“Groupies can’t stop, won’t stop”— we’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again. So much so, that we have added two new Groupies to the team in less than a month. We’re excited to welcome Melinda Dale as a senior account executive and Steven Chandler as an account associate.
Originally from Alexandria, Va., Melinda has called Nashville home since 2011. With over seven years of PR experience and a knack for digital marketing and social media, we couldn’t let this gem pass us by. Since starting a month ago, Melinda has already proven herself to be a valuable asset to the Bradford Group team, taking the lead on several client accounts and volunteering to be a member of our Cloud 9 committee for the month of December.
Steven graduated from Harding University in 2011 with B.A.s in both public relations and leadership and ministry. He comes to us from Porto Rafti, Greece (yes, we’re all jealous) where he spent the last four and a half years as the assistant to the director of his alma mater’s Greek campus. His killer writing skills, sense of humor and wealth of random historical knowledge made him the natural choice to be our newest AA.
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with two fabulous new additions to our team? Learn more about Melinda and Steven below!
What three words best describe your personality?
Melinda: Unassuming yet confident.
Steven: Adventurous, pragmatic, comedic.
What’s your favorite trip you’ve ever taken?
M: That’s a hard one. I’m such a travel nut that there’ve been a lot of great trips. But I’d probably have to say my Easter holiday when I was studying abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. It was three weeks long and I had to travel the entire time. So in those three weeks I visited London, Oslo, the Orkney and Shetland Islands (northern islands of Scotland) and Edinburgh. I learned a lot of lessons, had some serious self-reflection time, met interesting people and visited places I’ll never forget. I get really nostalgic now just thinking about it.
S: This past September, my dad and I took a father/son trip out west to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, L.A., San Francisco and Yosemite National Park. It was an amazing trip made even better by having a convertible and driving it up the Pacific Coast Highway. It was the perfect “Welcome Back to America” trip after working in Greece for the last four and a half years. (I certainly could count that as an amazing trip too!)
What’s your Favorite Nashville restaurant?
S: Seeing as how I moved to Nashville and started work the next day, I’ll have to get back to you on that one.
What’s your favorite book?
S: Fahrenheit 451 was one of the first school assigned books that I liked. I recently re-read it, ten years after the first time. The story was the same, obviously, but how society had changed in ten years gave the book a completely new lesson and warning.
What hobbies or interests do you enjoy?
M: Live music (going to concerts, writers’ rounds and festivals), dancing (mostly swing), travel and sightseeing, walking trails and greenways, movies, girls’ nights, horseback riding.
S: I’ve been learning guitar for the past few months — don’t worry, that’s not why I came to Music City. I also enjoy overanalyzing movies, television and books. I love a good story.
If you could only listen to one band for the rest of your life, who would it be?
M: That’s practically an impossible question for me to answer! :) I’d say either Bon Jovi or Zac Brown Band, I really can’t decide between the two.
S: Coldplay, because I basically do that anyway. Fix You was the first song I learned on the guitar.
What is your spirit animal?
M: A horse.
S: It would have to be an elephant. Roll Tide!
If you could have a celebrity best friend, who would it be?
M: Sara Bareilles.
S: Jimmy Fallon. I feel like he’d want to be my friend.
What TV character are you most like?
M: I’ve taken more “Which FRIENDS Character Are You?” quizzes than I’d care to admit and I pretty much always got Rachel, so I guess I’ll say her.
S: I say Jim from The Office only because I tend to make “Jim faces” when people aren’t looking. If you catch one, it’s my gift to you.
What’s one thing you hope to accomplish at the Bradford Group within the next year?
M: I hope to start the process for getting my APR certification so I can grow my skills and continue to work successfully and efficiently for our clients.
S: I’m looking forward to developing a wider scope of knowledge from working with our different clients. That can include learning new things about PR to whatever industry that client is in. You can’t know too much!