Q&A: Kimberly Loomis
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Kimberly Loomis is a West Michigan native who works in marketing and is active in the community.
She has been employed as a marketing specialist with SourcIT Technologies in Grand Rapids since 2012.
Loomis specializes in social media and event planning.
She is passionate about volunteerism and her community. Loomis currently volunteers weekly with the Schools of Hope Reading Program and holds board positions on the Forest Hills Business Association, West Michigan Transportation Club, Van Andel J Board and West Michigan Technology Association.
She holds bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations with a minor in business from Grand Valley State University.
Biggest career break?
Joining the team at SourcIT Technologies. I manage the marketing department and have had the ability to change the direction of the organization. I have always had a huge passion for tech and am able to use my unique skill set to do what I love every day.
Being inducted into the GRBJ 2015 40 Under Forty class
Best advice you’ve ever received?
My mom gave me the verse Philippians 4:13 when I was born and constantly reminds me that, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
How did you make your first dollar?
With my childhood best friend, Jill. Most kids would have lemonade stands when they were four-to-five years old, but we would draw pictures and sell our original art!
My engagement ring. I recently got engaged to my boyfriend on our trip to Mexico last December.
Honestly, it would be hard to beat what I am doing now. I work for an amazing company that truly has a unique culture. We are more like a family at SourcIT than co-workers. My dream would be to continue to see SourcIT grow and grow with the organization. Aside from that, I would love to do consulting work with young women entering the workforce. I have been lucky to have many strong women as mentors and hope someday to be able to pay it forward.
If I were president for a day, I would . . . ?
Work to find a way to make quality real food more readily available to a larger segment of the population
Last book you’ve read?
“Corduroy,” the story of a teddy bear who’s missing a button and looking for his forever home. I am a reading tutor with School of Hope through United Way at Shawmut Hills Elementary. Before that was “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line” by Reshma Saujani. It’s a book that encourages women to lift one another up both personally and professionally.
Last thing you Googled?
Mid-century modern living rooms. My fiancé and I recently purchased a home and need inspiration for decorating it!
Your worst habit?
Always saying yes. I often find myself overcommitted. I like to help, and it gives me pleasure to take on new challenges. However, I’m learning the importance of balance and taking time to relax.
To unwind, I like to?
Read compelling books and articles, workout and even catch a little Netflix
As someone from Mediterranean descent, my dream vacation would be to take a few weeks and visit the Mediterranean. I’d love to experience the food, culture and scenery.
I love anything Mediterranean.
Person you most admire?
My fiancé, Michael. He is courageous and continually follows his heart. In 2013, he took the plunge, changed career paths and saw his dream realized when he opened CrossFit Luminary, a strength and conditioning gym. He does what he loves and helps people live healthier lifestyles.