Born in southeastern North Carolina, Nicole Quick grew up in Columbus and Brunswick Counties. Her bachelor’s degree is in politics and economics, and her master’s is in economics with a focus on economic development.
After school, Nicole went to work in Greensboro, NC, managing a $40 million business segment of Guilford Mills. There she was responsible for all forecasting and budgeting and for planning and scheduling production. Simultaneously, she led and managed domestic and international sales forces for Guilford’s furniture and home fashions businesses.
From Guilford Mills, she moved to a position with Brayton International, a division of Steelcase, in High Point, NC. At Brayton, she spearheaded process improvements to create greater efficiencies and led teams to reduce costs and waste while maintaining high standards of product quality.
Nicole left Brayton to start a family. When her son Tad was diagnosed with autism, she decided to leave her career behind and undergo training in order to provide daily occupational therapy for him. Once Tad was in school, Nicole went on to work as a one-on-one aid in the classroom with him and, later, to lead teacher instruction and workshops focused on working with children with autism in inclusive classrooms.
Currently, Nicole lives with her husband and son and 2 dogs in their home in eastern Guilford County. She and her husband have lived there for twenty years, though the son and dogs joined them more recently.