We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberly Willis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimberly, how do you define success?
Feeling gratitude and peace in who I am professionally and personally. I am guided by simple principles; work hard, be thankful for the opportunity and respect encounters. Growing up, education was critical in our household. My parents didn’t finish college due to the Vietnam War. When I was old enough to get a job, I was permitted to work as long as I maintained honor roll. At the age of 16, I worked 3 jobs, remained at the top of my class and was on my way to earning a scholarship to college. This segment of my life leads to being thankful for not only financial assistance but to earn a degree. However, I did work hard to get there. The part about respecting encounters, it spreads goodness. No matter who a person may appear to be or who you know they are, treat them equally. You will never have regrets. As I lived my life and set goals within careers, I reflect knowing I did it as best as I could, I was appreciative for what was presented and treated those around me with dignity. To be clear, I may feel peace but I know I have many faults that I continue to work through. Lessons learned, knowledge absorbed and skills sharpened are never ending. I don’t feel you achieve success and you are done. It is forever and constantly a desire. At least it should be.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When I met Shellie, my business partner, we shared common ambitions for what we would provide in the corporate events arena. Think Neu Events started with one client and one event. The business immediately expanded due to referrals. Our approach to every task is with a full heart and active mind, then to always perform beyond expectations and build valued relationships along the way. The final product relies on team mentality. Think Neu Events and its expert associates can build, create and procure but the action is where it matters. Establishing understanding and a bond with those we depend upon will deliver the most positive results. We all count on each other.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, hopefully, she would arrive at DFW and got to experience the runway that goes over the street. Day 1: (Friday) After picking her up, we would head directly to Grapevine and have a 2 night stay in Grapevine at Hotel Vin. After checking in, we would proceed to a private “glass” tasting with a few other local friends. This is a class where Hotel Vin’s sommelier demonstrates that the glass assists in a wine’s taste. Dinner at Bacchus afterward and then onto Tolbert’s for some live music. Day 2: (Saturday) Breakfast at Chick & Biscuit in Hotel Vin’s Harvest Hall will satisfy the southern food cravings post a night out. For the day, catch the TexRail and enjoy shopping and dining at Sundance Square in Ft. Worth. Possibly a stop by the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Return to the hotel, shower and prepare for the night at The Glass Cactus for a great dinner and concert. Day 3: (Sunday) Checkout of the hotel and drive to Oddfellows in Bishop Arts District for coffee and breakfast. Walk around and enjoy the shops with lunch at Lockhart’s. Relax at home Day 4: (Monday) Off to Klyde Warren Park for some yoga and food trucks. Finishing the afternoon at The Spa at Crescent with a “Texas Spa Day” package. Before heading home, grab a coffee at Ascension. Day 5: (Tuesday) Downtown Dallas for breakfast at Ellen’s and then historical sight seeing. Finish the day in Deep Ellum with dinner at Cane Russo Day 6: (Wednesday) Light breakfast and lunch at home. Afternoon in Legacy West with dinner at Kai. Finish at Haywire for drinks and to listen to live music. Day 7: (Thursday) Breakfast at a local favorite diner – The Country Club Cafe Walk around the neighborhood, movie at Strike & Reel, then dinner, incredible cocktails and live music at Backyard Murphy.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Through my life and the many milestones, there were always my parents who were there to listen, advise or just be present. They encouraged me and had faith in who I am. As grandparents, they continue to give all they are to their grandkids.
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