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Shooting the Breeze with Jarod Trammell

Jarod grew up in Pickens and now serves as Community Bank’s Business Development/ Marketing Officer.

Tell me a little about your background.
    I was born and raised in Pickens County. In fact, I was born at the old Mountainside Hospital (now known as the County Admin. Building).  My parents are John & Freda Trammell.  My wife is Callie Trammell. 

    How did you get into your line of work?
    When I went to college I knew I wanted to major in some discipline of business. When I got in to my business courses at Berry College I really enjoyed marketing and felt like that was a natural fit for me, so I chose to major in marketing while attending the Campbell School of Business at Berry College. I graduated in 2008, and used my degree immediately out of college when I started playing professional golf and was working to gain sponsors.        
    Once I decided to stop traveling and playing pro golf I went to work for a little while in the insurance business and learned a great deal about selling and marketing products to consumers and helping them meet their needs. Over the years, I had done everything from answering the phones, to cleaning the windows, and I even helped fix up and clean up some properties for the bank.  In 2012, I was offered the job of Marketing and Business Development and joined the team here at CBOPC as Business Development Officer.    

    What does your desk look like?
    I have a cubicle upstairs at our Cove Road Location and I would say my desk is typical.  Computer, phone, calendar, picture of my wife - you know, all the necessities. However, the rest of my office is full of labeled boxes neatly stowed away with all our promotional items we give to customers and potential customers.

    Who has been the biggest influence on your life?  What lessons did that person teach you?
    My parents have definitely been the biggest influence. I am the only child and they were literally at everything I did growing up. One or both were always involved. Whether it was a golf tournament, a ball game, or whatever I was into at the time, they were always there. My mom is a retired high school math teacher, so while I was growing up, she had the summer months off. I can remember being about 12 or 13 years old and during the summer my mom would get up at 5 am to take me to a junior golf tournament down in Atlanta and walk every hole with me and she would keep a scorecard to know how I was doing. When I finished, we headed back and would meet dad at the baseball field where he would coach the team and I would play baseball all evening. They never pushed me to be in anything or play any particular sport, but always encouraged me and made it available. I would have to say my parents taught me respect in two ways.  They taught me to respect myself enough to do what’s right and make good decisions, and respect others and treat people the right way.  They taught me to take pride in what I am doing and to make sure that you always protect your name because your name, your handshake, and your word are the most valuable things you have.

    I understand you play golf.  What has the sport taught you about life?
    I have had a golf club in my hand since before I was 3 years old.  I grew up playing baseball, basketball, football, and golf.  I think sports in general are one of the best avenues for young people to learn many life lessons, and the simplest lesson is that you win some and you lose some, but you have to be able to handle both situations. 
    Golf has definitely had the most impact on my life.  It has helped provide me with a college education, an occupation for a while, and the opportunity to meet people in the business and sports world that I couldn’t have ever imagined meeting.          In golf, you call penalties on yourself. You treat other players and the officials with respect and try to leave the course in as good a shape or better than when you arrived.  All of those things translate into life, but I think that what golf gave me was the ability to be around people older than me and helped me mature and be able to relate and have a conversation with someone 10, 20, 30 or even more years older than myself.  Many kids today only have conversations via text on their phones and never learn to look someone in the eye and have a face-to-face conversation.  The ability to communicate and have a real conversation is very important in life.