Power couples mica strother and greg hale – amp electricity orlando

In a new series, Power Couples, Arkansas Money & Politics will introduce you to some of the most interesting and influential pairs in the state of Arkansas. Mica Strother and Greg Hale, both of Little Rock, are the first couple in this series. Click here to read about more Power Couples. To nominate a #PowerCouple, email amppob@gmail.com.

“I worked on his first statewide campaign and eventually was his primary fundraiser. Shortly after serving eight years in his administration, I had the opportunity to parlay my fundraising skills to another passion by taking a job with the Razorback Foundation,” she says.

Hale started his career as a volunteer on the Bill Clinton and Al Gore reelection campaign in 1996. “That opportunity led me to my first job as an advance person for President Clinton, traveling the world and setting up events. My entire business and career is a result of that first job experience,” Hale says.

Hale worked on the Clinton and Gore reelection campaign, Gore’s presidential campaign, John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, Mike Beebe’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns. Hillary Clinton mentioned Hale in her recently released memoir, What Happened. She describes him as “an Arkansas farmer and event-production-and-visuals wizard.”

“I considered running for Congress in 2012. It was an enjoyable experience getting right up to the starting line; luckily I wised up and decided not to run. Congress is way too partisan and I don’t think I would have enjoyed the job,” he says.

Hale says it’s important to be open-minded. “We are living in a very partisan world. Be civil and try to find common ground; don’t be discouraged. Arkansas needs more bright stars in both parties. If you feel passionate about something, go for it.”

“Fundraising is a great way to help people use their financial resources to connect and support a program or organization they feel passionate about. Meeting people, sharing a common love for the Razorbacks and helping people understand that their gifts make a difference in the lives of our student athletes is the most rewarding part of my job,” Strother says.

“As a lifelong Arkansan, my role with the Razorback Foundation is one of the most enjoyable jobs I’ve held. Funds donated by the Razorback community allow our 460 plus student athletes to compete at the highest level of college athletics while pursuing an education that will bring lifelong benefits. Being part of the program is challenging, competitive, enjoyable and rewarding all wrapped into one,” Strother says.

Hale creates world-class events for private, political and nonprofit clients at the local, state, national and international levels. He has organized multiple events to raise awareness and support for the internationally recognized ONE campaign, including a series of high-level delegation trips to Africa, he says.

Hale says his team has also organized hundreds of events for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and has built one of the largest veteran-focused employment programs in the world and provided jobs to thousands of veterans who would otherwise be out of work.

The couple’s careers span several different industries. Strother has worked in politics, nonprofit fundraising and briefly worked in construction. Hale has worked in politics, event production and cattle farming. He says his dream job would be to own a ranch the size of Texas, and ride the range each day to check the cows.