Tim Jones, Sports Science - Exercise Physiology '93

Tim Jones,  Sports Science - Exercise Physiology '93

Tim Jones,  Sports Science - Exercise Physiology '93

Name: Tim Jones

Year Graduated: 1993

Major at OU: Sports Science - Exercise Physiology

Nashville Neighborhood: Bellevue

Job and Industry: Associate Professor- Tennessee State University

When you moved to Nashville and why: Move to Nashville in July 1997 from Univ of Wyoming to take position as Aquatic Director & Faculty at TSU. Also Head Coach of Middle TN Diving Program.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Many great days on South Green & the Aquatic Center. I was a diver on OU Varsity Swim & Dive Team. 
Many great nights at The Pup & quad night at The Junction.

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Spend many days & nights on lower Broadway prior to Titian's games or events at Bridgestone arena. The Brewhouse Pubs are favorite place to get eat / drink.

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Kimberly Bennett, BS Mathematics '96

Kimberly Bennett, BS Mathematics '96

Kimberly Bennett, BS Mathematics '96

Name: Kimberly  Bennett

Year Graduated: 1996

Major at OU: BS in Mathematics

Nashville Neighborhood: Mount Juliet

Job and Industry: Associate Actuary / Computer Sciences / Life Insurance

When you moved to Nashville and why: I was recruited right out of OU to come work in Nashville at CNA Life Insurance in the July 1996. CNA was hiring quite a few alumni from OU. When I started CNA they had employed over 1,800 people for Nashville office. Within 5 years, the company had several layoffs and then sold leaving behind only 130 people to go to the new company. Today, I still work in the big white building that you can see off 40E right before Stewart's Ferry, but with a 4th company.

Favorite Athens spot(s): To be honest at that time, Burger King or Wendy's were my favorite places in Athens. I went to OU Lancaster for the first 2 1/2 years then transferred to Athens to complete my degree. I drove 5 days a week from Lancaster to Athens. I had really no money, so I'd  gathered my change to get items from the dollar menu.

Favorite Nashville spot(s): I enjoy going to the Nashville Zoo and Centennial Park with my family.  We take trips to Lebanon to go to Sunset Family Restaurant. They have the best meat and three in the middle Tennessee.  I also love the fact that we are so close to a major airport.  Although it has been harder recently, I like the fact you can get to any part of town in less than 30 minutes.

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Courtney Bresler, BSC '08

Courtney Bresler, BSC '08

Courtney Bresler, BSC '08

Name: Courtney Bresler

Year Graduated: 2008

Major at OU: Telecommunications

Nashville Neighborhood: Mount Juliet

Job and Industry: Co-Owner of Predator Cycling

When you moved to Nashville and why: My husband and I moved to Nashville just recently in May 2017. We had lived in Los Angeles the past five years, my husband manufacturing composite bicycles while I worked master control at The Tennis Channel. We were ready to move on from the hustle & bustle of the tv industry, the inflated costs of living, and traffic on the 405! We've moved our business, Predator Cycling, to Mount Juliet and are enjoying the easy-going lifestyle now.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Redbrick, Pita Pit, the old Court Street Tacobell, Union Street Diner (mmm mushroom swiss burger), Taco Johns, East Green, Tony's, and the TCOM Equipment Room window for witty banter

Favorite Nashville spot(s): We haven't explored nearly enough, but you can find me riding my bike at Stones River Greenway, walking at Long Hunter State Park, eating brisket at Martin's BBQ, or grab a beer with me at Legend's Corner

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Casey Funtal, BSC '17

Casey Funtal, '17

Casey Funtal, '17

Name: Casey Funtal

Year Graduated: 2017

Major at OU: Communications

Nashville Neighborhood: North Nashville

Job and Industry: Account Coordinator at Houzz

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville in May because I had a job offer from Houzz!

Favorite Athens spot(s): Jackie O's, Pub, and Casa.

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Fat Bottom Brewery, Tailgate Brewery, and Centennial Park. I'm still pretty new here so I'm always looking for new places to check out.

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Matt McKnight, BBA '15

Name: Matt McKnight

Year Graduated: 2015

Major at OU: BBA in Finance, Entrepreneurship

Nashville Neighborhood: Cane Ridge

Job and Industry: President, PMI (eCommerce: PremiereCollectibles.comBulkBooks.comLiveSigning.com)

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved here in April 2016 for a job opportunity. I was surprised how often the terms "yankee" and "carpetbagger" were playfully tossed around.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Casa Nueva for Trivia Night, The Fun Barn

Favorite Nashville spot(s): 3rd & Lindsley, The Bluebird Cafe, Acapulco Burrito, Matt Brooker's house

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Josh Smiley, Sports Mgmt. '14

Josh Smiley, Sports Mgmt. '14

Josh Smiley, Sports Mgmt. '14

Name: Josh Smiley

Year Graduated: 2014

Major at OU: Sport Management

Nashville Neighborhood: East Nashville

Job and Industry: Account Executive for the Nashville Predators

When you moved to Nashville and why: I had moved to Nashville in May of 2014 just after graduation.  I had moved down here to work for the Nashville Predators.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Pawpurr's, Bagel Street, & Souvlaki's

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Five Points Cocina Mexicana

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Bob Smith, BSC '68

Name: Bob Smith

Year Graduated: 1968

Major at OU: Communication

Nashville Neighborhood: Franklin

Job and Industry: Higher Education

When you moved to Nashville and why: My wife and I moved to Nashville in 2012 to retire. 

