Name: Tracy Ayers
Company: Renasant Bank
Title: Senior Managing Director
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Providing investors and developers of commercial real estate properties throughout the Southeast with banking services to help them be successful.
Cable Member Since: 2013
Current or past Cable committee or board role(s): Past Finance Chair, current At Large Board Member on Finance Committee
Why did you decide to join Cable? Prior to joining, I had visited at some luncheon meetings and was so impressed by the caliber of women I met and the excitement in the room at the meetings. I knew right away that this was a place I wanted to be. While my career was already established, I knew that this was a place that I could grow as a person, sharpen my skills and give back to other women on their own journeys.
What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? The most important to me is knowing that I’m not alone in my journey. There are members with every skill set and at every stage of career that you can imagine, with generous spirits, who are willing to push each other and Nashville forward.
How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? Being in the room (even if virtually) with women the stature of those in Cable is the great benefit. Members get to choose how much they want to tap into. There are countless opportunities for education, networking, celebration, recognition, skill sharpening and giving back, and each member can choose how to participate.
In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today? While we as women still face challenges such as pay inequity and discrimination, we’ve made some progress, and these are topics that are openly discussed now. Among women that I know, confidence and knowing our own value is one of the biggest hurdles to our success. We should have our own “personal board of directors” who will tell us honestly of our value and encourage us to reach for the next rung.
What would you say has been your biggest career setback, and how did you get through it? The recession of 2008/2009 hit all of commercial real estate pretty hard. I learned that the loyalty of clients and friends can get you through even the worst of times and see you to the other side successfully.
What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? Get involved! Join Cable! Seriously, though, not just joining an organization but volunteering your time and talents, make connections, and find the places and people you enjoy. This will naturally pay dividends in the future.
If you had unlimited funds and could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would want to take a year and see the whole world, every continent! I’d spend extra time where it’s warm.