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Shooting the Breeze with Andy Thompson


(Andy is the former director of the Northeast chapter of the Red Cross and currently works with Global Restoration.)

Tell me a little about your background - schools, family, time in Pickens?

    I’m from Gainesville, Ga. graduating from Gainesville High School. I attended and graduated from Stetson University in Deland, Florida with a BBA degree in Business Administration.

    I’m married 36 years to the former Glenda Densmore from Nelson. We have lived in Tate for the past 34 years. I am currently employed with Global Restoration as a Business Development Specialist.
    I love living in Pickens County. I serve as secretary of the Jasper Rotary Club and on the board of directors for the chamber of commerce. I also serve as a deputy coroner here and a trustee for the William C. Hartman Foundation, University of Georgia Athletic department.

How did you get into your line of work?

    I worked for the NE Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross for 18 years. While there I had recruited Global’s owner, Jonathan Schooler as a Red Cross board member. He offered me a position two years ago and I retired from Red Cross and went to work for Global. My work with Global is very interesting and I really enjoy it.

What does your desk look like?

    I have two dictionaries on my desk and some would suggest that I’m organized in an unorganized fashion.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?

    My parents taught me to treat people with kindness and respect.

If you could hold on to just one memory from your life, what would that be?

    Being in Paris with my wife and our best friends.

What’s your favorite sports team?

    Georgia Bulldogs

What books are currently on your night stand?

    The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly and Mission to Paris by Alan Furst.

What do you do wen you aren’t working?

    Read, movies and spend time with family.

Do you have a nickname?

    Yes. Bear. Coach gave it to me when I was playing high school football.

Do you binge watch any shows on Netflix?

    Not on Netflix but I do binge watch reruns of The Sopranos.