This week's spotlight is on Billy Vranish, one of Pennington & Bailes new models! This photo comes from the shoot in anticipation of the Chick-Fil-A Classic on August 31, 2012 where NC State will play Tennessee. After the big shoot I had the chance to sit down with Billy and ask him a few questions about Pennington & Bailes, school, and football.
BS: Why did you want to model for Pennington & Bailes?
BV: Pennington & Bailes to me represents a high class, southern brand that allows me to show some schools spirit in a fun attention grabbing way.
BS: Did your appreciation for Pennington & Bailes make you want to become a male model?
BV: I love the gear that Pennington & Bailes makes and actually own a few pairs of pants myself. I believe that all fans of college sports should know about Pennington & Bailes.
BS: Which is your favorite Pennington & Bailes product?
BV: I just realized the other day that Pennington & Bailes has an awesome line of shoes, including some really nice brown loafers and sharp bucks. I would have to say, though, that the gameday polo comes in at a close second to the coach's shirt, which I wish I owned in every color. I also really love my pair of orange stadium pants with the embroidered Gator logo. I get so many complements on them, even from opposing fans, that I wear them on most gamedays.
BS: Which SEC football stadium is your favorite?
BV: Although I can never get enough of hearing the cannons go off from the pirate ship after the Buc's score a touchdown in Raymond James Stadium, there's a reason they say there's nothing like The Swamp.
BS: What is your favorite gameday tradition?
BV: I wake up every Saturday morning, no matter what time kickoff is, at 7am. After a Big & Toasty from Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast (if you haven't had one you need to try it), my brothers and I watch College Gameday starting at 9, and continue celebrating Gator football until kickoff.
BS: Where do you see the future of Pennington & Bailes going?
BV: I am excited to see Pennington & Bailes grow by word of mouth and a strong viral campaign to get college students around the nation excited about their products. I definitely think that tapping into the Greek market would be huge, and I could definitely see every fraternity man and sorority woman decked out in Pennington & Bailes gear not only on gamedays, but on campus throughout the week as well.
BS: When you're not rooting on the Gators, what else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
BV: I really enjoy relaxing in a rocking chair on the front porch of my house, which is directly across the street from Ben Hill Griffin stadium, and enjoying a nice cigar while sipping on some bourbon or scotch and enjoying the company of my friends and brothers. I also like reading, video games, playing golf, and watching Sportscenter.
Billy is a fourth year Political Science and Economics major. Special thanks to the photographer Lauren Stockman for shooting all of these photos in Downtown Gainesville.