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Alex Worley

Alex Worley, 35

CEO

Happy Egg Co.

Rogers

Professional achievements
• Four-plus years at Walmart, specializing in dairy merchandising.
• Senior buyer at Sam’s Club.
• Joined Happy Egg team in 2017; CEO since June 2022.
• Witnessed Happy Egg’s growth into the largest free-range egg brand in the U.S.

Community involvement
Coach, girls’ basketball; member, Rooted Church in Springdale; supports The Call in northwest Arkansas.

Advice for future 40 under 40 honorees
“Don’t take yourself too seriously. Chase opportunities rather than titles. Opportunity isn’t about your experience or what you’re qualified for — it’s about whether you are hungry to grow.”

Most valuable lesson
“A sunny-side-up Happy Egg on a hot cheeseburger is one of life’s greatest gifts.”

Career dream as child
“At the risk of sounding trite, I wanted to be a farmer. While I’m not currently raising hens of my own, leading the fastest-growing free-range egg brand is a close second!”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“Many young people come to or stay in Arkansas because of the larger organizations, but equally so, there are many small to midsize companies based in Arkansas where young professionals can grow and thrive. Ensuring these young professionals know companies like Happy Egg exist, where they can make a real impact on the state of Arkansas and its communities, can open up doors they didn’t know were possible here.”

First job and lesson learned
“At 14, I got my first job as a Pizza Buffet busser, a career I quickly realized I wasn’t interested in long term. My first job out of college was with Walmart in its IT department. The biggest lesson I learned in my time there was that people truly make the difference; when you embrace a mindset of servant leadership and are willing to learn from anyone in the company, you empower people to do the things they are best at. I’m highly passionate about this within our own organization today, and I can proudly point to several examples at Happy Egg of people who were simply given the opportunity to do what they are best at and are now making incredible impacts on our company.”

Professional inspiration
“I love nothing more than seeing people achieve realities they never thought were possible. I am fortunate to be in a position where I can enable people to do more than they ever thought they could, simply from being given the opportunity to try.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“At Happy Egg, we partner with local, small family farms to produce our eggs. These partnerships have allowed us to witness transformative changes within families, affecting their business operations and overall quality of life. At the end of the day, our farmers desire to work with an Arkansas-based company that resonates with their values and genuinely cares about their well-being. It’s truly humbling for us to contribute, even in a small way, to their journey.”

Learning from a mentor
“I am fortunate to have many great mentors in my professional and personal life, but my father-in-law, Tim Nixon, taught me some of the most invaluable and impactful lessons that I carry with me as a father, husband, friend and leader daily. As a cross-country coach for over 35 years in Kansas City, he was the embodiment of a team player and of seeing people for what they can be rather than where they are. As a leader, he showed me what it looks like to walk with humility and to focus on the well-being of the team rather than myself, and I am so grateful to call him a mentor and family.”

Professional “aha” moment
“It’s all about how you connect and care for the people, period. If you don’t take the time to evaluate your people and connect with folks throughout your organization, you can quickly lose sight of what’s important. Without the people, an organization is nothing.”

Most fulfilling career moment
“I feel fortunate that it’s hard for me to pick one single moment. I’ve worked with so many incredibly talented individuals along the way, so seeing them go on to lead and do things that at one point they would have thought to be impossible is very fulfilling for me.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“The people of Arkansas are what make it amazing. It’s a great place to work and to raise a family, and the pride that Arkansans have in their state is unmatched.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“Practically speaking, I’ll have 19-, 18-, and 15-year-old girls, along with a nearly 13-year-old boy — so I think it’s safe to say my hands will be full!”

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“I would tell my 18-year-old self that God gives us each a unique set of gifts, and He will equip you to use them along the way.”

How you define success
“Success for me means when looking back on my life, people would say I encouraged them in their walk with the Lord, and encouraged them to push harder than they ever thought possible. My hope is that I live in such a way that permits people to grow, to take risks, and believe in them more than they believe in themselves.”

One word to describe you
“Passionate.”

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40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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