VP Commercial Banking, BB&T
Pictured with her mentors, Terri Holley (right), Owner, Embellish, and Alison Lebovitz (left), Television Host, WTCI
I met Terri Holley through my mom in passing, right when I moved back from New York City. All I remember about Terri at first was her really cute boots, which was fitting I came to find out later. Terri and I would continue to run into each other at various luncheons and gatherings, and I remember being so impressed with the way she carried herself.
We started having lunch every so often, and the friendship blossomed from there. She has taught me so much about what it really takes to be a business owner. I have enormous respect for how she found her passion and calling in life, and how she has always stuck to her instincts. Her passion for her family, the community, and her business pours out into everything she does. She has guided me into always pushing myself to learn more and be the best I can be.
Today, we serve in the Junior League together. Through it, she has helped me understand the value of women supporting women and how important it is to stay involved in organizations you believe in.
With Alison, I actually saw her before I met her. She came to GPS while I was working there and talked about the United Way campaign. I immediately said, “Who is that!?” Her energy, passion, and quick wit impressed me right away, and I knew our paths would cross again.
Sure enough, a few years later while I was working at McCallie, she became one of my parent volunteers for the Phonathon. I knew if anyone could get the job done, it would be her – she has a magical way of rallying groups of people together. We currently sit on the Jordan Thomas Foundation board, and it has been there that I have really gotten to see her passion come to life. She has taught me what it means to be a good steward of the community and to put the causes you believe in first. She has also taught me to think differently about raising money and giving back to my community.
I am forever grateful for these two women. They have helped shape the way I think about business, myself, and helping the community.