20 Under 30 Class of 2010

417 Magazine proudly presents the next generation of 417-land leaders.

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Kami Gollhofer, 28

Program manager, assistant director, Victory Trade School

Perhaps now more than ever, the work of people like Kami Gollhofer is making 417-land a more vital place to live. Victory Mission’s Victory Trade School helps indigent people develop skills in the hotel management and culinary arts fields. Kami’s focus the last three years has been to gain accreditation for Victory Trade School, which will ensure that credits earned there will be transferable to OTC, Missouri State and other two- and four-year institutions. Kami says she’s long taken a pragmatic approach to poverty-stricken people. “What can we do as a society to help people learn how to make different choices to better their circumstances?” she asks.—M.L.

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Q&A: Get to know Kami Gollhofer

How do you get your news?
“On the way to work I listen to NPR, so I get a lot of world news.”

What’s one website you check daily?
“MSN.com. Facebook; I check that pretty often.”

What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 5?
“I wanted to be an oceanographer. Now I’m terrified of the ocean.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“I hope to have a family. We just bought and older home in Ash Grove. It’s definitely a project. I got some land, two acres and a pool … So really, my dream would be to still have my day job doing this, but also live off the land. Garden and teach my children basic values that I think aren’t taught to children growing up [right now].”

If you had to choose any other profession, what would ou choose?
“Just that: Live off the land. Can stuff and sell it, go to crafts and local markets.”

How do you define success?
“I think a successful person is always redefining what the word means. How can I help make this person/program/etc. better? Someone who continually seeks education and has and open mind about different attitudes, but has core beliefs they stick to.

Why do you like what you do?
“I like that I can take ownership of my job, use creativity. I like creating things and developing them and perfecting them, and then handing them off to another person.”

Fill in the blank. A perfect day at work is… ?
“Being able to actually be in my office and check e-mail. I’m very organized, so I have a stack of things; I love to be able to get through that stack every day and leave knowing I have everything done.”

Three words that describe your job are… ?
"Educational, fast-paced, Christ-centered."

What’s your dream job?
“I think I’m living it out. In all honesty. I love what I do and I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s wehre my strengths are.”

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do for your career?
“Actually prove myself because of my age. People in general look at me for my age and not what I could provide. I think age is really just a number; I had to fight a lot of stereotypes from co-workers and supervisors.”

Where’s your ideal vacation?
“On a beach. Something all-inclusive, where you can eat as much as you want. Any selection of food, and just peace and serenity.”

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