About the Administrators
Hello and welcome! We are Brenda Valcke and Price Hall, the lucky couple who inherited the In the Vendée website from our friend, Mr. Brian Fox. As avid travellers and longtime expats, we thought long and hard about the future of the website, what it could become, and the skills we could employ to create something worth perusing. Having relocated to France from Georgia, in the U.S., we've lived in the Vendée for 3.5 years. In our former life we were senior systems-integration architect (him), and executive assistant/ budget manager in Information Technologies at the University of West Georgia. We have been working together since 2005! Before this, Brenda worked as hotel administrator/budget manager for a regional branch of Northwest Airlines. Since migrating to France, most days consist of web design, writing, and programming. Our roles demand lots of reading, research, problem solving, keeping up with technology and marketing.
Okay, yes, we’re quite possibly the geekiest husband-and-wife-team in the Vendée! But our work is our passion and taking over this website couldn’t be more perfect. We explore the area with passion and gusto. We have amassed thousands of images over the years. We understand the complexities and possibilities of the Internet. We're here to share what we learn with other small business proprietors in the Vendée.
Merging all the tools in our toolbox, we are re-launching In the Vendée.com as a digital magazine where residents, expats, and tourists connect. This magazine-style website is an information resource for living, events and tourism information in the Vendée, France. Articles are written in English and Dutch, with machine translations to French, Spanish and Portuguese. Our goal is to create a central area for every local small business to use as a marketing tool, to encourage expat integration into the community, and to showcase why the Vendée is an ideal year-round destination. Please excuse our progress. In the interest of time, calendar events are available in English only for now. We promise to approach this project with the same unbridled passion we bring to our 'normal' workday at webservices.dramatis.