Five questions with Tina Hrinda
Say hello to Tina Hrinda, the newest member of Treebird! Tina most recently spent eight years in the hospitality business with the Gordon Biersch Restaurant Group, where she did everything from training hundreds of new employees to overseeing new restaurant openings nationwide and managing restaurant operations. As convivial as she is reliable, Tina, in her role as production associate, keeps order and gets things done in a way that puts a smile on the face of everyone with whom she interacts.
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. What’s it like being an identical twin?
- Oh yes, the time honored “what’s it like being a twin” question. Let me start off by saying, I love being a twin! It is pretty much like I have had a built-in best friend since birth. We share a lot of the same interests, like the same books/movies, and even have the same taste in clothes. Being able to share each other’s closets is reason enough for me to love being a twin. We do sort of have our own “secret” language. We communicate with head nods and smiles a lot. Our thought wave-lengths are usually pretty in sync, and I can often times know what she is thinking without her having to voice it.
- I think that the most difficult thing about having a twin is finding your own identity. Everyone always groups you in to the “twin” category instead of acknowledging that you are two separate individuals. I want to join a support group …..”Hello, my name is Tina and I am more than just a twin.” We actually had a person walk by us in the mall and say “Wow look at the real-life twins.” Last time I checked, we aren't unicorns, dragons, or any other kind of mythical creature. At the end of the day, we may have a lot of the same interests and even the same face, but we are definitely our own person.
You've moved around a lot in your life. What was it like going to as many high schools as you did?
- Let’s face it, being a teenager in high school is difficult on a good day. When you add in the extra drama and stress that goes along with constantly being the “new girl,” high school becomes downright exhausting. A lot of times it seemed like an uphill battle trying to make new friends while maintaining good grades, and convincing everyone that I was okay with everything that was happening. However, as challenging as it was to move as often as I did, I still can’t say that I had a bad high school experience. I got to experience all of the same high school milestones that everyone else did, like learning to drive and going to prom. I didn’t miss out on anything during my high school years; I just had to work a little harder sometimes.
You’ve also worked in the hospitality business for a while. What’s your most memorable customer story?
- I have so many crazy customer stories that it is kind of scary. I would have to say that a lot of my favorite in-store memories revolve around certain celebrities who I have had the pleasure of meeting. At the top of my list are Paul Walker, Christopher Meloni, Josh Brolin, and Melissa Joan Hart. I love getting to see what type of person a celebrity is outside of their scripted characters. You always hope that the people you enjoy watching on screen are down-to-earth when you meet them in person. All of the celebrities who I have met have always been super cool and easy to talk to. After all, we are all just people.
What’s your favorite driveable destination from Atlanta?
- The Beach! I don’t care which direction I have to go or which state it’s in. The beach is where I go when I just need to escape and not stress about life for a while. Toes in the sand, listening to the waves, sun on my face….there’s nothing better.
What are you most excited about in your new role at Treebird?
- I am excited about the whole experience. Treebird is something new and different, and I am very much looking forward to the challenge. I can’t wait to become a working member of such an incredible team of creative, out-of-the box thinkers.