After graduating from UNL, Stacy Leners spent the first part of her professional career in marketing and sales for both the professional service and technology industries. She had always wanted to start her own business but was never sure what that business would entail. She finished her masters degree in Leadership Development and thought about changing career paths. However, after grad school, Blur Parties (which had organically grown out of the passion she and her fiancé had for entertaining and creating memories during Husker home games) started to blossom. Blur has now grown into a sports event production company working on various projects around the country.
Tell me a little about your family.
My fiancé, Eric, and I have been together for 14 years and were both born and raised in Lincoln. We have two little Pekingese, which we like to spend time with when we can.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Taking what was once was a pure hobby and turning it into a passion and business venture.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Spend time with family and friends, cook, travel, visit local wineries and work out, whether that’s biking, boot camp or Pilates.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I love adventure and traveling to new places. I moved to Boston by myself right out of high school and have gone sky diving in New Zealand.
What are you the most proud of?
I am most proud of building my personal abilities to include sales, networking and PR, which were not my strongest strengths in the past. I recently reached out to one of the top PR firms in NYC and went out to seek advice from the owners as it relates to the industry and business ownership.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
No matter your background or outside influences, if you are passionate about accomplishing a goal, don’t let anything or anyone stand in your way.
What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish?
Creating a strong business and starting a family in Lincoln.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Right now, animal communication. One of our dogs has back issues and I would love to be know what she is thinking and comfort her on days she might be in pain.
What are your plans after retirement?
Lots of travel!
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
Cooking! — I love to cook for other people and create new recipes.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Professional dancer, preferably jazz.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
Last book I read was, If You Have to Cry Go Outside, and Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, by Kelly Cutrone.
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite TV show?
Mike and Molly, American Idol and Impractical Jokers
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Kevin James — seems down to earth and just hilarious.
If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so?
They can call me at 402-730-1765 or visit us on the web at www.blurparties.com.