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Kim Bishop

Kim Bishop

Senior Vice President, Client Services

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“When we see how our work truly impacts patients’ lives in a beneficial way, we get the greatest reward.”

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What's the most challenging part of your job?

We're very client-oriented at Intouch, so that means we have a reputation for not only meeting — but also exceeding — expectations. We always look for ways to be innovative, but we need to frame that in terms of how it helps our clients meet their strategy.

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If you weren't working in marketing, what career would you see yourself in?

If I didn't have to worry about paying for my new shoes, I'd like to do volunteer work. I've always thought the best part of working for Intouch is the fulfilling nature of our work. When we see how our work truly impacts patients’ lives in a beneficial way, we get the greatest reward. We are making a difference in people’s lives, and that’s even better than puppies and pancakes.

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What was the last good book you read?

I read for fun, so I go through a lot of novels. I just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Before that was The Litigators by John Grisham. Both were very good. I think my favorite is Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.

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What was your very first paying job?

When I was 16, I worked part-time after school at a clothing store in KC. They gave me a 40 percent discount, so I spent most of my paycheck there. Funny how things have changed. I now spend my paycheck on my home, my kids, my new granddaughter and my 401K!

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What was your favorite college course?

Astronomy. I was fascinated by it. It's humbling how small we are in perspective to the universe.

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If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead (other than a relative), who would it be?

John Travolta — as long as dinner included dancing!

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How did you get started in this industry?

Pharma is in my blood. I had nearly 20 years of experience working at Marion Labs (later Marion Merrell Dow) before coming to Intouch.

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What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Laundry. Which brings me back to astronomy; somewhere in the universe is a black hole filled with missing single socks. I’m sure of it!

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What is your favorite drink?

A Grey Goose vodka dirty martini with extra blue cheese-stuffed olives. Some of my friends say I have so many olives it’s really a martini salad.

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Why were you given your name?

My parents named me Kimberly Sue Smith. My first name was going to be Angela until my mother looked at the initials and imagined them on a sweater. My daughter calls me Veronica, and I have no idea why. Secretly, I love it though.

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Do you have any hidden talents?

Cooking. I love to eat. My family says I should open a restaurant or write a cookbook. I love that my cooking often brings my family together.

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If you could live during any time period, which would it be?

The future. I'm intrigued by technology, how far it has come and where it's going. In my short lifetime, the changes I've seen: remote start your car, DVR, cellphones. What will we have in a hundred years?

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Both and neither. I lay in bed awake at night with ideas plaguing me, and I get up early because my Yorkie asks me to. However, I feel like I am most “ready for prime time” in the middle of the day.