It’s been an exciting first month here at the Chamber as the new Communications Manager! A born and raised Tennessean, I moved to the area three years ago after graduating from Ole Miss and began working in communications on Capitol Hill. I feel so blessed and proud to call this area my home, and it is both refreshing and rewarding to have the opportunity to work for an organization like to Chamber, whose mission is to bolster a thriving economic environment for our local businesses for the betterment of our community.
At the events that I have been able to attend in my little over a month here – Scholar’s Cup, Business After Business, Breakfast Connection, SMART Start, and several committee meetings – the sense of camaraderie has been palpable, from the smiling faces greeting you at the door to the engaging and genuine conversations. In experiencing, first hand, this type of warm hospitality and true camaraderie between members and staff, it comes as no surprise to me why people would want to be a part of our community. All of the members I have met and worked with so far have been welcoming and helpful, and I look forward to connecting with even more members and growing the relationships I have already formed.
As I’ve found in my career so far, it’s important to do the work you like, but it’s just as important to like the people you work with. I feel incredibly blessed to work alongside such an incredible team that so strongly supports every staff member. From day one when I was welcomed with a staff lunch from Upper Crust Pizza (one of my favorites!), I knew I was joining something special. Our Chamber team has been so helpful, thorough, encouraging, and showing me the ropes and helping me settle into this role.
As for the responsibilities aspect of this position, I could not be having more fun. I come from a strong graphic design and communications background, and these two areas are key aspects of my position. It has been very exciting using my skills and learning even more every day.
I am very proud to be a part of the Chamber team, and I’m very excited to growing and learning more in this position, while doing my part to help our members.