We had the good fortune of connecting with Elise Rankins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elise, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
During the pandemic, when the world seemed to pause, I was able to truly hone in on the community around me and realize that there were groups of kids and coaches that needed the support of community. It was the smallest gesture of simply showing up that my friends and I did, with consistency that made all the difference.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
By day, I manage event logistics for a professional basketball league. I’ve been in the events industry seventeen plus years. Events by no means are easy – they can be time consuming, pulling your away from your family and friends. I’ve enjoyed the relationships I’ve made, the memories and being able to make dreams come true. More than anything, I am grateful for the challenge and push that putting events together – from Super Bowl affiliated parties to government conferences has afforded me. My climb professionally has been difficult at times albeit rewarding. A few years back I decided that I was more than a title, more than my job and that I had a purpose outside of my trade. I’d always had a passion for sports, athletes and coaches and I started to mingle my professional skills and my purpose. Giving back and working with local high school athletes and their coaches brings joy to my soul.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I absolutely love Atlanta and a week here isn’t enough. I love having brunch at Secreto in Brookhaven, cheering on the Falcons at Mercedes Benz, watching a show at The Fox Theatre, picking up some of the best Mexican cuisine at Nuevo Laredo and having cigars at local cigar bars.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m ever grateful to God for a vision and to my dear friends who support and push me along the way. Hugs galore to my parents, Gerard Reese, Alexxis Hutchinson, Kelli Frazier, Sarah Levy, Tiffany Wiggins and so many more who have walked this walk with me over the years. A major thank you to all of the coaches and administrators who have welcomed me to their programs and have called me family.

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