Name – Jaynie Mitchell
Occupation – Business Banking Portfolio Specialist
Organization – Capital City Bank
Hometown – Tallahassee, Florida
Tell us a little about your Tallahassee Story. What brought you to Tallahassee?
Aside from a short hiatus in South Florida when I was a child, I have called Tallahassee home for my whole life. After graduating from Florida State University, I decided to begin to grow roots of my own in the place I’ve always called home. Tallahassee has so much to offer, and it has been a gift to be able to see the community through the lens of different phases of my life.
Tell us more about how you’re involved in Tallahassee.
For the past few years, I have served on Tallahassee Community College’s Cleaver & Cork planning committee. This has consisted of planning multiple events that take place throughout the week and raising money that goes towards scholarships at Tallahassee Community College. In addition, I am involved with the Tallahassee Margarita Society. This group is the first and only Margarita Society in the United States composed solely of business and professional women. We work together to provide “a happy holiday for all” by hosting a black tie event known as the Margarita Ball. At this event, gifts are collected along with other necessities for children in the Big Bend.
What is your favorite thing about Tallahassee?
Hands down, my favorite thing about Tallahassee is the people. The best description of Tallahassee I’ve heard is that it is a “little big town” – big enough to where you don’t know everyone, but small enough to have a solid circle!
What is your dream for Tallahassee?
On the national level, you could say that society can be a bit volatile. My dream for our Tallahassee community is that we perfect the concept of being “harmonious.” I dream of raising a family in a community that values being kind and putting those around them first. I dream of a community that sees the worth in respecting all opinions, even those that you may not agree with. I dream of a community that upholds strong ethics and morals, not because it has to, but because it is the right thing to do.
How are young professionals like yourself shaping Tallahassee?
I recently spoke with a business leader in town who said something that really impacted me. He said, “How cool is it that your generation is the future of this town.” We are in the unique position to have a real say in where Tallahassee goes from here. Onward and upward!
What would you say to someone considering a move to Tallahassee?
If someone was considering a move to Tallahassee, I would advise them that they will get out what they pour in. Tallahassee is a wonderful community filled with resources galore. There are groups and clubs for just about everything, from those passionate about the outdoors to those who are passionate about giving back. By immersing yourself into what invigorates you, you will be sure to build your own “Board of Directors” (which everyone needs!).