Meet our Manager of Communication & PR, Brandt Garrison. We had fun chatting with her about Tuscaloosa and her life experiences!
Q: Where did you work before coming to TTS?
BG: Most recently, I worked for Zoes Kitchen in Dallas, TX. I recently moved back to Tuscaloosa in October 2013.
Q: What is your favorite on the job experience?
BG: That is a hard one. I met Ben, my boyfriend, while I was working at Zoes Kitchen. So that is definitely a fun on-the-job memory! But at my current job, I always say that everyday is a good day. I work with wonderful people and help promote a city I love. Plus, my office has a fabulous view!
Q: What do you love about Tuscaloosa?
BG: I love that Tuscaloosa energetic beat to it. Even though it is smaller, you can have a big-city experience with the arts. But on the flip side, it is so nice to get in mother nature away from the hustle of the city. My boyfriend and I often take our dogs out to the arboretum. Sunset out there is gorgeous!
Q: While at TTS, what are you looking most forward to working on?
BG: Tackling the challenge of helping the community and the visitors understand what all Tuscaloosa has to offer!
Q: Tell us one of your favorite memories of Tuscaloosa.
BG: I have lived in Tuscaloosa 3 times (college, graduate school and now). So I have different favorite memories from different times. Ben and I recently took his fishing boat out on the Black Warrior at night. We went down near the dam, and there were huge fish jumping. It was pretty wild and kind of scary in the dark of the night.
Q: Are you involved in any athletic activities?
BG: I played soccer for a large portion of my life. In fact, that is how I ended up in Tuscaloosa (for the first time). Don Staley recruited to play at The University. After I hung up the boots, I have dabbled in different sports. Mostly, I run to try to stay in shape, but recently I bought a road bike! We will see how that goes.
Q: Do you have any favorite hobbies?
BG: TRAVELING. I love it and wish I could do it full-time! I am not sure you would call this second one a hobby, but I love learning about wine. I have worked in the wine industry and after traveling to vineyards, I just absolutely love it. Lastly, Ben has lots of fun outdoor hobbies so it is always interesting to learn new things from him (fishing, kayaking, road biking, mtn biking, hunting, and more! Haha!)
Q: What is your favorite tourist attraction in Tuscaloosa.
BG: The water!!! Boating, fishing, water sports, relaxing, etc.
Q: Describe your perfect weekend in Tuscaloosa.
BG: Taking all four dogs on hike then some kind of water sport after that we would head down to the wine store for a glass of wine and finish at the Chef’s table at Epiphany.