Birthplace and Current City: I was born in Cedar Rapids and I currently live in Marion.
Tell us about your family and pets: I am the oldest of 8 and have 4 brothers and 3 sisters. I have been dating my girlfriend for 6 years and I am the proud dog dad to a 3 year old German Shepard/Lab mix.
What does your past work history look like: The first ever job that I had was a HyVee Cashier. While it was fun at first, I just didn’t feel challenged and got bored. What I consider to be my first “real” job was NAPA Auto Parts. I really enjoyed every day being different and getting to meet a lot of people. I have been at Kia a little over a year now and never knew how much I would enjoy the Kia brand and we have a great team here that pushes each other to do better all the time.
Tell us about yourself outside of work: My hobbies outside of work are computers, video games, and frisbee golf. I recently discovered the benefits of cooking meals that weren’t oven baked or microwaveable. It’s amazing how much money you can save and it’s helped a ton with meal prepping for the week. I love to travel. When I was younger a fancy vacation meant going to Des Moines and this past year I was able to see the ocean for the first time in Florida.
What does happiness mean to you: It’s that feeling when you get when you have acceptance with how everything in life is. Content with hot things fall into place.
Best piece of advice that you have gotten: When I lived with my grandparents for a few years. They told me a tip for keeping my living space clean. “If it’s going to take five minutes, just do it.” Today my own house is clean and I don’t have to devote a set amount of time to clean.
Why did you want to become an emerging leader: I believe it is time for me to step out of my comfort zone and be a leader here at Kia. I’ve seen both my mentor and my good friend go through the program and they both say that the program is the reason why they are where they are in their life right now.