Kelsi Swanson started working for Open Harvest before she was even born.  Her mother was a volunteer in the bakery while she was pregnant with her and Kelsi continued to shop at the store throughout her childhood and early adult years.  In 2006, she became a cashier while she finished school and, before graduating with her degree in 2008, earned the position of Purchasing Manager.  After graduation, the job continued to fit both her lifestyle and educational background, so she stayed and now is the Merchandising Manager.  Open Harvest is a Cooperative Grocery that is locally owned by their 3,000 plus members and will celebrate their 35th anniversary in 2010.

Tell us a little about your family. – I have a very close and wonderful family. I am from Lincoln, and all of my family still lives here, with the exception of my younger brother who lives in Kansas City.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Graduating from college. Earning my degree was a goal and focal point for many years of my life. After graduation, I really had to re-evaluate my life and my future goals.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I used to be really athletic and competitive back in my “prime.” I raced mountain bikes and even competed in a few adventure races. I miss it, and hope to get back into it in the future!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – It was from a professor I had who told our class that is was a really good idea to hire people smarter than you, and then treat them really well. They can do wonderful things for your business, and might teach you something too!

What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish? – To continue to have a fulfilling work career, and possibly start a family some day. My niece and nephew are wonderful, but I would like to have my own kids!

What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – I really like and get along well with children. I spend ample time with my niece and nephew, but in my everyday work life, I don’t really get to work much with kids.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? – To have a thicker skin when it comes to work related conflicts. It has gotten better as I have gotten older, but I still take things too personally at times.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – The Time Travelers Wife. Excellent book!

What is your favorite movie? – It is a three way tie between Out Of Africa, Chocolat, and Mostly Martha.

What is your favorite TV show? – Northern Exposure.

What is your favorite Lincoln restaurant? – It is a toss up between YiaYia’s Pizza and Blue Orchid.

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – She is famous only to my family, especially my niece and nephew who refer to her as “Nana,” but honestly, if I could have dinner with one person, it would be my mother. I consider her to be a true kindred spirit and the best friend I have ever had. I would not pass up a dinner with her, even if it were with a “famous” person!

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