BTS Behind the Scenes is a chance to showcase the people who are making things happen at BTS and give you a “behind the scenes” look into their worlds. In this month’s feature we’ll talk with Director of Corporate Services Lindsey Brown and hear about her world travel, perspective on military moves, and why supporting our staff is so rewarding.
You’re now a savvy world traveler yet it wasn’t always that way, right? Where did you come from originally and how was that different than your military travels and adventures?
I grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico and am one of five children. As you can imagine, we did not travel much being a large family. Matter of fact, the first time that I ever flew on an airplane was when I was 22 years old flying to Germany to see Andrew (who later became my husband). That trip was the first of many eye-opening experiences through travel.
A quick glimpse of your Passport and it’s clear you’ve been a lot of cool places- tell us about a few of your favorite destinations.
I have lived in Bosnia and traveled to Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Crete, Serbia, Germany, Ireland, France, etc. Each travel experience was amazing but some of my most wonderful memories are from the handful of times that we were able to spend extended weekends in Croatia. Beautiful beaches, warm people, and wonderful food. As a lover of history, my favorite touristy/learning trip was to the Vatican in Rome.
It’s clear that your exposure to so many different cultures has really made an impact on who you are and how you see life. How have you seen that exposure impact you on a personal and professional level?
In my personal experience, travel has enabled me to view the world in such a larger scope than I ever imagined as a child or young adult living in the same little New Mexican town. I definitely have an appreciation for others, their differences, and the various ways in which we all experience life. I have found that although there are so many cultural and geographical differences amongst human beings, there are also so many similarities.
You’ve supported Human Resources across three different government agencies and now the contracting space, what’s been the common thread across all your different roles in HR?
In all three of my HR roles (US Department of State, US Department of the Air Force, US Space Force) I have had the pleasure of supporting those who serve our country. In my new position at BTS, I am also blessed to support our wonderful employees who themselves support our country.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of your position? What keeps you coming back each day?
I enjoy helping others, finding solutions to problems, and knowing that something I am doing is positively impacting someone else.
Tell us about your family, what do you like to do together?
I am a mom to two girls and wife to an active-duty soldier. The Army family life is obviously a big part of our nomadic lifestyle and love for exploration. We are big into outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and camping. We also love to explore museums and art galleries, and of course visit our local zoos and aquariums.
What kind of music are you playing on the way to work? Who’s in your playlist?
It depends on my listening mood. Sometimes I want to play some good ‘ol Texas country or 90’s country throw backs (no Billy Ray Cyrus – think Alan Jackson or Brooks and Dunn). Sometimes I want to play 80s hip hop or modern-day hits or some latin or classical music.
What are people surprised to learn about you?
I think people are surprised when I tell them that I grew up in way down south New Mexico. Or that I have lived so many different places. I generally don’t get that amongst other military families though – they just seem to get it. 😊
What piece of career advice would you give to someone just graduating college or new to the working world? Any insights or advice you’d want to share with them?
I would tell them not to be afraid to put themselves out there or get discouraged by the first, second, or 10th turned-down application. Sometimes it takes a plethora of interviews and submitted applications until you land that position that is right for you. Be persistent and keep at it.
What has stood out to you about your experience at BTS so far?
BTS is a very welcoming organization and it is immediately apparent that employees and their families are valued. I have had nothing but positive experiences with my BTS colleagues.