Rick Fleetwood, MPA

“If it was any better, I couldn’t stand it.”

Retired

Master of Public Administration

Monette

Martini

Rick Fleetwood definitely earned his recent transition into retired life. And he is “loving it.” The former CEO of Snell Prosthetics & Orthotics has an accolades list a mile long, such as his Heroes of Hope Award from Centers for Youth and Families and being named Arkansan of the Year by Arkansas Easter Seals in 2020. No matter the many recognitions that found him, however, he’s always been far more interested in helping others, devoting much of his time to serving on dozens of boards and helping his community.

Rick Fleetwood, MPA

“If it was any better, I couldn’t stand it.”

Retired

Master of Public Administration

Monette

Martini

Rick Fleetwood definitely earned his recent transition into retired life. And he is “loving it.” The former CEO of Snell Prosthetics & Orthotics has an accolades list a mile long, such as his Heroes of Hope Award from Centers for Youth and Families and being named Arkansan of the Year by Arkansas Easter Seals in 2020. No matter the many recognitions that found him, however, he’s always been far more interested in helping others, devoting much of his time to serving on dozens of boards and helping his community.

BEST PART OF LIFE:

Either working or retired, I love trying to make a difference in any and as many ways that I can. To enhance the quality of life of a man, woman or child makes my day. We deserve the community we have — get out and make a difference.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE PANDEMIC:

How vulnerable we are/how much we need each other. I give thanks to all individuals who have done their part to ensure the health and well-being of their fellow man. We must learn how to respect each other in all manners (health, religion, sex and opinions).

REMEMBER ME FOR:

I pray that when people may think of me they may say, “He made a difference in so many lives, and Arkansas is better today because of him.”

ADVICE TO OTHERS:

Learn and appreciate the past but make your own “footprints.” Never give up and try to help others on the way up. When you do succeed, do not forget who helped you.

HOW HAVE YOUR EXPERIENCES SHAPED YOU?

I have stood on the shoulders of giants and have been blessed to know, work with and make a difference with so many inspirational individuals.

BEST PART OF LIFE:

Either working or retired, I love trying to make a difference in any and as many ways that I can. To enhance the quality of life of a man, woman or child makes my day. We deserve the community we have — get out and make a difference.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE PANDEMIC:

How vulnerable we are/how much we need each other. I give thanks to all individuals who have done their part to ensure the health and well-being of their fellow man. We must learn how to respect each other in all manners (health, religion, sex and opinions).

REMEMBER ME FOR:

I pray that when people may think of me they may say, “He made a difference in so many lives, and Arkansas is better today because of him.”

ADVICE TO OTHERS:

Learn and appreciate the past but make your own “footprints.” Never give up and try to help others on the way up. When you do succeed, do not forget who helped you.

HOW HAVE YOUR EXPERIENCES SHAPED YOU?

I have stood on the shoulders of giants and have been blessed to know, work with and make a difference with so many inspirational individuals.

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