Words by Thomas Ingle and Jenny Lynn Davis | Images by Justin Hunter
Oliver Wright lives by the motto “Relationships Matter,” a principle that resonates through his personal journey and professional endeavors.
Oliver was born and raised in Jasper, Alabama, and spent his youth competing in various sports, but most importantly, tennis.
“We were a tennis family, my older brother and younger sisters played as well,” he says.
The Wright family was a common sight on the tennis courts at both Musgrove Country Club and Walker High School. Oliver’s tennis career at Walker spanned from 2006 to 2010, with a standout moment etched in his memory – during his freshman season, Walker secured the state tennis championship by one point.
Oliver’s interests branched out to the great outdoors. If not found on the tennis court, he could often be spotted hunting and fishing in the picturesque Walker County landscape. Another pastime close to his heart is golf, which he shares with a close-knit circle of friends.
“We have a good group of ten or so that play at Musgrove. We try to get together at least once a year for a trip,” he says.
During his time at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Oliver’s life was a blend of interesting experiences. He became a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, embarked on cross-country journeys with his friends, and enjoyed witnessing a few Crimson Tide National Championship wins.
In his current role as a producer at Byars | Wright Insurance, Oliver’s philosophy takes center stage. “We focus mainly on new business, networking referrals, and being involved in the community,” he shares. The core principle of Byars | Wright is “Where Relationships Matter”.
Oliver’s community involvement extends beyond the office walls. He has actively served on the boards of The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County and Jasper Main Street. Furthermore, his commitment to the community is evidenced by his role as the treasurer for Friends of Downtown Jasper, a position he has held for several years.
Even amidst retreats to his family’s farm in Pineywoods, the importance of relationships remains paramount for Oliver. As much as the farm offers solace, it also serves as a backdrop for cherished connections.
“I enjoy spending time out there, whether it is hunting, spending time with friends and family, or grilling out and watching football,” he says.
Oliver’s symbiotic relationship with Walker County reflects his integral role within the community. His devotion to enriching the lives of those around him, both through his personal interactions and professional pursuits, underscores his aspiration to propel Walker County to be the best it can be. WL