Faces of Jackson County: Nelson McGinnis

Meet Nelson McGinnis! Nelson has been working at Jackson EMC for the past 15 years, where he is a Senior Residential New Development Advisor. He is married to Charlene and they have two children: Macy and Mead. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Social Work. He also has a master of Business Administration from Piedmont College.

We want to thank Nelson for spending time with us recently and telling us more about his life and love of Jackson County.

Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “So even though I had earned my undergraduate degree in social work before I started working at Jackson EMC, when I was in college I worked with an electrician wiring houses, and electricity always intrigued me. I knew Jackson EMC had a good reputation and was a good company, so I decided to take a job in the company as a field service representative to get my foot into the door and then to climb up to a different position later, and that’s what I did. I found a department, which I currently work in, the marketing department, that I truly enjoy because I meet lots of different people and I just like to help others.”

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Jackson County, and what do you love there?
A: “Talmo Grill is my favorite restaurant, and I love almost everything there, but the burgers are especially great!”

Q: What modern convenience would you want if you were stuck on a deserted island?
A: “I would want air conditioning, and electricity to run it.”

Q: Who was your favorite teacher growing up?
A: “My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Delk, because she would read to the class and she chose some really adventurous books that took you to a different place you could get lost in. So, it was always fun for her to read those to us.”

Q: How long have you lived or worked in Jackson County?
A: “I’ve worked in Jackson County for 15 years.”

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Jackson County and why?
A: “Probably Ronnie Jones, the owner of Stonewall’s BBQ. Not only does he make some great ribs, but his father knew Colonel Sanders (from Kentucky Fried Chicken). He has a picture of Colonel Sanders and his dad on the wall in his barbecue restaurant. He told me that his dad helped Colonel Sanders come up with the 11 herbs and spices.”

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: “I would want to travel to Australia, because I think that is interesting culture and climate; and I know there’s some beautiful landmarks and countryside. I just think the culture, as well as their accent, is interesting.”

Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: “It’s hard to recollect, but I believe it was ‘E.T.’”

Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Probably the Golden Rule—to treat others like you would want to be treated— and to make as many friends as you can doing that.”

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I want to visit Alaska on a cruise and I want to see the icebergs where they’ve caved off. I have friends that have gone and they say that’s the most beautiful blue color and scenery they’ve ever seen.”

Q: What is your favorite music/ three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “I like all kinds of music; any genre really, but I would love to see Waylon Jennings in concert, The Eagles, and Prince.”

Q: What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Jackson County and why?
A: “Probably Howington’s Feed and Supply because it’s in downtown Jefferson next to the old historic bridge. It’s like stepping back in time going into that old building.”

Q: Choosing anyone (past or present and a non-relative), with whom would you love to have lunch? And where locally would you have this lunch?
A: “I would love to have lunch with Jesus, and I would take him to Cabin Creek Barbecue because the food is excellent!”

Q: What is your favorite thing about Jackson County?
A: “The rural hometown feel in the towns, yet easy access via Highway 85 back to Atlanta and more metro areas.”

Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “Probably getting close to retirement at Jackson EMC and maybe considering second career in real estate.”

Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “Probably that I am a relief parent for a foster care program called WinShape homes funded by Chick-Fil-A.”

Q: What three words mean “Home” to you?
A: “Family, acceptance, and connection.

Jill Venable-Abernathy with the Abernathy Cochran Groupwould love your Faces nominations.

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