Kerry Kowalski started his career in the United States Postal Service as a temporary carrier to help cover the summer vacation period while attending UNL in 1991. After graduating in 1994, Kerry entered the management training program and worked as a supervisor and station manager in Lincoln before becoming the Postmaster of Lexington, NE in 1999. He also served as Operations Manager for western Kansas, northeast Nebraska and southeast Nebraska before being selected as the Lincoln Postmaster in March 2007. The USPS has some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings of any governmental or private organization. The Lincoln Post Office has 550 employees that deliver over 500,000 pieces of mail to over 128,000 deliveries every day, six days a week.
Tell me a little about your family. – I have been married to my wife Jeanna for 16 years and have three children. Caleb (12), Isabelle (10) and Braden (8) attend St. Joseph’s Catholic School and are the best kids a parent could ask for.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Deciding to leave Lincoln and move to Lexington was a big step in a different direction for us. We really did not want to move away from Lincoln, but knew that this was an opportunity to gain some experience that would further my career.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I like to golf, spend time with my family, work on home improvement projects and go back to my parent’s farm in Loup City to play weekend farmer.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I am a farm boy at heart, and Jeanna and I own 80 acres of pasture and 16 cows, which my Dad takes care of most of the time in Sherman County. I love to go back to Loup City to fix fence and work around the farm with my Dad. I also come from a postal family. My Mom and Dad are both postmasters in central NE, my brother is a city carrier in Kearney and I have an aunt, uncle and grandfather that work for the Postal Service.
What are you the most proud of? – My family. Jeanna has always stood by my side with every move we have made without complaint and my children have talents I only wish I would have had at their age. They are the world to me and are the reason for everything I do.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – Know who you are and never compromise your principles. Surround yourself with good people and you will feed off of each other and become a successful team.
What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish? – To run the Lincoln Marathon in May 2010.
How would your friends describe you? – Dedicated, hard working and trustworthy. I would pretty much do anything for a friend in need if they asked.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – I am a fairly good carpenter and handyman.
Which talent would you most like to have? – To be able to sing on key, play the piano and make people laugh.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and MK Mueller’s 8 to Great.
What is your favorite movie? – Any James Bond Movie
What is your favorite TV show? – 24
What is your favorite Lincoln restaurant? – El Potrero in the Hay Market