City Magazine’s Ones to Watch recognizes
 up-and-coming leaders who enhance local business and the community as a whole through their work and volunteerism. This year, ten people were chosen by a panel of past winners after being nominated by their peers and employers. Congratulations to these outstanding leaders.

Holly Nunn

Central Bancompany, retail operations and project manager

What is the single biggest lesson you’ve learned in business?

Have patience. The road to success is a long one and you have to be willing to work toward it. Many of us young professionals were programmed to think a successful career stemmed from a college degree. The truth is, nothing is guaranteed. You have to work hard, prove your value, and speak up. 

Why is it important to you to be involved in the community?

Community involvement is a way to support the values and organizations that I find most important. It also helps solidify that our community will be a better place for the next generation — not to mention that community involvement builds relationships you might otherwise not have had.

What are some words you live by?

I think most people know the serenity prayer: “Accept the things you cannot change, have the courage to change the things you can, and have the wisdom to know the difference.” I don’t spend time and energy being upset about outcomes or situations that are out of my control. I’ve learned that if I can identify those things that I cannot change, I can channel that time and energy where I can actually make a difference.  

Outside of your family, who is your role model and why?

I know it sounds cliché because I work for Central Bank, but Sam B. Cook. He was a luminary and was able to positively influence and shape our community. I am honored to work for a company that continues to embrace his values, and I’m thankful to be surrounded by the amazing artwork that Mr. Cook shared with us. 

What trait do you most want in a co-worker and why?

Positive attitude. Our attitudes are infectious and create the environment in which we work.  Positive people are more productive, cultivate motivation, and are simply more fun.

What is the one thing you miss most about childhood?

My grandpa always made me work hard and never cut me any slack. I appreciate that today. Also being with my grandma, watching Wheel of Fortune in the recliner and eating graham crackers with a tub of Country Crock.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate, but I don’t really feel guilty about it anymore.     

Community Involvement:

  • JC Chamber Young Professionals
  • Jay Pride Alive
  • Capital Arts
  • Chamber BBQ 2017
  • Capital Campaign Committee, First Presbyterian Church
  • Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase