In the Beginning
How many 3-year-olds do you know who rearranged their Little Tikes furniture and then the way the living room was styled? If you’re the mother of Larry West Jr., you thought that was normal. His mother didn’t know she had a designing wunderkind on her hands as Larry whipped things into shape in their Hickory Ridge, Ark. (population 375 at the time) home.
Larry spent his growing up years in what he calls was the “middle of a bean field and rice field” where his eye was on design (ask his sister about where he placed the furniture in her Barbie house in the early 70s) but also motorcycles and Hot Wheels. A strong work ethic is in his genes as his grandparents owned the town’s Esso service station (which later became Exxon Mobil) which sold everything for the farmer, crop duster and locals in Cross County.