Erin Brown was named Lifestyle Director at Del Webb Lake Providence in June 2015 - and has impressed the community with her creative ability to produce new and over-the-top events for residents.
Brown described the position as similar to being a "Cruise Ship Director" for the 55 and up community in Mt. Juliet.
"I coordinate and plan all activities weekly and throughout the year for active residents. Part of the position includes being editor-in-chief for our beautiful magazine within the community that highlights their active lifestyle as well as recognizes something we call Trade Partners," she said, explaining that Trade Partners are an elite group of business owners who not only advertise in the publication but serve as a partner during community-wide events.
One of the most rewarding aspects of the job for Brown is working with an age group she enjoys in her native county. Brown said her father's family is multi-generational Wilson County residents. She is a graduate of Lebanon High School and Middle Tennessee State University.
It was in high school that Brown, who formerly worked in the fashion industry, developed an interest in design.
"I wanted to design my senior prom dress and drew several sketches... My drama teacher, Mr. Terry Edwards, took us to New York as part of a senior trip and I fell in love with the city," she said. "After that I knew I wanted to live and be part of something bigger than what I had ever dreamt of before."
In college, her passion grew. She found a way to volunteer at New York Fashion week, where her first show was backstage at Oscar De La Renta.
"While setting up for the show, I remember him walking down the runway after the models had finished their run-through. It was breathtaking to be in the presence of what felt like something so much bigger than myself," Brown said. "I then had a contact that allowed me to continue to volunteer each fashion week. I would just show up to the unmarked trailer, get my credentials and explore all kinds of shows... It was a truly fantastic experience."
After college Brown moved to her adopted city, interning for Amsale bridal. While interning for free and "crashing" with an extremely generous friend from back home who was working as a model in the city, Charlotte Dodds, Brown secured a job with Todd and Duncan, a Scottish cashmere company which provides cashmere to Brooks Brothers, Donna Karan, J. Crew, Barneys and Henri Bendel.
"I was their sole U.S. rep. They flew me to Scotland to visit their gigantic cashmere color factory. It was an amazing opportunity," she said.
Nowadays, Brown has little spare time - but enjoys hobbies like horseback riding, canoeing and encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, which uses heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added, during free moments.
She could not narrow down just one woman who she admires, but cited three.
"There are probably 100 women I admire for a variety of reasons... Of those I'd include my mother for her selflessness and creativity, my grandmother Mary Ann Brown for her wisdom and peaceful spirit, and my grandmother Rita Bowers for her innate fashion sense. It's certainly hard to choose just one."
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