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April 29, 2015

Faces of Fauquier: He serves at work and beyond

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Earl Arrington with a mural Piedmont Press & Graphics produced of a photo of the old Warrenton courthouse by Edward Payne.
My wife and I moved here after we were married. We were looking for a place to live, and it was either a small townhouse in Manassas or a home with land in Remington for the same price. It’s a nice, quiet place, and it made me realize I never want to go back north. I plan on staying in Fauquier County.
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He finds fulfillment in his job as director of customer service at Piedmont Press & Graphics in Warrenton.

“I enjoy making sure the client’s needs are met,” Earl Arrington said. “Our point, through our craft and tools, is to help that person or business succeed.”

Piedmont Press & Graphics provides a variety of services, including design, printing, binding, mailing and sign making for individuals, businesses and non-profits. Part of Mr. Arrington’s job involves tracking a customer’s order through production and delivery.

“This job has taught me how to build a network of people, connect with the community and be philanthropic,” he said.

Mr. Arrington also has gotten involved with his local community, serving on the Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association board and helping bring the Remington Fall Festival back to Main Street.

“Fauquier County is a mix of great history and sporting with the horse culture. It’s very rural and green and at times can be metropolitan. It has a nice mix of everything,” he said.

• Age

• Home

• Work
Director of customer service at Piedmont Press & Graphics in Warrenton for 2 years.

First and foremost we take care of customers. There is some marketing involved. We go out and meet with clients, service relationships, find new clients and follow the production schedule of their order.

• Why do you do the job?
There are days in this job that are very fulfilling. Once I worked on a job portfolio for a guy for an interview. He came back and told me he got the job. We can change people’s lives here. I enjoy making sure the client’s needs are met. Our point, through our craft and tools, is to help that person or business succeed.

This job has taught me how to build a network of people, connect with the community and be philanthropic. I have learned that from working here with Tony Tedeschi. I love working here and this is easily the best job I have ever had.

• Family
Wife, Tiffany; daughter, Scarlet, and soon to be born, son, Ashton; mother, Donna.

• Education
Bachelor’s degree in graphic communication from Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C., 2004. Osbourn High School in Manassas, 2000.

• Civic involvement
On the Board of Directors of the Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association. On the Remington Fall Festival committee. This year’s fall festival will be Oct. 10. Helped the Remington Community Partnership become part of Give Local Piedmont.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Six years.

• Why do you live here?
My wife and I moved here after we were married. We were looking for a place to live, and it was either a small townhouse in Manassas or a home with land in Remington for the same price. It’s a nice, quiet place, and it made me realize I never want to go back north. I plan on staying in Fauquier County.

• How do you describe this county?
Fauquier County is a mix of great history and sporting with the horse culture. It’s very rural and green and at times can be metropolitan. It has a nice mix of everything.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Please, add a movie theater!

• What do you do for fun?
I take my daughter out to local parks and playgrounds. I follow sports teams like the Redskins, Nationals and Capitals. If I have any free time, I work on fixing up my 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
I love driving down Sumerduck Road near Remington on the way to Kelly’s Ford near the turf farm. I love to take my car out for a Sunday drive. Poplar Springs is beautiful and Great Meadow with the rolling green hills.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
Fauquier will have more businesses and people. I don’t think it will explode, because people are actively working to control that. I would like more consumer friendly businesses at the ends of the county, outside the county seat. I don’t want to see new houses and not enough business. I think we will find controlled growth.

• Favorite TV show?
“The Walking Dead”

• Favorite movie?
“Top Gun”

• Favorite book?
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. It stood out to me because of the great message and it is very well written.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Myrtle Beach. It’s a great family vacation spot.

• Favorite food?
Chinese food.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
At my first job out of college, the sales manager, Jere Gill told me three things: Start saving now for retirement to maximize your 401k; always keep jumper cables in your car, and never date someone at work.

• Who’s your hero and why?
I really like Teddy Roosevelt. He was more than a politician. He was a solider who saw real combat; he was a police officer; an explorer and much more. He was not just a paper person. You can’t say that today for modern politicians.
He was the kind of politician who was inspiring.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Pay off my debt, put money aside for my children’s college fund, and start a life fund for their weddings, houses and other things. Probably take care of my parents and in-laws’ mortgages if I could, and pick a charity I was passionate about and use it in a way to help them.

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Previous Faces of Fauquier:

• Michael Hughes wears music, threater and equestrian hats.

• Store in Goldvein part of Susan Leopold’s family legacy.

• County native Maggi MacQuilliam devoted to the great outdoors.

• Health care for the needy Rob Marino’s mission.

• Daphne Latimore focuses on human capital.

• Horses extend Louise Summers’ work as teacher.

• As volunteer coach, Jeff Budd develops young wrestlers.

• Fraces Allshouse’s jobs focus on preservation.

