… Another One Opens!

People often talk of opportunities: “When one door closes, another one opens.” But rarely does anyone talk about the hallway.. The transition.. The in between where you are and where you are headed. It can be a time of self reflection, great exploration and finding opportunities that you didn’t even know existed.

Three years ago, when the previous Chamber director announced her resignation, I immediately had people encourage me to apply for the position. Three years later, when I announced that I was resigning as Executive Director, I immediately had people reaching out to me to see what I was interested in doing next. At that very moment, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next, but I was encouraged by the prospects that were approaching me.

After exploring many of the opportunities that were coming my way, I had to really decide what I wanted to do next with my life. It’s awesome to think that I am so blessed to have had so many choices before me.. One entailed working with small businesses to help them grow their businesses through training and professional development.. One was helping cultivate artists into a co-working space that would help them build a retail presence. And yet another was a company that approached me from an industry that I never imagined I could work in, but it piqued my interest the most.

After a lot of back and forth discussion on what a new position might look like, I made the hour journey north for a formal interview. I met with the Chief Development Officer, the Human Resources Director and the Chief of Operations. I was immediately blown away by their warmth and genuine desire to serve their customers. The more I learned about the company’s mission and core values, the more excited I felt. We talked about how everyone takes ownership in the company’s success which really created an entrepreneurial spirit without the risk. As the meeting went on and we discussed my talents and desires for the future, I had an overwhelming sense of certainty that this is where I belong. When I got in my car to leave, I had a wave of emotion wash over me – I couldn’t believe that an opportunity like this would ever be possible for me. Before I had made it home, I knew that I was going to accept their offer.

So on June 3, I will begin my new journey as the Business Development Coordinator for United Fiber – a subsidiary of United Electric Cooperative that is dedicated to bringing high speed broadband to the rural areas of northwest Missouri. Although they are based out of Savannah, I will office out of the Excelsior Springs area. I will oversee marketing campaigns, plan special events, work on business development and provide the excellent customer service that United Fiber customers deserve. I couldn’t be more excited for this new journey, and I am grateful to United Fiber for believing in me and providing me with this great opportunity. I am one lucky girl!