Favorite Athens spot: The Green

Favorite Nashville spot: Stoney River

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Margaret Hietanen, Restaurant, Hotel, Tourism Management '13

Margaret Hietanen, Restaurant, Hotel, Tourism Management '13

Margaret Hietanen, Restaurant, Hotel, Tourism Management '13

Name: Margaret Hietanen

Year Graduated: 2013

Major at OU: Restaurant, Hotel, Tourism Management

Nashville Neighborhood: Donelson

Job and Industry: Technology & Security

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville after my first job post graduation. My parents moved to Nashville during my junior year of college.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Oh this is a tough one, for outdoors, I loved Strouds Run. My favorite food spot was Bagel St Deli or USD. And favorite bar(s) were Courtside Pizza & Pig Skin.

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Also tough answer, I love Percy Warner Park for hiking and views. My favorite running trail would have to be Shelby Bottom. Now for the good stuff, favorite food spot is Urban Grub or The Sutler. And my favorite bar would be CrazyTown or Tin Roof Demonbraun.

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Tim Baker, BSC '08

Tim Baker, BSC '08

Tim Baker, BSC '08

Name: Tim Baker

Year Graduated: 2008

Major at OU: Telecommunications

Nashville Neighborhood: Sylvan Park

Job and Industry: 911 Support Engineer

When you moved to Nashville and why: Moved to Nashville in 2009 originally looking to find a touring audio position as I worked at Mem Aud most of my college career.  After instead working for AT&T for around 3 years we packed up and moved to Denver for 1 year, then Seattle for 2 years before deciding Nashville was once again where we wanted to be and moved back in 2015.

Favorite Athens spot(s): Pigskin, Cat's Den, and O'Hooleys

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Southern Grist, Park Cafe, and Answer

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Morgan Naugle '13

Morgan Naugle - BECE '13

Morgan Naugle - BECE '13

Name: Morgan Naugle

Year Graduated: 2013

Major at OU: Early Childhood Education

Nashville Neighborhood: Murfreesboro

Job and Industry: teacher at The Goddard School in Franklin

When you moved to Nashville and why: December 2016 - Being from a small town in Ohio, I was ready for a big city with more opportunity for both my career and social life! There's so much to do here!

Favorite Athens spot(s): Lucky's Sports Tavern, Casa Nueva, South Beach, Big Mama's Burritos, Jefferson Dining Hall

Favorite Nashville spot(s): Tavern in Midtown, Batey's Farm in Murfreesboro, Predator's Games, Five Daughters Bakery

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Brandon Rodman, BSC '05

Brandon Rodman, BSC '05

Brandon Rodman, BSC '05

Name: Brandon Rodman

Year Graduated: 2005

Major at OU: Information and Telecommunication Systems

Nashville Neighborhood: Lenox Village

Job and Industry: Business Intelligence Developer for a Health Care startup

When you moved to Nashville and why: October 2015, I fell in love with the city during a visit.

Favorite Athens spot: CI, Pawpurrs, Pita Pit

Favorite Nashville spot: The Other Place, The Ryman, Wild Wasabi

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Kirstyn Turner, BSC '13 Visual Communication

Name: Kirstyn Turner

Year Graduated: 2013

Major at OU: Visual Communication

Nashville Neighborhood: Murfreesboro

Job and Industry: Real Estate

When you moved to Nashville and why: Shortly after graduation I accepted a job offer for a Designer 1 position at the Nashville Design Studio (Tennessean). For a little over a year I was a page/layout designer for news publications out of Florida. Quickly learning that the face of print media was changing, I made the jump into real estate. Today I am the marketing/transaction coordinator for a 4 person team here in town.

Favorite Athens spot: Bagel Street
Jackie O's
Lucky's
Broneys (champagne slushies)
Court Street Coffee
Larry's Dawg House
Purple Chopstix
USD (Union Street Diner)
Fun Barn

Favorite Nashville spot: Craft Brewed & any brewery in town
Bobbie's Dairy Dip
Cochon Butcher (the cubano)
Acme Feed & Seed
The Ryman
Center Hill Lake (outside Nashville)

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Dan Ketterer, BBA '11

Dan Ketterer, BBA '11

Dan Ketterer, BBA '11

Name: Dan Ketterer

Year Graduated: 2011

Major at OU: BBA Accounting and Management Information Systems

Nashville Neighborhood: West Nashville

Job and Industry: Internal Audit at manufacturing company

When you moved to Nashville and why: My wife and I moved to Nashville in 2014 as a way to get out of Ohio and try out southern living.

Favorite Athens spot: Prime Time at Pawpurrs, Jackie O's, & Mikes Dog Shack.

Favorite Nashville spot: CoCo's Italian Market, Star Bagel, Fat Bottom Brewery, & Percy Warner Park.

