2018 was a huge year of growth for the Bradford Group, and we welcomed four new team members to our company! After they had a few months to get settled in, we asked them to share a little bit more about themselves:
Where are you from and what brought you to Nashville?
Anthony Priwer: I’m from Adelaide, Australia, where I worked in media by day and music by night. I came to Nashville to expand my horizons on both fronts.
Chloe Coley: I lived in Chattanooga before going to college at Belmont University in 2012. I met my husband here and we both immediately felt like Nashville was home.
Kensington Wieland: I was born and raised in Knoxville (Go Vols!) and spent a few years in a tiny town called Cleveland, Tenn., outside of Chattanooga, while attending Lee University. After graduation, I moved to Miami to join my new husband as he had moved there for his job. After several months (and years for him) we were both quite homesick for the South, which led me to finding and eventually joining the Bradford Group!
Natalie Kilgore: I’m a Nashville native.
What’s your favorite thing about Nashville?
AP: As someone who’s obsessed with songwriting, I love the feel of the city’s living musical history and that this is now the songwriting capital of the world. I also like that it’s a city whose people are country-town friendly, including here at Bradford.
CC: I love how Nashville is a big city with a small-town feel. There’s plenty of things to do and there are always new restaurants to try, but it’s easy to run into someone you know or find connections with people because it still feels like a small town.
KW: My favorite thing about Nashville is everything! From the four seasons, the variety of entertainment, sports, arts and education available, to the endless mouth-watering food scene and the kind, diverse and genuine people, there’s not much NOT to love!
NK: There are so many exciting industries and opportunities in this city that I never had to move away from my home (or family) in order to pursue my dreams.
When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in public relations?
AP: I first thought of giving the profession a try when I was working as a TV producer and found I enjoyed suggesting to PR people who else they should try when their pitch wasn’t right for me.
CC: My senior year of high school, when I was trying to decide what I wanted to major in, I took an extremely in-depth aptitude test. It was two full days of hands-on testing done by a research group in Atlanta. At the end, PR was one of my top results. I explored the industry more, took a class my freshman year of college, and just loved everything about it right away.
KW: As a naturally inquisitive thinker, I actually began college as a psychology major. However, I quickly realized I craved more speaking and writing and less listening. Still, I find so many similarities between the two fields and most enjoy getting to pinpoint a client’s problem areas and strategize to create and execute solutions.
NK: I began my career as on-air talent for WBUZ-Nashville. During that time, I also programmed a local, unsigned artist show and began publicizing both it and special events tied to the show. After a short while I realized I had a knack for publicity and I began pursuing it professionally.
What are you most looking forward to at the Bradford Group, both personally and professionally?
AP: Bradford has a really great team so, on a personal level, I’m looking forward to working with them. Professionally, I like that I’ll be broadening my PR experience and partnering with Bradford’s clients, which are doing great work that deserves more attention.
CC: I’ve been traveling and working remotely and part-time basically since I graduated college, so I’m so happy to be in a place where I can really push myself, collaborate and use my training and skills for our clients. Specific to the Bradford Group, I love the people I work with and I love the size of the firm, so I’m able to really collaborate and learn from some great mentors.
KW: I am looking forward to continuing to grow my writing and pitching skills, in addition to learning whatever needs to be done to contribute to the success of the company. Personally, I am looking forward to collaborating with our awesome team to get big wins!
NK: I’m looking forward to working with so many inspiring industry leaders in our community and having my finger on the pulse of what’s happening in our fast-growing city.
Have any unique hobbies?
AP: My only real hobby is songwriting, but in Nashville it’s far from unique.
CC: I’m a conversational Spanish speaker, so I love to use that skill whenever I can. I also addressed all of my wedding invitations in calligraphy, which was so fun to learn! I haven’t done it in a while, but it’s something I’d love to keep up.
KW: I’m a creature of habit and have loved exploring the outdoors, traveling, reading, cooking and searching for my next great meal for as long as I can remember. However, most recently, my hobby has been logging an insane amount of hours on scooters across Nashville!
NK: I’m a vintage clothing addict, a genealogy nut and a huge old movie buff. I’m especially fascinated by early Hollywood (1910s-1950s), its scandals and studio “fixers” as well as the elaborate publicity campaigns that introduced some of cinema’s most notorious stars.
What’s your favorite food?
AP: I’ve been vegan for 19 years so I won’t bother finishing this sentence because I probably lost most readers three words into it.
CC: Anything Italian.
KW: There’s really no food I dislike, so it’s hard to choose a favorite. However, if I had to choose my last meal on Earth it would be authentic Mexican street tacos.
NK: My mother’s homemade chocolate chip cookies!!
What’s your favorite place to eat in Nashville?
AP: Why all the food questions? Do you think I look malnourished?
CC: Café Nonna.
KW: Too many to name!
NK: I adore the Fox Bar & Cocktail Club in East Nashville. It’s probably my favorite haunt of late; however, I also adore “Old Nashville” staples including Tin Angel, Rotier’s and the Elliston Place Soda Shop.
What’s your favorite quote?
AP: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd
CC: “Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
KW: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
NK: “We are all made of star stuff.” – Carl Sagan
What three words describe your personality?
AP: All at sea. (See previous question.)
CC: Friendly, encouraging and dedicated.
KW: Loyal, stable, joyful.
NK: Effervescent, methodical, caring.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
AP: Kermit the Frog and, perhaps disturbingly, that’s one dream I’ve never really grown out of.
CC: I think I wanted to be a singer, but my mom quickly reminded me that I can’t sing.
KW: A psychologist. I made my own business cards and had a notebook that I would carry with me to interview and analyze my family and friends. While I may not be seeing patients, I still love chasing after clients. :)
NK: Either a best-selling author or a National Geographic journalist that helped to save the mountain gorillas and other endangered species.