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Intern Spotlight: Ten Questions with Abby Alexander and Nathan Hancock

March 19, 2018 Damon Maida

The Bradford Group recently welcomed two new members to our team – our interns, Abby Alexander and Nathan Hancock! Both Abby and Nathan are already entrenched in all things Bradford and are bringing value to the Bradford Group every day. We’d like to let you know a little more about them, so here’s a quick Q&A to get things started:

What brought you to Nashville and the Bradford Group?

Abby: My love for cities brought me to Nashville. Nashville is the perfect combination of country and city life. After visiting the city several times, I fell in love with the southern charm and laid-back lifestyle. What attracted me to the Bradford Group was the family-like atmosphere that the company portrayed. I also wanted to work at a relatively small firm to get a great, hands-on experience.

Nathan: I grew up traveling to western Kentucky to visit family every year and we would pass through Nashville on the way, but never stop in (bathroom breaks only, and I’m pretty sure there’s a road trip law that prohibits these stops from occurring anywhere near a city). So as a young kid, I always told myself I would stop when I could make the call. I moved up shortly after college for another job contract but when that ended I knew I needed to go in reverse a bit and get PR experience through an agency. Bradford wanted me and here I am!

Where are you from originally?

Abby: I am originally from Indiana! I love Indiana, but it was definitely time for me to switch things up in my life. I love adventure and trying new things, and Indiana was just not quenching my thirst for adventure anymore. My parents were not shocked at all when I told them I wanted to move to Nashville.

Nathan: Born and raised in the city of Atlanta. I’ve lived in and outside of all parts of town, so I’m just as suited to quote old Outkast rap lyrics as I am to haggle over a package price of six tomatoes at a southern streetside produce stand. I’ve had enough burgers from The Varsity that I’m surprised I haven’t turned into one– yet.

What does public relations mean to you?

Abby: Clients put a lot of trust in you to ensure that their company has continual growth and a strong business presence. To me, public relations means bridging the gap between businesses and visible growth/exposure.

Nathan: Public relations is all about helping people, brands, businesses and everything in between tell their stories. By zeroing in on the key message of the client and maintaining that focus, the main thing will always be the main thing. The best businesses all have stories that are understood by their customer base.

What are you most looking forward to learning at the Bradford Group?

Abby: As an entrepreneurship major, I crave knowledge about all different facets of business. I am most looking forward to learning about how to manage a company, in terms of public relations. It will be interesting to see how good public relations factors into the success of a company.

Nathan: Agency style experience allows us to be hands-on with all facets of service. I’m looking forward to getting in on all we do here, from press release creation to social content all the way to cleaning out the fridge.

What’s your greatest fear?

Abby: My greatest fear is definitely raccoons. They look so innocent, but are the complete opposite. Something about their black, beady eyes makes me not trust them.

Nathan: Being average.

What’s your greatest hope?

Abby: My greatest hope is that I never take for granted what I have been given. It is easy to get caught up in all of the glitz and glamour of life, but I want to always stay grounded and remind myself what is really important in life.

Nathan: That Justin Timberlake would make a country album. While I wait, the other four albums will do.

You’re stranded on a deserted island and can only have two items with you – what would they be?

Abby: I would definitely bring an iPod and a really, really long book. J

Nathan: A Sleep Number bed and a boat to leave, should I decide the island life isn’t for me. If I can’t have the boat, I’d be sure to bring a watch so I know how long I’ve been there.

Ice cream or FroYo?

Abby: Definitely ice cream. FroYo is just a knock-off of the real deal.

Nathan: Both. I am an equal opportunity cold dessert connoisseur. If I pick one the other may hear me and get very upset. Avoiding food poisoning at all costs.

Mountains or seashore?

Abby: Seashore.

Nathan: Sun and sand. A little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about. I have a carved coconut monkey head on my desk at home that I’ve set aside to see as a daily motivation to one day live on the coast.

Anything else we should know?

Abby: I tell everyone this because I think that it is so cool, but my uncle was a professional tennis player! Although he passed away when I was younger, he has made such a huge impact on my life.

Nathan: I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die…is my favorite Johnny Cash lyric. (Folsom Prison Blues)

Welcome, Abby and Nathan! We’re so happy to have you here at the Bradford Group!

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