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Woman of Wilson: Breeanna Straessle

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Breeanna and Brian Straessle

Birmingham, Alabama-born Breeanna Straessle moved to Tennessee last August to manage external communications for one of Wilson County's biggest treasures - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

As the Manager of Corporate Communications, Straessle reports to Director of Corporate Communications Janella Escobar and oversee all of Cracker Barrel's external communications, including media relations and reputation management.

"I feel very lucky to tell the story of such a well-loved brand. Cracker Barrel just does things differently, and I think that's why the company has been so successful," she explained. "From our high-quality ingredients to the training room in every single restaurant - we really care about pleasing people, which is the company's mission."

In her spare time, Straessle enjoys traveling, reading and watching movies. She has been married to husband, Brian Straessle, for almost three years.

The couple met while living in Washington, D.C. "D.C. is full of transplants from all over the country, but southerners tend to stick together," Straessle, who is a two-time University of Alabama graduate, continued. "When I moved there after graduate school, a friend from Birmingham brought me into her own circle of D.C. friends. Brian, who grew up in Atlanta, was part of this group of southerners from Mississippi, North Carolina and every state in between."

Straessle served as a Volunteer National Park Ranger during her time in D.C. where she assisted tourists on the National Mall.

The couple has a cat named Gator Bear.

"Brian graduated from the University of Florida and is a die-hard Gator football fan. As a University of Alabama graduate, I always wanted a cat named after the great Bear Bryant. Gator Bear's name was a compromise, but now I wouldn't have it any other way," Straessle said.

Straessle named television journalist Amy Robach as a woman she admires.

"As someone who works closely with journalists on a daily basis, I have tremendous respect for what she's accomplished. Amy has built a fantastic career, but she's also prioritized family and raised two children," she said, adding that she was especially inspired by Robach's public battle with breast cancer.

"Her diagnosis followed a mammogram she received on live television to promote breast cancer awareness month. Amy had no idea she herself had the disease. She beat cancer, wrote a book about the experience and now travels the world inspiring women."

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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