They say good things come to those who wait, and boy, were we excited to find the perfect PR pros to join our Group! Our extensive search yielded not one, but three (3!!!), exceptional new team members. Please join us in welcoming Spencer Turney and Lauren Hamilton as account executives and Claire Brown as an account associate.
A Memphis-native, Spencer honed his PR chops first at an agency in Chicago and then in Nashville’s booming music industry. Spencer was looking to separate his passion for music from his work life and pursue PR in other facets — and we’re so glad he did!
Lauren impressed us from the start with her background in direct and digital marketing and her go-getter attitude. Originally from Kingsport, Tenn. Lauren earned her degree in communications from UT Chattanooga.
Claire, a very rare Nashville native, joins the Bradford Group after a stint as a project consultant for a local entertainment-marketing agency and an internship at one of Nashville’s leading PR firms. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Lipscomb University — in 3 short years!
Spencer, Lauren and Claire are already doing incredible work. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for each at the Bradford Group.
Let’s get to know them a little better.
1.) What are you most looking forward to at the Bradford Group, both personally and professionally?
Spencer Turney (ST): Professionally, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the great roster of clients that Jeff and the rest of the staff have running here. I like to keep abreast of tech news, so it will be especially enjoyable to be part of the conversation on behalf of those clients — not just a watcher. On a personal note, I’m excited to work at a place with “Beer (and bourbon?) Fridays.”
Lauren Hamilton (LH): All-around, I’m pumped to join the Bradford Group! I’m really looking forward to expanding my PR experience and working within a team that is so well connected and encouraging of each other.
Claire Brown (CB): Professionally, I am excited to use what I have learned about public relations and communications thus far and to continually add to that knowledge and experience. Personally, I am looking forward to gaining higher levels of responsibility within the organization as I prove myself over time.
2.) If you could be any animal, which would you be and why?
ST: Lion. King of the Jungle, baby!
LH: I would be my dog, Tonka, because I would just love to know what goes on inside his head!
CB: I would be a bird. I feel like that just fits me, plus I could fly. Beats sitting in traffic!
3.) What’s your favorite Nashville restaurant?
ST: City House. I love what Tandy Wilson and the entire staff are doing over there. It may or may not have influenced my neighborhood search when I was looking to move.
LH: I love all food and trying out different restaurants. I don’t exactly have a favorite restaurant, but I do love Virago.
CB: The Cheesecake Factory…it’s a classic!
4.) If you could time travel to the past or future, where would you go and why?
ST: The future, so that I could place bets on game winners and get rich quick. It always works in the movies.
LH: I would travel back in time to my wedding because experiencing that day again would be a dream. (Editor’s note: d’awww)
CB: I think I would go to the past. I’m afraid I would mess up the present if I chose to do anything differently, but I would love to see the past in real-time with what I know now.
5.) What’s the last concert you went to?
ST: Night Moves at Schuba’s in Chicago. Killer band!
LH: I was supposed to go Beyonce’s show in May, but she rescheduled. Other than little shows around town, I actually can’t remember the last concert I attended!
CB: The Avett Brothers
6.) What’s your favorite dessert of all time?
ST: The Tennessee Waltz Cake (from City House). It comes and goes, so you have to be at the ready.
CB: Cake pops!
7.) If you could have a celebrity best friend, who would you choose and why?
ST: Bill Murray. I have a feeling I’m not alone in this pick, but I feel like we could definitely stir some things up.
LH: Jennifer Lawrence. She’s a strong, confident woman, and she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
CB: Laura Akins (Thomas Rhett’s wife). They’re super famous but still totally normal.
8.) What’s your favorite quote?
ST: “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams
LH: “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl
CB: “And if not, He is still good” – quote derived from Daniel 3
9.) What three words describe your personality?
ST: Passionate, inventive, humorous.
LH: Fun, cheerful, empathetic.
CB: Sweet, witty, organized.
10.) What’s the biggest challenge that you’ve faced in PR thus far? What did you learn from it?
ST: Pitching a health product with statistics that were contrary to the pre-existing opinion floating around in the media. My passion for “finding the story,” so to speak, was birthed out of that dilemma and is the one of the reasons that I fell in love with PR.
LH: I have learned that you can strategize and pre-plan every detail, but things may not always go as planned. You have to be ready to roll up your sleeves, roll with the punches and never let ‘em see you sweat.
CB: Underestimating the amount of time a project takes. I’ve learned that it’s always safer to overestimate than to underestimate, and if need be, ask for an extension in advance rather than waiting until the last minute. Better safe than sorry!