Associate Spotlight: Connie Smith

Connie Smith Ag JournalistA drive across the heartland is nothing if it means a face-to-face interview with a client.  That’s the attitude that journalist Connie Smith employs when she’s on the road creating newsletter articles on behalf of our clients.  Connie’s friendly personality makes her a joy to work with and her depth of knowledge in agri-business makes her a dangerously skilled writer.  Our clients know their newsletters are in good hands when Connie writes the story.

How long have you been with VistaComm?

It’s hard to believe, but I started in the fall of 2002.

Where is your hometown?
I was raised in Buffalo, Minnesota, but have called Montrose, South Dakota, home for more than 35 years.

What is a typical day like for you working on the road for VistaComm?
Just recently my day began at 5 a.m. with a drive just west of the Missouri River and then south to Nebraska. As I crossed the beautiful hills, watching the sun rise, I stopped for deer on the road, watched hawks, and slowed for a pheasant.  Capturing my client’s business with words and photographs in the midst of their environment is one of the joys of what I do on a typical day.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a journalist?
When I was a junior in high school, I signed up for the Journalism course because I had a crush on the high school instructor. I ended up editing our high school newspaper and traveling to the state capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, to receive an award from the governor for our series on environmental issues. I was hooked.

It’s almost Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for?
There isn’t one thing I’m surrounded by for which I’m not thankful. I have been truly blessed by God with life, love, family, and friends. I’m also thankful for the wonderful relationships developed over the years with such great clients.

What’s your favorite part of the holiday season?
Having my three sons and their spouses or significant others—and this year my twin grandchildren—be with us at home and listening to the chatter, laughter and memories they share. My husband always says, “You’re happiest when you’ve got your boys home with you.” It’s true.

Who is your favorite fictional character?
George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

If you were a superhero what would your powers be?
To blink and be anywhere I want to be in a moment’s notice.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever gotten?
To forgive myself.

What is your proudest VistaComm moment?
When a client wrote a letter to VistaComm saying that when I was expected at their business they always knew it would be a good day. What a very nice thing to say.