Meet Nancy VanReece, Batch's VP of Business Development and the queen of building relationships. An active advocate for her community, she creates space for everyone to thrive. If you have the chance to speak with her, you can expect to hear a "greetings, friend!", "groovy, man!", "rock on!", or "salutations"— sure to inspire a smile.
Nancy, tell us a little about your position at Batch.
I'm the Facilitator of Attitudes of Gratitude.
Where are you from, and how long have you been in Nashville?
Originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, I have been in Nashville since 1986.
How long have you been working for Batch?
I count in Christmases; this will be my fifth Holiday season at Batch.
What's your favorite part about your job as Vice President of Business Development?
Helping big business help small business.
[Read more about our team members and their favorite products in the Meet the Batch Team series.]
What are your favorite items that we have at Batch?
What items would you put in a batch for a loved one?
[Read more about our makers in the Meet the Maker series.]
What things do you enjoy outside of work?
Favorite spot in Nashville and why?
Margot Cafe is our go-to for a special meal. It is a friendly place full of love and care.
Favorite musical artist, and why?
Citizen Cope is so great and I love all of Clarence's work. Lately, the music and lyric of Katie Pruitt has me returning over and over again.
Have you picked up any new hobbies, skills, or habits since Covid shut-downs began?
I have learned that vodka is not the same thing as tequila.
[Nancy with Batch Co-Founder, Sam Davidson, as he presents to her the "Axe of Courage."]
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
Hang out my wife outside while walking gallery to gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM.
Aside from necessities, what could you not go a day without?
Playing with my dog Chance!
Any interesting facts or final thoughts?
I've run for office three times and won twice, all while using a logo designed by Batch co-founder Rob Williams. I am a National Ambassador for a precision-medicine survey. I am the first out woman elected to a legislative body in the State of Tennessee.
[Read about Nancy being named to Nashville Business Journal's Women of Influence 2020.]
What the team has to say about Nancy
Heather: "Nancy is a go-getter!!! She is diligent and well organized. Nancy is all the things I strive to be :) She is passionate about her community, and gives so much time as a community leader. She has a quick wit, and an affection for stray animals with two rescue pups.
Rob: "Nancy is always thinking ahead. Her ability to understand our customers and prevent issues before they happen has helped us grow smartly. She brings so much experience from so many perspectives that she is like a Swiss Army Knife that is always adding tools that you didn't even know you needed."
Sam: "There are very few people - if any - who love Nashville more and are proud to rep everything that makes it special. A dogged darling for detail, she delights and delivers delectable desserts and dreams with dedicated devotion! And she gives me all her peppermints."
Caroline: "Nancy is the most groovy teammate! Her dedication to Batch's mission of delivering delight, sharing our love for Nashville, and saving small business is unmatched. She does everything with excellence and care, including mentoring me in my position. I am so lucky to work alongside her! (Oh, and you should ask her about her beloved community of Madison, TN.)"
Brittany: "When I think of Nancy, I think of someone who knows how to get the job done. She takes charge and knows how to turn 'no' into a 'heck yes.' Nancy is the most kind, fast-paced, hard working, multitasking person on our Batch team. She always reassures me and makes me feel confident in my work."