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Alisa Alvich, Marketing & Communications '12

Alisa Alvich, Marketing & Communications '12

Alisa Alvich, Marketing & Communications '12

Name: Alisa Alvich

Year Graduated: 2012

Major at OU: Marketing & Communications

Nashville Neighborhood: Franklin, TN

Job and Industry: Director of Strategic Marketing, Thinkswell Marketing, Media, and Advertising

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville in March of 2015 to expand my family-owned sales and marketing consulting company, Tier5 Marketing. With a background in B2B technology marketing, I saw that many small to mid-sized technology and professional services organizations struggled with creating and executing marketing and sales initiatives. I began Tier5 with the intensions of serving these SMB Tech/Healthcare/Professional services companies and Nashville was BOOMING in these markets. I moved to Nashville and grew a client-base with B2B professional services and non-profit companies and have been happy ever since!

Favorite Athens spot: Krystal (duh), Junction, Slice Nights, and Shrouds run during the spring/summer time!

Favorite Nashville spot: 12 South, Hillsboro Village, 5-points, The Factory, Radnor Lake, Kayaking the Harpeth river, and so much more...

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Laura Richards, BSJ '99

Laura Richards, BSJ '99

Laura Richards, BSJ '99

Name: Laura Richards

Year Graduated: 1999

Major at OU: Journalism and Political Science

Nashville Neighborhood: Cane Ridge

Job and Industry: Internal communications at UnitedHealth Group

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville in May 2006. I was looking for a job and a change of scenery, so I drove down here with my life savings and whatever belongings fit in a Chevy Cavalier. I got into health care PR, bought a house and put down roots.

Favorite Athens spot: The Pigskin and Casa

Favorite Nashville spot: Suzy Wong's House of Yum, Subculture and Arrington Vineyards

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Allison Giehl, '12

Allison Giehl, '12

Allison Giehl, '12

Name: Allison Giehl

Year Graduated: 2012

Major at OU: Restaurant Hotel Tourism

Nashville Neighborhood: 12 South

Job and Industry: Taproom Manager and Catering Coordinator at TailGate Brewery

When you moved to Nashville and why: June 2014. I was still living in Athens, Ohio two years after graduating and was finally ready for a change. I didn't know anyone when I moved to Nashville and found my roommate on Craigslist.

Favorite Athens spot: Pigskin, Ping and 65 North Congress

Favorite Nashville spot: Two Rivers Dog Park, Martin's, any live music venue

Chris Brantley, BSJ '12

Chris Brantley, BSJ '12

Chris Brantley, BSJ '12

Name: Chris Brantley

Year Graduated: 2012

Major at OU: Broadcast Journalism

Tennessee Neighborhood: Chattanooga 

Job and Industry: Social Media Producer

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Chattanooga in August of 2015. I moved there for my job as a Social Media Producer at WRCB-TV (NBC) I am looking to move to Nashville in 2017.

Favorite Athens spot: 5th floor Baker. Anywhere with my friends.

Favorite Nashville spot: Centennial Park, Four Points in East Nashville

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Rachel Figley, BSC '11

Rachel Figley, BSC '11

Rachel Figley, BSC '11

Name: Rachel Figley

Year Graduated: 2011

Major at OU: Music Production

Nashville Neighborhood: Marathon Village

Job and Industry: Account Manager at FoxFuel Creative (Marketing Agency)

When you moved to Nashville and why: Moved here for a job offer right after grad school at OU (January of 2013).

Favorite Athens spot: Jackie O's is easily at the top of the list. Consequently, O'Bettys is also at the top of the list because it's 2nd location was right next to JO's.

Favorite Nashville spot: If I'm not at work, you can almost certainly find me at TN Brew Works, Skulls, or Three Brothers.

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Emily Webster, BSCSD '11

Emily Webster, '11

Emily Webster, '11

Name: Emily Webster

Year Graduated: 2011

Major at OU: Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences

Nashville Neighborhood: Hermitage

Job and Industry: Vision Therapist at an Optometrist office

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville in March of 2013 when my husband started working for the Nashville Sounds baseball team. I wasn't too familiar with Nashville or what it had to offer, but once I moved down I realized it was the city meant for me. It's such a fun and exciting city that it's easy to make it my home. Plus, it doesn't take much convincing to have friends come visit :)

Favorite Athens spot: Pigskin

Favorite Nashville spot: Anywhere with a rooftop

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Jason Peltier, BSC '02

Jason Peltier, BSC '02

Jason Peltier, BSC '02

Name: Jason Peltier

Year Graduated: 2002

Major at OU: Video Production

Nashville Neighborhood: Antioch

Job and Industry: Former Morning Director at WZTV FOX 17 for 15 years but currently working towards becoming a Vet Assistant

When you moved to Nashville and why: I moved to Nashville back in August 2006 for my career in local TV news. Fell in love with everything immediately and don't plan on leaving.

Favorite Athens spot: Who didn't love Goodfella's pizza late at night or Brennan's Bagel's during the afternoon.

Favorite Nashville spot: I have a few but I would say The Flying Saucer is at the top of the list.