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Meet Your Tribe: Q&A With THRIVE | Asheville Community Manager Patrick Deehan

Thrive Editorial

Asheville Community Manager

The heart and soul of THRIVE are our Community Managers — ringleaders and ringmasters rolled into one. They are here to rock your world, simplify your life, restore your faith in humanity, and basically make your THRIVE experience a bowl of cherries. Minus the pits. Take a moment to meet one of the family.

THRIVE | Asheville Community Manager, Patrick Deehan

Asheville Community Manager Patrick Deehan

What’s your hometown?

Alpharetta, GA

Cats or dogs?


Which do you prefer: cake, pie or cookies?


What is the most-used app on your phone?


Sunrise or sunset?


What’s your musical jam?

Sound & Fury by Sturgill Simpson.

Whose autograph or celebrity selfie do you have?

Pro football hall-of-famer Ray Lewis.

Who do people say you look like?

Joaquin Phoenix (or Jeffrey Hunter if you’re over 70).

[For those of you under 70, Hunter was an actor who starred in films such as The Searchers and King of Kings — Ed.]

Asheville Community Manager Patrick Deehan
Patrick Deehan … er, Joaquin Phoenix. Photo: Harald Krichel
Asheville Community Manager Patrick Deehan
1950s screen heartthrob Jeffrey Hunter.

What is your favorite local shop or restaurant?

I’m looking forward to discovering what Asheville has to offer!

When it comes to movies you are more a fan of …


What is your favorite movie?

Fletch or Lethal Weapon

Do you have a nickname?

My family calls me Trick.

Most-prized possession?

My most recent Dunkin’ large black iced-coffee.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Pulpy old genre books — detective/western/sci-fi paperbacks from the ’60s and ’70s (like Elmore Leonard and Philip K. Dick). And playing Fortnite with my coworkers Gabe, Brandon and Luke.

What’s your favorite saying?

Alea iacta est (“The die is cast”).

What absolutely excites you right now?


What skill does it take to be a great CM?

I would say attentiveness tops the list.

What is the least obvious skill it takes to be a great CM?

Flexibility in negotiation.

“You wouldn’t know it to look at me, but…”

I’m actually 6 feet 5 inches tall.

Written by Thrive Editorial

April 28, 2023

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