Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Scott Hall, Vice president for strategic initiatives at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

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Name: Scott Hall

Occupation: Vice president for strategic initiatives at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Hometown: Proudly born and raised here.
 
What I do (in 140 characters): I lead the KC Chamber's day-to-day activity on our major community initiatives. That includes the KC Chamber's Big 5.
 
What's your game? You name the game, and I most likely have played it or will play it - not well, but probably more competitively than is socially acceptable.  

What's your drink? Water. Sometimes that water also has a combination of malted barley, hops and yeast mixed with it.

Where's dinner? Usually at home, but if not, I am a Kansas City guy. So, of course, I love barbecue.

What's on your KC postcard? Union Station
 
Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " We acted together as an entire region and saved Union Station.

"Kansas City screwed up when ... " We turned away from the Missouri River. We are the only metro that I know of that "faces away" from the natural resource that spurred its creation. There may be other areas that have done as we have, but peer metros like Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Cleveland have developed more vibrantly along their rivers and incorporated them as an essential part of their regional identity. I would like to see Kansas City do the same.  
 
"Kansas City needs ... " To collaborate as a region. We already do a good job of this, but our geography and political boundaries make it so important that we work together so that our peer metros don't pass us by.
 
"I always laugh at ... " The Office

"I've been known to binge-watch ... " The NFL. If I could, I would turn the TV on at 8 on Sunday morning and watch football (including pre- and postgame coverage) until 11 Monday night.

"I can't stop listening to ... " The Mowgli's. I might just be influenced by our great weather this summer, but they've got such a great, upbeat sound. It makes me happy. Plus, I learned recently that one of the band members, Colin Louis Dieden, is from KC, so that made them even more likable.
 
"I just read ... " Bill O'Reilly's book Killing Lincoln, which I am a bit reluctant to admit. It was, though, one of the more captivating history books I've read.
 
The best advice I ever got: They are called the four pillars of community leadership: (1) Start with a good idea, (2) build the best possible team around that idea, (3) work incredibly hard, and (4) don't worry about who gets the credit. This style of civic leadership is common among most of the people who have made significant contributions to Kansas City and is a pretty good description of our region's personality. 
 
Worst advice: Color inside the lines.
 
My sidekick: My three kids 
 
My dating triumph/tragedy: Almost nine years ago, I triumphantly married a woman who is way out of my league. I hope she doesn't read this and realize she could do better.

My 140-character soapbox: Cars are going to drive themselves. Soon. We should get in front of this because it might actually play to our region's unique dispersion.
 
What was the last thing you had to apologize for? I apologize to my wife for getting home from work "a little later than I hoped" almost daily.
 
My recent triumph: Being offered the opportunity to work on the Big 5 and other community initiatives here at the KC Chamber. I am excited to work with our members, the leaders on our strategic efforts and everyone else in this community to try to make Big KC the best place to work, live and play.

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