Who are your biggest influencers and mentors personally & professionally and why? My grandfather. He was truly a “walk the walk” kind of man. He was a deacon in the church I grew up in and he’s by far the closest I’ve ever seen anyone to living life completely “by the Good Book.” That’s impressive to me and I often think “What would Pawpaw think?” before doing something. Robin Meade. I love and respect so much what she does and how she does it. She’s an influence on me that way if I’d never met her, but having met her and chatted a bit, I’m more impressed by her willingness to be a source of advice and help another woman in her industry.