Bryan Byrd–Advice For Visitors to Hendersonville

What is your name?  Full name: John Bryan Byrd; Family nickname: Pee Wee (yes, at 6’2″ / 240 lbs I am the runt of the family); Known to my friends as: b2 (b-squared)

What is your occupation? CURRENTLY SEEKING NEXT ROLE – Customer Cultivation Professional, Sales Executive, Operational Efficiency Consultant

How old are you? 46

Where do you live? Hendersonville, North Carolina (aka – Paradise)

Do you have a website or a blog where people can learn more about you?

The most interesting place you’ve visited: Hendersonville, NC – seriously, five years of living here and it still intrigues me……still so much to explore, learn, and do.

Can you give visitors to Hendersonville some advice?  Any given visitor to Hendersonville, North Carolina (aka – Paradise) must be wary of the warning I was given by the first real estate agent I encountered when I rolled into town in April of 2012, (read this statement to yourself as if you are Scarlett O’Hara) “We don’t have comers and goers, ….we have comers and stayers.”

There are many reasons why this is the case, including but not limited to our incredibly charming main street. That April day I first arrived I was unable to meet right away with that southern-belle of a realtor because I approached her downtown office during lunch hour. They were closed. How charming.

There is also the fact that you cannot go five miles in any direction from Hendersonville without entering protected land of some sort: National Park, National Forest, State Park, State Forest, County Wetland, Village Watering Hole, and last and certainly least, Neighborhood Watch Memorial Park Bench.

When I think about what really pulls all of these features together to make for a travel destination, and eventually a home, for so many from all over the universe, it’s gotta be the ‘tude.

The ‘tude, or attitude for perpetual landlubbers, is closely related to the fact that from the day that Charles Barring arrived from Charleston and realized that his wife Susan might be able to breathe easier here in the summer this area has been a place for “foreigners.”

Then Charles’ buddy Mr. King came up and eventually played a part in writing the charter for the city of Hendersonville which says among other things that Hendo would always have a main street wide enough to do a U-turn with a six horse carriage.

This town has always been a place of escape for folks from other worlds, and as a result has always been a haven for characters.

So please,…be sure to be one. A character that is.

We like that.

Great, and thanks much. Describe your favorite meal. Grilled chicken breasts, grilled asparagus, fresh spinach salad, tater tots, and dark chocolate mousse for dessert……..shared with friends outside on the deck

Pet peeve? Pet peeves……they really get on my nerves.

Favorite book? “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch — have given away at least 20 copies and re-read it at least every 3 years.

What is “The Last Lecture” about and why might we want to read it?
Living out your childhood dreams is the subtitle, and exactly what the book will inspire you to do. Any excuses that you can come up with, and I can be pretty creative when it comes to excuses, will sound lame and ridiculous when you immerse yourself into the story, life, and legend that is Randy Pausch.

If people want to pray for you, they could pray for…..? Patience in my latest career discernment

Are you married or have you been? Any kids or pets? Was married to my first love for 23 years. Two beautiful teenage boys, who have two rescue pups (Genuine Pure Bred Carolina Ditch Dogs).

One thing many people don’t know you can do? Wiggle my ears.

I didn’t know that.

If you had any spare time, what would you do with it? Write one of the 18 books that are spinning around in my head

Tell us some interesting things about yourself that aren’t already covered. The first time I was in the paper it was a pic of me and The Captain, from Captain & Tennille, sitting on a piano bench together when I was 4 while and was wearing his famous greek fisherman’s hat.

Great, Bryan. Thanks so much for sharing with us. We’ll be praying about the career discernment.