AY Media Group, is a multimedia company that specializes in niche market publishing. Our magazines and custom publications include Arkansas Money and Politics (AMP), the state’s premier business and political magazine, AY Magazine (About You), a lifestyle publication and Mental Health Guide of Arkansas. In addition to our print products, we have expanded websites and social media platforms.
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Vicki Vowell is the founder and CEO of AY Media Group (formerly Vowell, Inc.), a multimedia company that specializes in niche-market publishing. AY Media Group (AYMG), publishes Arkansas Money & Politics (Arkansas’ premier business and political website) and AY Magazine (About You), a lifestyle magazine. Ms. Vowell, a native of Harrison who studied journalism at the University of Arkansas, created her publishing company so that she could share the stories of the people and places in Arkansas. Ms. Vowell will celebrate her 30th year as a magazine publisher in 2018.
In 2001, Ms. Vowell founded AY Magazine‘s“Runway for a Cause,” a luncheon/fashion show in which survivors of breast cancer walk the runway in the season’s high fashion. The luncheon has been one of the state’s largest fundraising events, and in its first 10 years, it raised more than $1 million for local breast-cancer organizations. The Association of Fundraising Professionals has named “Runway for a Cause” an Outstanding Volunteer Organization.
Ms. Vowell also serves the community as a member of the Little Rock Executive’s Association. She is on the board of Baptist Health Foundation, and she is a member of the CARTI Foundation, the Mayor’s Commission on Tourism, and Women and Children First. She is a past member of the boards of Curran Hall and CareLink. She has received the Phyllis Brandon Philanthropist Journalistic Award and was featured in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette‘s “High Profile” in September 2009.
Heather Baker, formerly Heather Harkins of Jacksonville, is a Little Rock, AR, publishing magnate. While most college students dreamed of attending parties and football games, Baker hit the streets selling radio advertising and starting her career as a magazine publisher at the young age of 22. Cars were a passion of hers so she created Arkansas AutoBuyer and developed publications at the Arkansas Times that included: Arkansas Wild, Savvy Kids, as well as the H. Baker media publication, Drive Arkansas.
With more than 20 years in publishing, Heather is currently publisher of AY Media Group, a multi-media firm that publishes the monthly magazines: Arkansas Money & Politics and AY (About You) as well as specialty publications, Northwest Arkansas Medical Center and the Mental Health Guide of Arkansas.
Heather and her family are founding members of Fellowship Bible Church in Cabot and currently attend the main campus in Little Rock. Baker is involved in many philanthropic projects including Dancing With Our Stars, where in 2013 she was part of the group that raised more than $100,000, a first for CTF. Baker also works with Project Zero, Women’s Own Worth where she was named Woman of the Year for 2019 and Second Chance Youth Ranch. She and her husband, Joel, have been blissfully married for 19 years and are the parents of two active teenagers.
Heather has been chosen as the honorary chair for the 2020 Legacy Award Business Luncheon for Junior Achievement where she is an active board member. The luncheon is in May of 2020.
If you see Heather, she will likely have a phone to her ear brokering the next big deal or planning her next road trip in her family’s Jeep.
ARKANSAS MONEY & POLITICS EDITOR
Editor Mark Carter has worked as a sportswriter at the Southwest Times-Record in Fort Smith, covered news and sports for The Leader in Jacksonville, dabbled in corporate communications for companies such as Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and CARTI, and covered business and politics with an emphasis on startups for Arkansas Business. An avid Hogs fan, Mark lives in Little Rock with his wife and two boys, the older of whom attends college out of state but remains a Razorback at heart. He’d better, anyway.
AY MAGAZINE EDITOR
Dustin Jayroe is an Arkansas native with obsessive adorations of writing, soccer, and Batman, among other things. Prior to joining the AY Media Group family full time in May 2019, Dustin served as a longtime and regular contributor for all of Vowell’s properties. He also writes for the entertainment news website, Screen Rant, in his free time. Dustin is a husband and doggy dad, two roles that occupy his heart more than any other.
Tyler Hale is the online editor at AY Media Group (AYMG), responsible for managing the online content found on the AY Magazine and Mental Health Guide of Arkansas websites, as well as the Arkansas Money & Politics website.
A native of Wynne, Tyler has worked in the film and journalism fields. Prior to joining Vowell, Inc., Tyler worked as a reporter and photographer at the Forrest City Times-Herald.
Tyler earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative study of religion with a studio arts minor.
Greg Churan grew up in Chillicothe, a small town north central Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he graduated with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Originally he wanted to work in the outdoor field, specifically in the whitewater rafting business, as that’s what he did during summers of college – guiding rafts in the Smokey Mountains on the Nantahala, Ocoee, and Chattooga rivers. After realizing that his passion for the outdoors should remain a passion and not a profession, he moved to Kansas City, and landed in industrial gas sales with Airgas.
With his passion for the outdoors, Greg jumped at the chance to move to Arkansas with Airgas, and has been in Little Rock ever since. Wanting more freedom and to help people save and invest, he went into the financial planning with Ameriprise.
In 2011 he had an opportunity to work in publishing as an account executive and has had success developing print and digital advertisers for niche publications. Building relationships is incredibly important for anyone in development. Greg feels that building business relationships is important, but what’s equally as important to him is to research and recommend what’s best for each client in each situation.
