One-on-One: Chris Cull and Honora Gathings

This month’s One on One conversation revolved around cars, television news and getting used to a new city, all classic conversation starters.

The car theme came courtesy of Chris Cull, the general manager of Tom Williams Porsche/Audi at Grants Mill. Cull is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, and played football at the school. After graduation, he considered a graduate degree but his father steered him toward the car business. He joined Sonic Automotive back in 2008.

Sonic Automotive, a Fortune 500 company, is among the largest automotive retailers in the United States. It operates over 100 dealerships spread across 15 states and 26 major metropolitan markets, representing approximately 30 different automotive brands, most often luxury and import vehicles.

Chris Cull moved to Birmingham about nine months ago to manage the Porsche/Audi dealership for Sonic here in Birmingham. Prior to his move here, Cull managed dealerships in Nashville for Sonic, and lived in a condo right on Music Row. Moving to Birmingham was an adjustment, Cull says, but one that he has really enjoyed.

His career in the automotive industry has allowed him to experience the world, traveling to test drive and really get to understand the brands he sells. He has test-driven autos everywhere from a South African desert to a frozen lake in Finland.

Television news reporter and weekend anchor Honora Gathings has been something of a world traveler herself with stops in New York, London, Boston and Montana as she has pursued her news career. Born and raised in Birmingham, Gathings graduated from Advent Episcopal Day School and Mountain Brook High School. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, she moved to New York to intern with ABC’s “Good Morning America” and worked as a desk assistant for ABC News. With a masters in broadcast journalism from Boston University, she has worked in markets large and small.

Gathings  joined the ABC 33/40 news team in 2008, giving her the chance to cover major stories such as the BP oil spill, the tornadoes of April 27, and Jefferson County’s bankruptcy. In July 2012, she and her husband welcomed their first child.

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Photos by Beau Gustafson

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