We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I’m the newest Business Advisor with Green River’s Small Business Development Center. I love helping business owners start and grow their companies. It is terrific being part of helping them thrive!
What drew you to apply to Green River?
Who could resist being a gator? I like water, warm weather and New Orleans –
laissez le bon temps rouler!
On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
KNKX or podcasts
What was the very first job you ever had?
The first money I earned other than for chores was delivering the Spokesman Review newspaper. The daily issues were pretty easy (although before sunrise except for summer), but the Sunday edition was quite a workout!
What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I like to help people. There are a lot of moving parts to make a business work. I’ve done many of them over the years, from picking up trash to a number of Board positions. I can help folks because I’ve either done or been involved with what they’re dealing with. It is all about helping them move their businesses to the next level.
What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I want to be a great connector between the College, the general community and the business community. It’s fun for me to get people together with related interests that might not have met otherwise, and see what great stuff comes out of those new relationships.
What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
- I have three kids that are amazing – an accomplished chef, an incredibly engaging and effective retail store manager and an animal loving graduate student in immunology.
- I redeveloped a 1920’s building in a tough neighborhood that is now the center of a community revival. A couple of weeks ago the Mayor chose to have a meeting with the Governor there, instead of her office, to highlight the positives of fixing old buildings.
- I was a college trustee for a number of years, and am very proud of the innovative programs the faculty and staff accomplished for our community!
If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I’ve been called the absent-minded professor. I get so into my work that at times I forget to eat or go home at a normal time when I’m in the grove of a project.
For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Well, it’s not a talent for a stage – but I do enjoy making food and feeding people. I get the best feedback from my baking. Last week I made a killer Kalamata olive bread that I took to some friends. I may have set the bar too high – I don’t know if they’ll let me visit if I don’t bring it again.
If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Engage Everyone Nicely