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Kristi Veitch

Kristi Veitch

Executive Vice President

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What technological innovation in the last few years are you the most excited about?

I’m still geeking out about everything I can do with my iPhone. My Garmin watch has to be a close second.

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How many languages do you speak?

Three, but due to lack of practice, my French and Russian are limited to a few choice phrases these days. I studied French through high school and was fluent by the time I graduated. In college, I was a broadcast journalism major and thought it would be fascinating to be a foreign correspondent. At that point in time, there was so much happening politically in the Soviet Union that I decided learning Russian would be beneficial. With the dissolution of the USSR, and the finding of love here in KC, so went that dream.

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What was the last good book you read?

I don’t spend nearly as much time reading these days as I’d like to, but here are a few recent favorites: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein; Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; and Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough.

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What was your first paying job?

When I was 12, I spent the entire summer babysitting a girl down the street for $1 an hour to buy a ten-speed bike, since my parents refused to buy it for me. Then they bought one for my younger sister. In high school, I worked in retail — clothing and gifts/cards. To this day, I still can’t resist the urge to straighten up racks when I’m in a shop.

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What was your favorite college course?

Too many to choose from — I love to learn! I majored in broadcast journalism and ended up with three minors: theatre, Russian and women’s studies.

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

Robin Williams: so immensely talented, but left us far too soon. So many people saw him as only a comedian, but he had serious acting chops as well (thanks, Juilliard) and pulled from his personal pain to create some amazing and memorable characters. The opportunity to spend some time with him just to see if my brain could keep up would be exhilarating.

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How did you get started in this industry?

My first job after college was as a tax collector with the IRS. I knew after a few years that I wanted to be in a more fast-paced and creative environment and made the transition to agency life on the account side. I later saw a real business need and opportunity to develop what would become the HR function at my previous agency and seized it. The rest, as they say, is history.

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What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Anything that someone else was supposed to do!

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What is your favorite drink?

I love a good soy chai latte. Friday = Chai Day!

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Why were you given your name?

My given name (Kristin) was a nod to my Danish heritage on my mother’s side. No idea why they decided to call me “Kristi.”

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Do you have any hidden talents?

I can type faster and more accurately with three fingers than most people can using all of ‘em.

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

I love living in the now, but I would relish the opportunity to be able to time travel to experience choice moments in history. I’m especially fascinated by Imperial Russia, the Roaring ‘20s, and the British and American espionage work during WWII.

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Whatever the situation calls for! I’ve always been the type of person who can supply the energy both first thing in the morning (as a marathon course marshal) and late at night (to close out a pledge drive on KCPT).