At the 2018 Greenwood Chamber of Commerce banquet, the Chamber membership announced their pick for the Citizen of the Year, Michael Lejong.
Lejong is a Greenwood native that owns his own architectural firm, which has worked on several local projects such as: The Bell Park Pavilion, Greenwood Lake Trails System, Fire Station #2, Police Headquarters and Memorial Square Renovation and many others.
Richard McKinney, 2015 recipient of the award, presented the Citizen of the Year to Lejong. “If you want to get something accomplished find the busiest person in the room and ask them to help,” said McKinney. “This year’s recipient is proof of that adage. Though we rarely have the opportunity to ask because he is always first to volunteer.”
Lejong graduated from Greenwood High School in 1990 and went on to study architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville.
On the national level Michael serves on the state government network representatives for Arkansas.
Locally Lejong has volunteered his time and talents to the Greenwood Parks System, the Freshman Center, Eagle Scout Projects, coaching softball and serves on the Greenwood Chamber Board.
Michael has served as the chair of the City of Greenwood Economic Development Commission since 2015. The group was formed to help attract new businesses to town along with developing and maintaining existing businesses. The GEDC has been around since 2014 and helped get Tractor Supply Co. situated when they moved to town. The committee also helped the city to develop a new community logo and brand, “Greenwood Feels Like Home.”
Lejong is a board member on the City of Greenwood Parks Department Trails Committee, Greenwood Schools Education Foundation, UAFS College of Applied Science and Technology Advisory Board and the Sebastian County Historical Society. Michael is a graduate of the Fort Smith Leadership Class of 2005. He is a former vice-president of the Sebastian County Girls Softball League and also a former coach for Greenwood High School Softball. Michael is the son of Arthur and Peggy Lejong. He and his wife Katie live in Greenwood and have two daughters, Abbey and Emerson.
“It is not very often that you are lucky enough to have a job where you get to create things and then watch them get built and then watch people use them,” said Lejong. “School Superintendent John. Ciesla told me about former students coming back to the school and taking pictures in front of the new Freshman Center and that really meant a lot to me.”
Other awards included:
The Business Development Award given to Claude McCormick President and CEO of Armedica Manufacturing.
The Shining Star Award to Christy Clark, General Manager of the Greenwood Walmart.
The Chamber Hall of Fame Award, Evan Rowe, with Rowe Chiropractic.