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Katie Vap-Quality Brands of Omaha

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Quality Brands of Omaha is a locally owned beverage company that distributes the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Their portfolio consists of over 130 different beer brands and also distributes a wide variety of non-alcohol beverages such as Monster Energy, Icelandic Water, and ZingTea. They are a customer service company and strive to deliver outstanding services.

What has been your most important achievement professionally?
The professional achievement that I am most proud of is my success with my career at Quality Brands. I have worked in a variety of roles from On-Premise Sales Rep, On-Premise Director, Specialty Brand Manager, and Marketing Manager. These roles have enabled me to fully understand every aspect of our company.

Tell us a little about your family.
I was born and raised in Omaha. Both my parents are retired teachers. My father taught Art at Westside High School and my mother taught second grade at Holling Heights.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
The biggest turning point in my life was my decision to go to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Staying in the Midwest allowed me to maintain relationships with my friends and family and develop community ties.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
On my days off, I like to go for long runs. I have finished three marathons and the Omaha Triathlon. I also enjoy going to the lake.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
Recently I repelled the Woodman Tower for the Boy Scouts’ Over the Edge fundraiser.

What are you the most proud of?
I volunteer for a variety of groups. These groups include WCA Guild Board, Boys and Girls Club Guild, Teammates, All About Omaha, YPN La Vista, Young Art Patron and an active member with the Chamber. By volunteering for these groups, I am able to help our community. These groups also allow me to work with a variety of strong leaders within our community. In April, I will be co-chairing All About Omaha’s Torchlight Ball benefiting Completely Kids.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The best pieces of advice I have ever received is work hard and do your best.

What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish?
Professionally my goal is to increase sales and market share. Personally, get a great time in Denver’s marathon in May.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Cure sick people.

What are your plans after retirement?
Too far away to plan.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Be a great golfer.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
Illiad

What is your favorite movie?
Goonies

What is your favorite TV show?
Modern Family

What is your favorite local restaurant?
Too many customers to answer this one!

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Carlos Brito

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?
They can email me at kvap@qbomaha.com or visit our company’s website at www.qbomaha.com.

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