Brandi Payne: one of the most personable persons you ever will meet! If there is one thing that lights this lady’s fire, it is the thought of spending time with people, creating new friendships, and filling others’ lives with the same joy and fulfillment that have characterized her own life. Full of energy and ambition, Brandi has that quirky personality that causes her friends to laugh with delight, and her clients to return again and again for a little more of her infectious enthusiasm for life. Throughout the course of her career, Brandi has had opportunity to work with a wide variety of customers and co-workers: from her time as office manager for a family doctor, to her experience as flight attendant, to her ownership of a local hotdog stand, and more. At each new position, Brandi’s focus was always to provide the highest quality service of which she was capable, and to protect the interests of her clients through conscientious care of every detail involved. This same responsible work ethic would guide Brandi through years in the work force, to her newest adventure in the real estate realm, where she can, in one more capacity, bring great pleasure to an even greater number of people.
The early years of Brandi’s life were spent in Gadsden, Alabama. True to fashion, Brandi quickly became involved even as a young girl in a variety of activities ranging from cheerleading to soccer to performing in the school band. After graduating with an advanced diploma from Gadsden High School, Brandi began her college career studying Early Childhood Education/Psychology at Jacksonville State University. It was during her studies there that Brandi landed her first full time job at age 21, as medical assistant and insurance clerk at a local family doctor’s office in Gadsden. After a few short years, Brandi was promoted to office manager, an appointment that supplied training in the fields of customer service and supervising operations—valuable preparation for the job to follow. For the next three years, Brandi worked as flight attendant for Delta Airlines, performing the myriad duties associated with flight safety, travelers’ comfort, and professionalism.
With the birth of her daughter, Taylor, Brandi found renewed fascination with the world of childhood. She made—and still makes—a very devoted and involved parent, who has discovered fresh sources of inspiration not only from her daughter, but also from the precious story books that entered Brandi’s life as a result. A self-proclaimed lover of “all things childlike,” Brandi is particularly fond of The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems, and Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. This singular attraction for children’s books, though, is not entirely frivolous; rather, Brandi is even now in the process of branding herself as a children’s author! Unpublished as of yet, there are nevertheless books in the making, as Brandi daily acts on meaningful encouragement from Christopher Robin himself, that “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Yet more than this, Brandi counts her lovely daughter as her best source of encouragement, inspiration, and friendship. From former ballerina to current college senior at UAB, Taylor Payne’s life has been a display love and compassion for people…as well as animals in need of loving homes. In the graduating class of 2019, Taylor will continue on to law school, and she couldn’t possibly claim a prouder mother!
Following the job that took her all over the world, Brandi returned to the medical field. But ever seeking an adventure, Brandi undertook at the same time studying at Culinard Culinary Institute of Virginia College, where she achieved her Associates in Culinary Arts. In true Brandi style, the next decade or so would be full of fresh experiences: several years would find her teaching at Twelfth Street Baptist Church Kindergarten and Day Care, followed by an extended period of training and supervising employees, and dutifully delivering excellent customer service in more than one arena. But favorite of all, she will tell you, is when in 2006 she became owner/operator of the cutest little hotdog stand you ever will see: Connie’s Coneys. Right in line with her personal philosophy, the mission statement of Connie’s Coneys allowed Brandi the chance to “serve the best hot dog in the South in an atmosphere that brings out the child in all of us!”
A feisty lover of children, lover of button-up cardigans, and lover of her three darling fur babies, Charlie, Gypsy, and Squirt, Brandi Payne has recently also become a lover of realty. The motivation for real estate has really been with her lifelong, and has taken on different expressions over the years. Brandi’s desire to love, help, and serve people, protect her clients’ interests, and build life permanent friendships, has finally culminated in real estate. Claiming extensive experience in numerous arenas, not only is Brandi well-qualified on paper for any task she puts her mind to, but also perfectly qualified in character, with one of her primary life goals being to follow Jesus’ command to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12).