Q: Is there a person that you look up to that inspires the career moves you’ve made so far?
A: I would definitely have to say, my dad. He has the greatest work ethic and drive of anyone I’ve ever met. Growing up, he was willing to take risks and put in the work required to accomplish the things he wanted to. My career path hasn’t always been the straightest course, and he consistently encourages me to put myself out there to become who and what I want to be. He has definitely given me the courage and motivation to make the bold and sometimes uncertain moves that continue to shape my future.
Q: Is there something you learned as a child that taught you something profound that you carry with you as a young professional?
A: I don’t know if I would say this is profound but I guess I’ve learned that every single decision is one that could and often will change your life. Decisions made without a second thought are some of the ones that have truly been the “forks in the road” and the ones that have had the biggest impact on me and changed the course of my life. As I get older and grow, both personally and professionally, I have learned to take the time I need to really consider my options and the long-term effects of present-day choices.
Q: What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned in your career so far?
A: The toughest lesson I have learned thus far is that sometimes, no matter how hard you work or how “right” you are, you may still fail. Everything isn’t always fixable and the “good guy” doesn’t always win, and that first failure still sticks with me. It taught me to try to keep a professional barrier and not let professional failures get so personal. They all happen. I don’t know if explaining that to clients ever gets easier though…
Q: If you were to write an autobiography, what would it be titled?
A: “Don’t judge a book by its Title”
Q: If you knew you would be forced to leave Chattanooga in 1 year from today, what would you like to accomplish here before you go?
A: As a Chattanooga native, I would want to spend my last year soaking up the city and fully enjoying everything Chattanooga has to offer. I find myself frequenting the same space and activities. I would want to take that time to branch out and get even more involved in this wonderful city.