We are excited to announce the newest addition to the 36 Degrees North team, Jessica Brent. Jessica will serve as our Resource Manager, working directly with 36°N members to connect them with the people, resources and tools they need to move their businesses forward.
Jessica brings experience working with entrepreneurs as the Executive Director of Tulsa Route 66 Main Street. She's also an entrepreneur herself! She is the co-owner of Homma Camp Co., a fully outfitted camping/event-planning service and camp lifestyle brand.
With Jessica on our team, we look forward to better utilizing our partners' existing resources and working together to develop new strategies that educate and mentor entrepreneurs at all stages.
Q&A with Jessica Brent
Where are you from and how did you end up in Tulsa?
I primarily grew up in Edmond, OK. After living in Los Angeles for a few years post-college, I followed someone back to Tulsa. I hadn't spent much time in Tulsa and wasn't planning on staying in Oklahoma for long, but I quickly fell in love with the city. It felt like just the right size after living in a big city like LA, and I was really energized by the pride and optimism Tulsan's have for their city.
What’re your favorite things to do in your free time?
I love being active with my kids - going on hikes or walking downtown from our house. We enjoy going on mini-adventures - taking our VW bus on backroads and exploring the region. Of course we love camping. When I have some time to myself, I like to read, write and catch up with close friends over dinner or a drink.
Favorite local restaurants?
I love little diners and burger joints! Some of my local favorites are Meltdown Diner, Arnold's Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Bill's Jumbo Burgers, and Phil's Diner. When I want to splurge on something more upscale, it's hard to beat the Bull in the Alley.
If you were to start your own business, what would it be and why?
I do have my own business - Homma Camp Co.! We started our business because we love adventuring outside, and with four kids, we have to be organized and efficient about it. We launched a year and a half ago with the intention of making it easy for people get get outside and enjoy the experience of camping, without all the gear and hassle.
Favorite memory of 2017 so far?
Oh, there's too many! Rendezvousing with my bestie in New Orleans, adopting two foster kids, setting up tents at Willie Nelson's ranch in Luck, Texas, road tripping to Nebraska to see the total eclipse...
What song would you sing at Karaoke Night?
I would not sing a song at Karaoke Night. Nope.
If you could splurge a whole paycheck on any store, which store would it be?
I'm currently feeling the urge to Instagram-ify my home a little more. I'd probably splurge on a great local home and lifestyle store like Jenkins and Co. or Retro Den.
What are three things you would take with you on a deserted island and why?
Assuming the deserted island does not have wifi or cell service... A book (one I could read over and over, like the Poisonwood Bible). Pen and paper for writing and drawing. And a heavy blanket. I hate being cold!
What characteristics do you most admire in others?
Honesty, graceful confidence, and the ability to find humor in oneself and in stressful situations.