What are some things most people do not know about you?

I am certified in scuba diving with a few other Padi scuba certifications as well.  I received my certification in high school on a trip to Bonaire and have been diving since.  I love the water and have dove to depths of 115 ft.  One of my coolest experiences was going shark diving in the Bahamas where I was so close to sharks that I literally got hit in the face by a shark’s tail!  It is my dream to go diving in Thailand and Australia.

Where did you grow up, and what was it like?

I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and I loved it!  Nashville definitely inspired my love of all music, especially country, and I am a big fan of our local live music joints. I was raised exploring Tennessee’s beautiful outdoors, I could be found kayaking in the Cumberland and Harpeth Rivers and hiking all over the state on the weekends.  I am an avid backpacker and love every outdoor activity from rock climbing to paddle boarding.  One of my favorite hikes is the Fiery Gizzard up near Chattanooga.  I am still a wimp when it comes to the heat on my hot chicken order, but I can give you an opinion on just about every barbeque joint in Nashville and now in New Orleans.

What do you like to do for fun outside the office?

I enjoy going for runs, yoga, reading, writing, and exploring new restaurants and happy hours.

What was college like for you?

College was great!  I went to Tulane for undergraduate and loved it so much that I stayed for a master’s program.  I met a lot of life-long friends there and had the chance to go to school in the best city in the world.  I worked for Tulane Athletics in their Strategic Communications office during my time in school and could not say enough for what a great experience it was and how much I grew professionally while working in the office, so a big shoutout to everyone over there.  Roll Wave!

Who has been your biggest influence in your career?

Definitely my grandfather, he was the first member of his family to go to college at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville through hard work and a work-study scholarship.  He majored in journalism, wrote for the ‘Orange and White’ newspaper, and one of his first jobs after college was in sports journalism.  He later went on to graduate from law school and became a very successful partner in his own law firm in Nashville.  He taught me a lot of valuable lessons and inspired my love for sports.  Most importantly, he taught me the value of hard work, and to also to never forget your roots, because they make you who you are.

Education

Tulane University, Bachelor of Arts, English and Communication, Minor in Management

Tulane University, Master of Arts, English