Hobby Lobby Founder David Green Featured at University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet in March 2019

Heath Vester News

MOBILE, Ala. – Hobby Lobby founder David Green is the keynote speaker for the 14thannual University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet presented by Seymour on March 21, 2019.

The signature event raises scholarship funds for University of Mobile students, so they can be challenged academically and renewed spiritually in a community where they are known. 

General admission tickets are $150 and may be purchased now at umobile.edu/banquet or through the University of Mobile Advancement Office at 251.442.2587 or advancement@umobile.edu.

Sponsorships start at $1,500. Higher-level sponsorships include an opportunity to meet David and Barbara Greens during a VIP Reception prior to the banquet, with priority seating at the event.

Banquet sponsor Seymour is a student development company that provides Mobile-area students with hands-on experience in a professional environment, producing content that features live and local coverage of sporting events, community news, educational developments and much more. For more about Seymour, visit www.watchseymour.com.

The banquet will kick off at 6:30 p.m. March 21 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in downtown Mobile. The evening will include a silent auction to raise scholarship funds, hosted by the University of Mobile Torch Society, and entertainment from the Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile.

David Green built retail giant Hobby Lobby from humble beginnings, with a $600 loan to purchase a molding chopper. He and wife Barbara began production of miniature picture frames in the family’s garage in 1970. By 1972 the business had grown, and Hobby Lobby began operation with 600 square feet of retail space located in north Oklahoma City. David left his position as store manager and area supervisor with TG&Y stores to devote his full attention to the family’s business.

Today, Hobby Lobby is the largest privately-owned arts and crafts retailer in the world, with sales totaling more than $5 billion in 2018. Hobby Lobby employs approximately 35,000 company-wide and operates over 800 stores in a 47-state area, opening about 50 stores each year. The headquarters is located in just over 10 million square feet of manufacturing, distribution and office space in Oklahoma City. Affiliated companies include nine Hemispheres Fine Furnishing stores, located in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as Mardel, a popular Christian office and educational supply chain found in seven states. Hobby Lobby also has offices in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. David is the CEO of Hobby Lobby and a buyer of merchandise. Barbara remained active in the development and growth of Hobby Lobby Stores, working as a buyer of the Christmas merchandise for 20 years, and presently is helping in the buying of the Home Accent merchandise.

“We believe it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. He has been faithful in the past; we trust Him for our future,” David says.

He is the author of two books, More than a Hobby, and his most recent book, Giving it All Away… And Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously. This latest book shares some of Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court battle involving the Affordable Care Act but also the larger story of family legacy and the power of generosity. 

The Greens have received numerous awards and are active on a variety of boards and involved in a myriad of ministry projects. David is a lifetime member of The Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame, part of the Entrepreneur of the Year Academy. Barbara was awarded the Canterbury Medal for Excellence in Religions Freedom, the highest honor bestowed by The Becket Fund.

David and Barbara have been married 58 years and are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter: Mart Green, chief strategy officer of Hobby Lobby; Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby; and Darsee Lett, vice president of art/creative. Son-in-law Stan Lett, is executive vice president of Hobby Lobby. Together, they enjoy 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. They are actively involved at their church as well as many national and international Christian ministries and charities. 

The UM Scholarship Banquet brings speakers of national prominence to the Mobile area while raising scholarships for UM students. Previous UM Scholarship Banquet speakers included Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney, New York Times best-selling author and leadership expert John Maxwell, Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor Bret Baier, neurosurgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson, President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, Col. Oliver North, presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Georgia Gov. and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, and New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews.

About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. 

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.eduor call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

About the Author

Heath Vester

As web designer, Heath is responsible for UM’s web presence. He is also a freelance graphic designer and photographer, but most importantly, he is a Mobilian. He was born and raised on the Alabama Gulf Coast. His design style is shaped by the outdoors as well as southern culture, and is met with a personal love for simplicity and clean lines. Heath is the Co-Founder and Senior Designer of Bellum Creative Group. He is passionate about growing the creative community in Mobile. Additionally, Heath is the Vice President of AIGA Mobile. His focus is making a difference in his community by building relationships with other artist and creatives.