A Good Pour is a series of good conversations with good people. It is inspired by the 100 Cups Academy with the awesome Jason Elkins through the very helpful TN Small Business Development Center at Vol State. Learn more at https://100cups.coffee/.
A Good Pour with Amanda Foster
How I Know Amanda
I got to know Amanda Foster at Hendersonville Chamber events when I helped kickoff Hendersonville Young Professionals in 2012/13. She was recently recommended by Jennifer Perry to join me for A Good Pour, and I was so excited she was because it’s been years since I’ve been able to catch up with Amanda. When I would run into her in the halls of the Chamber building when I used to work at Keystone, I was always impressed with her smile and welcoming spirit. She would remember something from a previous conversation and ask in detail how things were going. I always got the feeling that she cared about me and my business and even specifically the success of what I was currently working on. Amanda is energetic, positive, and forever helpful – perfect characteristics for A Good Pour conversation.
Her Sumner Story
If you know Amanda, you know she cares deeply about Hendersonville and Sumner County in general. You might even think she was born and raised here, but she was not. In fact, she moved here in 2005 from New Mexico for a fresh start and hopes of being a singer/songwriter. She was debating between Nashville, Austin, and Washington DC. Obviously, Nashville won the debate, and she picked Hendersonville specifically because of the lake.
Sidetrack for a minute because I believe that our past generations shape us, and there is a cool story here. Nashville and Austin made sense to me since she had already mentioned songwriting, but I had to ask her what was the draw to DC. I assumed politics, and I was correct. Turns out, her grandfather, Harold Runnels, was a United States Congressman for the state of New Mexico from 1971 until 1980 and was often called an influencer across aisles (I love this description). Amanda also told me her grandmother, Dorothy Runnels, was often called the first lady of New Mexico. In an article published last year after her death at the age of 97, Dorothy is called a trailblazer, a great force, and a strong woman who loved everyone she came across. So yep, Amanda’s carrying on some generational strengths for sure. Lucky us.
Ok, back to Sumner County. After she arrived, Amanda walked into Hendersonville Chamber in hopes of learning about the local business community. Two conversations later, she had a job at the Chamber where she served until 2017 growing her skills and responsiblities from receptionist to vice president of expansion and retention.
After 10 years of learning about small business, economic development, and our county, Amanda decided to leave the chamber and go in a new direction. She got her real estate license and started a new career in commercial real estate. Amanda then joined Southeastern Commercial Properties in 2019 and is currently the managing broker for her team.
Amanda married her husband, Scott, in 2012 and gained two bonus boys, sons Cody and Blaze. One of her favorite things in the county is Hendersonville’s Hometown Jam put on by the Parks department. Can you tell she likes music? In fact, she said that when she is all done with her professional career, she wants to “sing for her supper” in the corner of a local bar.
Fun Fact: Amanda still loves the lake that initially drew her to Hendersonville but only recently began actually swimming in it. I had lots of questions about this… 🙂
What is helping her right now?
Yoga: Amanda goes three times a week to an early morning session at Santosha Yoga in Hendersonville. She says that yoga has also helped her practice daily meditation, which helps her regroup and recenter.
What is an organization or cause near and dear to her heart?
Grace Place Ministry. She has served on the board for several years and is currently the board chair. She has been instrumental in helping them develop board policy and procedures. When she speaks about Grace Place, you can see and feel how much she loves the misson and people.
Young Life. Amanda and Scott have officially moved on from the YL season of life, but they say they will always donate because of its impact on their son Blaze.
What is a movie, television show, podcast, writer, song, etc., to add The Good List?
Books: Learning to Lean by Marion West and The Good Lie by A.R. Torre
Movie: The Holiday
Music: All the music! General favorites – singer songwriters like Taylor Swift and Pink; Classic favorite song – “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Ella Fitzgerald; Current theme song – “Might Not Like Me” by Brynn Elliott; Go-to music: Christian
TV: Songland (again … all the music!) and Friends (have to have Friends!)
(Read more from The Good List.)
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