Movers & Shakers – Wesley Adkins
Becoming a real estate agent is like starting your own business. It involves hustling, networking, and countless hours on the clock that may not yield any financial results.
Wesley Adkins knows all about this life and thrives in it.
Born and raised in Cookeville, Wesley earned a degree in Human Ecology for Housing and Design from Tennessee Tech in 2012, and soon after moved to Nashville to manage a chain of restaurants. When the opportunity to move back to his hometown and open Cookeville’s Panera Bread came in 2018, Wesley jumped at the chance.
But one full-time job just wasn’t enough for the driven self-starter. Wesley decided to get his real estate license on top of his management position with Panera in 2021, and hit the ground running.
Currently working with Highlands Real Estate, Wesley has used a grassroots approach to build his clientele base. “I got out there and put boots on the ground,” Wesley said. Anyone who frequents Cookeville knows this to be true. The hardworking multi-talent is currently a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, member of the Cookeville Jaycees, regular volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Heart of the Cumberland, and active piece of the Putnam County Fair Board.
Clocking 70-80 hours a week, his unparalleled work ethic goes without saying.
On top of his busy work schedule, Wesley and his partner Ben Gamby are also taking a huge step in their personal life. “We just finished foster care training and after our home study, will be approved to take on a foster child,” he said.
With a growing career in real estate, a solid footprint in the community, and a dedication to growth, there is no doubt Wesley Adkins will continue to have a huge impact on Cookeville’s future.
– by Chelsea Dartez, photos by Cris Stroud, styled by Seth Overton