Title:

Editor, Columbia Business Times.

Age:

36.

Job Description:

Produce our flagship CBT from start to finish.

Years lived in mid-Missouri:

All of them, except for a few years in Washington, DC.

Original Hometown:

Columbia, MO.

 

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in business administration from MU; MBA from William Woods University.

Professional background:

My career started in wealth management during business school, but I quickly became involved in politics. After working in public relations for the Show-me Institute, Missouri’s free-market think tank, I moved to D.C., serving first as a legislative aide for Senator Kit Bond, then transitioning to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for Senator Rand Paul. On my way back home, I took a gig as the Iowa state communications director for Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign. For the next half-dozen years, I was a mortgage loan officer, and I spent the 2016 election year alongside Branden Rathert as co-host of “Wake Up Columbia” on 93.9 The Eagle.

Favorite thing about my job:

Telling someone’s story is a responsibility I do not take lightly. It’s an honor to provide the business community with valuable insights on the people and issues impacting Mid-Missouri.

Why I’m passionate about my company:

The Business Times Company has a rich history in Columbia, and I’m proud to be a part of continuing its legacy.

Favorite Mid-Missouri restaurant:

I’ve been a Bangkok Gardens addict since college. Their food is like a gateway drug.

A Mid-Missouri businessperson I admire and why:

Former MFA senior VP Janice Schuerman has been a great mentor to me. She embodies what it means to be a true professional, with ethics and class to boot. Many times, when facing a professional challenge, I’ll ask myself: WWJD? (What would Janice do?)

What I do for fun:

Enjoying a nice meal with family or friends is my favorite pastime, and I dabble as an oil painter when I’m feeling inspired.

Favorite color:

Probably gray — it’s almost always a safe bet.

If I weren’t doing this for a living, I would:

Be involved in public discourse in some other fashion.

My next goal:

Surviving parenthood.

Family:

My husband, Sean, and our two “guard dogs,” shih tzus Caesar and Brutus. We’re expecting our first child in November.

Most people don’t know that I:

I’m secretly pretty good at doing impressions of people. I can also recite all the words to “Ice, Ice Baby” — this is not something I’m necessarily proud of.

If my co-workers could describe me in one word:

Sincere.

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