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Couples You Should Know: Chris and Stephanie Rosskopf

Assistant Vice President, Boone County National Bank
Marketing Manager, SOCKET

AGE: C: 32 S: None of your business
Chris and Stephanie Rosskopf
YEARS LIVED IN MID-MISSOURI: C: 32 S: 12
ORIGINAL HOMETOWN: C: Fulton S: St. Louis
JOB DESCRIPTION: C: Offering banking solutions for business clients such as commercial loans and additional services to promote business efficiency and profitability. S: I work to develop and manage SOCKET’s overall marketing efforts throughout Missouri. With a team of hard-working people, we balance an ever-changing array of advertising, event, customer communication, social media, public relation, Web and research projects.
EDUCATION: C: Graduated from Helias High School in 1996, BSBA in finance from MU. S: Graduated from Bishop DuBourg High School in 1998, BSBA in marketing and management from Columbia College.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: C: Chamber of Commerce Total Resource Campaign, Friends of Scouting, United Way, Home Builders Association, Chamber of Commerce ambassador, St. Thomas More Newman Center S: Women’s Network monthly program co-chair, Chamber of Commerce membership committee, Family Counseling Center, Emerging Professionals In Columbia, St. Thomas More Newman Center
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: C: I started with Central Bank in Jefferson City in 2001 as a credit analyst and eventually transferred to BCNB to become a commercial lender. S: After graduating college, I worked for two years at Williams-Keepers LLC as a marketing coordinator. In 2003, I became a marketing representative for SOCKET and became marketing manager in 2008.
A COLUMBIA COUPLE WE ADMIRE AND WHY: Jill and Art Cox. They have raised a strong family while both being very actively involved in the community and volunteering with organizations that work to make Columbia a better place to live.
WHY I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT MY JOB: C: I’m personally excited about helping new businesses hit the ground running and offering solutions for them to continually grow and expand and promote meaningful job growth in our area. S: SOCKET’s environment encourages me to test new marketing ideas and challenges me to push myself to always produce the best.
IF I WEREN’T DOING THIS FOR A LIVING, I WOULD: C: Be calling play-by-play for Cardinals games on the radio. S: Be a restaurant critic — I always seem to have an opinion.
FAMILY: Married for four years. Son, Gabriel, who is 10 months old; and Annie B., the daughter-like yellow Lab, who is 3 years old.
WHAT WE DO FOR FUN: Playing with Gabriel, who is full of non-stop energy. We also love to travel, whether on a trip to Europe or a simple canoe trip. We also have fun playing softball together (shout out to JABO), which is how we met.
FAVORITE PLACE IN COLUMBIA: The softball fields at Cosmo Park on Thursday nights — when it’s not raining.
ACCOMPLISHMENT WE’RE MOST PROUD OF: A successful (so far) transition from being carefree young adults to responsible parents.
MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT: S: Ninety-nine percent of Chris’ wardrobe consists of suits and ties and gym shorts and T-shirts. I can’t get him to wear the other 1 percent.
C: Stephanie throws a mean changeup pitch that will have you swinging out of your cleats.
HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO BALANCE RAISING A FAMILY AND ADVANCING YOUR CAREER? It all begins with appreciating each other for the little things that are done to make a career work within the time allowed by family life. Recognizing each other’s contributions, big and small, helps making personal sacrifices easier when it comes to working around schedules. DVR helps, too.

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