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“Drew” isn’t a name heard every day. So finding two Drews, working in the same department, at the same resort, is uncanny. Especially when one is male; the other female. JajofTravel recently spoke with the Drews – “Boy Drew” Bigda, director of sales at The Resort at Paws Up, and “Girl Drew” Bishop,” leisure sales manager – about their namesake, their love for Montana and life on the ranch…
JajOfTravel: Have you known other “Drews” prior to meeting one another?
D. Bigda: “No Drews, but lots of Andrews pretending to be Drews. Imposters.”
D. Bishop: “One of my best guy friends from college is named Drew. But I’ve never met another female Drew.”
JajOfTravel: Origin of your name?
D.Bigda: “Wish there was a more romantic story behind it, but I think my parents just really liked the name.”
D. Bishop: “”I was believed to be one of two twin boys – so my parents chose the names Kyle and Andrew. To their surprise, I was a girl. But they loved the name Andrew so much, they shortened my name to Drew. My twin brother’s name is Kyle.”
JajOfTravel: How did your love for travel – and ultimately the hospitality profession – take flight?
D. Bigda: “After graduating college, I played professional baseball for five years. And it was during that time, I really started to appreciate travel. When my baseball career ended, I spent time traveling on my own; then transitioned into the travel industry.”
JajOfTravel: What drew you to Montana?
D.Bishop: “I had only been to Montana once – to visit family friends who live near Big Sky. But I had strong ties to the west. My siblings worked at a ranch in Wyoming, and Jackson Hole for many years. And for a time, I lived in Park City. I always dreamed that something would bring me back out west.”
JajOfTravel: What’s the best part of your job?
D. Bigda: “Lunch – I love lunch, I love food. Except olives. But truly the best part of my job is sharing this magical and relatively unknown part of the country. It’s challenging, at times, to get people out of their comfort zones. Sometimes the idea of ‘camping,’ no matter how luxurious, can make people uneasy. But once they take that small leap of faith, the reward is worth it.”
D. Bishop: “It is hard to truly capture how amazing Paws Up is until you are here. Coming from an urban hotel, Drew has taught me so much about the resort world and I continue to learn from him every day. Although we are on opposite coasts most of the time, working with Drew always keeps me on my toes and is also a whole lot of fun.”
JajOfTravel: Personal interests, hobbies?
D. Bigda: “Anything outdoors – surfing, skiing, camping. And anything involving wine.”
D. Bishop: “I love to ski, which I have been doing since I was three years old. I love paddle boarding and waterskiing. I’m also a big foodie and, in NYC, lucky to have amazing cuisines right outside my door. But I am happiest with a cheese plate and a nice glass of wine.”
JajOfTravel: Three words to describe yourself?
D. Bigda: “Passionate. Weird. Fun.”
D. Bishop: “Goofy. Spontaneous. Laid back.”
JajOfTravel: Three words to describe the ‘other’ Drew?
D. Bigda: “I like to call her `Girl Drew.’ But in three words, She’s. The. Best.”
D. Bishop: “Boy Drew is witty. Caring. Happy-go-lucky.”
JajofTravel: What do you love most about Paws Up?
D. Bigda: “The setting. You can build beautiful accommodations, create a fabulous culinary program and offer great activities. But at the end of the day, when you sit on your patio, take a moment and look around, it is a truly breathtaking place to be.”
D. Bishop: “The feeling. The beauty amazes you, the big sky calms you, and the people just make you really happy.”
JajofTravel: Something about yourself others may not know.
D. Bigda: “I love writing Haiku…and am ambidextrous.”
D. Bishop: “I’m obsessed with Newfoundland puppies. Once I have a backyard, I’m going to get one.”
JajofTravel: Mantra you live by – personally and professionally.
D. Bigda: “Have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously – life is short. So work hard – play harder.”
D. Bishop: “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.”
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