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Johnson City is a 'perfect fit' for Moore

Robert Houk • Aug 23, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Jenna Moore grew up in Greer, South Carolina, and her family still lives in the upstate area. After college, Moore decided she did not want to live too far from what she calls her “super close crew.”

She eventually choose Johnson City as “a perfect fit” because it’s just two hours from her parents’ house.

Moore studied broadcast journalism at the University of South Carolina, which led her to Johnson City nearly six years ago when took a job as an evening producer at WJHL-TV.

“I lived in downtown Johnson City and fell in love with the people, places and seeing first-hand the growth and revitalization in the district,” Moore said.

She had worked at WJHL for two years when a friend, downtown business owner Dick Nelson, informed her of a job posting for what would become her current position — director of sales for Visit Johnson City — at the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“For the past three-and-a-half years, I’ve had the privilege of promoting our community and region to folks all over the country in an effort to bring meetings, conferences, motorcycle rallies and events to Johnson City,” Moore said. 

Fast Facts

Dog or cat: “Dog person. Preferably hypoallergenic, non-shedding dogs like my boy, Tommy.”

Ideal getaway: “Me and the people I love on a beach with cold beverages.”

Favorite fruit: “I love pretty much all fruit, but I’d say Scott’s Farm strawberries or South Carolina peaches take the top two spots.”

WHAT IS THE MOST GRATIFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Seeing people and groups fall in love with Johnson City. Throughout the recruiting and bidding process I’ll send photos and tell them all about our community, but when they finally arrive here — they get it. They meet awesome people, see cool attractions, stay at our wonderful hotels, eat local food, drink local beer and then ... they get it.

WHO HAS BEEN A ROLE MODEL IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE?

My boss, Brenda Whitson (executive director of the chamber’s Convention and Visitors Bureau). She is a GEM. Brenda always offers sound advice, guides our team in the right direction, handles challenging situations with grace and manages to get me out of any trouble I find myself in. Whether it’s a two-hour meeting to figure out how to tackle an event or a hallway dance party, she’s there for it. I’m so thankful I get to work with her every day.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED BY SERVING AS A MEMBER OF THE SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION?

I have learned so much about Johnson City’s rich history by being on the Sesquicentennial Commission. It has also allowed me to sit around the table and meet a lot of folks I normally wouldn’t cross paths with. As an outsider, I’m honored with the opportunity to help coordinate events and projects to celebrate our city’s 150 years — I hope it’s something people remember 50 years from now.

WHAT'S THE BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

I’m a quote person, so here’s three that I reference often at work:

• “Don’t get your hopes up, but be hopeful.”

From my mom. She’s my biggest cheerleader and favorite human.

• “Never take criticism from someone you wouldn’t seek advice from.”

• “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

From Maya Angelou.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH STRESS AT WORK?

Diffuse essential oils, drink more espresso and use colorful language.

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