River City Six – Vern Kathol
Meet Vern Kathol, VP of hardware and managed print services at Scantron Technology Solutions.
Tell us a little about your business.
Scantron Corporation is a global technology and services driven company. Its experts provide comprehensive assessment and technology solutions. Under the Scantron Technology Solutions brand, we provide managed IT, managed print, hardware support, and project services to customers of all sizes and verticals.
How did you get started in the business?
I started as a field service technician in Memphis, TN. Since moving back to Omaha, I’ve been blessed with a variety of leadership roles that have exposed me to many aspects of business which fostered a passion for growth and evolution.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Perpetual re-invention. I’m a believer in the notion that businesses and people need to grow and change or whither.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
I’m proud of the work I’ve done expanding the IT services we provide for our customers and the role that I’ve played in growing an organization that provides value to customers and team members.
Tell us a little about your family.
It’s big. My mom was the oldest of 13 siblings, my dad the youngest of 10, and I’m one of eight. My daughter Michaela and her husband Kyle currently have two daughters. My girlfriend Lisa and I enjoy movies and dining out.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
I initially started down a broadcasting and journalism path but changed to a more technology-focused education—two fairly different industries!
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Two extremes…either “whirling” (making a list and getting things done) or chilling at a pool or beach.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I am a singer/songwriter and enjoy playing acoustic shows whenever I can.
Who inspires you?
Virtually, everyone. Everyone I meet has a story of achievement or overcoming odds which humbles me and keeps me driving to be a better person. This is particularly true of military personnel whose sacrifices inspire me to live a life of value and meaning while keeping my complaints in check.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
So many favorite quotes that I keep a running list on my phone. Elderly Private Ryan at the end of the movie: “Tell me I’ve lived a good life.” Quite a reminder!
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
Positive. Not saying I always am, but I want to be a positive influence on others.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
Writing songs and playing the guitar.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
Probably a full-time musician but, after a few months on the road, I might pick something else.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield.
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite local restaurant?
It’s a toss-up between M’s Pub and Marks.