Andrea Crowe, office manager extraordinaire, recently joined our team! Learn more about her in the Q&A below.
- Where are you from and what brought you to Nashville? I am originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I first came to Nashville from 1998-2002 for an internship with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in order to complete my master’s degree. I was going to grad school in New Orleans and knew I didn’t want to live there permanently. My brother lived here and really liked it, so I decided to give it a try. However, I eventually moved to Texas for a job. I got married there and thought I would remain there permanently. I had always wanted to come back to Nashville, but my now ex-husband was born and raised in Dallas and had no interest in leaving. Anyway, after I got divorced I put my eye back on Nashville. My brother had since had a son, so I now had a nephew here and my cousin had moved here as well. So even more reason to come back. I have been back since 2011.
- What’s your favorite thing about Nashville? I like that it is a big city, but still has a small town charm. There is so much diversity in music, food and culture here.
- Favorite Nashville dessert spot or restaurant? I’m not sure I have an absolute favorite, but one of my favorite places to go either when family or friends are visiting or for a birthday is McNamara’s Irish Pub. It is so much fun with the live music and audience involvement. The food is really good too. Another experience-oriented place I like to go for special occasions is Mangia in Berry Hill.
- Do you have any unique hobbies? I act in local community theatre productions, cross-stitch and bowl.
- If you could time travel to the past or future, where would you go and why? I would travel back to England during the time of Shakespeare because I would love to meet him and have a chat with one of the most influential figures in theatre. I also think the 1920’s would be fun.
- When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? I don’t remember giving it a ton of thought. I started acting when I was six so I imagine being a professional actress crossed my mind. I also remember my mom wanting me to be a lawyer, so I probably thought about that too.
- What’s your favorite song? There are so many bands and artists I like. I don’t have a single favorite song. I would say my favorite all time band is Depeche Mode even though I am not thrilled about their more recent stuff.
- What’s a memorable vacation you’ve taken and why? There are two. I went on an Alaskan cruise and the scenery was just so beautiful. Seeing all of the whales was pretty amazing, too. The next one was a few summers ago when I went to the Dominican Republic on my own. It wasn’t so extraordinary to be at a tropical locale like that because I have been on several Caribbean cruises with my family when I was younger, but it was memorable because I went by myself and it was very freeing. I could do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
- What’s one thing on your bucket list that you want to accomplish in your lifetime? I want to visit Japan. I was born there, but we left when I was just a baby so of course I don’t remember it.
- What drew you to apply to the Bradford Group? There are a few things. The job posting had a little bit of humor in it which gave me a sense of the company culture. Next, the position itself seemed like an opportunity where I could really use my very large basket of administrative skills in a variety of ways. My whole career has been in non-profit organizations, first in the arts and then in more human services organizations. I felt it was time for a change.
Welcome to the team, Andrea! We’re lucky to have you.