November 21, 2016

A man of many talents, Wes Driver has worked closely with the JHE Nashville team for the last year. As the consulting communications specialist for HCA Healthcare, the Lipscomb University graduate is responsible for communication strategy, content development and video production.

In addition to a full plate during the day, the Mayfield, Kentucky, native also volunteers for Compassion International and for the past six years, he runs a professional theatre company called Blackbird Theater, which produces intellectually challenging, idea-rich plays.

The father of two girls took a few minutes to answer some probing questions about his career, life and interests.

Q&A with Wes

  • What is the best lesson from college that still applies to your job? Never let the parameters of your position (or a major or a class assignment) inhibit or limit what you’re willing to learn and explore.
  • What is the biggest myth about your job? When people think about corporate communications, they usually imagine it’s all executive emails and blogs. The written word is, of course, still the lifeblood of what we do. But so much of the influence we have on the organization comes through the strategies we conceptualize and realize, the standards we set and maintain, and the utilization of other media, be it social, video, or other collaborative forms. With the overload of information we all receive, sometimes the best decision we make all day is not to send out another email.
  • What is the best part of your job? The strong, productive collaboration with the talented team of strategists and designers I have the privilege to work with every day. Our team is gifted in so many unique, complementary ways—those relationships keep me engaged and energized.
  • What is the best part of working with JHE? They took our concepts and direction, added their own creative input, and elevated our event to levels we did not and could not imagine. From initial discussions about concepts and themes to final execution of our collaborative vision, the team at JHE was sharp, always professional, inventive, and resourceful.
  • What is your best tip for success? I think the key to success is two-fold: to (as the ancient Greeks would say) “know thyself” while also continually challenging yourself—to be honest about where you are and diligent about where you’re going. The world around us can be fickle and corrupt, and there’s only so much you can control of it. But if you are genuine, honest with yourself and others, and always reaching for personal growth and exploration, you can achieve the success of self-realization—which ain’t easy but can often, in turn, result in outward success. With enough courage and perseverance, you can make some corner of the world conform to your wants and your vision. Or so I hope. I’m still working on this stuff all the time, and often failing at it.

 Things people may not know about Wes

  • The one person I’ve always wanted to meet is … Tom Stoppard. Arguably the greatest living playwright. Unquestionably my favorite. Stoppard turns philosophical discussion into his own unique serio-comedic style and deep-dives into topics I’ve obsessed over for much of my life: art, God, consciousness, metaphysics. I’d love a few minutes or hours or days to talk all that through with him.
  • My favorite sport is … I’m a pretty big NFL-junkie (a battered and bruised Tennessee Titans fan). One reason I love the sport is that I love cinema and drama, and football is so telegenic.
  • My favorite movie is … Network. Such a prescient story bursting with powerhouse performances—and Paddy Chayefsky’s script of fireworks. Nothing better.
  • Compelling TV binge … For me, the best single season of television of the last ten years was Fargo Season 2. It doesn’t get quite the hype of other major shows, but as compelling storytelling, with fascinating characters and that darkly comedic tone (perfectly capturing the Coen Brothers’ gallows humor), it’s peerless.
  • My favorite quote is … "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." – George Bernard Shaw
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