img_0353This is the second post in a three-part series of employee spotlights we are sharing as part of the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s Employee Appreciation Week. Today, our hats are off to Deb Abeyta.

Deb Abeyta, a Nashville transplant, says the sense of family that A. Marshall Family Foods has provided her so far has been wonderful.

“You really are family with this company,” she said. “I have only been a part of it for six months, but I already feel so wanted and appreciated for all the work I do and ideas I have.”

In a short amount of time, Deb has made quite the impression on her co-workers.

“She started with us in April, and by June she quickly worked her way up to a full time shift leader,” Autumn Friese, general manager at Puckett’s Gro. at 5th & Church, said.

“Deb always shows pride in her work and maintains a professional attitude.”  

Deb, along with her husband and their two daughters, relocated to Nashville from Colorado because they were inspired by the agriculture.

“We moved to Nashville to find our way to buying a piece of land to build a farm on and retire with something to leave the kids and to help the environment,” Deb said.

Deb said she loves how fast-paced Puckett’s is and that there is never a dull moment in downtown Nashville.

“There is always an event or convention or concert which brings us so many types of people to serve. We get to serve Nashville inspired food to people from all over the country and the world.”

Her favorite Puckett’s menu item is definitely the brisket taco salad.

“It’s the perfect salad,” she said. “After that, it’s probably the homemade chicken salad sandwich.”

Deb feels that serving at Puckett’s allows her to put her degree in psychology to good use as she is constantly anticipating the needs of her guests and co-workers.

“Deb spends time with her guests and makes them feel very welcome,” Autumn said. “We are looking forward to what she has to offer in the future.”

In addition to serving at Puckett’s, Deb is also a teacher to her daughters.

“We homeschool, so I try to use my time to teach the girls and myself different aspects of life and Nashville,” she said.  

The culture of music and fun in Nashville is what Deb enjoys most about her new home.

“I enjoy the way it is growing and changing,” she said.  

We’re glad Deb found her way to us in Nashville!