Joining the staff of the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau Jan. 1, Mollie Smith is delighted to serve as the marketing and events coordinator for Adairsville and north Bartow.
"After college, I worked for Lacoste Apparel in the wholesale division," she said. "They promoted me to a new territory, which led to [my] move to Miami. After being in Miami for several years, I decided to leap into a totally different industry and became a Realtor. I found the real estate market in Miami to be an exciting, fast-paced world. I was blessed to land a job with the No. 1 real estate agent in Florida.
"This experience gave me vast exposure to not only sales but marketing and event planning. When I decided to move back to the South last fall, I fell in love again with my home county of Bartow and all that it has to offer. I was really excited to be given this opportunity to use these experiences to promote and share the quaintness and charm of Adairsville and north Bartow County."
• Name: Mollie Smith
• Age: 32
• Occupation (title): Cartersville-Bartow County CVB marketing and events coordinator for Adairsville/north Bartow
• City of residence: I grew up in Cartersville and graduated from Cartersville High School. Now reside in Adairsville, Georgia.
• Education: I have a degree in Consumer Affairs from The University of Alabama. Roll Tide.
The Daily Tribune News (DTN): What is the purpose of the local CVB?
MS: The purpose of the local CVB is to provide visitors with a welcoming, informative experience during their time here in Adairsville/north Bartow County. The Welcome Center at the depot in Adairsville provides a smaller array of brochures and entertainment information than that of the Clarence Brown [Conference] Center, primarily regarding Adairsville, White and Kingston.
DTN: What do you enjoy most about your job and promoting Adairsville and north Bartow County?
MS: Adairsville has a great sense of community. I have enjoyed getting to know the wonderful people and history of Adairsville. The historic area is a wonderful asset to north Bartow County and I have enjoyed being a part of it.
DTN: Describe Bartow County’s typical visitor and the top attractions that draw them to Adairsville/north Bartow.
MS: Visitors come to Adairsville and north Bartow from all over the world. The convenience to I-75 affords the opportunity for thousands of people to enjoy our charming areas. Tourists wanting a break from their journey often find their way to historic downtown. Also, the proximity to Barnsley Resort brings visitors from that venue to Adairsville. The Adairsville Depot History Museum and Welcome Center is a top attraction for visitors to learn about Adairsville’s rich history. From there, visitors can stroll down the Public Square to visit the quaint shops and restaurants. There has also been an emerging growth of popularity to Old Car City in White. With the resources of natural beauty, north Bartow has been able to capitalize on the great outdoors, such as the Pine Log Creek Walking Trail in Rydal.
DTN: Where would you like to see the CVB and north Bartow’s tourism in 10, 20 years?
MS: Bartow County is definitely growing. The CVB is actively preparing for future growth with the addition of a hotel at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, the marketing study that is currently underway and the recent addition of the north Bartow position. Planning is key to the success of future growth. We have the right resources to make Bartow County a definite destination for corporate events, sporting events and vacation travelers. LakePoint, Red Top Mountain/Allatoona Lake, Barnsley Resort, world-class museums, historic sites, restaurants, hotels and shopping — we have it all now, but it will be an awesome destination in the future.
DTN: What are some of the top received events in Adairsville, and looking ahead, what are some key events in the near future?
MS: The Great Locomotive Chase Festival (GLCF) is the longest running event in Adairsville. This year, Adairsville will celebrate the 50th GLCF Oct. 5 [to] 7. Other top events include BBQ & Blues, which is held in May each year. A new event that was held this year and was very successful was St. Paddy’s Day on the Square. Adairsville’s All American Celebration will be held Saturday, June 30, beginning with a concert on the square in historic downtown at 10 a.m. with the 116th Army Band performing. This concert was fantastic last year. The celebration will continue with a concert, vendors and fireworks at Manning Mill Park from 5 [to] 9:30 p.m. It is going to be an awesome event. There are several other events planned, including the Fall Concert Sept. 8, Halloween in the Square Oct. 31 and Christmas in the Square Dec. 1.
DTN: What is your greatest professional or personal achievement?
MS: My professional career has given me the opportunity to live in other cities with very diverse cultural melting pots. Looking back, I feel a lot of self-gratification that I was able to adapt and thrive in different environments while still remaining true to my Southern roots.
DTN: How would you describe yourself in three words?
MS: Passionate, driven and confident
DTN: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
MS: I like to continually grow as a person and I love challenges, so I’m currently taking French lessons and trying out as lead vocalist of a rock band.
DTN: What is the best advice you have ever received?
MS: “Your word is your word.” A dear friend in Adairsville is always saying this, and it really stuck. It’s plain and simple, but it means the world. If people can’t count on you to be honest and dependable, then they will not put their faith in you.
DTN: What do you like to do in your spare time?
MS: I do stay quite busy with the new position, but when my schedule permits, I love spending time with my five beautiful nieces, parents and siblings. I also have a passion for animals, helping strays whenever the opportunity arises.