Meet Young Memphis Honoree Monica Holley, Director of Business Development at Blues City Tours/Memphis Hop.
What event or accomplishment has been the most impactful for your career so far?
My accomplishment that were the most impactful was when I was able to gain an account with University of Memphis. Some people will look at us as a small minority business and think we could never be on their level, but I came in and gained a great working relationship with the University and several other companies in the Memphis area. To have this account for 3 years now is a great feeling and huge accomplishment for me.
What motivates you to be active in your community or profession?
My father. He put his blood, sweat and tears into building this company and its reputation. I make it my duty to keep it going. When I hear guest come through our door or call on the phone and say " I took your tour last year and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to come back to Memphis". That pushes me to continue doing what I love.
What does being a young professional in Memphis mean to you?
To me, being a Young Professional means to me. Breaking down barriers, embracing change and exploring new ideas. People say you are too young to own a transportation business, what do you know about transportation??? I tell those people being young is a "State of Mind". You have to think that way in order to stay on top of the "What's Now".
What do you like about living in Memphis?
I love the history behind this GEM we call Memphis, we have so much history here that it will take more than a couple of days to visit and see. I have several favorite places, but to name a few I like Babalu , Side Street and Locals. They all have delicious food, great atmosphere and wonderful staff.
What advice do you have for new young professionals interested in starting or building their career in Memphis?
What advice do I have for other Young professionals? Don't hang with weak minded people . You will need someone in your corner to push you. There is so many opportunities here in Memphis, don't be afraid to go for them. Don't be that " I wish I would've" person.
Who do you most admire and why?
I admire my parents, ever since I can remember I've looked up to my mom and dad. Whether it was guidance, support, advice or just a big hug. They have taught me some important lessons in life. They are my biggest supporters.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still thriving in the Sightseeing Tours business.
What’s your favorite thing about being a young professional in Memphis?
My favorite thing about being a Young Professional in Memphis, is meeting other Young Professionals in Memphis and exploring ideas together. Continuing to make Memphis that "Go to City".