Jamie Thomas, 35
Lives in: Springfield, MO
Vice President of Property Management, Enterprise Commercial Group
Charity: MS Society
My own mom and grandma. My mom is naturally, outwardly beautiful. She has never worn a stitch of makeup and somehow looks 15 years younger than she is. Even more than that, she has a giving heart and is always thinking of others before herself. She is so considerate and never passes on an opportunity to let others know she is thinking of them. She is open-minded and passed that on to me. I remember seeing my grandma working so hard in the huge garden that she would grow every summer or helping my grandpa on their farm—wearing old cut-off shorts, over-sized T-shirts and a messy bun (before they were cool), but she always had on lipstick. I thought she was the most beautiful then. She was a true southern lady.
Don’t wait until you’re over 30 to be true to yourself or to recognize your gifts. I remember being a teenager and being too self-conscious to laugh too loud or stand out too much. Also, wear sunscreen!
I love pranks, and my poor husband is generally on the receiving end. Besides the classics like filling his Oreos with toothpaste or putting tape in the doorways for him to run into, one prank in particular always makes me laugh. Our house was built in the late 1800s, and the joke since we bought it has been that it might be haunted. My husband does not find this the least bit funny and is very easily spooked. About six months after we moved in, I browsed local thrift stores until I found the perfect creepy clown doll. It wasn’t quite dirty enough to appear that it had been lurking in our attic for 130 years, so I ran over it a few times in our driveway and then hid it in his shower for him to find in the morning. I played dumb as to where it came from and he laughed it off, but you could see some panic on his face. It became a game where he would throw it away and I would dig it back out of the trash when he wasn’t looking to hide in a new spot, including his car.
My girls. They are 7 and 3 and truly believe that I am the best mom and person in the world. I just aspire to be the person they think I am.
We have great sunsets! I particularly love watching the sunset on C-Street from our front porch or at Millsap Farms.
I think the lack of affordable, quality housing is a major issue. We have so many great organizations pouring their hearts into placing individuals in homes, but there is only so much inventory. I feel like we’ve gotten a small start on tackling this with Enterprise Commercial Group. My boss, Titus Williams, is willing to invest in improving dilapidated housing and I’m lucky enough to play a role in figuring out how we can make it work, while keeping rents as low as possible. We won’t really know how much of an impact we have made until years down the road.
I actually polled my closest friends on this, and it was a narrow race between “witty” and “dependable.”
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