501 Life Magazine | Person of the Month: Wilba Thompson
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Person of the Month: Wilba Thompson

Wilba Thompson is the director of the Fairfield Bay Conference Center. “I love the interaction with meeting planners, conference attendees and the fact that my job is never boring! Each day brings a different dimension and measure of excitement,” she said, adding that she especially enjoys the wonderful team she works with every day. “They are awesome!” (Mike Kemp photo)

City: Fairfield Bay

Work: Director, Fairfield Bay Conference Center.

Community activities: I serve on the board of the North Central Arkansas Art Gallery, as a member of the marketing committee for Fairfield Bay, Oktoberfest Committee and in other supportive roles as requested.

Church activities: I sing with a gospel trio called Sounds of Praise.

Family: I have three daughters – Melody, Joy and Carol – and five fabulous grandchildren, along with two great-grandchildren. I enjoy adding to my family my late husband Bob’s children, which number four and six grandchildren. Our blended family is very special. 

Education: Degrees in marketing and business, with a music minor.

Favorite meal: Steamers (clams), lobster, shrimp and all things shellfish!

Most cherished possession: Family photos.

Most enjoyed weekend activity: Road trips and time with family.

Favorite quote: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

No. 1 vacation spot:  Maine.

Favorite place in Arkansas: Fairfield Bay – I love my hometown! I am very blessed to live where there are great golf courses, beautiful Greers Ferry Lake, wonderful people, a great sense of community among the residents and spectacular views!

What do you love about living in the 501: So many beautiful vistas, friendly people, great food and opportunities for fun!