Musical aficionado, traveler, creative mind
What clients can we find you working with at Darby?
I hit the jackpot and work with some amazing clients: Sierra Designs, Industrial Revolution, LifeSaver, Friends of the Smokies and the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Partnership.
Favorite part of the job?
While there are several aspects of the job I enjoy, I especially like researching target audiences for our clients’ impactful projects and quality gear. I love connecting people with ways to make their outdoor and athletic ventures more enjoyable!
Where can we find you while not in the office?
On the trail with my favorite canine Mowgli, getting bendy at Asheville Community Yoga, or rehearsing for an upcoming show with my band KISMET.
Favorite piece of gear?
My brand new Front Country Duo sleeping bag from Sierra Designs! It’s spacious, cozy and I love the zipper-less design. It’s ideal for casual car camping.
Must follow on Instagram?
@theonion - because we all need a little satire to make it through the day’s headlines.
Podcast or music while on the road?
I’ve been super into true crime podcasts like Up and Vanished. I’m a sucker for anything with mystery or suspense.
Favorite spot in WNC?
Shortoff Mountain in Linville Gorge – the views are incredible!
Burrito or taco?
Taco, no contest.
Beverage of choice?
Too hard to choose just one! My top 3 would have to be Yerba Mate, Buchi Kombucha and Sierra Nevada’s original Otra Vez.
What’s your next splurge purchase?
Trail Running Shoes! I’ve grown tired of my asphalt routine.
What are you jamming to on the headphones while in the office?
This is an obscure cut, I know, but I’ve been digging Ethiopiques: Vol. 4, which is a collection of Ethiopian jazz recorded in the 60s and 70s. The instrumentals are a beautiful combination of jazz fusion and traditional Ethiopian music, which tends to be very emotive and repetitive. It’s perfect for focusing!
Who on the Darby team would you trust to survive in the woods?
My money is on Mandy. She always has the most upbeat and positive attitude. I imagine you’d need to have unwavering optimism in order to survive in the bush!