I was born in Evanston, Illinois on July 31, 1992 and have been living the best life possible since that day. I moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1996 along with my two great parents Ken and Tammy. I also have two siblings who bring out both the best and worst of me. My sister Jackie is a junior at Dowling Catholic High School and my brother Will is going to be a freshman there this year as well. I graduated from Dowling in 2010 where I participated in track, cross country, and led multiple retreats and service projects. After graduating I attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA this past year. At Loras I am studying Sports Management, and this major was the reason as to why I came to Loras. Loras has an outstanding program and I’m hoping to learn as much as possible so I can reach a career that I enjoy and excel at. Along with Sports Management I’m hoping to major in some sector of business, and I’m leaning towards Accounting or Finance because I excel at math. Now this summer I have started my future in Sports Management by gaining an internship with the Iowa Energy the D-League Basketball team in Des Moines. Through this internship I have been able to work multiple events with the team, and also learn about my future career. This internship has shown me all the inner workings and I have been able to view the lowest positions along with the highest in the organization. Hopefully my future will only keep getting better.
Posted on Aug 10, 2011
at 10:41 AM
Something that I feel is missing in Iowa is a large enough population to hold and maintain a large professional sports team. Right now I would love to work in Des Moines because, as we were told today on our tour of Des Moines, it is the best place to raise a family and for a business to excel. Iowa though does not have the population to fill a huge arena for a sports team. The lack of demand for a major professional sports team because of how major collegiate sports is in Iowa results in Des Moines and other cities in Iowa only having minor league teams. As a sports management major I want to be employed by a professional team as my goal. As being a member of a pro team I would want to be a working on the financial side, which means I wouldn’t have to travel and would be able to have a set schedule hopefully. With a small market team I would have to deal with every aspect of the team, which results in not having set hours and me having to do a variety of things and not really focusing on my strengths.
Professional sports teams bring many opportunities for me, and for people across the state. If only there could be a mass immigration into Iowa we would have the demand for a team. Obviously that will not really happen, so if I am to stay in Iowa I can find job at businesses, which market sporting events such as Principal. I could also work for athletic departments at colleges or small market teams in Iowa like the Iowa Energy or Barnstormers. Who knows maybe in ten years there will be a market for a professional team, and I can find a job. The future holds endless possibilities!
Posted on Aug 10, 2011
at 10:40 AM
Day Two at Leadership Iowa University, or LIU as we like to say, began early after a long night of blogging. We went straight to the Capitol where we met a variety of political leaders ranging from lobbyists to city councilmen to the governor of Iowa himself. All gave us great information as to how we can be involved in our community and help Iowa become the best place possible because hopefully this is where we will be living for the rest of our lives. After the Capitol we traveled to Pella, the Dutch capitol of Iowa, where we toured Pella Corporation along with Veel Hoeden, which is a co-working business started by two entrepreneurs in the area. After that we traveled to Tassel Ridge Winery where we were met by multiple business leaders from the State of Iowa and we were able to practice our networking skills at this event. I was able to interact with a variety of people ranging from a turkey farmer in Baxter to the owner of Tassel Ridge Winery himself. This experience really helped me get out of my comfort zone and helped me learn how to initiate conversation. Then to end the day we went to Sports Page Bar & Grill where we were greeted by many Rotarians. They gave us information about the many things the Rotary Club does, and how we could benefit by being a part of this club. Overall, today I felt I learned about a lot of new things. I don’t really know a lot about politics or about the Rotary Club. These two new things helped me see a lot of different perspectives and I think they help add to the great experience I have had thus far at LIU.
Today we are to talk about what qualities we would want in a community where we were starting a business. In the future if I was looking for an area to start a business I think I would look towards a community that is growing, but still has some old school small town feel to it. An area that I think is a good example is Waukee. Waukee is on the west side of the Des Moines Metro area and is expanding greatly. Waukee, though in the heart of downtown, has a co-op and many of the people rally around each other like a small town although it is one of the most expanding suburbs in Des Moines. Characteristics that Waukee has that I think would be beneficial is that it is close to Des Moines. Des Moines is the epicenter of business in Iowa, and is where the majority of Iowans live. To have a business that is near the city will help it become better known and can help by being provided with marketing opportunities at neighboring Des Moines events. Another benefit is that it is a growing area so by bringing in a company my employees would be able to find homes and places to live in this growing community and become a part of it during its growing stages. Along with that the growth of the community will bring along future employees and future customers for my company. The one thing though that I think sets Waukee apart is that it still has a small town feel. The downtown area of Waukee isn’t huge and there are many mom and pop businesses lining the heart of downtown, which gives it that small town feel. There are great people that live there and they are welcoming to all the change that is occurring there as well. Waukee I think has many benefits such as accessibility to Des Moines, growing community, and a small town feel. All of these characteristics are something I think are essential to a community that I would want to start a business in.
Posted on Aug 10, 2011
at 10:39 AM
I believe that the greatest asset that I possess for the state of Iowa will be my ability to create a good working environment. I feel that my personality helps others relax and be able to be most efficient. I personally was not a born leader. I don’t like to get up and talk in front of groups of people, I don’t enjoy working with others at times, and the first words my friends would describe me as wouldn’t be outgoing. I wasn’t given those abilities, but I was given the ability to create an environment for a group that can help reach the best outcome possible. I enjoy having fun, making others feel comfortable, and making others feel as if they matter. I feel a leader should be someone who knows their followers on a personal level and can relate to them. I personally don’t do well under loud and bossy people so I want to lead people in a way that helps them feel like they are in an environment where they can do the best job along with feeling good about their work. By being able to do this people will be able to focus on their work and not be distracted by thinking that whatever they do will be heavily scrutinized by their boss or that if they get off task they will have to face serious consequences. By creating a good work environment people will respect me, their job, and their co-workers, which can help them be passionate about their job and enjoy it which can result in a positive product for my company and the state of Iowa.