The title of author V.J. Smith’s best-selling book, “The Richest Man in Town,” is also the title of a talk he will present during a free Gaston Lecture Series presentation at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8.
Audience members will go on an emotional roller coaster ride as V.J. describes how Marty, an unforgettable cashier at a local Wal-Mart store, had a profound impact on the people who went through his check-out line. Marty became a legend in an unexpected place because he treated everybody with dignity, kindness, and respect. As V.J. says, “Marty was living proof that you don’t need money, power, or title to make a difference in life. You just need to care.”
V.J. Smith has been a professional speaker for nearly two decades. He has spoken to audiences throughout the United States and Canada. V.J. is also a published author who draws on teachable moments encountered while he worked at a Fortune 100 company and a mid-sized university. V.J.’s program, “The Richest Man in Town,” has had a powerful impact on young people. He has delivered the message to over 250,000 students in the past five years. The underlying themes of kindness, respect, and appreciation resonates with students. Many schools use the content as a foundation for their character education programs. A study guide and activity guide will be available for “The Richest Man in Town.”
The Gaston Lecture series is free, and open to the public. The lecture will be held in the McClure Convention Center, located in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the campus of ASUMH. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and no tickets are required. This Gaston Lecture is co-sponsored by Century Bank of the Ozarks.