Brook Pittman Jefts
Brook Jefts has worked in sales and business development since 1995. Early in her career, she was an account executive for the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina and two local radio stations in Atlanta, Georgia and then began her own media and marketing company, Pillar Media, Inc. in 1999.
She joined NCO Group, Inc. in March 2001, became the top salesperson of the healthcare services division in 2003, and was named Vice President in 2004. Brook was responsible for sales, business development and client services in the southeastern United States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
After a semi-retirement and two children, Brook is now President of The Marketing Brook, Inc., and provides marketing consulting services to select companies within the healthcare industry. (Update: A third child somehow arrived in February 2010 while working with Health Care Strategies)
A native of Atlanta, Brook received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia, where she also met her husband, Chris. They now live in Sugar Hill with their four-year-old daughter, Haila, their two-year-old son, Harrison, and brand new son, Holden. She no longer remembers what she did when she had spare time… and isn't likely to find out any time soon since Holden's arrival in early 2010.
What three musical artists would you take with you to the proverbial island?
Alan Jackson, George Strait, Patty Loveless.
When you are not working, how do you spend your time?
In addition to participating in craft projects involving glue, feathers, cotton balls and bottles of colored sand art, potty-training and herding cats into the bathtub at night, I enjoy… grilling out with my family, cooking and taking pictures of my little ones.
Who is/was your favorite pet? Why?
Tough call. As a child, "Blue Boy" my first cat. Though I don't really recall why I loved him so much, I do remember nearly needing psychological intervention after his death, so he must have been a good cat. Later, "Sparky," my cocker spaniel. That crazy dog carried rocks in his mouth all around the yard that were bigger than his head and rolled around on them. He was a very hyper dog, but was a lot of fun to chase! "Abby” has been my pet for the last 14 years. She is a strawberry-blonde cat who acts like a dog. Turns out, my daughter is allergic to cats and dogs and one son has a severe cat allergy, so she (the cat, that is) lives in our basement now.
If you have/wish you had a boat, what kind would you have, and what would you name it?
I miss boating and water skiing (though the last time that I did, I was sore in some very unusual places). I would have a runabout of some type, but large enough to sleep in. I have wonderful memories of boating and camping on Lake Lanier (before it was crowded and when it still had water). She would be named, "Lucille" - "'Anybody with a body like that, just gotta be named, 'Lucile." - Cool Hand Luke
Do you have any nicknames?
Brookie, Brooklyn, Honey, Pepper, Heather Bro.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A vet (turns out that I didn’t like animal insides), a teacher (one Christmas break of substitute teaching in college cured that), a news anchor (except that I found the mainstream media to be excruciatingly liberal).
Now what do you want to be when you grow up?
Samantha Brown on The Travel Channel. Oh, and an author...one day, I will write my first book, "I Miss My Commute - and other confessions of a former working mom".
Any words of wisdom to share?
- “Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” - Unknown
- Just because you don’t see the air doesn’t mean you stop breathing, And just because you can’t see God, doesn’t mean you stop believing.
- “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Emerson
- “When you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
- “What makes you like you are?” – My Aunt Tillie
- From the rising of the sun, unto its setting, blessed be the name of the Lord - Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
- Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love grants you a fairy tale. - Anonymous
- "If you owed somebody an ugly man and they wouldn't take him (who shall remain anonymous), you couldn't pay 'em." - My Granny
- I don't want to find out one day that I'm at the end of someone else's life. - Robert Redford in "Out of Africa"