Invoice Schwyhart, former Northwest Arkansas auto seller and actual property developer, has died


Invoice Schwyhart, a distinguished businessman, investor and actual property developer who helped form the preliminary improvement of Rogers’ Pinnacle Hills interstate hall, has died. He was 64.

In keeping with his obituary, Schwyhart died Aug. 31 at his Dallas residence together with his spouse Carolyn and son Alex by his facet. The obituary included no reason behind loss of life.

Visitation will likely be held at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills in Rogers on Tuesday (Sept. 7) at 12:45 p.m., adopted by a funeral service at 2 p.m. U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, town’s mayor from 1999 to 2010, will ship the eulogy.

Schwyhart made his title in Northwest Arkansas as an vehicle seller earlier than turning his consideration to actual property improvement. He grew up working in his father’s gasoline station in Stockton, Calif.

In keeping with a 2001 profile printed within the Northwest Arkansas Enterprise Journal, Schwyhart was 20 years outdated when he loaded his 1967 Mercury Cougar with all his belongings in 1977 and moved from California to Springfield, Mo. He invested $10,000 he had saved to purchase a one-third curiosity in a Chrysler dealership in close by Marshfield. His father, Joe Schwyhart, was already within the Ozarks, having moved to Springfield when he retired.

In 1979, Schwyhart attended Chrysler seller faculty in Detroit for six weeks. Whereas there, he and one other scholar went to go to Lee Iacocca at his dwelling — unannounced. Iacocca invited them inside and spent an hour speaking with them. The subsequent day, Iacocca went to the federal authorities to request a mortgage to rescue Chrysler from chapter.

“I went again to Marshfield able to slay the world,” Schwyhart informed the Enterprise Journal in 2001. “However [the Chrysler dealership] simply wasn’t a viable operation, so we closed the enterprise.”

Schwyhart later moved to Rogers and acquired a Pontiac, Buick and GMC dealership. His father and Robert Thornton, a former Walmart Inc. government, got here into the take care of him as companions. On the age of 23, Schwyhart was the youngest Buick seller in America. He used the final a part of his title for his new enterprise, ultimately integrated as Hart Motor Co.

Schwyhart owned numerous auto dealerships in Northwest Arkansas through the subsequent a number of years, together with high-end fashions BMW and Volkswagen.

Invoice Schwyhart (Courtesy Backstrom~Pyeatte Funeral House)

By the mid-Nineties, he began specializing in actual property improvement. The booming auto dealerships allowed Schwyhart to buy Pinnacle Level, a land improvement that at this time consists of Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Lewis & Clark Outfitters and a number of workplace buildings. That grew to incorporate land holdings for the extra distinguished Pinnacle Hills, a retail, leisure and healthcare improvement alongside each side of Interstate 49.

Schwyhart was a part of the actual property improvement group The Pinnacle Group, a privately held firm that included Thornton, Collins Haynes, Johnnie Bryan “J.B.” Hunt and Tim Graham. The Pinnacle Group additionally performed a job within the improvement of the Pinnacle Hills Promenade retail heart, which opened in 2006.

The Pinnacle Group partnership dissolved after Hunt’s loss of life in December 2006, lower than amicably. That and the Nice Recession have been a part of Schwyhart’s very public and complicated fall from grace. There have been a number of lawsuits, a Chapter 11 chapter, and Schwyhart was even evicted from his dwelling and workplace close to Pinnacle Nation Membership in 2011.

In keeping with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Invoice and Carolyn Schwyhart filed for Chapter 7 chapter safety in Texas in July 2018, claiming greater than $80 million in debt, principally associated to enterprise ventures that had failed through the financial disaster from 2009 to 2011. The chapter court docket granted them a discharge of these money owed. Final yr, a Texas choose denied the objection to discharge that one of many collectors, CHP LLC, had filed, discovering that the Schwyharts have been trustworthy debtors deserving of a discharge.

In keeping with court docket filings, the Schwyharts moved from Arkansas to Dallas in March 2018 for well being causes.

Schwyhart was concerned in numerous civic teams whereas dwelling in Northwest Arkansas, together with the Northwest Arkansas Council, and management roles with the Rotary Membership of Rogers and Rogers-Lowell Space Chamber of Commerce.

Then-Mayor Steve Womack appointed Schwyhart to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority when it was organized in 1992. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee additionally appointed Schwyhart to serve on the Arkansas Financial Improvement Fee.

In lieu of flowers, the Schwyhart household has requested donations to the Single Mum or dad Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas or Northwest Arkansas Youngsters’s Shelter.

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