River City Six – Stephanie Klaus
Meet Stephanie Klaus, media buyer at Eleven Twenty-Three.
Tell us a little about your business.
Eleven Twenty-Three (www.11twentythree.com) is a full-service advertising agency. The company started out small, but now includes 7 employees that make up our sales, media, and creative teams. We are super excited about the continued growth and approaching our 5-year anniversary! The owners, Shana Boyd and Dave Distefano, are such great mentors, employers, and overall people. I can’t imagine not being part of this awesome company surrounded by the greatest clients and co-workers!
Tell us a little about your family.
My family is so amazing and important to me. I’ve been married to my husband, Wes, for 14 years. We got our first baby 11 years ago and he’s a Chocolate Lab named Griz. Our son, Boden, is now 8 years old and we recently had a little girl named Monroe who is approaching 7 months old. I’m also so lucky to have such wonderful, down to earth parents who have always put me and now my family first. Plus, they are the BEST grandparents a kid could ever have!
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Having my son. My perspective on what’s important in life quickly changed. Focusing on being a good mom and paving a positive path for him and now my daughter is what makes me happy.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
By far my favorite thing to do in my spare time is hang out with my family. During the summer we spend most of our time at the ball fields watching my son play baseball and, to me, there is no better place to be! In the fall, we love hanging out and enjoying Husker football Saturdays!
What are you the most proud of?
I’m definitely most proud of the way my son is turning out to be such a wonderful person. He is smart and athletic, which is great, but most of all he’s so caring, kind, and loves helping others.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I have two: Always look forward and leave everything in the rear-view behind; and things that go wrong today won’t seem so bad tomorrow, sleep on it!
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
To be in two places at once so I don’t miss out on any important moments with the family and friends who mean the most to me.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
I would love to be amazing at writing and be a fictional novel author.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
Anything and everything John Grisham!
What is your favorite local restaurant?
I love the older local spots like Anthony’s Steakhouse and Malara’s Italian Restaurant.
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