Name: Jonathan Anderson
How long have you been in Greenville? Eight years.
Most interesting fact about you: I lived in Mongolia for four years, from when I was 14 till I graduated high school at 18.
Your background: Before my family moved to Mongolia I lived in Nashville, Tennessee, I am a huge Tennessee Titans and soccer fan.
I grew up playing soccer and fell in love with watching both the United States teams, cheering them on in Mongolia. I came back to the States and never really had a club team to support. Most of the teams that I support are based on where I was living, but Atlanta got a soccer team about two years ago, Atlanta United. I fell in love with the environment and connections that I made.
It is awesome to now have a professional soccer team that I can rally behind, the Greenville Triumph. Our group has grown really quickly and the Reedy River Riot just launched the brand less than a month ago. I've never been apart of something that is being built from the ground up so it is very exciting.
Living in Mongolia gave me a unique perspective in which I personally feel a lot of Americans do not get. I saw a lot of things in Mongolia that got me out of my comfort zone initially, but I quickly adapted to it. I am more open and share my empathy towards groups that some folks could consider to be more 'vulnerable' groups in America: refugees, minorities, LGBTQ community, etc. I have a heart for folks of all groups.
I did not have the ability to have a job when I lived in Mongolia and thus, did not really have an idea of what I wanted to do or how to start my career. I decided that it would be best if I went to college where my parents went, an Evangelical Institute here in Greenville. My parents never pressured me to do this but I felt that it was the right thing to do. School was a life stepping stone for me.
Upon college graduation, I became an Assistant Manager for three years at the Marble Slab Creamery Downtown.
I met my wife here in Greenville, at school, and we were long-distance for about two years. We got engaged three years ago yesterday, December 6th, 2015.
Currently reading or watching: Game of Thrones - Clash of Kings! I am also watching Ozard on Netflix.
Hobby: I love and am a passionate fan of soccer. I am on the leadership of the Greenville Triumph SC supporters group, the Reedy River Riot. I also am a major weather nerd.
Tagline / Motto: Stand up for the marginalized, the refugee, the minority. I believe as a person in a place of privilege, it is my role to be a voice and give a voice to those who's may not be heard.
Who do you work for? I currently volunteer for Reedy River Riot, the official supporters group for the Greenville Triumph. I am on the Board, there is about eight of us on the Board, and I do the Marketing and Social Media for the Reedy River Riot. Be sure to lookout for us: we are going to be the loud and rowdy bunch at the Greenville Triumph games with flags, chants, you name it.
I also work for In The Know Upstate as their Relationship Manager, enabling small businesses to make connections with potential customers. I do have a heart for local businesses and connecting folks. I've never been a believer in cold calls, but rather, having a face-to-face with someone over coffee and building that relationship. This is also my motto in the real estate industry, I work as a Real Estate Agent for the Marchant Company.
Lastly, I started, 'It's Greenville,' a project that helps companies build their brands through the means of content copy. I'd also consider this my blog as well.
What is your day-to-day on the job? I have lots of coffee meetings, go to lots of networking meetings and send a lot of emails.
How do you think Greenville would describe you in one word? Everywhere. People say they see me everywhere. It's because I have to be everywhere for work.
How would you describe Greenville in one word? Life-changing. I wouldn't be who I am if I hadn't decided to stay in Greenville and meet the people I've met and do the things I've done.
Besides residence, where is your favorite Greenville morning hangout?The Village Grind! They have the best iced mocha in town.
Besides residence, where is your favorite Greenville evening hangout? A brewery, any brewery really. 13 Stripes is generally my goto though.