Member Spotlight for August- Michael Zimmer

September 10, 2020

1. How did you get to Greenville?
In June of 2010, my wife and I moved up to Greenville when she matched for her medical residency program at, then, Pitt County Memorial Hospital just before they were branded Vidant. ECU Brody School of Medicine was one of nine programs in the nation to have an Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine combined program. Very fortunate to get into the program that led our lives here in Greenville.
2. Where is your favorite breakfast/coffee spot in Greenville?
I frequent, nearly daily during the week, to the Biscuit & Bean coffee shop for my morning brew. I’ve been going there since the location was called the Coffee Shack. Got to know both owners and enjoy a more cozy, personal environment. The food is great too.
3. Where is your favorite lunch spot in Greenville?
I’m a super big foodie and enjoy variety, which makes it super hard to choose one favorite but amongst friends of mine, we frequent EC Pho quite a bit.
4. Where is your favorite dinner spot in Greenville?
Tough call but a big favorite is Shogun Japanese Restaurant. I’m half Japanese myself, so I’m going to be particular of the food but the owner is spot on with the taste and dishes. Shogun’s sushi is better than many I had in Raleigh. Leo knows how the cuts are supposed to be and does it very well.
5. What are your top three things to do in Greenville?
I’ve been really impressed seeing the town grow over the past 10 years. The microbrew scene is fantastic going to Pitt Street and Uptown for drinks and doing the trivia there. Have to give kudos to Local Oak as well. With my wife and friends going to the movies is a big thing for us but trying to make do since COVID. Whenever possible, we enjoy getting out to the events in Uptown.
6. What is your favorite festival in Greenville?
I can’t turn down the National Night Out Food Truck Festival. If food is involved I’m there. If I can like to sneak in the Beer Fest.
7. What is your favorite park in Greenville and why?
Personally I like West Meadowbrook Park for the disc golf but with the family, Town Commons, we’ll frequent for the kids.
8. How do you give back to Greenville?
I’m a big advocate for education and have volunteered doing afterschool tutoring or to participate in anything educational related. I did an event with the Chamber of Commerce to talk to students at Innovation Early College High School (IECHS) on careers opportunities as an Engineer in healthcare. From there been able to continue my involvement in the scene and seeking more opportunities.
9. What is one thing you would like to see come to Greenville?
I came up from Tallahassee FL that slowly grew in size very much like the trajectory Greenville is going. Already seeing opportunities in shopping and restaurants but Greenville looks ready to have a bigger mall.
10. How can Greenville be improved?
What I liked most about Greenville was the people being social to come together and enjoy company. We can capitalize on our environment by growing our outdoor scene. Hosting more professional events like Mountain Biking Competitions, better extensive hiking scenes of Eastern NC, a larger more attractive farmers market that draws folks in. Greenville is growing with a number of families it has with younger kids, investing in science centers, museums, or other event halls would be fantastic.
11. How did you hear about the Young Professionals of Pitt County
I have two friends and colleagues that became members of YP. Having them to talk to about it and sharing their involvement and experiences have been the best influences on deciding to join.
12. Why did you join the Young Professionals of Pitt County?
By having friends as members has helped me decided to join.
13. What is your favorite part of YP?
I’ve always been interested in the development of people hence my involvement with education. I’m relatively new to YP but the venue to bring people of different experiences and knowledge together is one of the best aspects to learn from one another. This makes being a part of YP a highlight.
14. What is your favorite YP event and why?
I try to get out to the Networking Events, which I know we all enjoy. You can have some pretty good conversations and always learn something. Feels good to know others have similar things they deal with in their professions.

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