A Good Pour is a series of good conversations with good people. It is inspired by the 100 Cups Academy with the awesome Jason Elkins through the very helpful TN Small Business Development Center at Vol State. Learn more at https://100cups.coffee/.
A Good Pour with Kate Ritchie
Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County
How I Know Kate
Besides my husband, parents, and sister, Kate is most likely the one person in Sumner County who I’ve known the longest. I met her in 1998 when she went through Panhellenic Rush at the University of Tennessee. I immediately loved her energy, sarcasm, and boldness. When she joined Delta Zeta, I knew I wanted her as my little sister in the sorority. As we went on with life after graduation, we communicated here and there mainly via Facebook so imagine our surprise in 2015 when we both found ourselves looking at the same model home in Sumner County. Kate and her husband, Jeramie, were looking to move their three boys to Sumner County, and Seth and I were looking to move from Hendersonville to Gallatin. Fast forward to early 2020, when I was so excited to learn that Kate had been named the early executive director of Habitat. I love seeing her at chamber meetings and other community events now that we are both working and serving in this county.
Kate’s Sumner Story
Kate and Jeramie moved to Sumner County in 2016. Jeremy is a pilot for Vanderbilt’s LifeFlight services, and she was serving as the executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. She picked Sumner County for the schools but now says it is the people that make this county all that it is. Kate calls us the “nicest people ever.” After several jobs that required traveling, she enjoys having her home, workplace, and schools within just a few miles of each other. We are extremely lucky to have her serving this county, and I’m excited to see all that Habitat does under her leadership.
What is helping you right now?
Learning about leadership strategy and tactics is helping Kate right now. As the leader of a new and growing team, she is doing all she can to make sure she is effective and efficient.
An organization or cause near and dear to your heart:
Habitat for Humanity, of course! Since becoming the executive director, she has learned how many people in this county have no means to provide shelter for their families or make vital, necessary repairs to their existing structures. Habitat offers several programs to help families get into homes, receive essential maintenance, and learn about homeownership.
Side note: I had NO CLUE everything their Restore home improvement offers and what an effective funding source it is for the organization. If you are restoring your home, be sure to check here first! It is open to the public and sells new and gently used building materials, appliances, cabinets, furniture, home décor, and more at greatly reduced prices. Follow the store on Facebook or Instagram.
What is a movie, television show, podcast, writer, song, etc., that you think should be added to The Good List?
The Office; please go watch the TicTok she did for her 1 year work anniversary.
What is one marketing question you have for me?
What is the best way to grow an Instagram audience for a local nonprofit?