HIGH PROFILE: Man behind Wal-Mart's 'Vendorville' supports high school softball in Arkansas

Posted: December 31, 2017 at 4:29 a.m.
Updated: January 1, 2018 at 4 a.m.

“When I recruit people here, the first thing I say is the best part of this opportunity is where it is.”

ROGERS -- When Cameron Smith threw out the first pitch at a University of Arkansas softball game in May, he wound up and fired a strike -- between his legs. The crowd roared.

SELF PORTRAIT

Cameron Smith

• PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH: Long Island, N.Y., Feb. 1, 1951

• MY BEST PITCH IN SOFTBALL: a rise curve. Breaks up and out.

• MOVING TO ARKANSAS: was life changing.

• MY FAMILY WOULD SAY I'M: young at heart.

• MY PET PEEVE: name dropping

• IDEA OF A PERFECT DAY: early morning devotional, good workout, time with family and friends and knowing I made a difference today.

• LAST GOOD BOOK I'VE READ: Leading Through the Turn by Elise Mitchell.

• BEST CAREER ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Before you can have success, redefine the word failure and don't be afraid to fail.

• GUESTS AT FANTASY DINNER PARTY: Tom Hanks, Tony Robbins, Michael Jordan and Jim Carrey

• ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE ME: grateful

“Somebody stood up and said, ‘Who’s going to teach these kids to pitch?’ I finally said, ‘I will.’”

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