Thanks to the strong growth of our company, we’ve been hiring a lot of people recently, and I’ve noticed that just about everyone we are interviewing is coming to Nashville from somewhere else. I also notice that they are very excited about moving here. As a matter of fact, some of the smart people we have hired recently simply packed up and moved here without a job. They just knew that they wanted to be in Nashville and believed, rightly, that in a city with such a strong economy, they’d be able to find a great job that fit their skills.
For example, our last three hires came here from Columbus, Ohio, Birmingham, Ala., and Tallahassee, Fla. Other team members came to Nashville from Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Chicago and Charlotte, N.C. All of these folks either came to Music City just to work for the Bradford Group or simply because they wanted to live here.
In fact, in our entire company, we have only one native Nashvillian, my partner, Gina Gallup. I’m kind of a half-native. Although I was raised in Lexington, Ky., I have spent just about half my life in Nashville. As they say, though I wasn’t born here, I got here as fast as I could.
the Bradford Group benefits tremendously from Nashville’s current popularity, because it makes our hiring pool the entire country. We can, and do, choose our people from among the very best in America. For example, the last three people we hired graduated cum laude or magna cum laude from their colleges – and they come to us with great writing and PR skills already honed somewhere else. They are the kind of people who stand out in any crowd. Smart, confident, poised, natural leaders. The best in the country.
So, I am very happy that Nashville has been proclaimed the new “It” city by Time, Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, USA Today, GQ, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appetit, The Guardian, Southern Living, Food & Wine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Zagat’s, Epicurious, Fodor’s and Huffington Post – and others I don’t know about.
I am ecstatic that the US Census Bureau ranked Nashville the seventh-fastest growing city in the country. I am overjoyed that it is outgrowing all of the cities from which our team hails: Los Angeles, Charlotte, Washington, DC, Columbus, Chicago and others.
Because the bigger Nashville’s reputation grows, the easier it is for the Bradford Group to be very, very picky about whom we hire. That is very important to us because “Hiring Smart People” is one of our core values. We believe that a group of committed and organized smart people can do just about anything they set their mind to.
And we do. Every day.