Former Mrs. Tennessee, Lisa Reddick is a real estate agent and property investor with a zest for life.
Reddick grew up in Cookeville and spent six years living in Switzerland before relocating to Wilson County.
"During my time in Switzerland, I started a cosmetics distributorship. It took off, and after several years of growth I was able to sell the company and move back to the United States," she explained. "I bought some investment properties and decided to move to Wilson County to continue my real estate career."
The best part of her job is helping people.
"Helping people is the most rewarding opportunity we can have in life," she said. "When I help a first-time business owner buy their first building or help a family move into their dream home, it is all so rewarding. In many cases, I am able to walk away from those experiences with lifetime friends, and to me that is a successful career."
Reddick is no stranger to success - or to heartbreak.
She described the years prior to being crowned Mrs. Tennessee in 1999 as a dark period.
"Before winning the title, I was a young woman who had experienced many difficulties in my life. I had a child pass away and shortly thereafter, dealt with severe depression followed by over 100-pound weight gain," she said. "I reached an all-time low in my life, and finally came to a revelation where I knew I had to make some personal changes. After a long battle, and much perseverance, I went on to change the course of my life by making healthier choices in my spirit, soul and body."
As Mrs. Tennessee, Reddick traveled across the country speaking to women about the power of transformation.
The couple was introduced by a mutual friend.
"She said to me, 'Lisa, you are one of the most intriguing and outrageous people I have ever met - and I have an equally intriguing, outrageous and charming man who may be able to keep up with you,'" Reddick remembered. "We talked first on the phone one night for three hours. I could have talked with him all night, but had recently read in a book that said it was better for a woman to limit a first conversation on the phone to one hour - and I was two hours past my limit!"
Reddick immediately cut off the conversation once she realized she was over her "time limit." Jim texted her to say, "Lisa, I'd like to take you out on Thursday, because I have an idea I am going to like you so much on our first date that I am going to want to ask you out Friday, Saturday and Sunday."
"We have been on a date ever since," she said.
Together they have four boys, Aaron, 25; Carson, 24; Zac, 22; and Cameron, 21. Reddick insisted there are "no steps in this family" which oftentimes is like a modern-day "Brady Bunch."
In their spare time the Reddicks enjoy flying. They are members of the Lebanon Flying Club. They also have a houseboat.
"Our favorite thing to do is have friends and family aboard and enjoy great food and fellowship," Reddick said.
Reddick has been blessed to have many influential mentors help her become the woman she is today.
"These were strong, faithful, southern women with red lipstick, deep roots and thick skin," she said. "I learned early on to absorb every word of wisdom and word of correction that they spoke into my life."
Of these women, Reddick named her grandmother, who recently passed away, as one of the most influential.
"She was always graceful and beautiful in good times and bad. She knew how to celebrate each day as a treasured gift from God, and that is how I live my life to this day."
Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.