Gearhead Family of the Year
Family of the Year
At Gearhead Outfitters, our mission is to help our customers live active and fulfilling lives. In 2020, we announced our inaugural Family of the Year Award in an effort to honor and acknowledge those who live our mission! Please nominate your family for the 2021 Gearhead Family of the Year and tell us why you deserve this award! Nominations conclude June 1, 2021.
2021 Winner will receive a $500 shopping spree
and Family of the Year framed certificate.
The 2020 Family of the Year
The Mata Family
Francisco Mata and Gaby Z Suarez Tovito, originally from Venezuela, have two daughters and live in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Francisco has been a Gearhead Running Ambassador for 4 years and an active member of Arkansas Masters Swimming group in Jonesboro for 5 years. He is a member of NEAHPN (Northeast Arkansas Hispanic Professional Network), a group that works with the Hispanic Center of Jonesboro to promote networking and community involvement. Gaby was a walker but joined the Women Can Run program, sponsored by Gearhead and NEA Baptist, and became hooked! Since then, she has run multiple 5K and 10K’s and during the pandemic ran her first “virtual” half marathon! Their daughters are gymnasts, but have participated in several local running events as well.
We asked Francisco what it meant to him to live an active, fulfilling life. He said, “I didn’t realize it was the beginning of a journey with no regression. After a couple months, I ran my first 5K’s then a couple 10k’s, took time to jump to half marathon distance because I got many injuries, but I did it!!! Destiny brought me up to NEA and I joined the GH running group, then became an Ambassador that has been such an incredible experience that allows me to motivate and encourage others that are willing to join this Journey. It is not about speed, it’s about moving forward on the right steps. I have participated in Project 90 and completed 5 full marathons and two half ironman events. Thanks to Project 90, I have improved my form, recovered way better than I used to, gained more confidence and learned to watch my heartrate. Running is more than putting on and lacing up your shoes!!!”
The 2020 family was chosen by our owners, Ted and Amanda Herget. Amanda said “This family is so deserving! They are truly living the Gearhead mission and support every event we put on in Jonesboro (Gearhead headquarters). They are kind and wonderful people. So positive to be around. They love our community and share their love of running with others.”
Gearhead Ambassador, Stacy Walz, said “ Francisco and Gaby have never met a stranger. They are the most welcoming, kind people I have ever met. They are very deserving of this award. My whole family loves them.”