Interview with Darlene Dralus

Darlene Dralus Lead NOC engineer, Concept Technology Q: When did you come to Nashville and why? A: I came to Nashville in the fall of 1989 to attend graduate school at Vanderbilt. Q: What is your favorite thing about Nashville? A: I love seeing how much it is changing. As a native Midwesterner, I enjoy how the city continues to …

Interview with Ted Wheeler

Ted Wheeler IT sourcing manager, Concept Technology Q: When did you come to Nashville and why? A: I came to Nashville in fall 2006 to pursue a career in the recording arts and sciences. Q: What is your favorite thing about Nashville? A: The South is familiar to me – and Nashville embodies the things I like about the South, …

Interview with Ayumi Bennett

Ayumi Bennett Storytelling newbie entrepreneur|junior web developer, Sophicware Q: When did you come to Nashville and why? A: I was born in Japan, but my father’s love of America brought the family to Johnson City, Tennessee, when I was in fourth grade. In 1999, I came to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University, where I first became involved in Vanderbilt Student …

Interview with Matt Lloyd

Matt Lloyd Co-founder & CEO, Magic Apple Technology Q: When did you come to Nashville and why? A: I came to Nashville in 2001 because we wanted our kids to be able to read. No, really, we moved because we wanted a change and my wife and I both fell in love with the area. Q: What accomplishment are you …

Interview with Justin Steidinger

Justin D. Steidinger VP of IT & security, Entrada Health Q: When did you come to Nashville and why? A: I’ve been in Nashville since 1992. My father’s job brought us to the mid-state, and while I originally planned to move back to central Illinois once I was on my own, Tennessee quickly became home to me. I love it …

Interview with Blair Baker

Blair Baker VP of product strategy, MedHost / YourCareUniverse Q: When did you come to Nashville and why? A: I took an opportunity in 2010 to lead a product management organization at a large payer and revenue cycle organization. Q: What sets Nashville apart as a great place to live and work? A: The traffic is relatively good, lots of …

Interview with Erin Page

Erin Page Web application developer, Reax.io Q: When did you come to Nashville and why? A: I came here in March 2013 following a job as a technical recruiter. My ex-husband is a post-doc at Vanderbilt, and the move made custody of our two teenage sons easier. Q: What sets Nashville apart as a great place to live and work? …

Interview with Mike Gedelman

Mike Gedelman Consultant, Virsys12 Q: When did you come to Nashville and why? A: I grew up in Hendersonville, a Nashville suburb, and went to high school in Nashville at Montgomery Bell Academy. I went away to college at Boston University, but I came back to Nashville after I graduated because I was excited about the growth going on here. …

Interview with Derrick Castle

Derrick Castle Senior graphic designer, HCA IT&S Q: What is your favorite thing about Nashville? A: Having been born and raised in Nashville, I have seen Nashville grow into a really progressive city. One of my favorite things about Nashville is the creative community that has developed over the last few years – everything from the arts to the craft …

Interview with Natalie Simmons

Natalie Simmons Senior consultant, Virsys12 Q: When did you come to Nashville and why? A: My hometown is Goodlettsville, Tennessee, which is a satellite suburb just north of Nashville. I consider myself to be a Nashville native, and I am proud to be one! Q: What qualities does Nashville need to continue attracting new residents? A: Nashville needs to be …