Blevins graduated from Clever High School and attended Drury University. She had applied for college with every intention of pursuing a degree in architecture, but she shifted gears the summer before she arrived––“I thought, ‘I don’t want to do all that math,’” she jokes. Blevins got her bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in journalism. Her mom, whom she considers one of the greatest mentors she had growing up, encouraged her talent for writing, which has proved an asset to her throughout her career.
After graduating, Blevins worked as a news producer for KY3 until 2000, when she was asked to come work for the family company. Her mother had suffered two heart attacks and was ready to slow down at work. When her parents retired five years later, Blevins and her brother launched the next iteration of the family business––taking over an existing construction company can come with a lot of liability challenges, she says. The new Bailey Company eventually merged to become Bailey Pyle Builders, which employs a large number of Blevins’ family members, including her brother, her sister-in-law and her husband.