Young Professionals Spotlight: Kristen Morrison

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Young Professionals Spotlight is aimed at giving attention to adults ages 21-35 in the Corridor region.

Kristen Morrison Age: 30 Position: Store manager at Maurices

Kristen Morrison, the store manager of Maurices in Spencer, moved to the area just over six months ago. The 30-year-old Missouri native relocated to the region to be closer to family.

"I'm originally from Ames and lived in Branson, Mo. for 13 years; I grew up in a small farm community and have always loved the culture here in Iowa. I've traveled all over for Maurices and finally decided that being close to home was important, so I applied for the job here in Spencer and moved this way," Morrison said.

Morrison was hired at Maurices at age 20 to fulfill a temporary, holiday position. Shortly thereafter, she was asked to stay on full-time as an assistant manager. Since then, Morrison has been promoted within the company and has lived all over the country.

Morrison explained her family was excited for her to move to northwest Iowa.

"My family raved about Spencer. They said over and over how they would love to live here if they were to move," Morrison said. "That really confirmed my desire to move back to Iowa."

Morrison, who immediately fell in love with Maurices after just a few short months, described the company's culture as "unique."

"We definitely have a family feel that I'm extremely proud of," Morrison explained. "I'm doing the exact opposite of what I have my degree in. I'm a certified nutritional counselor. It's funny because I wouldn't have it any other way."

After spending a lot of time in Branson and then in St. Louis, Morrison was ready for more of a laid back culture. The atmosphere in the Corridor region is much different than that of larger cities.

"It would take me an hour to get from one side of the city to the other in St. Louis -- no thank you," Morrison said with a smile. "I've always heard wonderful things about Spencer, from the community outreach to the friendly people that live here."

Although Morrison hasn't lived in the Corridor region long, she has high hopes of getting out and about this summer season.

"I'm really looking forward to the lakes this summer because I've heard so much about them. I also really enjoy winter sports, but didn't know many people to partake in them with. Hopefully with the start of the Young Professionals Group that will change," said Morrison.

Morrison explained her favorite thing about Spencer is the sense of community.

"I was telling my family the other day that I feel more connected to Spencer than I ever did in Branson," Morrison said. "I've gotten really involved at Hope Lutheran Church and have made some good friends that way. I have had an overwhelming response to being young in this town."

Along with many others, Morrison expressed interest in a Young Professionals Group.

"I was actually surprised to hear there wasn't one already formed. The group is just another way for us to connect with one another and, hopefully, give back to the community," Morrison said.

Spencer, along with other towns in the Corridor region, received positive remarks from other young professionals in the area, Morrison commented, as well.

"Life can take you in funny places, I've learned," Morrison said. "That being said, I don't plan on leaving here. We really do have it all here in Spencer; it's the perfect-sized town with many amenities for all."

- For more information regarding the Young Professionals Group and a list of upcoming events, contact Alexa Guessford at or 264-3474.

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  • Good for you Kristen! My employer hired me 15 years ago to be based here in Spencer and I've had some opportunities to transfer or be promoted, but we decided to stay here. Even though the winters can be harsh, Spencer is a great place to live and call home.

    -- Posted by n0uww on Fri, May 2, 2014, at 8:16 PM
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