for a new prin­ci­pal about five years ago, Law said.

“This one guy kept call­ing,” Law said. “He wanted the job and was pas­sion­ate about the job.”

Dis­trict staff brought in three top can­di­dates for the po­si­tion and then de­cided to see how Pu­ri­foy in­ter­acted with the stu­dents.

“I think from the minute that started we knew who our high school prin­ci­pal would be,” Law said.

Pu­ri­foy started as prin­ci­pal in July 2013.

Law ac­knowl­edged be­ing a high school prin­ci­pal is a chal­leng­ing job and prob­a­bly could be de­scribed as the most chal­leng­ing job in a school dis­trict.

“We are blessed with won­der­ful em­ploy­ees and tonight we are go­ing to rec­og­nize one of them,” Law said.

In ac­cept­ing the award, Pu­ri­foy said he was caught by sur­prise.

“I love this place. I never want to go any­where else,” Pu­ri­foy said. “The big­gest thing here is the peo­ple I have with me. I’m very proud to be here and I’m glad I can serve this com­mu­nity.”

In clos­ing the ban­quet, Wil­lard rec­og­nized the Chamber board mem­bers: Josh Frye, Melissa McCarville, Tam­mie Shel­ley, Brit­tney Hol­loway, Tracy Nel­son, Nancy Wood­ward, Diane Bryant and Marty Trudell.

He also ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to ban­quet spon­sors: Bank of Fayet­teville, Ar­vest Bank, Flow­ers-nFriends, Farm­ing­ton School Dis­trict, PG Telco, Ozarks Elec­tric and Ozarks Go and Lewis Au­to­mo­tive Group.

The Farm­ing­ton Ar­vest Ju­nior Bank Board as­sisted by help­ing to serve the meal and giv­ing out door prizes.

“Your com­mu­nity is go­ing to grow with your neigh­bor­hoods. They rep­re­sent our com­mu­nity and bring peo­ple to our com­mu­nity to help our com­mu­nity grow.”

Ernie Penn Farm­ing­ton Mayor


Leg­end Re­alty was named the 2018 Busi­ness of the Year by Farm­ing­ton Area Chamber of Com­merce.


Mike Wil­lard, pres­i­dent of Farm­ing­ton Chamber board, presents an Ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Ser­vice Award to Thomas Corn­well, who served on the Chamber board for about 15 years.


Bryan Law, su­per­in­ten­dent of Farm­ing­ton School Dis­trict, right, presents the Im­pact Award to Jon Pu­ri­foy, Farm­ing­ton High School prin­ci­pal. The award rec­og­nizes the im­pact Pu­ri­foy has had on the com­mu­nity.

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