While we normally share scenic photos, hiking trails, and great stories from the park on our blog, I’d like to take a brief detour to introduce myself and thank a special Friend of the Smokies. My name is Brent McDaniel and I am the new Marketing Director for Friends of the Smokies.
Brent – tired and drenched, but happy on a rainy hike to Charlies Bunion
After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2011, I served in AmeriCorps for 3 years, most recently with Project Conserve, where I first found Friends of the Smokies. I am excited to have moved to our Tennessee office for my new position after one year as AmeriCorps Outreach Associate in our North Carolina office. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to share more about the Smokies with you as we work to protect this amazing natural treasure.
No doubt you were familiar with the great work of my predecessor, Holly Scott, on this blog, our website, monthly email newsletters, and our many social media channels. After careful consideration, Holly decided to leave Friends of the Smokies to pursue another job opportunity in the area and her last day was July 3rd. Holly had been with Friends for 11 wonderful years, first as Special Projects Assistant before she became Marketing Director in 2006.
Holly worked diligently to pull together countless special events like our annual Friends Across the Mountain Telethon, coordinated board meetings, and served on volunteer days throughout the park, all while effortlessly handling her day-to-day job responsibilities as Marketing Director. Holly had a knack for keeping things running smoothly and after a few weeks on the job, I am already well aware I have some very large shoes to fill. Holly may have left the organization as a staff member, but once you are a Friend of the Smokies, you are always a Friend, and Holly will continue to spread her love for the park by sharing her time and talent with us. I hope you will join me and everyone at Friends of the Smokies in wishing her all the best in her new role and giving her our sincerest thanks for her years of hard work, dedication, passion, and service to our Smokies.
Be sure to check out Holly’s work with the Rocky Top Wine Trail as they continue to support Friends of the Smokies through Sugarland Cellars and other fundraising events.