Thomas L. Walton is the managing principal of RopeSwing, a Bentonville, Arkansas-based hospitality company dedicated to creating unique culinary, entertainment and cultural events.
Born and raised in Bentonville, Tom has a special interest in giving back to his home region through both personal support and the Walton Family Foundation’s Home Region Program. Tom is instrumental in revitalizing Northwest Arkansas downtown areas with a desire to create collaborative spaces for the region’s growing population. In 2016, he was named Arkansas' Tourism Person of the Year.
Tom has been involved in notable projects in Bentonville such as the 21c Museum Hotel, responding to the demand for downtown hospitality driven by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and business travel; improving natural spaces like Lake Atalanta in Rogers, Arkansas; and the collaboration with NorthWest Arkansas Community College to provide world-class culinary arts training in the area.
A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Tom discovered a love for mountain biking while in college. He actively promotes the development of quality, sustainable trail systems in Northwest Arkansas. Tom has led support efforts for organizations that expand cycling assets and promote biking in the community by making the sport accessible to diverse audiences. Cycling entities supported by Tom include Bentonville/Bella Vista Trailblazers Association, Bike Bentonville, Friends of Arkansas Single Track (FAST), Girls Bike Bentonville, National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and Pedal It Forward.
Tom is the grandson of Helen and Sam Walton, founders of the Walton Family Foundation and Walmart.
Tom Walton and Steuart Walton talk with David Cheesewright, CEO of Walmart International, about mountain biking in Northwest Arkansas and the Slaughter Pen Jam Festival taking place Oct. 2-4, 2015.
Members of the Northwest Arkansas Council share their hopes for the future of the Northwest Arkansas region, including revitalizing downtowns, preserving natural spaces, celebrating diversity, and supporting and attracting entrepreneurs.