Around 2014, I saw a post online by (longtime Norvell team member) Tennille Cardinal with a cool picture and place – she was working at a tanning industry trade show. I messaged her, ”I don’t know what you do, but I want to work and travel like that.” She later responded and told me about her job and the company she worked for. At the time, I was bartending in downtown Nashville and farming. I met (Norvell founder) Rick Norvell and was hired in 2015 as a customer service rep. It has been a fun and wild ride ever since!
I grew up on a farm in Defeated Creek, TN. Yes – it’s a real place, a small town and our neighboring towns are Difficult and Pleasant Shade. For generations, my family has raised tobacco, milked cows and we currently work with horses – Belgium, Percheron, Quarter, TN Walkers, mules – and my sister recently added a dwarf pony that loves to bite. I am most at ease when I am around horses. There’s something about the gentle giants that I really love. If I am in the house, I like to get on my PC or PS4 and relax with some online friends. I have been playing MMO-type games for around 15 years with the same folks. I also love to fish and hunt; I really enjoy nature and I’m finding that I do not take enough time to just enjoy the outdoors. So, if you ever see me post on FB or Insta a picture in a hay field, you are welcome to stop and grab a bale or ten. It’s super fun and not itchy or hot at all, “I promise.”
I struggle with people who have a lazy work ethic and make excuses. Just work hard and be honest!
LOL I am a little ashamed to admit this, but it’s “Bridesmaids.” I have it saved on my phone for flights that do not have internet or when there is nothing good on TV at the hotel.
Although Defeated Creek is a pretty place, I was recently blessed with an opportunity to visit Switzerland and Italy. It is a hard choice between Zurich, Switzerland and Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
I always wanted to do one of three things: work with animals, be a country music singer, or have my own TV show like “Marty Stouffer’s Wild America.” Animals are my happy place and just amaze me with all they can do. And let’s face it: I sound better singing in the car alone.
This is a tough question! So many good people in my life do amazing things. My group of heroes grows daily – family members, friends and people I see take a leap to start their own businesses while raising a family. Someone who tries to better themselves will always be a person I admire.
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