Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Pitch Questionnaire with GenKC's Julee Koncak

GenKC's Koncak talks about recycling, Twin City Tavern and gondola rides.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 6:00 AM


Name: Julie Koncak, leadership council chair of the GenKC steering committee

Occupation: Corporate events manager, Burns & McDonnell

Hometown: Beaver, Kansas - 25 people plus one microbrewery

Current neighborhood: Prairie Village

Who or what is your sidekick? Nivea lip balm. I have a little bit of an addiction to it and can't be without it.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? I'm going to go ahead and create a name for my career: a napologist. Yes, if there could be a profession for napping, I would rock it.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Pizza 51 West

Where do you drink? Twin City Tavern or McCoy's

What's your favorite charity? Joggin for the Noggin, in memory of a college friend.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Definitely T.J. Maxx. I can do more damage in that store than I should admit.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? The gondola rides off the Plaza. It has never seemed appealing to me to ride the gondola when you could basically walk.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Oklahoma Joe's! Best barbecue in KC!

Finish this sentence: "Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ... " Recycling became a part of the curbside pickup program.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Was unable to land a permanent tenant at the Sprint Center.

"Kansas City needs ... " More bike lanes. I always feel like I'm going to hit a bicyclist.

"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Have mad skills at bar games. Yep, I'm a bar-game junky. Bring on the pinball, foosball and Pac-Man.

"If I were in charge ... " I would make it mandatory for all new grads to take a backpack trip for a month and experience the world before starting a career.

What TV shows do you make sure you watch? Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Top Chef

_____ takes up a lot of space in my iTunes: Kenny Chesney

What movie do you watch at least once a year? A Christmas Story

What local tradition do you take part in every year? The American Royal Barbecue

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: The character of Phil Dunphy from Modern Family

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: GenKC, CNN, Food & Wine and, of course, The Pitch

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Someone who is clearly lost and forgets they are driving on a major road with other people. Pull over and figure out where you are located, for the love.

What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? Real Simple

Last book you read: The Hunger Games trilogy

Favorite day trip: Lawrence, Kansas. Rock Chalk!

Interesting brush with the law? I went with several friends to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Here's a travel tip: Don't let anyone in your group take a photo of the police. It doesn't go over well.

Describe a recent triumph: Something on your bucket list? In about two months, I'll experience the best triumph you can ask for: our first baby.

GenKC members explore the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, from 5 to 7 p.m. June 19.

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