Meet new member Allen Crowder of MacAuthority
Allen Crowder has the perfect entry for the next “You are so Nashville if…” contest: He met his wife, Karmen, when they were both working at Opryland Theme Park in 1996 (the year before it closed).
He might have another high-scoring entry, too: Allen is a second-generation member of City Club.
“My mom used to be a member a while back,” says Allen, 34, who works in the corporate sales department at MacAuthority. “The first time I went was with her; she took me and my wife there about 15 years ago.”
Allen, who is also a member of the Nashville Junior Chamber, remembers his mother talking to him about City Club when she was an active member. She ran her own telecommunications consulting firm for about 25 years before moving to Rutherford County and starting a new career in real estate. Remembering how much his mother loved it, Allen started checking out the website and Twitter feed before finally joining City Club this year.
“I’ve been in Nashville forever, but for the last 10 years we’ve lived in Rutherford or Sumner county,” says Allen. “Nashville’s kind of grown up without me noticing. Now that I’m in the city every day, being a part of City Club seems like a good way to get connected to people. I’m hoping to take as much advantage as I can.”
In his corporate sales position at MacAuthority, Allen helps bring Apple products and technology to larger businesses. He likes the meet-up potential City Club offers.
“Sales is all about networking,” he says. “You need to be where the people are. I won’t be walking around handing out business cards the entire time, but people do go there to network and meet people.”
Allen and Karmen, who works in retail sales at Verizon, are raising two boys, Christian, 15, and Sascha, 4. Although Opryland is a thing of the past, the family still enjoys Nashville, listening to live music when they can and supporting Nashville FC soccer in their downtime.
Meanwhile, Allen is looking forward to taking clients to lunch at City Club as well as attending networking events on his own.
“I want to start going to the lunches, meeting some people, shaking some hands and getting to know some of the members,” he says. “I’m planning on being a really active member.”