Elizabeth Haynes Drewett
As best friends and partners-in-crime, CP and I have worked alongside one another our entire careers, as business partners, mentors, coaches, and sounding boards. His extraordinary creativity is the yin to my organized and meticulous yang. Quite honestly, I couldn’t imagine a day without him.
So what is my role at Drewett Works? Well, CP is the architect/visionary and my job centers around taking care of details. That ranges from accounting, public relations, and advertising to any other necessary evils to keep the wheels on this bus going ’round!
My favorite role is writer. I enjoy taking a DW project and translating the art of architecture into something you and I can see, read, and appreciate. Getting his work into the hands of those who will love it like I do is the most rewarding part of my day.
I am, by training, a musician and a writer. I hold a BFA in piano performance from LA Tech University located in my hometown of Ruston, Louisiana. I also hold a BA in Journalism with a major in Advertising and a minor in Political Science from LSU. It was while a student at LSU that I first met CP, both of us victims of a blind date arranged by fellow FIJI/Phi Mu friends. Apparently, the blind date thing worked out.
I have spent my career exploring many areas of my collegiate training including marketing (PING Golf Equipment, Phoenix Suns, Drewett Works, Seasons Wellness Clinic, Spring Media), entrepreneurship (Studio2, Spring Media, Drewett Works), and music (Studio2, Camelback Bible Church). My first job after college at PING Golf Equipment encompassed all that I still do today…writing/photography/design…but the subject matter I cover has varied from sports to music to wellness-based medicine to architecture.
A few interesting facts about me…
- During my Spring Media USA days (2010-2014), my team and I brought home 27 Addy Awards including a Best of Show, Best of Interactive Media (2 times), and a Judges Award (Stopped the Judges in Their Tracks). While every award was treasured, my favorite was Best of Interactive 2013 award for THIS website!
- I was Miss Louisiana 1992. After six attempts for the title (a record I still hold) with 3 of those years as 2nd Runner-Up, I [finally] achieved my childhood goal, earning in excess of $40,000 in college scholarships. During my year of service, I raised funds for breast cancer projects and advocated for early detection through regular mammograms and self-exams. I remain close to many of the women with whom I competed in the Miss America pageant. They have gone on to amazing feats including arguing cases before the Supreme Court, hosting on national networks CNN, QVC, and JTV, and even serving as Secretary of Tourism for the state of Wisconsin. They were (and are) amazing, and I am honored to be counted in their number.
- I am an only child and have two first cousins who are also only children. I made a vow that I would not have an only child…and so we have two kiddos! Langdon is 20 and an architecture student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Our daughter Reagan is 14 and a freshman at Veritas Preparatory Academy.
- I LOVE CHORAL MUSIC! My early memories of sitting on the front row at church watching my mom play the piano and organ led to years of piano lessons, accompanying, and singing in choirs, and eventually, conducting. While a member of the LSU A Capella Choir directed by Dr. Kenneth Fulton, I toured Germany/Czechoslovakia/Austria singing, including during mass at the Dome Cathedral of Salzburg (famous as the setting for the Sound of Music). The choir directors and music teachers in my life, Dr. Fulton, Dr. George Dupere, Dr. Sue Holder, Dr. Paul Magyar, and Dr. Jon Barker, my mom Shirley (singer, choir member, accompanist) and many others, had a tremendous impact on me as I have spent most of the past 25 years directing choirs at church (vocal and handbell), teaching piano, singing, and accompanying. Now I have the great honor (and challenge) of guiding our daughter Reagan on her musical journey (cello, piano, singing, choral music, orchestra, and handbells). My greatest joy is when we play together!
- My dad introduced me to technology in 1983 with the purchase of a home computer. Pursuing a doctor of education degree from LSU, he hated typing and was planning ahead for his dissertation. A word processor, where text could be edited and reprinted, was a brilliant solution. We were the first family I knew that had a home computer. From that point forward, computers and technology became hobbies for the two of us. Though my dad passed away in 2003, every time I answer the phone on my Apple watch, I think of how incredibly excited he would have been to see that technology in action!
- I am a Bible history nut and love studying the Old Testament and World History. The love of history began with my dad (a Social Studies and History teacher) and that love has been passed on to my son, Langdon, who is especially fond of Athenian battles. Langdon’s interest began with a 4th grade Social Studies project on the Battle at Thermopylae, a topic I suggested as I was studying the book of Esther. Did you know that Esther was married to Xerxes, the King of Persia and the opposer of the 300?
- I am a nationally certified teacher of music in piano (NCTM) per MTNA standards. Though retired from teaching currently, I had a piano studio for around 13 years and hope one day to teach privately again.
- A perfect day for me begins with coffee and making smoothies for the family followed by dropping off Reagan at school. Next I spend several hours at my desk working on DW tasks. Afternoons are full of piano and cello lessons, orchestra rehearsals, swim practice, choir practices, etc. Then my could-have-been-a-chef hubby comes home and makes an amazing meal for the family followed by some patio time, good conversation, and a nice glass of wine from one of my favorite SLO-county vineyards. While there’s usually plenty of other down-to-earth tasks that must be done in a day, I am tremendously blessed to have time to serve my family and enjoy a career using my skills for Drewett Works.