Brandon Priester was born at Mission Hospital right here in Asheville, NC. He is a proud Alumnus of A-B Tech, where he served on the Board of Trustees and won a Leadership Award for his service as Student Government President. He is now earning his degree in Mass Communications at UNC Asheville. Brandon is the Video/Multimedia Production Technician and Event Support for A-B Tech, working closely with the Marketing Department to promote the college's vision through media. His team's commercial advertisements have run on local television, and he has been featured in publications by A-B Tech and the Asheville Citizen-Times. He is a member of the MLK Celebration Committee in Asheville and is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. In 2016, Brandon was nominated for the UNCA Multicultural Student Leadership's Rising Star Award.