Jui is married to a “very supportive” husband, Brooks. She and Brooks have three children Noah, Lily Grace and Weatherly, and a Bassett hound named Beauregard. She is currently running for the Gainesville City Council.
I want to thank Juli for having coffee with my wife, Jill, and I in September and being open to allow all of us to get to know her a little better.
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “I was pre-med until my senior year at Auburn then I changed to public relations. I did a complete 180 and never looked back. I did corporate event planning in downtown Atlanta. Then I had my first child. The hours my job required kept me away from home too much. I had a Master’s degree in Communications. I loved the communication field and I loved the education that I had gotten so far. One day my husband told me about this pretty college called Brenau, in Gainesville. Brooks was working in Gainesville at the time while I was in Atlanta.
“I was too young to know that I probably wasn’t experienced enough and, I was too young to stop myself from calling Brenau. I found out that there was not a position posted, but I called but the chair anyway. I was told that Brenau had just taken down a position in corporate communications and public relations because they could not fill it in over two years. They asked me to come for an interview. I came and interviewed all day the next day, which was a Thursday. I started my career at Brenau the next Monday! It was the best decision that I ever made! I started at Brenau 2006 and I moved to Gainesville in 2014.
A: “El Griton, Gus makes everybody feel like the most important person that ever walked into the restaurant. If you’re having a bad day go there because all of the people are great. I like food a lot. I can name 20 of my ‘favorite’ restaurants in the Gainesville, but today it is El Griton.”
A: “I started working in Gainesville in 2006, my kids started school in Gainesville in 2008, and I moved to Gainesville between 2013 and 2014.”
A: “I have met a lot of strong women in Gainesville. A great friend of mine asked me to commit to running a 50K (32 miles) in 2018. I ran cross country and played soccer through school. Brooks helps coach cross country at Gainesville Middle School and for the Park and Recreation Department. We are runners, but I had never done anything like that.”
A: “We travel a lot. This summer we drove from Gainesville to the Arctic Ocean. Like 15,000 miles! Our family is going to Madagascar for Thanksgiving and Italy for spring break! We are so excited. On my bucket list, though, is that I want to go to Cuba. My grandmother always talked about her trips to Cuba so it’s always been at the back of my head. She was a travel agent and traveled the world.”
A: “I love ‘Stand by Me,’ ‘Top Gun,’ and ‘Annie.’ They are all-time favorites.”
A: “We camped a lot growing up. There were signs that said ‘Leave your campsite better than you found it.’ This is great advice for anything. Whatever you do, wherever you go, leave it better!”
A: “Our family bucket list is to get our kids to every one of the national parks before the youngest goes to college. That is our collective Clay family bucket list.”
A: “I am a huge live music fan. I have seen Madonna, Neil Diamond, Prince, Cindy Lauper, Air Supply and many others. I would still love to see Van Morrison, Otis Redding and Lady Gaga.”
A: “Politics 100 percent aside, I got to see Michelle Obama speak in Atlanta. I would love to have lunch with her. I might take her to El Griton in ‘the heart of Gainesville.'”
A: “For me is the sense of community. I have come to love the impromptu meetings I have in Publix or other places that happen all the time. To see the generosity and commitment of this community is incredible.”
A: “I see myself living and dying on Dixon Drive in Gainesville. I will not move again.”
A: “I’m a sleeper. I go to bed early. I have never pulled an all nighter. I don’t do dairy. Sprinkles are the best food group. If they gave me ice cream without sprinkles, I’d be really sad. I don’t have any really good secrets.”
A: “Comfortable, Safe and Family.”
A: “Amy Poehler, I think it would be fun with her. She is really smart, too.”
A: “I would just want someone to do my laundry. That is the never-ending job in a family of five. As soon as it is all done, it starts again! My sweet friend, Jen Terry, loves to do laundry. We have traded roles before. She loves the quiet parts of doing laundry. I watch the kids, she does the laundry and everyone is happy.”
A: “I have always thought of myself as a really good worker bee. I thought it is everybody’s job to work for the community. I was raised that everybody should be doing their part, so I didn’t think of needing to have a position or a title to do that. After talking to so many people and those that have served before me, I think this is a great opportunity to serve on a different level and in different way.
“I don’t think that most people in Gainesville Hall County know that they’re in such a good community. I have been so lucky to serve with the Chamber and United Way, with the Food Bank and Elachee, with the School Board and Brenau. Gainesville is an amazing community with people that love and serve BIG.
“The generosity and commitment of the people in this community is amazing. I’ve never seen this anywhere before.”