Bunker makes waves in community

SHERIDAN — Whether you know him or not — Adam Bunker’s face is likely one you recognize. The 28-year-old has seemingly endless energy to give back to the Sheridan area community.

While he’s only lived in Sheridan about eight years, he’s all in.

“I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and at the age of 20 I felt pretty bored with where things were at in life,” Bunker said. “I decided I wanted to go on an adventure, so I loaded up a backpack and put everything else in my parents’ attic.”

His aunt and uncle lived in Sheridan and he hadn’t seen them in 10 years, so Bunker made his way to Wyoming.

“When the bus dropped me off, I was only planning to stay in Sheridan for about a week before hitting the road,” Bunker recalled.

But soon he was remodeling the bathroom floor in his aunt’s office. Then his aunt — Cheryl Harrelson — offered him a job surveying streams for the summer. Harrelson then encouraged Bunker to apply to attend Sheridan College.

After two years at SC, Bunker began working for PB Communications and decided to stick around.

At PB Communications, Bunker applies core communication principles to build websites, develop print collateral materials, compile reports, structure communications plans, conduct background research for communications programs and conduct data analysis on effectiveness of communication methods.

But according to his co-worker, Melissa Butcher, he does much more than that.

“Adam is that rare person who brings more into the lives he touches than he takes out,” Butcher said. “You know from the moment you meet him that he is extraordinary – burning intelligence coupled with earnest humility, irreverent wit combined with deep compassion. He is a natural leader, and his leadership comes from the best possible place — a heartfelt desire to be of service to his family, his friends, and his community. It is an honor to work with him and to call him friend.”

Beyond helping both local organizations and those outside the community utilize proactive communication methods, Bunker has jumped in to utilize his skills in other avenues.

He currently serves as the vice president of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. He and his partner, Amanda, are also very involved in the PTO at Woodland Park Elementary.

In the past, he participated in the CiViC Leadership program and Leadership Sheridan County. He also was a founding member and two-time president of the Sheridan Rotaract Club.

To top it off, he plays percussion in a local band called the InstaGators.

“To put it simply, I’ve invested my time in these activities because I feel compelled to actively participate in our community,” Bunker said of why he gets involved in Sheridan area organizations. I have had incredible fortune in my life because others have invested their time to either help me directly or create opportunities that I later pursued, and to me this is all part of giving back.

“Additionally, I believe that we’re all in this community together, and that finding ways to participate is taking an active role in the conversation of where we want to go,” Bunker continued.

Through his efforts, Bunker has sought intentional improvement in his life and his community.

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Kristen Czaban

Kristen Czaban joined The Sheridan Press staff in 2008 and covered beats including local government, cops and courts and the energy industry. In 2012, she was promoted and now serves as the managing editor for The Press. Czaban has a journalism degree from Northwestern University.
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Copyright © 2015 The Sheridan Press or Sheridan Newspapers, Inc..