Greg is an avid waterfowl hunter and outdoorsman, enjoys spending time in the the Ouachitas, Ozarks and duck camp with son, Jake, fiancée, Jennie, her son, Caleb, and Labradors, Trigger and Tru. He is also a member of board of directors of the museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie in Stuttgart.
I am a mother to one incredible son, who also happens to be my biggest supporter. This year I am starting a new chapter of my life by turning 50. Life is full of surprises, changes, bumps and challenges. Each day I live my life to the fullest. My motto “Live, Laugh, Love” has taken me every single step of the way. I have found if you love life, life will love you back.
After more than 25 years in multi-media sales, I love that I still learn something new, from my clients, every day. Each small business has a unique story to tell and helping them tell their story is a privilege I don’t take for granted.
My life is filled with family, friendships and faith that guides me every step of the way.
I am an Arkansas native, born and raised in Little Rock. I am a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Liberal Arts. I enjoy the outdoors and play competitive tennis year round.
I have one son who is my world and love being with my family and friends. I look forward to my adventure with Arkansas Money and Politics.
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Tonya Mead will tell you she’s a mom first but get her started on anything in the health and fitness world, and you might have to take a seat just to soak in all her knowledge. Hot yoga is her current passion, but she loves the outdoors where hiking, biking and lake activities take place.This fitness junkie also knows her way around the kitchen and is probably just another excuse for her to spend time with family and friends. Helping people be the best they can be is what attracted to her to print sales at About You Media Group.
I was in advertising sales for over 25 years, in the Little Rock DMA, San Francisco/San Jose DMA and the Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz DMA. I am so excited about being here at AY Media Group at this time in my life. This is one of the best, most enthusiastic and fun-loving group of people I have worked with! And, I love my dog!
Jacob Carpenter “Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle,” is the phrase Jacob repeats every morning. He is a small-town boy from Lake Village with a very big personality and a heart to match. Jacob is a student of Western Governor’s University where he is studying Human Resource Management and Business Administration. He has spent most of his career in customer service because he loves building relationships with customers. Jacob always tries to go above and beyond in everything he does and, for the most part, this has served him well. His hobbies include building furniture, crafting, writing music and singing. Fun fact, Jacob was a state finalist in the World Karaoke Competition in 2019.
Mary Kathryn Rockett
Mary Kathryn earned her degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas. She is Arkansas born and raised, but spent weekends at her family’s farm in northern Louisiana. Having lived in southern, northern, and now central Arkansas, she has come to love every part of this state.
With an affinity for photography, she picked up a camera in 2016 and hasn’t been able to put it down since. In her free time, she can usually be found with her nose in a book, outdoors (if the weather is on the cooler side), or finding the next concert she wants to attend. A helper by nature, she loves to make life easier for those around her. She is excited to work in an environment that celebrates Arkansas!
Being the art director, photographer and “web guy” at AY Media Group, I have gained the identity of a “Jack of all trades,” to a certain degree.
My daughters are my life, as well as my identity. I have a small 5-pound poodle and a 60-pound goldendoodle that crave my attention. They are my four-legged children. I can be introverted at times, but once you get to know me, I like to talk. If and when I have time, I am an outdoors enthusiast. I am an avid fly fisherman and backpacker and I like to enjoy a good beer around a nice campfire while looking at the stars. That’s it – plain and simple.
PRODUCTION MANAGER AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER
I am excited to be the newest graphic designer at AY Media Group. The world of print has always intrigued me and been my passion, despite our world’s technological advances.
I am married to my best friend and have three bonus children. We cherish our time together as a family and spend as much time outdoors as possible.
I’m a graphic designer here at AY Media Group. Social media and graphic design are my passion. While I don’t know everything, and I’m learning every day, one thing I know for sure is that helping others succeed absolutely makes me thrive. When I’m able to help a person or business grow, it makes everything you go through worth it.
I’m blessed and so fortunate to be married to a wonderful man. We have a dog, two cats and two birds. We love traveling any time we get the chance and we love watching sports and reality TV.
Lora has been a graphic designer for over 20 years. To her, layout design is like a puzzle; an exciting challenge to get all the pieces fitted together to create the perfect picture. Since family is at the center of her life and hers all live out of state, she travels frequently and is inspired by places and sights both in and out of the Natural State. Though she was born and raised in Iowa, she now calls Arkansas home.
Katie Zakrzewski is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While a student, Katie earned her bachelor of arts in criminal justice and anthropology; she was also student body president; president of College Republicans at UA Little Rock and valedictorian. Katie is active in politics, working on environmental policy, LGBTQ+ rights, religious issues, the criminal justice system, and policy reform across the state. She frequently lobbies in Washington D.C. and is currently the CEO of a foreign policy blog, Realist Review. She hopes to someday run for Mayor of her hometown, North Little Rock.
Caroline O’Connor, a recent graduate from Rhodes College in Memphis, is the newest staff writer at AY Media Group. While a student, Caroline earned a degree in English literature and wrote for Memphis magazine. After spending four years in Memphis, Caroline is excited to return to Little Rock and write about her home state.