Andrea Gilbraith

Andrea was born in Dennison, Ohio at Twin City Hospital. Her family lived in Gnadenhutten at that time. That city is pronounced as (zhe-NAY-den-hut-en)... Say that fast 5 times!  Andrea's father was a pastor, which led them to move a lot. From Ohio they moved to West Virginia, then on to Paris (Paris, Illinois that is).  Ultimately, Andrea ended up in Akron, Ohio, where the majority of her family was.

 

Andrea met her husband of 25 years in Akron, and together they have four children and seven grandchildren. They try and spend as much time with them as possible.  Andrea and her husband are a crazy, fun-loving family that loves to laugh and have fun!

A large part of Andrea's career was spent working in Accounting for a major trucking company in Akron.  As her husband’s career flourished, they moved to Indianapolis, IN, then on to Nashville, TN, before reaching the sunshine state, where they ultimately had always wanted to live.  Andrea recalls the day her husband called and said “Honey, there is an opening in Tampa, Florida, should I apply?”  She said, “ You haven’t applied already?!”  Within two months, they were driving a very large Penske truck, towing a car behind, and had their beagle (Angel) proudly sitting on the front seat next to them as they headed to the sunshine state.

Andrea has been blessed with numerous positions in her life and strives to accomplish her life goal everywhere she goes. That goal is to leave every person, place or thing better than she found it! Andrea looks forward to continuing that goal with all of you!

What is your favorite quote? 

“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.” - Leo Buscaglia

 

Who is your favorite person in history?

Walt Disney

 

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My legacy is my proudest accomplishment! When I was young, I knew I wanted a large family, perhaps even 6 children. 6 children was not in God’s plan but I have been blessed with 3 biological children and 1 step-child. 

 

What is your favorite architectural style?

Craftsman

 

What is your favorite hobby?

Movie watching! I love movies that you become so immersed in that you forget about everything else as you become intertwined in the experience.

 

"If I’m not working, I’m…"

I’m creating memories with my husband and family! With 4 children and 7 grandchildren we spend a lot of time video chatting, texting, watching videos of events and talking on the phone. We try to be as active in their lives as we can.

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