You What?

Ann Waters, president, Travel Leaders
Feb 5, 2019
Zack Kittaka
You What?

Describe yourself in three words. Quiet, easygoing but stubborn

In what city did you grow up? Fort Wayne

What book has had the greatest impact on you? I read voraciously and I can’t say there is just one that has impacted me. For fun, I love the Thursday Next series written by Jasper Forde. He creates a whole world within books – which are rather scary in how accurately they blend today’s world with the analog world of reading books the old fashioned way. 

What is the first movie you ever saw in a theater? Bambi – it scared the heck out of me

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian, until I learned you had to be good at math and not just the simple adding and subtracting stuff

What famous person would you most like to meet? I would love to have a meal with Gordon Ramsey – he can be a jerk on his shows I know but I think do away with the act and he’d be fascinating to hear stories about and talk about cooking and food

What is your favorite part of your job? Helping my team help our clients – I love finding new ways to do our jobs easier in terms of the technical pieces of it so more time can be spent on creating relationships with our clients

What do you actually do at your job? Fortunately, a lot of my favorite parts of my job are because of the amazing people I have working with me and I don’t have to spend a lot of time working ‘in’ my business! 

What was your first job? A fabric store in Glenbrook Mall – So-Fro 

What is your greatest accomplishment? Being a parent who raised a smart, caring and thoughtful daughter; with help of my husband

Who is your hero? My daughter. She has proven to me time and time again that marching to your own music is a good thing and who cares what everyone else thinks… you ‘should’ be doing.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Rudeness. There is just no reason to be rude to people when you are out and about. Even if something has gone wrong and they are at fault you still don’t have to be rude – you can be adult and talk it out without getting all righteous.

Do you have a motto you live by? If so, what is it? A quote that hangs on my bulletin board at work that I absolutely love is “Content yourself with doing and leave the talking to others”

What three items would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island (other than food and water)? A case of books, a case of sunscreen and a hat 

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Right now Patagonia is calling me. Also I’m yearning to go dogsledding in Sweden in the winter way up north. 

How often do you exercise? Formally two times a week, but working on increasing my days 

Where will you go on your next vacation? As I write this I am 15 days away from a week in St. Lucia

What’s one thing you can’t live without? My husband and my daughter

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? If you have a problem with everyone around you, it’s probably worth thinking about whether it’s really everyone else or yourself that needs work.

What’s your biggest fear? That I won’t keep up with the times. I see nothing worse than becoming stuck at a certain point in life and refusing to learn and change.

Name one person who has inspired you in your life. My Dad. He made himself successful through smart work and determination in the face of nay-sayers. I learned my stubbornness from him I think.

What is your favorite...

Vacation spot? International: Cornwall, England; Domestic: New Orleans

Holiday? Why? Christmas Eve – because it’s the coziest day of the year

Sports team? New Orleans Saints, then the Green Bay Packers

Drink? Whiskey old-fashioned

Downtown locale? The library

Fort Wayne feature? The airport – they have cookies and therapy dogs for goodness sake!

TV show? 30 Rock

Flavor of ice cream? Vanilla

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