Jesse Brown’s Outdoors, the Charlotte region’s premiere, locally-owned outfitter for active, outdoor lifestyles, rings in the New Year with a new, smiling face as general manager.
Wes Lawson joins the store after more than a dozen years in higher education, including nearly 10 years as an Associate Dean of Students at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, and two years as the Assistant Director of Interactive Student Services at Wake Forest University’s uptown Charlotte campus.
It was his work at Wake Forest that drew Wes back to Jesse Brown’s, after years of being a customer. His parents live in Charlotte, and Wes would shop at Jesse Brown’s for supplies for his service trips as a Wilderness EMT to Belize and Honduras.
“I would get outfitted at Jesse Brown’s,” recalls Wes of his pre-adventure visits to the store.
Wes loved playing outside as a child in Richmond, Va., very close to the James River. As a student at Hampden-Sydney College, he says there were “very few days he didn’t go hunting before class, fishing after class, or camping on weekends.” He looks forward to doing the same with his wife, Amy, and 8-year-old son, Ben, who’s a Cub Scout.
“We look forward to utilizing his skills,” says Jesse Brown’s owner Bill Bartee, of Wes’s work with customer relations and staff development.
Wes Lawson’s job will make him the go-to guy for customer experience, floor assignments, and scheduling at Jesse Brown’s. You can reach him at the store at 704-556-0020, or visit him at Sharon Corners, across from SouthPark Mall.