BRANDY GRAY AND ABBY BOYLSTON ENCOURAGE PERSEVERANCE AND DEDICATION
Question. What are your biggest accomplishments thus far in your career?
Brandy Gray. I had the honor to serve as the 59th commodore of the Beaufort Water Festival — one of only five female commodores in its 63 years. I’m also a board member for BJWSA.
Abby Boylston. After serving several years on the board of the Healthcare Network Group of the Lowcountry, I now serve as president. I’m also the community relations director at Benton House.
Q. What drives you every day?
Gray. As executive director of Benton House, my goal is to inspire and protect seniors. I tell people that this profession is filled with laughter, tears and friendships.
Boylston. Principal Senior Living Group, the owners of Benton House, set the standard of excellence and commitment to service. Working with seniors is a rewarding experience.
Q. What advice would you give to those starting out in your industry?
Gray. Take action and get involved. The only way to learn and evolve is to engage and interact. You will be amazed at the things you will learn.
Boylston: Networking is a great opportunity ask questions. Stay resilient and true to yourself, your beliefs and vision, and become an advocate for your profession.
Q. How do you balance the demands of your job?
Gray. My 10-year-old daughter keeps me in line. We enjoy nightly dinners — we talk about our days while adhering to the rule of no electronics at the table.
Boylston. My 10-year old daughter loves sports, so we ride bikes and play tennis and basketball. My husband also recently bought kayaks.
Q. How did you get where you are today?
Gray. I’ve volunteered at various civic events, and met amazing individuals who have inspired and mentored me. I believe that if you give back to your community, life will lead you down the right path.
Boylston. I’ve learned it’s not what you know, but whom. When I moved to Bluffton, the first person I contacted was Bill Miles, president of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, who assisted me with securing my first marketing position.
Q. What have you learned about leadership?
Gray. Leadership and mentoring are critical to success. It takes patience and perseverance to overcome weak areas.
Boylston. Dedication and perseverance are key. Stay curious and connected with continuing education and personal enhancement seminars.
Q. How long have you lived in the Lowcountry?
Gray. I am a fifth-generation Beaufortonian.
Boylston. I’m a true South Carolina girl, born and raised in Myrtle Beach.
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