• Jessica Smolinski’s book introduces children to Old Town Warrenton.

• Margaret Rice’s job all about fitness and fun in Warrenton.

• Robert Sturgeon has built his 70-employee businesses in Bealeton from scratch.

• 4-H leader Zach Woodward relishes the lessons of farming.

• Hospital auxiliary volunteer Alison Lee also earned fame in drag racing circles.

• Highland School veteran staff member Lise Hicklin always wanted to teach.

• As 9-1-1 dispatcher, Kateland Rich works to maintain calm during crisis.

• Chaplain Liz Danielsen finds a giving community.

• 9-1-1 response in Rodney Woodward’s bloodline.

• Fast talk a tool of the trade for auctioneer Kathy Shumate.

• Sam Poles takes care of varmits.

• Diane King mentors student performers at Fresta Valley Christian School.

• Lewis F. Lee Jr. followed his father into taxidermy business.

• Edward Payne returns to Orlean and to photography with passion.

• Janet Metzger’s Old Town Warrenton shop a hub of creativity.

• Pablo Teodoro bakes to build community.

• Community trails have become passion for retired VDOT engineer Bob Moore.

• Teresa Reynolds makes transition from butcher to museum director.

• After working in New York and Italy, Christine Fox moved home to open fashion boutique 25 years ago.

• Steve Lewis develops hunting reality show on Dish Network.

• Julia Trumbo grew up in the family grocery business.

• Tax preparer Renée Turner enjoys owning a business in Old Town Warrenton.

• ICU staff Carol Jones values patients’ trust.

• Wilson Sanabria grew up working in his family’s Warrenton restaurant and learning to box.

• One-man band Peter Fakoury quit 9-to-5 to learn from children.

• Liberty graduate Brittany Aubrey works in the smile business.

• Walmart cashier Lulu Baer loves to play violin and several community roles.

• In Sandra Alm, SPCA dogs have a loyal companion.

• St. James’ Episcopal new Rector Ben Maas appreciates community’s embrace

• Bicycles dominate work and play for Brian Larson.

• Teaching music therapy combines Abigail Newman’s passions.

• Brenda Rich leads volunteers who organize and run the Fauquier County Fair.

• 1st Sgt. Greg Harris stresses empathy in his job as a supervisor at the county detention center.

• Chuck Tippett challenges the “rich guy” stereotype about pilots.

• County government employee Surja Tamang previously worked as a Mt. Everest sherpa.

• Woody Isaac found his calling as a chef at age 16.

• Horses take Tommy Lee Jones all over the county.

• Retired nurse Angela Neal continues to volunteer in hospital ER.

• Gilmer Lee really knows high school sports in Fauquier.

• Stage remains central to Tim Bambara’s life journey.

• Bus driver Melissa Strain’s weekend job all about “fun.”

• Bartender Taylor Edgar has a pretty good standup routine.

• A nomad childhood led Paul Schmeling to start a moving company.

• Adam Lynch’s family owns café with local food focus and a special name.

• Patricia McMahon Rice turns passion for art into her livelihood.

• Cindy D’Ambro works as “director of first impressions” at LFCC.

• Ginger Hilleary leads local literacy organization.

• Farmers with groundhog problems call Rod Kirkpatrick.

• Horses “retire” to work with Jeanne Blackwell.

• Remington cattle farmer Doug Linton loves his home and work.

• Sports central to Robert Glascock’s life’s work.

• For Richard Mast, company ownership started with his summer work as a teenager.

• Bernice Simpson knows northern Fauquier back roads and the people who live along them.

• Eddie Payne has logged 38 years as a volunteer firefighter in Marshall.

• Stephanie Layton turns her lifelong passion for dance into her livelihood.

• Shawn LaRue matches children and adoptive families.

• Biker and psychology major Clif Stroud makes music in a big way.

• Becky Crouch greets lots of visitors.

• She helped blaze trail to equality for black teachers.

• Family and food come first for Marshall pizzeria employee.

• Rural “closeness” of Fauquier appeals to Kansas native

• A “spoke” in the wheel of preservation.

• His job dovetails with passion for hunting

• Veteran educator sees the potential in every child.

• His passions: Fixing cars and helping people

• Habitat ReStore volunteer appreciates Fauquier’s diversity.

• Dad’s example led to new career at Fauquier Hospital.

• He lives and works in a beautiful place.

• The Goldvein firehouse ranks as his favorite place.

• Pretty things everywhere she looks.

• Through scouting, he encourages girls to explore.

• One day, he might run the company.

• FISH volunteer likes to help others.

• She sees the community’s generosity.

• Cop patrols while most people sleep.

• Pastor a constant in Calverton.

• She keeps the courthouse spotless.

• He loves working working outdoors at the park.

• She sees “everyone” at Carousel

• Library assistant works in a “fun place"

• Hat lady sets up shop in Old Town Warrenton

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