Plumb Marketing General Manager Briana L. Epp is the consummate performer. Growing up, she was an avid stage vocalist and performer. At 3 years of age, she began singing in a church chorale. From there, her love of the performing arts blossomed.
“I was extremely involved in the arts in high school—show choir, concert chorale, women’s chorale,” she notes. “As an Iowa all-state vocalist, I did a lot of musicals and plays. I was a thespian.”
Following high school, she went on to sing in Jazz Transit, a respected a cappella jazz ensemble at Kirkwood Community College in her home town of Cedar Rapids, IA. Briana also was heavily involved in community theater work at Theatre Cedar Rapids and The Paramount Theatre as well as TV commercials. “I had a dream to someday perform on Broadway,” she says.
Upon moving to Denver, she continued to do skits and stay involved in the arts at West Bowles Community Church, while shifting her primary vocational performance focus to sales. As a Yellow Pages sales rep for McLeod USA Publishing Company, she sold Plumb owner Lynndell Epp an ad, and her world changed dramatically.
“We maintained a strictly professional relationship until my territory shifted and he was no longer a client. He invited me to a show at his church, which was a great first date given that I’m a stage performer, and our relationship moved forward from there,” she points out.
“It’s a delicate balance. Being a Mom is important to me and I want to be there for my kids’ everyday life. They’re now 11 and 9. And, I continue to be involved with operations at Plumb and my dad’s businesses,” she says. “Of course, it’s always good to have something of your own, which in my case is tennis. Then, there’s helping kids with their school, sports and arts activities and volunteering to do hair and makeup for their Ao1 Youth Theater shows.”
In addition to her own family, she views Plumb’s employees as extended family members, and it shows in their longevity. “We don’t have a lot of turnover. It’s really very simple. Treat others as you want to be treated. We want the same balance for them as I strive for in my life, which requires flexibility. We understand that our team has a life outside these walls. We want them to celebrate their lives and those of their families.”