This week’s employee spotlight at Blue, Inc is Kathy!
Kathy has been with Blue Inc for just over a year. She attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton MO. She studied Arts Management and Minored in Theatre. She was selected this week by her peers due to her ability to lead others. She has helped several others in the firm receive promotions and continues to make herself available to everyone. She is not only a great teacher, but a great student. Kathy is a hard worker and is always seeking ways to better herself, while passing on knowledge to others.
When speaking to Kathy, we had a few questions.
Blue Inc: Why did you start with Blue Inc? What was it that attracted you to the company?
Kathy: When I first started in Blue Inc. it was purely based on the President, Wrinardo McKennedy. I came into my interview, and as nervous as I was, within seconds of sitting across the table from him I felt comfortable. He asked me a simple question, “What do your parents do and what have you learned from them?” Not having grown up with parents after the age 12, I was unsure what to say. I thought, should I be honest, or would that seem as if I wanted sympathy. So without thinking I said, although my father passed away and my mother went through personal issues, what they taught me was that fear is a choice and happiness is a choice, and I chose to be fearless and I chose to be happy. He looked me in the eyes and said that was exactly what he is looking for. The confidence that he had in me, made me realize there is more to this company than just a job, this seemed like the most supportive environment I had ever been a part of and it still is to this day.
Blue Inc: What have you learned since starting at the firm?
Kathy: The amount that I have learned since coming into this company could be a great book, but if I had to sum it up, I would say self-reflection and self-discipline. I had just gotten out of college and had no focus or direction. I knew I wanted freedom, wealth, and happiness, like any bright-eyed graduate, but I just wanted an opportunity of a lifetime to appear and all the sudden I have it all. Being in the company I have held on the fact that opportunity looks a lot like hard work and if you want something you have to be ready for the work it takes to get it. I have learned to accept and learn from my failed attempts at something, instead of hide them. I have also learned that the greatest leaders make the loudest mistakes and teach a crowd how to overcome.
Blue Inc: What is your favorite business book?
Kathy: The book that has pushed me the most in business is Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World, by Dev Aujla and Billy Parish. With real-life success stories and practical advice and exercises, Making Good outlines how to find opportunities to effect change and make money. This book is for that person who wants to run a company, but not just because they want money. This book is for world changers.
Blue Inc: Tell us something about you? What do you like to do in your spare time?
Kathy: I am a simple person, but I like to have my share of fun. In my free time I play guitar and write music. I also spend time with people I work with, and my friends doing things like golf, whirly ball, float trips, and lots of karaoke. My crazy side loves rock concerts and spelunking.
Blue Inc: Last question, if you had to name one person your hero, who would it be and why?
Kathy: That is easy. My hero in life is my father. He passed away of cancer when I was little girl. He was the strongest man I had ever met. He worked many jobs that were manual, hard, labor. One job was in Oklahoma City where he was a maintenance man for over 5 different apartment complexes and he was on the clock literally 24/7. I remember nights of him going to a job at 3 or 4 in the morning. He did whatever it took to take care of his family. He was loving, funny, and the core of his entire family. He taught me how to care for others, how to work harder than anyone else around you, and never forget to have a little fun and let lose when you get the chance. There is no greater influence.
By the end of the year, Kathy will be leading a team to expand into new markets for our clients. She is a great example with her hard work, dedication, consistency, and supportive role.
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