With a twenty year background in corporate marketing strategy, Sheila Odom liked the concept of daily deal Web sites, but felt she could provide a stronger value to businesses while still giving shoppers great buys.  This led her to form Zing!Town, a Nebraska-owned and operated daily deals Web site, with her business partner Cara Dolberg.  Each day they feature 50-90% off specials at local businesses including dining, shopping and entertainment deals.  For example, they are excited to spotlight Knolls Golf Course, Lit Lounge, Mae & Pearl, Mr. Goodscents and Togs and encourage everyone to register at www.zingtown.com to receive their daily specials.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – My biggest challenge is making sure I maintain a healthy balance between work and family.

What has been your most important achievement professionally? – I was named a Top 40 Under 40 business professional in 2006.

Tell us a little about your family. –  My husband Lance and I celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary in May and are blessed with a wonderful son, Harper.

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?  – Creating Zing!Town has been a significant milestone.  It is so exciting to bring this business to life and see our featured businesses and shoppers both receive a tremendous experience using the site.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Spend time with my family!

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I wrote the lyrics and music for a custom song sung at a United Way Women in Philanthropy event held in Lincoln.

What are you the most proud of? – The blessings I’ve received in my husband and son.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – Swallow the biggest frog first.  Meaning do the things you dread at the beginning of the day, rather than put them off.

What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish? – To see Zing!Town continue to thrive!

If you could have a super power, what would it be? – To be two places at once.

What are your plans after retirement? – I want to travel and spend as much time with my family as possible.

What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – I’m not wonderful but I really enjoy playing the piano.

Which talent would you most like to have? – I’d like to be a better singer.  I love music.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – The Little Prince is my favorite book.

What is your favorite movie? – Jaws.

What is your favorite TV show?  – American Idol.

What is your favorite local restaurant? – I don’t think I can pick just one!  We have so many gems in Omaha.

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Jacqueline Onassis.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?  – sheila@zingtown.com