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Brittany Vanderbeek

MEET BRITTANY

I will never forget moving to Traverse City in February 2020 to start a dream job opportunity at Hagerty two weeks before a global pandemic reached Michigan. I knew that I was lucky to move to Traverse City which is the essence of Michigan: crystal clear freshwater everywhere you look, trails for hiking, biking, and skiing, rolling hills of wine country, fresh farm-to-table foods, and Midwestern hospitality. Experiencing the quarantine only emphasized the importance of living near natural beauty. I moved from Detroit, where I previously worked in automotive marketing. 

As a Michigan native, I have traveled to 27 countries and have moved almost every year of my adult life. I have an International MBA from the University of South Carolina and a BBA from the University of Michigan, where I became fluent in Spanish and conversational in French. I can relate to those who are moving and adapting to new places and am passionate about sharing my love of the Creative Coast. 

As the Manager of Impact at Hagerty, I lead the corporate citizenship program, including corporate giving, sustainability, and volunteerism, and am the liaison to Traverse Connect and the Community Development Coalition.

Outside of work, I serve on the Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Center board, am a member of 20Fathoms and TCYPs, volunteer as an ESL tutor at Networks Northwest, and I enjoy staying active all four seasons with the Traverse City Track Club, GT Social Sports kickball, paddle boarding, biking, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and more.

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hometown
rochester, mi
occupation
manager of impact
company
hagerty

ASK BRITTANY ABOUT:

  • Getting involved in the community
  • Working remotely
  • Staying fit outdoors in all four seasons
  • Finding international cultural opportunities
  • Food and drink recommendations

TOP TIP?

My biggest challenge was finding affordable housing in Downtown Traverse City. I realized that searching the nearby neighborhood rental properties helped me find the space I was looking for in a location convenient for all of the area amenities.