Each week we are going to have a “Family Member Spotlight”, that will range from a bio of a family member to whatever crazy activity someone has going on that week. This week I am going to zoom in on myself to give you a little bit of background about the person behind the posts. Bare with me, I feel like I am taking it back to high school days when you had to write introduction papers about yourself.
Who Am I – Third generation of the Wood family, Eddie Wood’s daughter and Glen Wood’s granddaughter.
Family – My husband, Michael Hicks, and I will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary in December. We recently added a little bundle of joy to our family, Giselle Laken. Giselle is 3 months old and keeping mom and dad super busy (refusing to nap as I type this with a baby in one hand, typing with the other and wishing I had another hand to drink my coffee). My husband is the rear tire changer on the 11 cup team and have no fear, I am currently working on stealing all his secrets. We have two pups, one extra large dog named Chubs, who weighs 105 pounds and one extra small dog named Izzy, who weighs a whole 4 pounds.
Education – Received my undergraduate degree in marketing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2008 and received my Masters in Business Administration from UNCC in 2012.
Job Experience – After graduating from UNCC in 2008, I decided to work outside the family business. I worked at Motor Racing Network for about year and then decided to go back to get my MBA and work for the race team. Since then I have been at Wood Brothers, where I have a variety of responsibilities including, managing the Facebook page and website, working with my brother, Jon, on marketing and PR for the Wood Brothers and whatever else the family decides to throw my way.
Favorite Race Memory – I have two favorite memories and both were at the Daytona 500. Obviously, my all time, forever and ever, favorite memory is winning the 2011 Daytona 500 with Trevor Bayne. That was actually the first time I had ever been to Victory Lane with the Wood Brothers. The other memory is when my grandpa and Leonard were the honorary starters at the 2010 Daytona 500. I was in charge of capturing the “behind the scenes” pictures and videos and was able to stand on the flag stand with them when they waved the green flag for the Daytona 500.
Favorite Hobby – My daughter pretty much takes up all my spare time these days but I enjoy weekly date nights with the hubs and just spending the weekends with my family. I enjoy traveling and I have taught Giselle at an early age that being a part of our family means being on the go. She made her first Daytona trip at 2 weeks old, beating my first trip by 4 weeks. Of course, I also spend a lot of time dressing little miss up in cute outfits and taking daily pictures of her, if you follow me on social media then you know I am telling the truth. I believe God knew that I would buy way to many outfits for her because he gave me a child that goes through about 3 outfits each day
That about wraps up my life!