Cynthia Bryant was in Chicago training for a software sales position when she was recruited by the General Manager of Deffenbaugh at the time to join their company. She accepted the offer and has now been with the company for over two years. Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc. offers a variety of services, including residential and commercial waste disposal services. Deffenbaugh’s residential trash removal activities operate Monday through Friday, with the exception of holiday weeks, while commercial trash disposal services operate seven days a week. One of the largest recyclers in the Midwest, Deffenbaugh Recycling collects, processes, and markets a wide range of commercially-generated fiber and paper products, and many other recyclable materials.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have two daughters: KayAnne (12 yrs) and Brianna (4ys). Both are incredible little girls and have made my life so wonderful! I am also very fortunate to have my mother and three sisters all close to me as they all live here in Omaha. My youngest sister is currently serving in Afghanistan in the Army.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
In June of 2010, I enrolled in the Executive Master’s of Business Administration (EMBA) program at UNO. The program has broadened my business perspective. It has expanded my knowledge base substantially and it has exposed me to international business experiences, which has been invaluable.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Spend time with my girls–could be a day of shopping or a day at the park!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Forget having regrets” – we all make mistakes, but they do not define us; neither personally nor professionally.
What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish?
After I complete the EMBA program this December, I would like to continue my education to achieve a doctorate degree, most likely in Business or Marketing
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I would love to have the power to heal. I would heal things like pain and sickness – not eliminate them but provide healing for them.
What are your plans for retirement?
I would love to spend my time doing all the things I don’t have enough time to do now: garden, cook, travel, read (maybe even write a book someday!).
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
I am a great makeup artist! I used to work in cosmetics and loved doing makeovers, especially for special occasions like weddings and proms.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Some athletic ability! You could say I am lacking in this field. I would love to be an awesome volleyball player or surfer. (A girl can dream, right?)
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
Recently read The Art of War, it is a great book for the strategic business thinker.
What is your favorite movie?
I love the movie Beautiful Girls. Most people have never heard of it, but I saw it in the late ’90s and it has stayed one of my favs ever since (I still have the VHS tape!)
What is your favorite TV show?
Sex and the City
What is your favorite local restaurant?
I LOVE Spezia.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Pink – I think she is fascinating!