This is Rainey Campbell. In her role as Chief of Staff, Rainey serves as the right hand of Christopher, our Chief Problem Solver. Among other things, she oversees marketing and large, organizational projects related to human resources and overall operations of SRS. Rainey began her professional career in the non-profit sector. She served as Executive Director for both the Rome Area Council for the Arts and the Southern AIDS Coalition. Rainey attended the University of Georgia for undergraduate studies and received her Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Rainey and her husband, Henry, reside in Thomasville with their two children and goldendoodle. They are members of First Presbyterian Church and Glen Arven Country Club. Rainey is also a parent volunteer with the South Georgia Ballet, where she assists with grant writing.
Questions & Answers
SRS is truly different in that we diagnose a document management challenge and have the confidence to propose the best solution – even if it isn’t what a client necessarily asked for. Instead of quoting clients on the jobs as requested, we take the time to ask questions and really study the problem looking for a long-term, sustainable solution. We have confidence that this approach will create a total change in process and ensure they won’t be in the same boat again a few years down the road.
I have been surrounded by strong women my whole life. If I had to narrow it down, however, I would say my mom. My mom became an entrepreneur when she was very young when she bought Walden’s Flower Shop. She has run that business for the past 27 years while raising four children. She is the most highly creative, driven and industrious person I know. Despite a cancer diagnosis six years ago, she hasn’t slowed down. She closed for six months to focus on getting better and also used that as a chance to renovate and refresh the business. Her flower shop is a big part of her mission in ensuring that people of all income levels can have flowers for weddings, funerals, and other events. She also runs an angel fund through the flower shop that she can use at her discretion. It was important for my mom to balance being a mother and a business person, and that is something I’ve tried to emulate.
My background is in non-profits, and both of the nonprofits where I worked experienced a certain amount of financial distress and disorganization. I was a very young Executive Director, and my board was in their 50s. I had to learn very early on in my professional career to assess the issues and make recommendations with confidence, knowing there was a big risk if it didn’t go well. An example of that is with the health policy organization I worked for in Birmingham. At the same time there was another research organization run out of Duke University. Both organizations had the same beliefs, recommendations, and goals. Given this, I recommended a strategic partnership with Duke, and the result was increased funding and credibility.
With my two little ones, probably by the pool or hopefully at the beach. I love the summer heat, so I’d say I picked the right place to live!