Tell us about what you do. I do business development for a CPA firm who specializes in small businesses and their owners. The name of that is Douglas L. Freeman CPA.
What inspires you to be in this career? Well, I am a people person. So if I can meet people, bring a smile to their day and to be able to tell what I do and do it in a passionate way, I love it.
What’s something that you love about the local area? I love the friendliness of the people and the opportunities for work and for our children.
When friends or family visit from out of town, where do you take them? Oh, my, we have to go to barbecue places. Well, that’s just a given, you know, Jack Stacks, Gates, Q39.
So you don’t have an exclusive favorite? I actually like Jack Stacks and Q39 best.
Where would you go that doesn’t revolve around barbecue? I enjoy going to Firebirds because I liked the bartender there and I liked the happy hour specials, but it’s also a great food and just very welcoming environment.
What is one thing you wished you learned earlier in life? I think if I’d had some more educational opportunities at a younger age, I might’ve chosen a different profession.
What’s your favorite thing about networking and connecting people? Relationship building.
How long have you lived here in the area? In December. It will be 21 years.
What’s something on your bucket list? A Viking river cruise, had it scheduled and had to cancel that. It was going to Germany down the Danube.
What is something that makes you proud? My family makes me proud. my husband makes me proud, my parents make me proud.
Favorite hobby when you’re not at work? My favorite hobby when I’m not at work might be shopping. I also enjoy working outside. That’s one of my things, I love tinkering in my garden and tinkering with the landscape mowing the grass.
What is your favorite music or band that you look to listen to or see live? I love beach music, so I love the Beach Boys. I love the old songs, but I also love Blake Shelton, I like Luke Combs, and for Christian, I like Mercy Me.
How about a pet peeve? People cut me off in line everywhere. You know, like driving, they just whip right in front of me. There’s no signal. I’m like, what are you doing?
If your life had a theme song, what would it be? Start a Fire by Unspoken.
What skill or craft would you most like to master? I would like to overcome a fear, I would like to fly, like be a pilot to overcome my fear of Heights.
How did you and your spouse meet? Kelly and I actually first met in a restaurant and we kind of eyed each other and he went out in the parking lot and told his friends that he’s going to marry that girl. Actually he didn’t know who I was. The friend he told, we met at a movie theater that night because we had mutual friends. That guy went back to work on Monday and said, “The girl you’re gonna marry? I’ve got her phone number and I’m going to ask her out for a date.” And so they had little tit for tat and Kelly called me and asked me out and I turned him down for a few times, but then I started dating him until we’d been married 36 years.
How has the COVID issue impacted you this year? It has brought me back to a little bit of a reality that our life is really not our own. It’s controlled by many forces and I don’t like that because I am a self-sufficient kind of person. When everything’s taken away from you and you have just a short window of things that you can do, it’s quite suffocating for me. So I like to be out. And so this was a little bit hard for me.
Favorite moment of your career? The most distinguishing moment of my career was being awarded Ambassador Of The Year for the Leawood Chamber two times.
Douglas L Freeman website
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