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HIGH PROFILE: Little Rock businesswoman Michele Towne tells people she gets paid to party as magazine publisher

By JOE STUMPE SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

This article was published May 13, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Michele Towne, publisher of Inviting Arkansas magazine. “Everybody loves Michele,” says friend and Little Rock businessman Rick Fleetwood. “There should be a movie. She is always upbeat and fun and making you feel special. She’s got that down to a fine art."

SELF PORTRAIT

Michele Towne

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Jan. 13, 1965, Charlotte, N.C. GROWING UP MY BIGGEST INFLUENCE WAS: My maternal grandmother, Marianthe Reynolds.

I WON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: A camera and lipstick. FAVORITE FOOD: Mexican

LAST BOOK I READ: Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout by Rick Rigsby.

PET PEEVE: People who don’t say thank you. MY IDEA OF A PERFECT DAY IS: A convertible day! GUESTS AT MY FANTASY DINNER PARTY: My grandmother, Lucille Ball, Jackie Kennedy and Katharine Hepburn. ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE ME: Determined.

“As long as nonprofits continue to need us, and I think they will, we’ll continue to do it.” - Michele Towne

It’s easy to picture Michele Towne as a 5-year-old in Memphis, going door-to-door in her new neighborhood asking if anybody had children she could play with. In a sense, she has been doing the same thing since arriving in Arkansas three decades ago.

SELF PORTRAIT

Michele Towne

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Jan. 13, 1965, Charlotte, N.C. GROWING UP MY BIGGEST INFLUENCE WAS: My maternal grandmother, Marianthe Reynolds.

I WON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: A camera and lipstick. FAVORITE FOOD: Mexican

LAST BOOK I READ: Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout by Rick Rigsby.

PET PEEVE: People who don’t say thank you. MY IDEA OF A PERFECT DAY IS: A convertible day! GUESTS AT MY FANTASY DINNER PARTY: My grandmother, Lucille Ball, Jackie Kennedy and Katharine Hepburn. ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE ME: Determined.

“As long as nonprofits continue to need us, and I think they will, we’ll continue to do it.” - Michele Towne

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