The first time you meet Adam Edge, you are struck by his gigantic smile and contagious, jolly laugh. After arriving in Suwanee six years ago, he has seen a lot of change and helped bring a lot of new people and businesses to our town. In fact, it’s hard to remember Suwanee before Adam came to town!
What inspired you or led you to your current career?
I have always wanted to help people. In school I thought that I would be in a political field, maybe law school and run campaigns, but then I interned for the Capitol and realized that I wanted to work in local government to be closer to the people, and learn and grow with the community.
What is your favorite restaurant in Suwanee?
Mellow Mushroom because of the folks who work there, the waitstaff and managers. Specifically Kevin, or “Sugar Bear,” a server there.
How long have you worked or lived in Suwanee?
Almost 6 years.
What has kept you here?
The dynamic of the community. I have met people from all walks of life, civic groups, churches, city staff and city council, DDA Board. To me, Suwanee feels like family and that is a big part of the draw.
How big is your family?
Huge! I have 65-70 cousins. We get together often and it’s always loud and has to be held in a park because of the number of people.
Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Suwanee?
Kirsten Baker, Assistant Principal of North Gwinnett High School or Annie Valenty from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Portugal. I have heard it is beautiful like Spain.
What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
Pet Cemetery when I was a little kid and it was scary. My dad loved Stephen King. It was my birthday. The sad thing is that the weekend before our new kitty was hit by a car and killed, so after the movie I was spooked about seeing my dead kitty walking around.
What advice would you give a crowd of people?
To seek perspective because of the diversity of the community, and we don’t always know what’s going on in people’s lives. Find communities that are different from us to understand people. We don’t know what we don’t know.
What is something on your bucket list?
I would love to visit every state capitol building. I have only been to about eight. Also, every major league baseball field.
If you could take anyone to lunch (dead or alive) who would that be and where would you go?
I have two. First would be my uncle Mickey who has passed, but people say I am most like him and I would love to sit down and talk with him. Also, Martin Luther King Jr. and go to the Sweet Auburn Market.
What is your favorite music? Name three bands you would like to see.
Rap! I love beats. OutKast, Tupac, Biggie Smalls. I enjoy all types of R&B.
What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Suwanee?
Brown Bag Deli and Dave Patel, who was the first person I met in Suwanee. I talked with him when I was applying with the City and he gave me a good sense of the community. He was one of the first businesses in Town Center. I call him the mayor of Town Center Avenue.
What is your favorite thing about Suwanee?
The people. When I speak to other communities I tell them we have a lot of people who are interested and invested, sacrifice their free time, come out and talk and get involved. It happens all around the city. There are so many opportunities for people to be part of things.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still with the City, potentially in a different role, continuing to learn and grow.
What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I go to every Olympics! I am also in training to be a tour guide (docent) at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.