Name: Andrea Harden
Where do you work? Midway Plumbing
What’s your job title/what do you do? Office manager; I ensure our employees are taken care of when it comes to not only their day to day activities, but any other issues with finances, scheduling, and sometimes even personal issues. All employees turn to me for advice when it comes to different jobs or opportunities that the company may have. I also work side-by-side with the owner, David Ratliff, to ensure all our customers are taken care of to the best of our ability. I’m basically like the mother hen of the chicken coop.
Where are you from? Eastland, Texas
How long have you lived in Abilene and what brought you here? I’ve been in Abilene for 15 years now. It was the perfect place for me to stretch my young legs and see what the world was all about, yet be close enough to family if they needed me.
What is your favorite thing about living in Abilene? Abilene must have the most welcoming community I’ve ever seen. The people here tend to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling. Everyone has a smile and they are always so kind and friendly. So, the people by far are my favorite thing about living in Abilene.
What do you do in your free time? Free time - what’s that..lol. We are always on the go! My daughter plays on a select travel softball team. They play all over and we are actually getting ready to travel to Orlando, Fla., with her team to play in the World Series. So, free time is all about spending time with my family traveling.
What does being an Abilene Young Professional mean to you? It means being able to network with people who are striving for the same things I am! Just being around this great community of young professionals has allowed me to see just how big of an impact we have on Abilene. It’s a great organization to be a part of.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Abilene? That’s a tough one - I can’t pick just one! Lytle Land and Cattle Co. all the way for a great chicken fried steak, but I love Bogie’s Downtown Deli, too. If you haven’t had their African Queen Pasta you are missing out!
Where is your favorite place to travel? The beach, any beach! I love relaxing on the beach and just taking in the beautiful ocean views. It’s a must for me and my family!