Who is a leader you look up to/aim to model in your leadership at Premier Arts Collective (PAC)?
The first leader who comes to mind is Jesus Christ. I know that may sound like an “easy out” to the question, but His care and love for humanity sets the highest standard for how we should lead. I also look to people like Don Brewster, founder of Agape International Missions. Here is a man who essentially left his safe and comfortable life in the United States and moved with his wife, Bridget, to a small village in Cambodia to fight and put an end to child sex trafficking in that country. That move was an incredibly selfless act. They have rescued and saved thousands of children from slavery. Their ministry has grown to the point where they have gained worldwide attention and are universally respected as leaders in their field.
When did it ‘click’ for you that PAC is where you want to be?
I wouldn’t say it is where I want to be. I would say it is where I am called to be. In my case, it is one and the same since I want to be where I am called to be. God has an interesting way of humbling all of us and then revealing the truth of our calling. It is up to us to keep asking questions and make sure our eyes are open when those questions are answered. I was hired by Premier Foundation, now re-branded as Premier Arts Collective, at a time in my life when I knew I wanted to serve others who are not as fortunate as I have been. My clarity was a result of countless mission trips to Alabama and New Orleans serving others after Hurricane Katrina.
Where do you draw inspiration on a daily basis?
My daily inspiration comes from a variety of sources, starting with the wisdom of the Bible. I also look to the stories of others who have overcome insurmountable odds to accomplish unlikely goals, like a single mother working three jobs just to put food on the table and give her children an opportunity to attend college. Also inspiring are the lives of people like Walt Disney, Leonardo DaVinci and Elon Musk who create great things that live long beyond their lifetime.
You’ve lived in Greenville, SC for over three decades. What is a secret about Greenville that everyone should know (restaurant, destination, etc.)?
The statues in Greenville tell great stories about those who have impacted our community. To me, the secret is the vision of people like Tommy Wyche, Max Heller and Buck Mickel. And restaurants, don’t get me started…
Favorite quote at the moment?
That’s a tough one. I love a good quote.
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” William Wilberforce