Central Arkansas
Occupation: Vice President of Marketing and Media for ATA International
Originally from: Marlboro, New Jersey
New home: Little Rock

Jeffrey Nodelman moved all the way from the Big Apple to Little Rock. An award-winning animator, he has worked with companies like Walt Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, as well as opened his own studio. He produced the animation for the Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q.” (You might have heard of it; it’s the one with the puppets.) While working in the big city, he trained in ATA Martial Arts, eventually securing a fourth-degree black belt. During a job in Los Angeles, Jeffrey bonded with Mike Chat, better known as the Blue Power Ranger, over ATA. Their friendship led to his position with ATA and his move down south. “A job brought me here, an opportunity for a complete change of career and lifestyle for me and my family,” Jeffrey said. Due to the convenience and community he has found in Arkansas, he and his family plan to stay in Little Rock. “Little Rock isn’t just a place we live, it has become our home.”

Insider Knowledge

Your town in three words:
  • Right size, Endearing, Convenient
Best places to eat:
  • Whole Hog, Faded Rose, J. Gumbo's, Big Orange
Best local event:
  • Farmers markets and Hillcrest street festivals
Must-do activity:
  • Hike, run, trail, do something outside
Favorite day trip:
  • Pinnacle Mountain or Petit Jean Mountain
Advice for folks planning to move to your town:
  • Do it! We knew what we were looking for in a community, researched the schools we wanted and then started the process.